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Clinical Trial
. 1987 Mar;94(3):267-9.
doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1987.tb02366.x.

Abdominal Pain After Laparoscopy: The Value of a Gas Drain

Clinical Trial

Abdominal Pain After Laparoscopy: The Value of a Gas Drain

J I Alexander et al. Br J Obstet Gynaecol. .

Abstract

In an attempt to reduce pain after laparoscopy, a drain was left for 6 h in the peritoneal cavity through the umbilical incision to take advantage of visceral peristaltic and voluntary muscle movements to expel residual gas. In a randomized study 25 treated patients were compared with 28 controls. Use of the drain was found to approximately halve the frequency of pain throughout the first 2 postoperative days. The severity of pain was also significantly reduced in the first 6 h and after mobilization at home the next day when pain is usually at its worst.

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