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Gall Bladder Removal Trouble Digesting Food Now
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
Avoid fat: Initially bland in the post-op period. Afterwards avoid large fatty meals. ...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
Had gall bladder removal six months ago and have now gained two inches in waist but weight about the same. Is this from the incisions?
Probably not: But you should ask the surgeon who did your operation. ...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
I am two weeks post-op from a gall bladder removal surgery. The surgical pain is gone and now I have gotten terrible back pain. What's wrong?
See your surgeon: back pain after gallbladder surgery make us worry about the pancreas, could be a simple problem from sleeping more and laying on the bad mattress more than usual, but I will check with my surgeon, let them know about how you feel, if you are my patient, I want to know. ...Read more
My girlfriend has woken up vomiting for the last 7 hours. Aches and pains now. Gall bladder removal 2months ago. Travelling in nepal at present.
Sounds more like: Gastroenteritis related to travel, either infection or food poisoning, rather than anything related to gb removal. Try to stay hydrated, take mainly liquids, try antiemetics, avoid dairy and citrus. If this doesn't work, she will need IV fluids. If urine output drops <750ml/day or she develops right lower abdominal pain or fever, get help at medical facility. Good luck. ...Read more
Had gall bladder removal 3weeks ago but now have pain when having bowel motion Pain in lower back as well Why could this be?
Nonspecific: Not sure about the pain with bowel movement - no location mentioned. Back pain is very common after operations with general anesthesia due to lying flat on the operating table. Gallbladder removal typically is a short operation, but any preexisting back problem could be unmasked. Check with your surgeon and/or primary care provider for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more
I am scheduled to speak to a surgeon about gall bladder removal in a couple weeks. But I have been having pain up into my ribs for a couple days now.?
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
I had emergency laparoscopic gall bladder removal 6 days ago. My ALT was 181, AST 127, AP 163, Glucose 168, and lipase 9. 1mo. Before, all were normal. They did not retest my blood. Now I have UTI & given cedifinir. Afraid it will affect liver.
LFT's: I would not worry about that particular antibiotic in this setting, but I do think it is important at some point, when ever your surgeon deems most appropriate, to recheck the liver tests to be sure that they normalize. If they do, and if your bile duct was normal in size, you should be fine. Good luck. ...Read more
If performed by: Experienced surgeon, risk is minimal. Assuming that you are going to have laparoscopic surgery, major complication is about 2% overall. That means 98% have no problems or minor problems if at all. Those are pretty good odds and not ask your surgeon whether he thinks out potential benefits outweigh the potential risks, he can tell you for sure. ...Read more
Usually nothing: Gallbladder is a vestigial storage organ for bile, so that enzymes can pour out in large amounts to help digest foods that animals would eat in large amounts infrequently. In humans, it does not serve a useful purpose because we eat smaller amounts more frequently than do wild animals. You can get transient painful episodes mimicking gallbladder colic after surgical removal, but it will resolve. ...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
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
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
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
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
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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