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I had the Nissen fundoplication surgery 6 days ago and have been suffering from phrenic nerve pain. Will it get better?

I had the Nissen fundoplication surgery 6 days ago and have been suffering from phrenic nerve pain. Will it get better?

Time will tell: Depending on the surg and the swelling in the area of the phrenic nerve, time is the only way you will get an answer.
There is no way to make an prediction. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Is phrenic nerve irritation after thoracic outlet surgery likely to get better on its own?

Is phrenic nerve irritation after thoracic outlet surgery likely to get better on its own?

Most do improve: Unfortunately, phrenic nerve problem occurs with even the best and smoothest of TOS surgeries, and although uncommon, creates some short-term problems. Have found that many pts improve within 4-6 weeks but others take up to 4-6 months. Rare in my experience to see no improvement by 6-9 months. You might enhance your nerve recovery by taking a medical food, such as MetanX twice daily. ...Read more

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Can surgery for gsstric bypass, peg tube placement or central line damage the phrenic nerve?

Can surgery for gsstric bypass, peg tube placement or central line damage the phrenic nerve?

Yes: Placement of a central line, in the neck, may damage the phrenic nerve, although this is highly unlikely. ...Read more

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What cause back pain after laparoscopic surgery?

What cause back pain after laparoscopic surgery?

Position: While shoulder pain is often attributed to irritation if the diaphragm by carbon dioxide gas uses in laparpscopy, back pain is most often a consequence of laying down flat on your back without moving while under general anesthesia. It should be self limited, and when postop pain permits, some back stretching may help. ...Read more

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I had laparoscopic surgery to remove a tumor AND my right ovary 16 days ago. I had sex twice, 2ND time it hurts. Y? is it normal? If not what do I do?

I had laparoscopic surgery to remove a tumor AND my right ovary 16 days ago. I had sex twice, 2ND time it hurts. Y? is it normal? If not what do I do?

Get back 2 C Ur-: -surgeon 2 B sure nothing has been injured. Also depends on what was the tumor from? If ovaries or uterus it is more important 2 B Cn ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have pain after a laparoscopic surgery 2 years ago?

Is it normal to still have pain after a laparoscopic surgery 2 years ago?

See your surgeon: Pain 2 years after surgery in not common go to your surgeon or pcp to investigate the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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How long until my scars fade from laparoscopic surgery?

How long until my scars fade from laparoscopic surgery?

6 - 12 months: You cannot erase scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods:

1) scar massage
2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar)
3) steroid injections
4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring)
5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). ...Read more

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How Long After Laparoscopic Surgery To Ride A Roller Coaster?

How Long After Laparoscopic Surgery To Ride A Roller Coaster?

Ask your surgeon: You need to ask your surgeon.
it really depend how large your scar are and did they have to close any of the from the inside.
your surgeon knows what it has been done, and can give you the proper instructions. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to travel after laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis?

Is it safe for me to travel after laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis?

After healing: We like to do a post op check up at about 2 weeks after surgery before feeling safe about travel. ...Read more

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I had an infection after laparoscopic surgery. It was treated and went away but it has returned. Could this cause fUrther problems?

I had an infection after laparoscopic surgery. It was treated and went away but it has returned. Could this cause fUrther problems?

Depends: If this was a skin only infection it will probably not cause any more problems. If the deep tissue (fascia) was infected it's possible you could end up with a hernia down the line. If the infection was in the abdomen, abdominal adhesions and small bowel obstruction are a risk, but not guaranteed problem. ...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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How to get rid of a rash after laparoscopic surgery?

How to get rid of a rash after laparoscopic surgery?

Will disappear: You got the rash most likely from reaction to antibiotics, or anesthetic medications, in couple of day will disappear, alert your surgeon, some times may need medications. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have sex before laparoscopic surgery?

Is it safe to have sex before laparoscopic surgery?

Depends: I suppose it depends on why the operation is being done. For example, there may be some fertility procedures where that may not be a good idea. For most other types of laparoscopic procedures, it probably doesn't matter. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can doctors perform laparoscopic surgery on the heart?

Can doctors perform laparoscopic surgery on the heart?

Different term: Laparoscopic is usually a term used for abdominal surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is a more general term and yes it can be done in the heart. ...Read more

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Are there problems with urinating after laparoscopic surgery?

Are there problems with urinating after laparoscopic surgery?

