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A 29-year-old member asked:

How long should shoulder pain last after laparoscopic surgery?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 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
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 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 37 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 38-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to have shoulder pain from the gas a month after laparoscopic surgery?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
No. : 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. I am afraid that you are barking up the wrong tree.
Last updated Sep 30, 2020

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