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A 41-year-old member asked:

what should i need to know about gall bladder surgery?

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Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Its Surgery.: There is no such thing as minor surgery if it's done on you! you should know why the surgery is advised, what happens if you do not choose to go through with it. What is donewhat are the complications possible. What is the recovery time. What restrictions apply while recovering. What alternatives to surgery exist (if any) and why not use them. Your surgeon should be able to give you all this info.

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A 57-year-old member asked:

What is the recovery time for gall bladder surgery?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Few weeks: Presuming you are referring to a laparascopicly extracted gall bladder, you should be able to do most things within a couple of weeks. If it is an open gall bladder, it can be much longer.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Will I have problems digesting oils and fats after gall bladder surgery?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Not usually: Early after surgery there may be some fatty food intolerance, with abdominal cramping or diarrhea. Usually that resolves in a few weeks, if it happens at all. There is about a 1 in 400 chance of having persistent diarrhea after eating, which may not be specifically related to fatty foods.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are complications you can have after gall bladder surgery?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Very low risk: Gallbladder removal is one of the most common operations performed in the us and is, thankfully, very safe. Like all abdominal operations, there are risks of bleeding, infection, blood clots, pneumonia, etc. This is somewhat dependent on the health of the patient, but generally less than 1%. A bile leak may occur less than 1% of the time after surgery; this can often be managed non surgically.
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A 70-year-old female asked:

Sphincter of ode after gall bladder surgery?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Please Clarify: The sphincter of oddi is a normal anatomic structure at the point where the bile duct enters the intestine (see duodenal papilla on pic above). Dysfunction of the sphincter, though very rare, can simulate gallbladder-type pain & is a possible explanation for ongoing pain despite gb removal. This can be diagnosed by endoscopic testing & treated by cutting the sphincter.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Which specific foods should I eat before my gall bladder surgery?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Low fat: 10 gram low fat diet is recommended. Avoid excess dairy products, fried foods, and fast foods as they are higher in fat content. Fat is the stimulus to the gallbladder.

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