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

“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,” explains Akram Alashari, MD, a trauma surgeon at Geisinger Medical Center in PA, and author of “THE POWER OF PEAK STATE.”

“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 Gallbladder Removal

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.”

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Dr. Alashari was formerly with Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in SC as an abdominal and critical care surgeon. 
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. 


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