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Are there ways to help resolve the gas pains leftover from laprascopic surgery?

Are there ways to help resolve the gas pains leftover from laprascopic surgery?

Sorry: Gas pains are normal after any laparoscopic surgery. We need to fill the belly with gas do we have room to work. Most of the gas pains you are feeling are outside the intestine and can't be passed from below. Best thing is to take your pain medication and get up and walk around. This will help your body break up the gas and reabsorb it. ...Read more

Gas (Definition)

In a medical context, "having gas" refers to having too much gas in the bowels. This causes burping, cramps in the belly, ...Read more


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How long can it take before the gas after laparoscopic surgery to go away?

How long can it take before the gas after laparoscopic surgery to go away?

Varies: The gas 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. ...Read more

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How long does it take the gas from laparoscopic surgery to go away? How long after laparoscopic surgery will I feel the gas inside me? .

How long does it take the gas from laparoscopic surgery to go away? How long after laparoscopic surgery will I feel the gas inside me? .

Varies: The gas 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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I had a laparoscopic surgery two days ago, but the gas is not coming out of my stomach is there anyway to get it out?

I had a laparoscopic surgery two days ago, but the gas is not coming out of my stomach is there anyway to get it out?

Recovery: The gas is placed in the peritoneal cavity, not your stomach. Feeling gaseous or bloated after abdominal surgery is most likely from constipation. Try a bowel regimen to get your bowels moving. If you are not feeling well in a day or so, call your surgery team for follow up. Be well. ...Read more

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My bowels are awakening after laparoscopic surgery (blocked intestine) a week ago but why does stomach keepfilling with gas/bile & vomiting every 24hr?

My bowels are awakening after laparoscopic surgery (blocked intestine) a week ago but why does stomach keepfilling with gas/bile & vomiting every 24hr?

Call your Surgeon: Vomiting after surgery for a small bowel obstruction warrants a call to your surgeon. Common causes include a recurrent obstruction (esp if you are not passing gas from below) or an ileus, often in response to narcotic pain medication. Hope it's just a false alarm. ...Read more

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How long does shoulder pain last after laparoscopic surgery? I had a lap for an ectopic pregnancy yesterday and I am feeling a lot of pain in my shoulder. I think it may be from the intraabdominal gas they use to blow up the belly during surgery. How lo

How long does shoulder pain last after laparoscopic surgery? I had a lap for an ectopic pregnancy yesterday and I am feeling a lot of pain in my shoulder. I think it may be from the intraabdominal gas they use to blow up the belly during surgery. How lo

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. ...Read more

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I did a laparoscopic surgery for my inguinal hernia 3 days ago and whenever I urinate the area where my hernia used to be pains/burns. Is this normal?

I did a laparoscopic surgery for my inguinal hernia 3 days ago and whenever I urinate the area where my hernia used to be pains/burns. Is this normal?

Here are some...: What you feel now may be expected & okay just to watch and see as long as being slowly but surely getting better day by day without undue local swelling or fever. So, sit tight and let body self-healing continue to its best for now. But if still in doubt, seek professional evaluation and counseling timely. Best wishes... ...Read more

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Can you tell me about laparoscopic surgery?

Can you tell me about laparoscopic surgery?

Less invasive: Back in the day, before imaging, and before scopes the ability for a doc to access the abdominal cavity, a joint or the chest was limited to physical exam and open surgery. Now we have imaging, ;mri, ct scan to help more precisely diagnose and we have scopes to see inside with less disruption to the patient, easier recovery and usually equal outcome. Talk to your surgeon. Be well. ...Read more

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What is the single port laparoscopic surgery (spls) procedure?

What is the single port laparoscopic surgery (spls) procedure?

One incision: Single port surgery uses a special port that multiple instruments go through, unlike traditional laparoscopy where each port canfield only one instrument. Advantages of single port surgery are mostly cosmetic. ...Read more

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Can I fly after laparoscopic surgery?

Can I fly after laparoscopic surgery?

How long ago: Was your surgery? Was it yesterday or 6 weeks ago? Were there any complications?
The easiest thing to do would be to call your surgeon and ask when you could fly. ...Read more

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Approximately how much does inpatient laparoscopic surgery cost?

Approximately how much does inpatient laparoscopic surgery cost?

"Thousands": It is impossible to be more specific without knowing what specific operation is planned. I suggest you speak with the surgeon and a member of the business office of the hospital. Good luck. ...Read more

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Anyone done a nissen fundoplication laparoscopic surgery?

Anyone done a nissen fundoplication laparoscopic surgery?

Yes!: This is the most common anti-reflux procedure, involving closure of the hiatal hernia and re-creating a new valve by wrapping a portion of the stomach around the esophagus. While very effective, this procedure is reserved for the rare patient who cannot manage their symptoms with lifestyle and dietary modifications supplemented by anti-acid medication. An incisionless option, tiff, is available 2. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need nissen fundoplication laparoscopic surgery?

