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My wife stomach is suddenly swollen as if she is pregnant, what is this? Gallbladder surgery in the past, 2 years ago, pancreatitis before.

My wife stomach is suddenly swollen as if she is pregnant, what is this? Gallbladder surgery in the past, 2 years ago, pancreatitis before.

Could be many: Things but with prior surgery this could represent adhesions and a bowel obstruction from the prior surgery. This needs to be evaluated sooner rather than later by your doctor or in a hospital er. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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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Weird upper stomach feeling 6weeks post laparoscopic gallbladder surgery & ercp pancreatitis. 3 months post Csection. Uncomfortable. No pain. NORMAL?

Possibly: Residual symptoms of pancreatitis can include some fullness and discomfort, depending on severity and cause. During the period of recovery, abstinence from alcohol, limiting fatty food intake, may limit the stress on the pancreas. Your doctor should check pancreatic enzymes to make sure they are normalizing. If there are any concerns, additional blood testing and further imaging may be necessary ...Read more

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What causes back pain after gallbladder surgery?

What causes back pain after gallbladder surgery?

Several things: Most common cause for back pain after gb surgery is transporting you from the or table when you are only semi-awake...Less common cause is a retained stone in your common duct which could be accompanied by jaundice. ...Read more

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What causes elevated bilirubin after gallbladder surgery?

What causes elevated bilirubin after gallbladder surgery?

Depends on how: Much of elevation and how soon after surgery. If it is sudden elevation shortly after surgery, it could mean something bad, like retained stone, obstruction of common duct, liver damage, etc. Conversely, if is is a slight elevation years after surgery, then it is probably not even related. ...Read more

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My gallbladder surgery caused almost immediate weight gain, and I know it's related because I didn't have a weight problem before. Why?

My gallbladder surgery caused almost immediate weight gain, and I know it's related because I didn't have a weight problem before. Why?

Water?: Could be due to generalize water retention after the operation. This will go away as you go through the recovery period. May last 1-3 weeks. This depends of course when you had your surgery. If you're concerned something is wrong, call your surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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After open gallbladder surgery, I've had really bad lower right side back pain and spasms. I mostly slept sitting up after. Can that be the cause?

Maybe: Would need more information. How long ago was the surgery? In the first few weeks after major open abdominal surgery, there sometimes can be some back muscle pains due to abnormal posture while sitting or standing. Try changing positions, stand up more straight, walk more, use local heat on the muscles. See your surgeon to be sure that you are healing properly. ...Read more

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After gallbladder surgery I still have pain lasting 20 minutes. The surgery was 9 years ago. The ultrasound done was normal. What is cause of my pain?

After gallbladder surgery I still have pain lasting 20 minutes. The surgery was 9 years ago. The ultrasound done was normal. What is cause of my pain?

Further evaluation: Needed. Right-sided abdominal pain is fairly common after gallbladder removal and can be due to retained stones, microlithiasis or biliary dyskinesia. An evaluation by a gastroenterologist is necessary to sort out the cause and determine next steps. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Could gallbladder surgery cause bloody stool?

Could gallbladder surgery cause bloody stool?

Not likely.: If you have blood in your stool, it most likely something else and it deserves another work up. I'd advise that you speak to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder surgery cause you to develop acid/bile reflux?

Can gallbladder surgery cause you to develop acid/bile reflux?

Not usually: Once a bad gallbladder is removed and those symptoms fade, your underlying bile/acid reflux may become more symptomatic. Bile binders and anti acid medications can help you. Okay to check in with your surgeon or your regular doc. Be well. ...Read more

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Taking PPI for acid reflux after gallbladder surgery but not feeling better. Could it be caused by an imbalance in the body and if so tests to find.

Taking PPI for acid reflux after gallbladder surgery but not feeling better. Could it be caused by an imbalance in the body and if so tests to find.

Bile reflux: Most likely due to bile reflux not acid reflux/ Suggest seeing gastroenterologist. May need Reglan (metoclopramide) to help empty the stomach faster ...Read more

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Since my dad's gallbladder surgery, he's been having trouble breathing. On o2 for the first time ever. What could have happened to cause this?

Since my dad's gallbladder surgery, he's been having trouble breathing. On o2 for the first time ever. What could have happened to cause this?

Age, smoking?: How old is your dad? Does he smoke? History of lung disease? With all these factors it is important to have a chest xray to r/o atelectasis, check with you doctor, who ordered the oxygen? ...Read more

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After complicated gallbladder surgery 4 days ago the tube is draining too much bile, about a litre a day. What could cause this?

After complicated gallbladder surgery 4 days ago the tube is draining too much bile, about a litre a day. What could cause this?

