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Gas after a laparoscopy: why they appear and how to relieve them

After a laparoscopy -or laparoscopic surgery- it is common for gases to appear that can sometimes cause a lot of pain. Find out why they arise and what to do to relieve them naturally.

Laparoscopy is probably characterized by being one of the most advanced and comfortable surgeries that exist, not only for the medical specialist himself but also for the patient, mainly because it becomes a minimally invasive surgery system, since only out small and minimal incisions for its realization. In addition, it is not only a surgical technique, but also useful for observing the pelvic-abdominal cavity with the help of an optical lens in order to observe the images inside.

In other words, it provides many advantages compared to traditional open surgery, given that a smaller incision is made (with the obvious better aesthetic effect in terms of healing), and its comfort in terms of less postoperative pain. And to a much faster recovery of the patient, with a shorter permanence or stay in the hospital.

However, despite its comfort and its medical importance for being minimally invasive, it can become inconvenient for the patient just a few hours after it is performed. And it is that gases can arise that in most cases tend to be very painful. We explain why they appear and how to relieve them.

Why do gases appear after a laparoscopy?

To perform laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon makes 3 to 4 small incisions in the person’s abdomen. Through one of these incisions the laparoscope is inserted, while other medical instruments will be inserted through the other incisions in order to aid in the removal.

Once this is done, gas is pumped to expand the abdomen, which is very helpful to the surgeon by having more space to work. And, precisely, it is this insufflated gas that can cause discomfort and abdominal pain for several days after the surgical procedure is carried out.

It is common for people who undergo this type of surgery to feel pain in the shoulders and neck days after the laparoscopy. The reason is that carbon dioxide irritates the diaphragm, so as the gas is absorbed by the body, the pain tends to gradually disappear.

How to relieve gas after a laparoscopy:

Since it tends to be very difficult to expel the gases insufflated during laparoscopic surgery because they are not located inside the stomach or in the intestines, but more specifically in the area of ​​the peritoneum, it is common for the patient after the operation feel a lot of discomfort and become even more nervous at the impossibility of expelling gases as you normally would.

For this reason, it is very important not to add more gases to those already existing in the body, to avoid additional and greater discomfort. It is essential to avoid swallowing air while eating, chewing food slowly and always carefully, avoiding swallowing if our mouth is not closed.

If, for example, you underwent gallbladder removal, it is quite possible that your surgeon or doctor has advised you on what diet to follow and what foods to eat in the weeks after surgery. Obviously, you should avoid those foods that cause the production of more additional gas in your body, especially in the stomach and intestines. Thus, for example, foods such as broccoli, cabbage, beans, dairy products, corn and carbonated drinks  (carbonated, for example soft drinks or beers) are not recommended.

Walking for a few minutes every so often throughout the day is also helpful to reduce pain and discomfort. This will help you in turn when your own body absorbs excess gas.  Since you will have to be at rest, it is enough to walk around your house.

Little by little you will feel how the gases disappear. However, if after a few days you continue the same, or in a lot of pain, it is best to go to your doctor, especially if it is accompanied by fever, diarrhea, and nausea or vomiting.

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