I have horrible pain in my right shoulder that comes and goes. It was brought on after a laproscopic appendectomy. Will it go away?
"Referred" Pain. The nerves that innervate the diaphragm also go to the shoulder; therefore, irritation of the diaphragm may be "felt" in the shoulder. The most common cause of this irritation following laparoscopy is the carbon dioxide used to inflate the cavity; this should resolve after 24-36hrs. If this pain is present 1-2 weeks later, it may be due to an abscess under the diaphragm; follow-up w/your surgeon.
Usually. Minute amounts of air enter the abdomen during laproscopic surgery. This air, when you stand, floats up to the top of the abdomen - the diaphragm. When air hits that, it can cause sharp pains in the shoulder area. Typically this gradually improves as the air is reabsorbed.