Post Operative Gas

Post-Operative Gas

Post-operative gas is a common name for the accumulation of intestinal gas in the abdomen, chest, or throat areas that can occur following surgery. This is usually caused as a result of the anesthesia, surgical technique, or the actual operation.

What Causes Post-Operative Gas?

Post-operative gas occurs when the intestines become disrupted during surgery, causing air to be released from the bowel. This can occur when the anesthesiologist uses too much pressure during the operation, or when the surgeon performs certain maneuvers that cause intestinal disruption. Also, different surgical techniques can produce post-operative air.

Symptoms of Post-Operative Gas

The most common symptom of post-operative gas is abdominal discomfort and bloating. This can range from mild to severe. Other symptoms can include:

  • Flatulence
  • Belching
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain in the abdominal area
  • Abdominal distention
  • Difficulty passing gas

Treating Post-Operative Gas

Treatment for post-operative gas depends on the underlying cause. If the gas is caused by anesthesia, then the patient may need to wait for the anesthesia to wear off. If the gas is caused by surgical technique or the actual operation, then the patient may need to wait until the wound heals. In some cases, doctors may prescribe medications to relieve gas symptoms.

Typically, post-operative gas will subside on its own within a few days or weeks. Patients should be aware that post-operative gas is a normal side effect of surgery and that it should not be a cause for concern. However, if the gas does not go away or gets worse, a doctor should be consulted.