Pain after Stomach Surgery

Pain after Stomach Surgery

Stomach surgery is a common procedure to help treat many problems including:

  • Obesity
  • Hernias
  • Ulcers
  • Cancer

No matter what the surgical procedure, there are various risks of complications occurring; for this reason surgery is considered a last resort after all other non-surgical methods of care have been tried. Unfortunately for the patient, pain after stomach surgery is highly likely although for the most part it is only temporary and will generally fade over a couple of days. Pain after stomach surgery is more associated with the method of open surgery which involves making one large incision; this method requires more stitching and more pain and soreness during recovery. The method that is now preferred to open surgery is called laparoscopic surgery and has reduced the risk of side effects and complications and also pain.

Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is also commonly referred to as keyhole surgery as has led to abdominal surgery becoming safer and recovery time becoming quicker; pain after stomach surgery also decreases when carrying out surgery laparoscopically.

This method of surgery is carried out by making four to six incisions of only 1-2 cm; this allows the wounds to heal quicker after surgery. The incisions are large enough for small cutting instruments and a telescope with camera to be placed into the abdomen. The telescope and camera are able to transfer video images of the inside of the abdomen to a video screen so that the surgeon can gain a clear picture of where he is working. To give the surgeon enough room in which to manoeuvre, a gas such as carbon dioxide is used to inflate the tummy.

General anaesthesia in surgery

Some of the pain after stomach surgery is caused by the effects of the general anaesthesia that is used. General anaesthesia is the medication of choice during surgery so that patients feel no pain; it also allows the patient to be asleep during the operation so that there is no chance of movement.

After the operation, as the effects of the anaesthesia begin to wear off, it is likely that a patient will feel disorientated, sick and may vomit, general anaesthesia can also affect decision making. A nurse may offer pain relief to relief any discomfort being caused.

Pain from the wound after surgery

Pain after stomach surgery can also come from the abdomen that has been stitched up, swelling, redness, discomfort and soreness may all be felt from the wound and cause pain. These are generally classed as side effects and will subside after a couple of days, during this time pain relief given by a nurse will be enough to combat discomfort.

Pain from eating after surgery

If you have undergone surgery to restrict or bypass part of the stomach to treat obesity or have had part or all of the stomach removed due to cancer then this will call for a significant change in diet. Eating too quickly, not chewing and eating the wrong kinds of food can all cause significant pain.