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What causes hiccups after surgery?

What causes hiccups after surgery?

Air: Its usually air in the stomach that irritates the vagus nerve that causes the problem. ...Read more

Dr. Hatem Asad
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Hiccups (Definition)

Hiccups = involuntary spasm of diaphragm followed by ...Read more


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Why is dad hiccuping so much after his surgery?

Why is dad hiccuping so much after his surgery?

Hiccup: Depends on type of surgery and location. Could be irritation of diaphram after abdominal surgery. Talk to the surgeon. ...Read more

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Why am I experiencing unending hiccups after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Why am I experiencing unending hiccups after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Nerve irritation: Peripheral nerve blocks are commonly done for post-operative pain control in arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Sometimes the phrenic nerve can become irritated and produce hiccups. The phrenic nerve innervates the diaphragm and is located in the neck, close to the nerves that go down the arm. These symptoms should go away on their own, if not contact your shoulder surgeon. ...Read more

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Still hiccuping after eating 3 months post-nissen fundoplication. Is this permanent? Otherwise, surgery was complete success.

Still hiccuping after eating 3 months post-nissen fundoplication. Is this permanent? Otherwise, surgery was complete success.

Hiccups post Nissen: This is likely related to ingesting air. Many reflux patients swallow air. This behavior must be "unlearned". It often resolves with time but takes months. Delayed gastric emptying is also possible. Try simethicone to see if it improves symptoms. Also avoid carbonation, gum, straws, raw veggies, and crunchy foods as these all increase gastric air swallowing. ...Read more

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Taking oxycodone-acetometophin 5-325 after having tendon repair surgery. Suddenly getting hiccups 5-10 times a day?

Taking oxycodone-acetometophin 5-325 after having tendon repair surgery. Suddenly getting hiccups 5-10 times a day?

Not serious: And may or may not be related to medication. In either case unless it is continuous hiccoughs interrupting sleep no particular treatment is needed and they should spontaneously resolve. ...Read more

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Morning, I had laparascopic gallbladder surgery yesterday (Friday) Was sent after same day. About 3hours later threw up 500 cc green bile + hiccups?

Morning, I had laparascopic gallbladder surgery yesterday (Friday) Was sent after same day. About 3hours later threw up 500 cc green bile + hiccups?

Quite common: When your gallbladder is gone its function for STORAGE of bile which continues to be made by your LIVER is also gone and until the bile system ofr ducts enlarge to take over the storage function (3-6 months usually) the bile goes directly in your stomach and this may be a IRRITANT!!! Ask your PCP for a diet and some medication which will help this situation! Hope this helps explain it!
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My son has the hiccups non stop since having his wisdom teeth removed 4 days ago. They started the second day after his surgery. Today is Sunday. So?

My son has the hiccups non stop since having his wisdom teeth removed 4 days ago. They started the second day after his surgery. Today is Sunday. So?

Not related: His hiccups are not related to the extractions. A "cure" that I have used myself is to have a glass of water ready... have your son exhale as much as possible so he feels that he has no more air in his lungs. Then have him slowly take three sips of water from the glass. Repeat if necessary. That usually does the trick. ...Read more

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Had shoulder surgery today, have had hiccups and heart burn all day, nothing relieves the pain?

Had shoulder surgery today, have had hiccups and heart burn all day, nothing relieves the pain?

What kind of surgery: Well you should contact your doctor and let him know your issues. He needs to know you are having issues or cannot help you ...Read more

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I’ve heard that there’s a surgical procedure to improve raynaud’s. What is it?

I’ve heard that there’s a surgical procedure to improve raynaud’s. What is it?

Sympathectomy: Thoracic sympathectomy is the procedure to cut the "sympathetic nerve" fibers coming out of the spine at the level of t2-t3 (second and third thoracic vertebrae). The nerve fibers usually cross over the second, third, & fourth ribs near the spine. Some doctors are using an endoscope to do this procedure, which would leave almost no surgical scar. The same procedure stops excessive hand sweating. ...Read more

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What are the most common types of plastic surgery performed in the U.S.?

