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A 32-year-old female asked:
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General Surgery 29 years experience
Possibly: Generally gallbladder pain occurs under your ribs on the right not over them. Also, it tends to occur after you eat (particularly greasy foods). It would be unusual for gallbladder pain to get worse throughout the day. However, gallbladder problems can act very different from patient to patient. Your doctor should be able to sort this out with you.
A 17-year-old male asked:
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General Surgery 29 years experience
Not necessarily: You do not have to get your gallbladder removed. People with decreased gallbladder ejection fraction (<50%) often have symptoms related to this problem such as pain on the right side after eating, inability to tolerate fatty foods and bloating. > than 80% of people will get better after having thier gallbladder removed. Rarely people have trouble digesting fats after surgery (cramps/ diarrhea).
A 36-year-old female asked:
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General Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Common lifestyle changes include losing weight, stoping smoking, avoiding foods and activities that seem to cause your symptoms. Medications can be quite helpful. After lifestyle changes and medications you should consider correction of the problem. Options may include laparoscopic fundoplication (nissen for example) and transoral fundoplicaton (corrects reflux without any incisons).
A 38-year-old member asked:
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General Surgery 29 years experience
A hole in diaphragm: A hiatal hernia is when a part of the stomach comes up through a hole in the diaphragm into the chest. The diaphragm is a thin muscle that helps us breath and separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. The most common type of hiatal hernia can cause reflux or heartburn. This is treated with medication and sometimes laparoscopic or endoscopic surgery.
A 37-year-old member asked:
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General Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Itching is a very common part of wound healing. As long as there is no or minimal redness or drainage from the wound there is nothing to worry about. If it is very bothersome i would recommend an over the counter antihistamine like benadryl (diphenhydramine).
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