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What can help Extreme back pain from esophagectomy go away?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Multiple options

The pain is likely to be because of the incision, caused by injury or pressure on an intercostal nerve, which runs under each rib.
This can resolve over time, or will take medication or some other form of intervention to heal. The last resort would be an intercostal nerve ablation, which renders the area numb.

In brief: Multiple options

The pain is likely to be because of the incision, caused by injury or pressure on an intercostal nerve, which runs under each rib.
This can resolve over time, or will take medication or some other form of intervention to heal. The last resort would be an intercostal nerve ablation, which renders the area numb.
Dr. Craig Carter
Dr. Craig Carter
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See your doctor

Back pain isn't usual after the esophagus is removed.
First see your surgeon to make sure everything is healing OK. Depending on surgical approach, different causes of pain are possible. If there is no surgical problem, or a new problem related to cancer, ask for referral to a physician anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management and can diagnose and manage your pain. Don't wait.

In brief: See your doctor

Back pain isn't usual after the esophagus is removed.
First see your surgeon to make sure everything is healing OK. Depending on surgical approach, different causes of pain are possible. If there is no surgical problem, or a new problem related to cancer, ask for referral to a physician anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management and can diagnose and manage your pain. Don't wait.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Go see your surgeon

immediately to ensure there is no issues going on to worry about, and to ensure no complications to worry about.
It may be expected course of recovery, but then again, it maybe a sign of some complication, or other pathology.

In brief: Go see your surgeon

immediately to ensure there is no issues going on to worry about, and to ensure no complications to worry about.
It may be expected course of recovery, but then again, it maybe a sign of some complication, or other pathology.
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
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