What are the most common types of plastic surgery performed in the U.S.?

Many types: Plastic is derived from the Latin word plasticus and the Greek word plastikos, meaning to shape or mold. Shifting tissue has been around for thousands of years. Plastic Surgeons do Hand, Micro, Reconstructive, Aesthetic, Cosmetic Surgery. Best to look for a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon before getting work done. "Most common", would then depend on the type of surgery. ...Read more

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What is anesthesia? & can dr. S do a paracervical block to take remove a IUD for surgery?

What is anesthesia? & can dr. S do a paracervical block to take remove a IUD for surgery?

Numbing: Anesthesia is numbing...Either general anesthesia (completely going to sleep) or local (numbing a nerve or an area). A paracervical block is a local injection to numb up the cervix. However, these are rarely needed for an iud removal, as this can generally be done without anesthesia - quickly and mostly painlessly. ...Read more

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My girlfriend’s developed earlier than I did. I get teased by everyone. Should I have plastic surgery?

My girlfriend’s developed earlier than I did. I get teased by everyone. Should I have plastic surgery?

No: First you need to see what is going on hormonally in your body. You should see a reproductive endocrinologist to get tests run to see if there is a reason first. If you were to have surgery and then have further breast development it would not be a good situation. ...Read more

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Intramedullary signal in C5 level s/o focal myelomalacia. What does it mean? Is surgery is the only option.

Intramedullary signal in C5 level s/o focal myelomalacia. What does it mean? Is surgery is the only option.

Myelomalacia: Myelomalacia is the end damage findings on mri. No surgical treatment for this type of damage is available. If the cause of the damage is a herniated disc or bone spur (osteophyte) still compressing the spinal canal or spinal cord itself, surgery can be performed to prevent further damage. Please discuss the difference with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had hammertoe surgery 3 month, s ago and there's excessive swelling! What else can I do or take other than ice and elevation?

I had hammertoe surgery 3 month, s ago and there's excessive swelling! What else can I do or take other than ice and elevation?

SWELLING.: Your PA may be contributory. Also, talk to your surgeon about the complication of a "sausage toe", which is usually a prolonged swollen and sometimes red toe. Compression wraps w/ Coban and an acetate steroid injection might help. Are the x-rays ok? Finally, did you follow the surgeon's post-op orders? ...Read more

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Gallbladder surgery 3 months ago but now the day (s) after exercise (circuit training and field hockey) I feel completely wiped out?

Gallbladder surgery 3 months ago but now the day (s) after exercise (circuit training and field hockey) I feel completely wiped out?

Unrelated: You are far enough removed from the surgery so that it should not be the cause of your fatigue. Best to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Have friend in 40's; told has bulging disc; told also by 2 doctors would need surgery to correct. Is this true or is there more options?

Have friend in 40's; told has bulging disc; told also by 2 doctors would need surgery to correct. Is this true or is there more options?

? pain in legs?: Does your friend have leg pain that can be associated with the spinal level with the disc bulge? If you take 100 40 year olds with no back pain, 30 of them will have bulging discs. If you have leg pain that correlates with the disc bulges, your odds of good surgical result are improved. Recent studies report not much difference between surgery and no surgery 5 years out. ...Read more

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I had De Quervain's surgery 6 years ago and have just recently seen recurring symptoms. The pain is almost unbareable. It keeps me up at night and I am unable to do routine daily activities like turn a doorknob. Opening s jar of peanut butter almost reduc

I had De Quervain's surgery 6 years ago and have just recently seen recurring symptoms. The pain is almost unbareable. It keeps me up at night and I am unable to do routine daily activities like turn a doorknob. Opening s jar of peanut butter almost reduc

DeQuervian's Disease: 34 year old woman with DeQuervian's stenosing tenosynovitis s/p decompression 6 years ago now with recurring symptoms. Rest and splint your thumb if possible, ice, NSAIDs. Immediately call your hand surgeon. It may be that one tendon was decompressed, your Abductor Pollicis Longus, but you have since developed symptoms in the Extensor Pollicis Brevis tendon sheath and need injection/decompression. ...Read more

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Am outside the u.s so if I want to have surgery wat can I do?