Depends: Hi, depending on where the tube is this could be normal or abnormal. If the draining tube is meant to drain the bile (eg-as a means of protecting a bile duct anastomoses) then it's normal as the liver can produce large quantities of bile. On the other hand if this tube is in the abdominal cavity ; is just supposed to drain excess fluid then it indicates a bile leak ; is abnormal. Talk 2 surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a low functioning gallbladder can it cause weight loss? Also what are the risks of gallbladder surgery? Hida scan showed low activity

I have a low functioning gallbladder can it cause weight loss? Also what are the risks of gallbladder surgery? Hida scan showed low activity

Possible: If GB function is low <20%, then it could be the cause of pain when you eat fatty foods, and some people change diet enough to loose some weight, but not too common. GB surgery done by a surgeon with a laparoscope is an outpatient procedure, most should take under an hour, go home same day. There are some serious and rare risks, please talk to your surgeon about it. ...Read more

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Fat malabsorption- what are the possible causes- we know I do not have gastro disease (crohns, divert, celiec, pancreatitus, or gall bladder prob, no surgery/ new diagnosed lupus. And I have pots?

Fat malabsorption- what are the possible causes- we know I do not have gastro disease (crohns, divert, celiec, pancreatitus, or gall bladder prob, no surgery/ new diagnosed lupus. And I have pots?

Steatorrhea: Many causes: pancreatic (exocrine insufficiency); celiac disease; sbbo/sibo; bowel resection/short bowel syndrome; bile acid malabsorption; certain medications; history of chemo/xrrt; systemic disease such as scleroderma & pbc have also been associated with fat malabsorption. Because each of these conditions can have specific and different treatments, determining the exact etiology is important. ...Read more

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Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery on 5/2/16.Still experiencing pain in R. side, R.back under shoulder blade, lower R.abdomen too. What would cause this?

Be checked soon...: What you have experienced in pain would have no easy way out, but a systemic approach would help as described in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. Besides, peruse and understand other related articles in What to Do at Feeling Sick? And those in Basics of Self-Care; that will help. ...Read more

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Gallbladder surgery 3 months ago but now the day (s) after exercise (circuit training and field hockey) I feel completely wiped out?

Gallbladder surgery 3 months ago but now the day (s) after exercise (circuit training and field hockey) I feel completely wiped out?

Unrelated: You are far enough removed from the surgery so that it should not be the cause of your fatigue. Best to see your doctor. ...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?

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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Why so tired after gallbladder surgery?

Why so tired after gallbladder surgery?

Common: You have had anesthesia and surgery. You are healing and likely having discomfort. It is very common and quite normal to tire easily and not have much of an appetite early after an operation. This resolves over several days to a few weeks. Eat healthy and try to do a little bit more activity each day. ...Read more

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Can I smoke weed after gallbladder surgery?

Careful: You have to be careful.
you just had anesthesia.
you are on narcotic pain medication.
I will not recommend it. ...Read more

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What are gallbladder surgery complications?

Many but rare: Pain, bleeding, infections, bile duct injury, bile leak, retained stones in the abdomen or in the bile ducts, injury to the intestine, injury to the liver, post cholecystectomy syndrome. ...Read more

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Is a catheter needed for gallbladder surgery?

Is a catheter needed for gallbladder surgery?

No: It depends on how big is the stones and if its obstructing the duct. ...Read more

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Why am I so nauseated after gallbladder surgery?

Why am I so nauseated after gallbladder surgery?

Early after: Surgery it is common to have some degree of nausea & lack of appetite. Anesthetics & pain medications can cause nausea. Stop the pain medication, drink more liquids & eat less solid food at first. Use a mild laxative if you have constipation. Avoid fatty & fried foods. If the surgery was some weeks ago, contact your doctor or your surgeon to ask for directions for treatment & may need tests. ...Read more

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Can u have gallbladder surgery if you have sinusitis?

Can u have gallbladder surgery if you have sinusitis?

Yes: If you have chronic sinusitis, are not on any antibiotics, have a normal WBC and no fever, then, then cholecystectomy should be safe. If you have an acute infection, then no. Discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Gallbladder surgery complications. I still have pain?

See your surgeon: I do not know when you had the surgery. Was it recent or longer time ago? Pains early after surgery not uncommon, but if getting worse with nausea and vomiting need to see your surgeon soon. If the surgery was more than 4-6 weeks ago see your surgeon or a gastroenterologist for other evaluations. ...Read more

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How soon after my gallbladder surgery will I be able to eat?

How soon after my gallbladder surgery will I be able to eat?

Same day.: When performed laparoscopically, most people are able to tolerate some foods the same day. It is not uncommon to have some nausea initially, but by 2-3 days after surgery, most people are back to their normal diet. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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


Dr. Ralph Layman
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Pancreatitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection of the pancreas, causing abnormal secretions or leakage of the digestive enzymes ...Read more