Someone please explain shoulder pain that occurs with surgery?

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   Posted 9/22/2012 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I have read several post about shoulder pain after surgery but no one has explain why? Please help my surgery is this Friday the 28th.

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   Posted 9/22/2012 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I found the answer on a nissen fundoplication website. I t is from the CO2 they put in you to expand the stomach to work. It is also from positioning.
Kaye M

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   Posted 9/22/2012 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe it is very common after any laparoscopic survey because of the gases they use to inflate the abdomen. I thought it was nitrogen they use though. I guess once you are vertical after the survey any left over gases travel up to the shoulder area and cause pain. Happened to my wife after a laparoscopic surgery.

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   Posted 9/23/2012 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep very common with lap surgeries of the abdomin. I had it with all 4 belly surgeries. Walking really helps get it to go away.

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   Posted 9/24/2012 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor warned me before my surgery that I would have shoulder pain afterwards.  He said it was because during the surgery they turn you on your side and most of your body weight is on the shoulder.  

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   Posted 9/25/2012 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
The shoulder pain is from the CO2, but if you have a nissen with a hernia repair the shoulder pain also comes from gas in your system. Watch what you eat and WALK!
It definitely helps with the gas.
Best of luck.
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