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After gallbladder surgery within a one year ago I've been having lots of green bowel movements is that normal?

After gallbladder surgery within a one year ago I've been having lots of green bowel movements is that normal?

Color: The color of stool doesnt matter unless they are red (bloody) white (acholic , no pigment) or back (tarry) for upper Gi bleed. The color can be affected by what we eat. It is possible that the bile without its storage unit (the gallbladder) is passing faster through the system staining the stools. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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I had gallbladder surgery last Tuesday.Had one stool thurs. I haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. Is this normal?

I had gallbladder surgery last Tuesday.Had one stool thurs.  I haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. Is this normal?

Can be...: It's common to have constipation after any surgery, especially if you are taking any narcotic pain medication. The best think to do is to get some light activity (like walking 3 times per day). I also usually recommend to my patients over the counter Milk of Magnesia 30ml once in the morning and once at night. If you don't have a bowel movement in 48 hours you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What symptoms are normal after gallbladder surgery?

What symptoms are normal after gallbladder surgery?

Few: Of course, the first few days you'll have some soreness, perhaps some fatigue. A fraction of patients will have stool urgency for a limited time after surgery, but that will be self limited, or treatable w imodium. That's about it. I hear tales about chronic diarrhea from patient's relatives, but there's no biologic reason to have this problem. And, you no longer have fat restrictions. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal after gallbladder surgery (a week later) to not be able to sit or stand up straight for more than 10 minutes without immense pain?

Is it normal after gallbladder surgery (a week later) to not be able to sit or stand up straight for more than 10 minutes without immense pain?

Week Yes: Some times first wk yes, also depends how extensive was inflammation of gall bladder, surrounding adhesions , any additional procedures were etc, b y 3wk you should be o k ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain my right side three weeks after gallbladder surgery?

Is it normal to have pain my right side three weeks after gallbladder surgery?

Maybe: I assume you had laparoscopic surgery, as an open surgery has a larger incision ; longer healing phase. Pains that come ; go are normal after any surgery. If there is persistent fever, recurrent vomiting or increasing pains then contact your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have become very nauseated 6 weeks after gallbladder surgery? Is this normal and will it eventually resolve?

I have become very nauseated 6 weeks after gallbladder surgery? Is this normal and will it eventually resolve?

It should: Some patients feel great right away after gb surgery while others take a while to recover. Sometimes it was something else that was making you sick and not the gallbladder in the first place(esp if you did not have stones). You should follow up with your doctor/surgeon. You may require an upper endoscopy or consider h. Pylori infestation of the stomach. ...Read more

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How long until my son goes back to normal after a gallbladder surgery?

How long until my son goes back to normal after a gallbladder surgery?

Unknown: 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

Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more


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