I’m in Rehab after a successful total knee replacement operation. The procedure went well. And best of all, no ileus (the shutting down of my gastric system that I had to endure after my left knee surgery last year). I escaped the dreaded NG2 tube shoved down my nose by chewing gum. I did some research and found that chewing gum can prevent the ileus by tricking the gastric system into jump-starting. It seems to have worked for me. However, the pain level was higher this time around. Old age no doubt. Thanks to all of you for your kind wishes. I hope to be back to normal in a few days as the Happy Drugs wear off.