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Any Alternative Treatment For Gallstones Except Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
Surgery not a must: Gallstones are very common and more common with age. Most of the time these cause no problems but they can become symptomatic and cause pain. At their worst they can cause gallbladder infection and pancreatitis. At times they block the biliary system. Surgery is done on an elective basis for most people with symptomatic stones and on an urgent basis for gallbladder infection/ inflammation. ...Read more
I had laparoscopic cholecystectomy 2 mths ago (gallstones), histology confirmed gallbladder has acute&chronic inflamation. Do I need endoscopy?
General Surgeon: Most general surgeons are trained in laparoscopic techniques. Not all cholecystectomy patients are candidates, but the vast majority are. I am assuming you have already had workup determining the need for the procedure. ...Read more
2 weeks: Generally it is recommended to postpone sex for at least 2 weeks after a laparoscopic procedure. The incisional pain is generally the limiting factor, but other factors such as recovery from general anesthesia, pain medications and other GI complaints may make sex less appealing. ...Read more
It varies: Some patients with mild disease and favorable anatomy may take only 20-30 minutes of operative time, defined as the time from first incision to closure of the last incision. Others with severe disease or prior operations or morbid obesity may require up to a couple of hours. Of course, it takes extra time to get ready for the operation and wake up afterwards. ...Read more
Please help! What is the purpose of performing a cholecystostomy during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?
To drain the GB: Sometimes the gallbladder is very swollen and tense. This makes it hard to grasp, hold, and retract. Sometimes we have to drain the bile out of the gallbladder so we can grasp hold of it with the instruments. A long needle is inserted through on of the trocars and the bile is aspirated into a syringe. ...Read more
Yes, for a while: The belly button is the site where many surgeons put the laparoscopic camera, is often the largest port for cholecystectomy. It is often where the gallbladder is removed from. During closure, the incision must be closed, or there is a risk for a hernia to develop. Some pain is common, up to several months afterwards, however if there is redness, tenderness and marked swelling, see your surgeon. ...Read more
Is it normal to have gas trouble and tiredness after laparoscopic cholecystectomy? Surgery was 4 days back.
Yes.: It may take weeks for your digestive system to adjust to "losing" your gallbladder; your gas trouble is likely a manifestation of this adjustment. As far as the lethargy...You just had general anesthesia, which takes days to get out of your system. Lethargy is normal and expected, as well as afternoon naps. Be sure and follow-up with your surgeon, as recommended. ...Read more
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy 10 weeks ago and still have nausea and lethargy and diarrhoea x 1 a day. Is this normal?
Quite possibly: After lap cholecystectomy, diarrhea once a day is fairly normal. Occasional to frequent nausea is not uncommon, sepia lily with fatty foods. Lethargy is a bit less expected. If you have not had a follow-up about the symptoms with your surgeon, I would. While usually not a problem, prudent care would include checking for signs of infection and blood work to make sure the liver enzymes are ok. ...Read more
I have severe right shoulder when breathing deep. Constant shoulder pain otherwise. Had laparoscopic cholecystectomy and tubal ligation 3 weeks ago.
Usually not long:
Although we do the same operation on everyone for gallbladder disease, everyone reacts to it differently.
Some of my patients are back to normal within a day or two, but others are incapacitated for 6 wks or more.
Therefore, unfortunately, there is no way to answer your question with any certainty. ...Read more
Imaging: A cholecystostomy is not a routine part of the laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedure. In some cases, this may be done to place a catheter for cholangiogram (visualize bile ducts with contrast). It may also be done to extract a particularly large stone or otherwise assist the surgeon in removal of the gallbladder itself. ...Read more
What are the chances of, if at all, resuming peritoneal dialysis after having a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?
I'm having laparoscopic cholecystectomy to remove gallbladder. Will the wounds be stitched with staples or glued?
I undergone laparoscopic cholecystectomy on friday (07 march 2014) from sunday evening I started to have hiccups which are continuing for last 6days.?
Hard to say: This is an unusual potential complication of the laparoscopic cholecystectomy, especially after six days. If you're having no other symptoms I would suggest that this has nothing to do with the cholecystectomy. You should see your doctor or your surgeon and get evaluated find out what is going on. ...Read more
Depends: It depends where it is located. If it is near the incisions, it could be related to the surgical dressings used. If it is across the abdomen, it could be the surgical prep. ...Read more
I had Laparoscopic cholecystectomy 2 mths ago, histology confirmed acute&chronic inflammation in the gallbladder. No symptoms now. Is there any risks?
0.6%: That means 99.4% don't have this complication. ...Read more
I am 8 days post op laparoscopic cholecystectomy and as of yesterday started having a sharp pain like a pulled muscle on my left side. Is this normal?
Could be normal but.: It could be a normal part of the healing process, but if the pain is severe you need to contact your surgeon. They may want to see you to make sure that everything is okay. If it worsens and you cannot reach your surgeon go to ED. ...Read more
Now: Could start as soon as you would like. ...Read more
What are the chances of developing DVT after laparoscopic cholecystectomy? Would DVT symptoms be apparent? Is screening a good idea?
Long list, rare occ:
The list of risks I give my patients usually makes them concerned, but they feel better after I explain to them that the risk of any of these things happening is only about 5%, and that is usually infection. But all of these risks have happened to someone in the past.
4. Retained stone
5. Bile duct injury
6. Bowel injury
7. Need for another procedure. ...Read more
I recently had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy and to this day, I keep feeling sharp pain in my ulq. It usually happens after I've eaten. Why?
See your surgeon: You may have a stone retained in your biliary tract or other problems with biliary drainage. See your surgeon so he or she can investigate further. ...Read more
Pain 2 inches to left of navel after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. 10 days out still painful. Why?
Ask your surgeon: THis seems a long time, and there are lots of possible causes. You certainly need to check in with your surgeon and possibly be seen. You can safely use heat on the painful area, and take a small amount of whatever pain reliever was suggested right after the surgery. Good luck! ...Read more