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Question: Gallbladder removed, pain in right side now

 chefstacy - Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:49 am

Thank you in advance for any assistance!! 11 days ago my gallbladder was removed laproscopically. 2 days after surgery I started getting a pain in my side under my lower right rib. It occured with deep breaths, laughing, sneezing, yawning, etc. The pain is still present and sometimes shoots up to my shoulder area. Laying on my back or right side can be uncomfortable. Could this pain still be from the gas used during the surgery? What else could be causing this pain? The pain has not moved as I would expect a "gas bubble" to do. I am just surprised that it has been present for over one week. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
 Dr. M. Mavru - Sat Jan 21, 2006 2:58 am

User avatar Dear chefsatcy,
Pain under the rib cage and referred in the shoulder blade area is usually a sign of diaphragmatic irritation.
The most likely cause, after a laparoscopic cholecystectomy is due to gas, and should recede in a few days.
If not, or should other symptoms supervene please contact your surgeon

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