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Is it normal to have severe burning and knots under a two week old incision sight for gallbladder surgery?

Is it normal to have severe burning and knots under a  two week old incision sight for gallbladder surgery?

Depends: What type of surgery did you have, open or laparoscopic? Which site is tender? Is there redness & swelling? Some discomfort and incision edema my be seen only 2 weeks after surgery. But really need to ask your own surgeon who was there. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


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I had gallbladder surgery on 4/21 and keep getting told that the burning "acid" I have is just GERD. I'm on acid inhibitor x3 daily @ 40 mg no relief. I believe I have bile leak can you help?

I had gallbladder surgery on 4/21 and keep getting told that the burning "acid" I have is just GERD. I'm on acid inhibitor x3 daily @ 40 mg no relief. I believe I have bile leak can you help?

Cholestyramine: When you have your gallbladder out bile is continuously sent into your digestive tract. In some patients this does not cause a problem. In others it can cause severe reflux and diarrhea. In those patients often a bile acid binder like cholestyramine can be used to help relieve symptoms. I suggest you talk to your doctor to see if this may be helpful to you. ...Read more

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Had gallbladder surgery 3 weeks ago soon after had a burning throat and pain in chest. Start taking pantoprazole but no better. other treatments?

See surgeon: This could be reflux but so soon after a surgery it is best to check with your surgeon and make sure there are no complications. In the meantime you could try taking the pantoprazole twice a day and other reflux prevention techniques. Here's a few: avoid nicotine,mints, alcohol and acidic foods, raise head of bed 2-3 inches. Eat small meals. Don't eat 3 hrs before bedtime Good luck. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder surgery 4 years ago.I have had constant stomach issues since then. I have bloating, nausea, burning in stomach what could it be?

I had gallbladder surgery 4 years ago.I have had constant stomach issues since then. I have bloating, nausea, burning in stomach what could it be?

Many things: There are many things that could cause your symptoms, including gastritis. If you have tried antacids without relief, it is time to see your gastroenterologist for a complete workup. ...Read more

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Post gallbladder surgery done 3 weeks ago and now have nausea, burning in upper right stomach and pain wraps around to the back, weak, diarrhea, nause?

Post gallbladder surgery done 3 weeks ago and now have nausea, burning in upper right stomach and pain wraps around to the back, weak, diarrhea, nause?

Needs to see surgeon: The patient needs to alert her surgeon who may decide to measure her over function tests and do an ultrasound of the abdomen to see if she has any fluid collections. ...Read more

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How do I know if i need gallbladder surgery?

How do I know if i need gallbladder surgery?

Symptoms: See your doctor for an examination. Do you have upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, pains after eating, abdominal bloating and gas? Do you have gallstones on ultrasound? If you have these, then surgery may be helpful for you. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for gallbladder surgery?

What is the recovery time for gallbladder surgery?

1-2 wks: Most patients can resume their work and usual activities in 1-2 wks following uncomplicated laparoscopic gall bladder removal. ...Read more

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What should be the diet after gallbladder surgery?

What should be the diet after gallbladder surgery?

Once your doctor : Gives the ok, and normal healthy diet high in fiber, hi in fluids, avoiding greasy fried foods and processed foods and low in fats is generally a good healthy plan. Having gall bladder out requires no special diet. ...Read more

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What can I expect when having gallbladder surgery?

WELL TOLERATED: Gallbladder surgery is almost always done laparoscopically, and is usually as an outpatient. General anesthesia is required. There will be 3-4 small puncture wounds. Some sites may offer a single, slightly larger, site approach. Regardless, you should be back to full activity in 5-10 days. Some post-op soreness. Once you are fully awake there's no dietary restrictions. Good luck. ...Read more

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Which was your experience after gallbladder surgery?

Which was your experience after gallbladder surgery?

Usually, good..: Since 1990 I have performed over 4000 laparoscopic cholecystectomies, as well as another 100+ open cholecystectomies. The vast majority of our patients are outpatient, going home about 2 hrs after surgery. Most are back to "normal" within a week, with no dietary restrictions . Of course, unfortunately, some have had some complications, which we are prepared to manage. I hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm about to have gallbladder surgery?

What to do if I'm about to have gallbladder surgery?

Take a deep breath: First of all, take a deep breath. Things will most likely be fine. The night before the operation, stop taking food and drink by mouth as directed by your doctor. Try to avoid fatty foods leading up to the operation as this may aggravate your gallbladder disease. make arrangements to be out of work for at least one week. Then try to relax. ...Read more

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What is involved in gallbladder surgery and recovery?

What is involved in gallbladder surgery and recovery?

Laparoscopic: Gallbladder surgery. It is a surgical procedure done under general anesthesia, while one is asleep. One to four small incisions are used for the surgical instruments. Carbon dioxide gas is used and a camera inserted to see. The gallbladder is removed, then you wake up and go to the recovery room. Usually little discomfort ; usually back to normal activities in 2 weeks or less. ...Read more

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Please i want to see gallbladder surgery online or recorded?

Please i want to see gallbladder surgery online or recorded?

YouTube: The society of american gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgeons (sages) has a posted youtube that is available with explanations: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=9eazgjc9wc0. ...Read more

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Had gallbladder surgery what would be the best diet to be on?

Had gallbladder surgery what would be the best diet to be on?

Depends: Immediately after surgery i find patients who eat greasy or fatty food have a lot of abdominal pain and cramping with diarrhea and urgent trips to the bathroom. It takes a while for the body to get used to not having a large input of bile with each meal to help digest the fat. While almost everyone goes back to eating a normal diet. I recommend my patients avoid high fat foods for the first 4 wk. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could i expect from gallbladder surgery?

Well tolerated.: Usually this is done laparoscopically, with one incision at the belly button and 2-3 upper abdominal incisions. These are usually less than an inch in size. This is most often an outpatient procedure, home the same day. Incisions will be sore for a week or so, and you will be limited to light activity for a month or so. ...Read more

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I am 5 months post gallbladder surgery. What will happen to me if i am not eating?

I am 5 months post gallbladder surgery. What will happen to me if i  am not eating?

Malnutrition...: Not eating of course will make anyone become in malnutrition, eventually emaciation to the end of life. I hope this is not what you meant. But, our body takes time to adapt living after gallbladder removal. The decades accumulated experience has told us a commonsensical dietary modification will do the trick. So, ask surgeon for detail and get going. Best wish... ...Read more

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I am going in for gallbladder surgery tomorrow and I am alittle scared. How to calm down?

I am going in for gallbladder surgery tomorrow and I am alittle scared. How to calm down?

Relax: Gb surgery is extremely common and very safe. Most patients go home the same day and do extremely well. You will naturally have pain the first few days but you will have medication for that and it will rapidly improve over the first week. Four weeks after the surgery you will most likely be pain free and back to your old activities. Feel better soon. ...Read more

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After care for gallbladder surgery?

After care for gallbladder surgery?

Depends: Immediately after surgery i find patients who eat greasy or fatty food have a lot of abdominal pain and cramping with diarrhea and urgent trips to the bathroom. It takes a while for the body to get used to not having a large input of bile with each meal to help digest the fat. While almost everyone goes back to eating a normal diet. I recommend my patients avoid high fat foods for the first 4 wk. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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