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A 33-year-old female asked:

I'm 5 days post-op from having my gallbladder removed laparoscopically.i still have extreme bloating and discomfort,but not much pain.is this normal?

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
A Verified Doctoranswered
45 years experience
Bloating post op: Likely, all instilled air is gone. I suspect you have slowed intestinal motility still. Be sure you are not backed up. Eat small portions, small meals, small bites. Walk twicw daily.
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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
Often it takes a while for the bile ducts to expand and hold a little bile for a fatty meal a function which your gallbladder performed whe you had one. Patience and a low fat diet may help!
Sep 10, 2014
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Dr. Kathryn Ko
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Yes: usually lasts a few days to 1 wk after. If gets worse please call your surgeon to discuss. Sounds like you're on road to recovery! hang in there!
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