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16 Jul 2005

Nissen Fundoplication
Dear Doc

I had a fundoplication done three days ago and according to the surgeon it was over 6cm and the largest he has seen. However, the discomfort from the small wounds was absolutely minimal BUT I came out of anaesthetic with the most horrendous pain in both shoulders and sinews of the neck. I repeatedly asked why this was and the only reply I received from my dr. was that 'it was his fault as the hole in the diaphragm was much larger than expected and had to have more stitches' - end of explanation. Repeated questions received no joy either. All I needed to know was why I was in so much pain - the painkillers were taken for my shoulders and would not have been needed for the abdomen. Could this have happened because I had to be moved around (by my arms) on the table and the muscles and shoulder joints probably at an unusual angle for a good period of time? Otherwise I feel 100% with swallowing, burping and minor pain - just wish I could removed my arms for a while!!!
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01 Jan 0001

Elizabeth, the shoulder pain is usually due to air moving in between the liver and the diaphragm and this causes a referred pain in the shoulders. It should clear up within a week or so and at no stage become wore (contact your doctor ASAP if it happens). Good luck.
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