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Gall Bladder Removal Long Term Side Effects
Almost nothing: There is no significant effects to having the gall bladder removed. You need no special diet once the gall bladder is gone. There is no truth to the stories about chronic diarrhea or food intolerance. There may be short term bowel urgency in some people. There is a remote possibility of bile stone formation in the native bile duct many years later, but it is quite rare. I hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more
The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more
Often none: Depends on why the surgery is being done. Usually surgery for gallstone problems resolves the pain & nausea. Usually everyone goes back to eating normally and functioning normally without any problems or dietary issues. Removing a normally functioning gallbladder may create digestion problems though. ...Read more
Maybe none: Gallbladder removal surgery, for the proper condition of gallstone disease, may have no side effects. Most patients are fully normal & can eat normally after surgery recovery. Some patients may have fatty food intolerance & diarrhea. Removing a normal gallbladder may cause many digestive problems though. ...Read more
Call Your Surgeon: There are many possible explanations for your back pain, from simple musculoskeletal pain to the possibility of a stone in your common bile duct or a postoperative bile leak. Please return to see your surgeon so that (s)he can take a more complete history, examine you, and order the appropriate tests to get you well. ...Read more
7-10 days: In my experience most people will return to work in 7-10 days, however I have seen people return as soon as 3-4 days or as long as 2-3 weeks, especially if the work requires strenuous activity. ...Read more
Soon: Start slowly, especially with eating too much fatty or greasy foods. Otherwise can eat other foods as soon as you feel ready. ...Read more
Is constant sharp pains normal after a gall bladder removal have had pains for a week now in my lower right side ribs and at times the pain is to much?
No its not normal.:
See your surgeon. Depending when you had surgery, there might be bleeeding or bile leakage causing these constant pain or it could be entirely new problem, like pain coming from some other organ, or from the spine or even the kidneys.
It would be prudent to see your surgeon about it,
Good Luck. ...Read more
Depends on severity: I assume that you developed biliary pancreatitis, i.e. Pancreatitis due to passage of a gallstone. Taking the gallbladder out reduces the risk of recurrent episodes of acute pancreatitis, but does not speed up resolution of the initial attack. Therefore the timing for resolution depends on the severity of the initial episode and the degree of damage. This may be weeks to months - follow with gi. ...Read more
My wife had surgery for hiatal hernia repair and gall bladder removal 2 days ago. She has constant nausea- how long should this last?
Pain medications?: If you are taking pain medications, they may cause nausea. However if this is not the case and the problem has been present for more than a week or getting worse at any time, do check with the surgeon asap. ...Read more
I have had spotting the last couple weeks and now have a lower left side pain or cramp while urinating. I had a er lapro gall bladder removal 4mo ago?
UTI or Kidney Stone:
Left flank pain while urinating can be a sign of a Kidney Stone or Pyelonephritis (ascending urinary tract infection). There are other possibilities as well. See your clinician, who can examine you, check your urine, and determine if further tests, like a spiral CT are indicated, then treat you appropriately.
Take care! ...Read more
Mostly: ...None! By having the procedure you got rid of possible colicky pains, jaundice, acute cholecystitis, pancreatitis and yes even cancer. Even if following the procedure you may have slight dyspeptic symptoms they will regulate themselves with time. I would suggest avoiding heavy and fatty foods especially in the evenings... ...Read more
Problems may occur: There are rare problems caused by gallbladder removal and most of these problems are mild GI dysfunction that corrects itself over time. Splenectomy on the other hand can cause susceptibility to certain infections like meningitis and pneumonia and people that lose their spleen should be immunized specifically for these infections. ...Read more
Less....: After removing gallbladder, body takes time to adapt and digest the foods you consume without bile juice from gallbladder. Generally, avoid or take less red meat, pork, butter, dairy products, eggs, fruit juice but grape and apple, caffeinated, alcoholic or carbonated beverages, even tea and decaffeinated coffee. Eat smaller meals with even intervals. In time, body adapts. Ask surgeon for detail. ...Read more
No.: For most people, removing the gallbladder has no effect on the ability to diet. Some people will have (transient) malabsorption of fats which can contribute to weight loss. Others will actually gain weight since the (fatty) foods that used to cause pain can now be tolerated. Bottom line: do not undergo surgery with the expectation to lose weight. ...Read more
Death after surgery: I am sorry for the loss of your friend. There are a number of possibilities. It is important for you to speak w/the doctor who did the surgery or at least see the death certificate. If you find out the information you seek I hope it brings you peace. Even if you don't, work toward adjusting to life lived differently now. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I went into hida scan while in pain. The test seemed to have aggravated my syptoms. The results however were normal. Do I need a gall bladder removal?
Maybe: The hida scan is not always abnormal with gall bladder disease. The fact that symptoms were mimicked by the test may mean gall bladder is an issue. Sometimes gb ejection fraction can be normal and there is a problem with the biliary duct at its entrance into the duodenum where is a muscle, called sphincter of oddi, sometimes spasm at this area can cause simiilar pain., called dyskinesia. ...Read more
4 weeks: Although it varies from surgeon to surgeon, 4 weeks of abstaining from intercourse is a standard recommendation. ...Read more
Should I be having any pain inside the abdomen after laproscopic gall bladder removal a week ago?
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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