A 25-year-old female asked:
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how long after a laproscopic surgery will the swelling & gas diminish? i'm 72hrs post-op and still swollen and have terrible gas pain. thank you.

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Dr. Jeff Durgin
20 years experience General Surgery
Gas pains: There are two types of gas pains after laparoscopic surgery. The first is the co2 dissipating through the tissues which causes shoulder discomfort in most cases. This generally dissipates within 3 to 4 days. The other type of gas pain is the pain from your intestines waking up and this can last up to a week as your bowels try to regulate themselves and get back to normal. This letter type is associated with abdominal distention and/or bloating. Do any of walking and try to minimize narcotic use.
Answered on Aug 6, 2019
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