Are you suffering from back pain post-gallbladder removal and are wondering what’s causing this and what can be done about it?

Many people wonder about this, so I asked this question to Akram Alashari, MD, an abdominal and critical care surgeon for Grand Strand Surgical Specialists, Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC, and author of THE POWER OF PEAK STATE.

Dr. Alashari explains, “It is not unusual for people who have had laparoscopic cholecystectomy [gallbladder removal] to experience muscular pain in the region of their puncture wounds under the ribs.

“This pain can sometimes radiate to the back and can be confused with gallbladder pain in the early postoperative period. This usually resolves after five to seven days and can be treated with a local heating pad.”

The heating pad should be in the form of a water bottle that contours nicely to the curvature of your back.

Additional pain following removal of the gallbladder:

Dr. Alashari adds, “Patients having had laparoscopic cholecystectomy occasionally experience shoulder pain which is usually due to the carbon dioxide used to inflate your abdomen during surgery. This typically resolves within a few days.”