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A 27-year-old male asked:

How long does it takes to recover from gall bladder surgery?

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Dr. Scott Welle
Bariatrics 17 years experience
About a week: If done minimally invasively you should expect to be back to work in about a week on average. I have had patients go back to work a early as 2 days after surgery. If done open, big incision, expect to be laid up for much longer.
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Dr. Carlos Tache Leon
surgery 28 years experience
Around 2 weeks: If done laparoscopically most patients can return to normal activity in 2 weeks or less, with exception of heavy lifting. Open cholecystectomy might take longer.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

How long would it take for my gall bladder surgery scars to disappear?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Gradually: These small scars usually slowly become lighter in color and softer over 3-6 months. Can also try some of the drug store medications for scars like "mederma" or "neosporin scar" for example.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

I had open gall bladder surgery how long will it take to be fully healed?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
See below: Usually about 4 to 6 weeks before you can do all heavy activities or heavy exercises. Over the first 1 to 2 weeks after surgery, start increasing light activities such as walking or treadmill if ok with your surgeon.
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A female asked:

How long off work after gall bladder surgery?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Open or laparascopic: After a laparoscopic gall bladder removal, returning to work can happen in just a few days if all goes well. Open surgery (cholecystectomy) takes much longer to recover from. This assumes an elective operation with no infection before or after the procedure!
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A 42-year-old female asked:

How long after gall bladder surgery can I use the elliptical exercise machine?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Stokes
Surgery 17 years experience
Exercise: I let my post-laparoscopic patients do cardio anytime after surgery when the patient feels well. The only restriction for most is no heavy lifting for one week after surgery. If you think you are ready, enjoy!
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How long should I wait after having gall bladder surgery to lay on my stomach?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Fishman
Dr. Brian Fishmananswered
Emergency Medicine 10 years experience
Until Pain Subsides: After gallbladder surgery, you may feel bloated and your incisions will be sore to touch. Anything that increases pressure in your abdomen (changing position from sitting to standing, lifting, etc.) will cause discomfort. You can lie on your stomach if it doesn't cause pain, but be careful not to get up or turn suddenly. Follow your surgeon's instructions about activity and pain meds.
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