J Minim Invasive Surg.  2020 Mar;23(1):3-4. 10.7602/jmis.2020.23.1.3.

Postoperative Shoulder Pain after Laparoscopic Surgery

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Abstract

We often encounter patients complaining of shoulder pain after laparoscopic surgery. The pain mechanism is believed to be due to the diaphragmatic overstretching under pressure in a pneumoperitoneum, which causes referred pain to the shoulder, but the exact mechanism has not been clarified.

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Laparoscopy; Surgery; Shoulder pain; Postoperative pain; Appendectomy
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