Usually not: Any person who has had a general anesthetic can have delayed urinary function temporarily after surgery. Laparoscopic surgery usually has less risks of urinary retention after surgery, but risks may be slightly increased if it is a pelvic or uterus/ovary laparoscopic surgery. Again, this is only brief and temporary. ...Read more

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Which is better for prostate removal: laser or laparoscopic surgery?

Which is better for prostate removal: laser or laparoscopic surgery?

Ask your urologist: What is diagnosis?
As a young person, erectile function may be important to you.
Get full explanation of risks, options, benefits of each technique. ...Read more

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Which is better for prostate removal: laser or laparoscopic surgery?

Which is better for prostate removal: laser or laparoscopic surgery?

Robotic: Robotic surgery for prostate surgery has increase in the recent years, because of better optics and great outcomes compared to open surgery and simple laparoscopic surgery. ...Read more

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Can tubes ever inadvertently become untied in laparoscopic surgery to remove adhesions?

Can tubes ever inadvertently become untied in laparoscopic surgery to remove adhesions?

No: Adhesions (scar tissue) usually located on top of bowel that makes it stick to the abdominal wall or each other. Your tube ties are actually trans section of the tubes so no interference. ...Read more

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Is it possible for laparoscopic surgery that removes adhesions to inadvertently untie tubes?

No chance: There is no chance that a previous tubal ligation for elective sterilization could be undone with lysis of adhesions. There is a very, very small failure rate for elective tubal ligation. ...Read more

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I feel something hard underneath my belly button after laparoscopic surgery. Is this normal?

I feel something hard underneath my belly button after laparoscopic surgery. Is this normal?

Can be: Firmness at a healing scar can be normal for several months after surgery. If you are concerned see your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can laparoscopic surgery be done on a hydrocele I want answer yes or no please say answer doctor?

Can laparoscopic surgery be done on a hydrocele I want answer yes or no please say answer doctor?

No: Laparoscopic surgery is performed for intra-abdominal conditions. Hydroceles are only skin deep in scrotum ; laparscopic instruments are > 1 foot long. Thus senseless to use laparoscopes for hydrocele surgery. Yes could be done, but would question sanity of any surgeon attemtping to complicate such a straightforward ; simple operation. ...Read more

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I have to get laparoscopic surgery done to removed endometriosis and fibroids, how painful will it be? Recovery

I have to get laparoscopic surgery done to removed endometriosis and fibroids, how painful will it be? Recovery

Its hard to say: Everyone's pain tolerance is different. Typical recovery from laparoscopic surgery is about 2 weeks. Assuming no complications. Talk to your doctor about pain medication usually prescribed after surgery. ...Read more

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I noticed hard lumps under my skin where I had laparoscopic surgery for total hysterectomy 6 months ago is this normal?

I noticed hard lumps under my skin where I had laparoscopic surgery for total hysterectomy 6 months ago is this normal?

Scars: Hello! Thanks for your question! If these lumps are exactly where the instruments went through, these likely represent scar tissue, which is quite normal after these surgeries. ...Read more

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How long to recover from gallbladder laparoscopic surgery? How soon can I drive, I'm on my 4th day and still feel sore.

How long to recover from gallbladder laparoscopic surgery? How soon can I drive, I'm on my 4th day and still feel sore.

Not unusual: Some tenderness or discomfort at the operative sites is not unusual for a week or two after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This should not prevent you from most daily activities. I usually advise people not to drive for about a week unless absolutely necessary, and of course not after taking pain medicine. ...Read more

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My wife has stones in gallbladder & she has to go through laparoscopic surgery, will it effect to her digestion? & she even have 6 months baby.

My wife has stones in gallbladder & she has to go through laparoscopic surgery, will it effect to her digestion? & she even have 6 months baby.

Common: Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is a common routine surgery here in the us, and I assume in india as well. It should be a surgery performed with fairly easy recovery, mild pain, should be able to return back to a full normal diet after fully healed & not affect her digestion. She will need help caring for the baby for a few days or week. ...Read more

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Having laparoscopic surgery to remove ascending colon due to 6cm mass that thankfully has not spread. How long does the procedure usually take?

Having laparoscopic surgery to remove ascending colon due to 6cm mass that thankfully has not spread. How long does the procedure usually take?

Depends: I always tell patients that procedure length can really vary from operation to operation. I would guess 2-3 hours. That time will matter more to your family, though. If the operation is being done carefully with minimal trauma to tissues, time matters less. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more


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Laparoscopic Surgery (Definition)

Laparoscopy is a form of less invasive abdominal or pelvic surgery that uses instruments placed inside ...Read more