Simple manoeuvre 'curbs pain on coughing' post-surgery

The procedure is effective after abdominal surgery for gastroenterological conditions, researchers say

The pain of coughing after abdominal surgery can be reduced using a bilateral flank compression manoeuvre, say the Japanese surgeons who came up with the idea.

Young Asian woman coughing in hospital bed

"Despite the major advances in analgesic techniques, pain relief on coughing after abdominal surgery remains challenging,” they wrote in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

The team from Kyorin University School of Medicine in Tokyo devised the bilateral flank