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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
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What can be done for back pain after gallbladder surgery?

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
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What can be done for back pain after gallbladder surgery?

Walk: And move around. Use heat on the back. Do not sit or lay around too much as muscle tightness ; spasms will set in. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back is also known as Back pain. Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


Dr. Norman Bein
Board Certified, General Surgery
46 years in practice
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What causes back pain after gallbladder surgery?

Dr. Norman Bein
Board Certified, General Surgery
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What causes back pain after gallbladder surgery?

Several things: Most common cause for back pain after gb surgery is transporting you from the or table when you are only semi-awake...Less common cause is a retained stone in your common duct which could be accompanied by jaundice. ...Read more

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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18 years in practice
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After open gallbladder surgery, i've had really bad lower right side back pain and spasms. I mostly slept sitting up after. Can that be the cause?

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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After open gallbladder surgery, i've had really bad lower right side back pain and spasms. I mostly slept sitting up after. Can that be the cause?

Hard to tell: Although, surgery predisposes you to back issues due to some forced position during it, it's hard to tell whether your back spasms are a result of your recent surgery or another problem. Make sure to check with your surgeon to rule out any potential complications of the surgery and if so, treat the spasms symptomatically - stretching, heat, massage, topical rubs etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Severe low back pain on/off for years, after open gallbladder surgery it has hurt constantly. Sitting/ are ok. cannot walk/stand for more than 1min without pain in low back. leaning over/sitting help?

Dr. Adam Lewis
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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Severe low back pain on/off for years, after open gallbladder surgery it has hurt constantly. Sitting/ are ok. cannot walk/stand for more than 1min without  pain in low back. leaning over/sitting help?

Low back pain: The gallbladder surgery is unrelated to the low back pain. The symptoms that you describe are caused by lumbar spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal. The narrowing is caused by bulging discs, overgrowth of the ligaments and facet joints. See a neurosurgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Moffa
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
23 years in practice
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Larascopic gallbladder surgery 4wks ago. Sharp pain started after 2-3wks, when taking deep breath under ribs right side & back. Pain takes breath away?

Dr. Michael Moffa
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Larascopic gallbladder surgery 4wks ago. Sharp pain started after 2-3wks, when taking deep breath under ribs right side & back. Pain takes breath away?

Need to see surgeon: That may just be post op pain but you need to be evaluated for a possible bile duct leak. ...Read more

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Dr. John Langell
Board Certified, General Surgery
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It's been exactly 6 weeks since my gallbladder surgery and I've noticed that I've been getting back pain where my gallbladder use to be. Is it normal?

Dr. John Langell
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Not typically: By six weeks out from surgery you should be continuing to improve and not developing new symptoms. Back pain in this area could be due to a variety of reasons to include a retained gallstone in your common bile duct or a hematoma or bile collection in the area to gallBladder bed. Best to see your surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Ron Jones
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Is it normal to have back pain after gall bladder surgery?

Dr. Ron Jones
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Is it normal to have back pain after gall bladder surgery?

Yes: The best and most simple answer is yes, but within reason and for a reasonable amount of time. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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I had an open gallbladder removal surgery a week ago and still have back pain I am a dental assistant. When is it safe to return to work. ?

Dr. Amy Friedman
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I had an open gallbladder removal surgery a week ago and still have back pain   I am a dental assistant. When is it safe to return to work. ?

Still too early: Your surgeon should really advise you. However, with open abdominal surgery we generally advise at least 6 weeks avoidance of significant use of the abdominal muscles so that they can heal well. As a dental assistant you undoubtedly have to stand and bend over for significant time periods - not great right now. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Inflamed gallbladder. Hida scan shows 29%. No gallstones. Symptoms are not severe, minor back pain, nausea, elevated pancreas levels (301), acid reflux. Any other option besides surgery? If so, what?

Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Surgery not: An option, you symptoms are ' not severe' , no evidenced sepsis , cholecystitis with out stones will subside with time , no need for surgery , get your relax treated with medications , speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Board Certified, General Surgery
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I am two weeks post-op from a gall bladder removal surgery. The surgical pain is gone and now i have gotten terrible back pain. What's wrong?

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Board Certified, General Surgery
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I am two weeks post-op from a gall bladder removal surgery. The surgical pain is gone and now i have gotten terrible back pain. What's wrong?

See your surgeon: back pain after gallbladder surgery make us worry about the pancreas,could be a simple problem from sleeping more and laying on the bad mattress more than usual,but i will check with my surgeon,let them know about how you feel,if you are my patient ,i want to know. ...Read more

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