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A 29-year-old member asked:

how long should shoulder pain last after laparoscopic surgery?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
A few days: Shoulder pain following laparoscopy is believed to be due to irritation of the diaphragm by the carbon dioxide that is used to inflate the abdomen. This pain should resolve within 2 to 3 days after surgery.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Varies: The gas pain will go away quickly in most cases. The specific time will depend on a number of factors including how long was the surgery, what was done during the surgery, how heavy is the patient, how quickly can the patient be up and ambulating, etc. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.
Dr. Roger Palutsis
Sports Medicine 36 years experience
Which type?: I assume you mean arthroscopic surgery. Certain procedures such as repairing a torn cartilage have very little pain. Others, such as rotator cuff repair or major spur removal can be sore for 3-4 weeks. The difficult part is that each patient has a different pain tolerence that needs to be factored into the equation as well. Overall though, only minor pain usually.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it advisable to immobilize my leg after pulling my hamstring if the pain is not severe?

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Dr. Randy Lisch
Podiatry 38 years experience
No: Try to massage the hamstring with a roller and stretch the muscle gently as much as possible.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to put bacitracin on my surgery area after stitches are removed?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Ask your doctor: Normally not a problem if normal healing occurs but check with your doctor to be sure.
A member asked:

My daughter just came back from haiti..She has a 1" radius of redness with a black center? Is this a spider bite? She is having pain with it.

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Could be : She needs to be seen and have that evaluated. Black center means a necrotic center and may need to be debrided. Make an appointment.
A 25-year-old female asked:

I feel like I have pain in my kidneys. What could this be?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Muscle pain?: Pain in back muscles is more common reason for this complaint than actual kidney pain. But kidney stone possibility cannot be ruled out. Also, could be related to kidney infection esp if you have signs of of UTI e.g. Burning, frequency, or foul odor with urination. A visit to your doc will help differentiate this.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

My littlt toe on the left foot is painful what could be causing it to hurt?

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Dr. Randy Lisch
Podiatry 38 years experience
Various answers: This could be due to a broken toe, or a corn on the toe or an ingrown toenail. Please see your local podiatrist for the answer and treatment. This is usuallly a condiition that is easily and quickly treated in the doctors office.

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