The abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide gas to increase the surface area. This creates a dome like elevated structure for better view of the organs. The area of abdominal wall is also increased by insufflation with carbon dioxide gas. Post laparoscopy shoulder pain is associated with insertion of carbon dioxide gas during a gallbladder surgery . Shoulder pain occurs mainly due to the below given reasons.
Shoulder pain is usually a common side effect of laparoscopy surgery. The pain gradually disappears after 2 or 3 days. During that period, doctors advice consumption of warm drinks and lemon tea. The pain can be alleviated with ginger ale, peppermint tea or carrot juice. If the pain aggravates, doctors prescribe anti-gas pills or pain killers. Some common shoulder exercises also help to reduce the pain.
If you still have the shoulder pain I would recommend checking with your Doctor.
I hope this helps you in some small way.
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