Am outside the u.s so if I want to have surgery wat can I do?

Consult a surgeon!: The US does not have a monopoly on surgeons. There are qualified surgeons everywhere in the world. Just as I would advise in the US, do a bit of research to try to find the best hospital in the area and a surgeon with good credentials. You may also want to get a second opinion.
One thing you will find is that surgery outside the US is probably much more affordable! ...Read more

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In your 30's 40's and 50's, what are the chances of needing any kind of surgery?

In your 30's 40's and 50's, what are the chances of needing any kind of surgery?

Not rare: I can't give you a percentage, but if you consider all the variety of procedures possible, from oral extractions to skin lesions to orthopoedic repairs to simple hernias to the complex GI procedure to cardiothoracic procedures, there's a good chance something will be needed, and I'm not even including colonoscopy and other endoscopic procedures. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had rk surgery in the 80, s and now need catarac surgery how will that go?

I had rk surgery in the 80, s and now need catarac surgery how will that go?

ORA: You may want to ask your surgeon about the ora (intraoperative aberrometer) which allows for intraoperative measurements for the implant after the cataract is removed. This may help to confirm the iol power, especially beneficial in patients with previous refractive surgery. ...Read more

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How popular in the u.S. Is labiaplasty and vaginoplasty surgery?

How popular in the u.S. Is labiaplasty and vaginoplasty surgery?

Labiaplasty: Labiaplasty, or cosmetic gynecology, is the fastest growing segment of cosmetic surgery in the U.S. The vast majority of women presenting for consideration of labiaplasty have normal genitalia. However, most women complain of discomfort with activities such as sports, bike riding, or during intercourse. Also, many do not like the appearance in certain clothes such as swimsuits, etc. ...Read more

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Does having scoliosis surgery disqualify you for the u.S. Military?

Does having scoliosis surgery disqualify you for the u.S. Military?

See:: Http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/spine. Htm ** "Any surgical fusion of spinal vertebrae (P81.0) is disqualifying."** disqualifying ...Read more

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A female late50's was told she's in early stages of low cataract today. What does this mean and can it be reversed? Natural and medical/surgical

A female late50's was told she's in early stages of low cataract today. What does this mean and can it be reversed? Natural and medical/surgical

Early: Or incipient cataracts are common in that age group. They require no treatment unless vision is affected or cataracts mature. The treatment will in that case be Cataract extraction with intra ocular lense implant ...Read more

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Hello. I was wondering if it’s okay to smoke weed after gullbladder surgery. Even if it’s been 2 months since the surgery and you’re in the recovery p?

Hello. I was wondering if it’s okay to smoke weed after gullbladder surgery. Even if it’s been 2 months since the surgery and you’re in the recovery p?

No: Not a good thing to do. The intentional habit of inhaling burning organic material, combined with various chemicals used in the growing and manufacturing of that material (regardless of whether it is tobacco, marijuana, or any other plant) is bad for the body. Just think about it. Who would intentionally start something burning and inhale the stuff over and over and over? ...Read more

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Surgery put off no ins I am disable haven't got it yet. Tumor been growing for a year now it feel s like its wraarourd. Something an I am having pain joldonng things on my atms an turning my neck?

Surgery put off no ins I am disable haven't got it yet. Tumor been growing for a year now it feel s like its wraarourd. Something an I am having pain joldonng things on my atms an turning my neck?

May need to go to ER: If you have been told that you have a tumor and it is causing these kinds of symptom, you need help. If this is a tumor that you know about, it could be affecting nerves in the neck or spinal cord. This is a possible emergency.
If the pain is severe you need to go to the er. The hospital might be able to get you covered by medicaid. ...Read more