How do I know if I need nissen fundoplication laparoscopic surgery?

See a Surgeon: Basically, if you have documented reflux disease either by history or testing such as egd or ph probe test, then fundoplication can be considered. Medications can help with reflux, however if you are young or the risk of surgery is minimal, the fundoplication can keep you from needing to take medications for your lifetime. If medications don't work, then surgery can be considered. ...Read more

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Can I have fibroids removed through laparoscopic surgery?

Can I have fibroids removed through laparoscopic surgery?

Absolutely: Fibroids can be removed via laparoscopically, with robotic-assist, or through an open incision. However, this is a skill that only the top gyne laparoscopists possess. Do your research before signing up for this procedure. ...Read more

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When should the swelling in the abdomen go down after laparoscopic surgery?

When should the swelling in the abdomen go down after laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery: Swelling after laparoscopic surgery is caused by the gas used inside the abdomen. Usually carbon dioxide is used, and this absorbs in about 1 day. Other gases may have swelling that lasts longer. The gas left in the abdomen can cause pain in the shoulder until it absorbs. If you are still swollen, and feel ill, you should contact your surgeon. ...Read more

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Which stimulation therapy is good for ventral laparoscopic surgery recovery?

Which stimulation therapy is good for ventral laparoscopic surgery recovery?

Not routinely used: Ask your surgeon or use at your own risk. Drop us a note and let us know how your experiment works out.
I would not recommend it. ...Read more

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Does laparoscopic surgery to remove scar tissue really work? Or does it just cause more scar tissue?

Does laparoscopic surgery to remove scar tissue really work? Or does it just cause more scar tissue?

Catch-22.: Yes, it works, but yes it does create more scar tissue. Lysis of adhesions in the intra-abdominal cavity does work to relieve symptoms or obstruction in the short term, but the additional intra-abdominal operation can lead to new adhesions. It's a gamble, with management dictated by urgency of symptoms. Sometimes it just has to be done and we accept the risk of more adhesion creation. ...Read more

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Why am I still having sharp stabbing pain were I had laparoscopic surgery five months ago were one of my incisions is at?

Why am I still having sharp stabbing pain were I had laparoscopic surgery five months ago were one of my incisions is at?

See below: That much discomfort five months after surgery is not normal. Things that come to mind would include a hernia at the trocar site or adhesions. In any event, please consult with your surgeon and have the site examined. ...Read more

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I had laparoscopic surgery to remove endometrioma 2 mos ago. When should I have ultrasound again to check the progress?

I had laparoscopic surgery to remove endometrioma 2 mos ago. When should I have ultrasound again to check the progress?

Check: With your surgeon who will be familiar with your particular case, especially that you are still in the post-op time frame. Be well. ...Read more

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Had laparoscopic surgery 9 days ago. And I was improving. But today from one stitch, there is fresh blood spotting. Why so?

No big deal: Incisions can bleed for a short time after surgery. Keep the area clean and covered. If the drainage continues, talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Had laparoscopic surgery a day ago for removal of endometriosis and clearing of tubes. How long until I can return to normal activity?

Had laparoscopic surgery a day ago for removal of endometriosis and clearing of tubes. How long until I can return to normal activity?

As tolerated: I tell my patients to return to normal activity as tolerated by pain after most laparoscopic procedures. Any doubts? Call your surgeon. I'm sure you'll be fine. Best of luck. ...Read more

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It's been a month since I had laparoscopic surgery and I still have stitches sticking out of the incision sites. Shouldn't they have dissolved by now?

It's been a month since I had laparoscopic surgery and I still have stitches sticking out of the incision sites. Shouldn't they have dissolved by now?

Yes and No: If they were dissolving stitches the part of the stitch embedded in the skin will dissolve and the rest of the stitch won't. Just pull the exposed stitch out like plucking a chicken
If they are not dissolving then have the MD remove them.
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Had laparoscopic surgery few weeks back incision is starting to heal form crust but one of them is very itchy what should I do? I am afraid to scratch

Had laparoscopic surgery few weeks back incision is starting to heal form crust but one of them is very itchy what should I do? I am afraid to scratch

Likely normal: Patients frequently complain of itching of incision sites during the healing process. This is normal as long as you don't have redness or drainage from the wound. It should go away over time. You're right not to scratch it as during the early healing process scratching and abrasion to the wound could lead to infection by introducing bacteria into a fresh wound ...Read more

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Can I go to a baseball game after surgery for endometriosis? Can I go to a baseball game after surgery for endometriosis? I just scheduled an appointment to have laparoscopic surgery on a friday. I forgot that I have tickets to a baseball game the same

No!: If you are having surgery, you will in no way feel like doing anything that day, let alone going to a baseball game. Even doubtful that you could do that the following day. You need to plan at least a few days of just taking it easy after your surgery. ...Read more

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