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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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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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?

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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I have had a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery 25 days ago? I sometimes have a very sharp pain in my stomach 4-5 hours after breakfast. Is it normal?

I have had a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery 25 days ago?  I sometimes have a very sharp pain in my stomach 4-5 hours after breakfast. Is it normal?

Maybe: Less than a month from surgery. Avoid fried, fatty, greasy foods for a while. Eat smaller amounts of food at a time. May have various discomforts for 4-8 weeks that generally resolve. See tour surgeon if persists. ...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?

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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How long does the stomach stay swollen after gallbladder surgery?

How long does the stomach stay swollen after gallbladder surgery?

Vsrirs: Common to feel gassy & bloated for a few days, usually less than a week. Concerns would be worsening abdominal pain, recurrent vomiting. Call your surgeon if you have concerns. Follow your surgeon's instructions & seem them for your postoperative follow up. ...Read more

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When after gallbladder surgery (laproscopic) before i can sleep on my stomach?

When after gallbladder surgery (laproscopic) before i can sleep on my stomach?

As soon as: You feel comfortable and are pain free when you do so. Trocar sites for laparoscopic gallbladder surgery are at most 10 mm in diameter, so chances of you hurting any of them are quite small. ...Read more

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When can i fly after laparoscopic gallbladder surgery ?

When can i fly after laparoscopic gallbladder surgery ?

Probably yes: Almost all of the gas in the abdomen disappears within 24 hours of the surgery. If your abdomen remains tight and distended (enlarged) I might wait a few days until it resumes a more normal size. A week out from surgery there will not be a problem. Only concern is that you might be flying somewhere remote where there isn't adequate medical care if a problem develops. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your stomach to be swollen 3 days after gallbladder surgery?

Not unusual: After surgery, patients can have an ileus that can lead to bloating, or a "swollen stomach". Assuming that is your only symptom, then that is the likely cause. However, you need to contact your surgeon about this. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder surgery on 3 20 12. Why do I still get tired and have slight pain in my stomach?

I had gallbladder surgery on 3 20 12. Why do I still get tired and have slight pain in my stomach?

Cuts: Well you had a big operation and your body is recovering so you feel tired. The abomen hurts because of the inflammation form the cut or cuts. ...Read more

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Can a abdominal hernia be repaired the same time as gallbladder surgery?

Can a abdominal hernia be repaired the same time as gallbladder surgery?

Yes: Yes, but it depends on what type of hernia in terms of location and severity. A groin hernia or complex hernia would probably not be best to do at the same time. A relatively straightforward umbilical or incisional hernia can be done at the same time, but it also depends on the condition of the gallbladder. Discuss with your surgeon to find out what's best for you. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder surgery about yr ago. I ve been having pain were the scars are and in middle of my stomach. Not sure what it is.?

I had gallbladder surgery about yr ago. I ve been having pain were the scars are and in middle of my stomach. Not sure what it is.?

Scar vs stomach : Could be stomach related pain such as ulcer. Or liver problem or scar related like adhesion or even hernia if gallbladder surgery door open. Talk to ur wise doctor. ...Read more

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Why is my abdomen super sensitive around my navel after gallbladder surgery. It's been 2 weeks?

Sensitive Navel: After any type of surgery, the incision(s)) normally get quite swollen and very sensitive. Pain with bending, turning, lifting, straining, coughing and sneezing can all beg rather painful for at least 2 weeks after laparoscopic surgery. ...Read more

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What if your stomach is swollen after gallbladder surgery?

What if your stomach is swollen after gallbladder surgery?

Common: Early after surgery, for several days, abdominal gas or bloating is common. Decrease narcotic pain medication usage and take a laxative if needed. Eat light and non-greasy foods at first. See your surgeon if you do not improve soon. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel completely exhausted 4 days after larascopic gallbladder surgery? I feel fine other than all I want to do is sleep.

Is it normal to feel completely exhausted 4 days after larascopic gallbladder surgery? I feel fine other than all I want to do is sleep.

Not usual: Some people have a "hangover" after general anesthesia but it should be winding down by now. If you're still taking narcotics that could make you sleepy. If your heart is racing and you're woozy when you're up I suggest you get yourself checked in an ER or urgent care. If that's not the case, I'd still call your surgeon and discuss with her or the staff. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder surgery 6 days ago and i still haven't had a bm. Is there a laxative or something i can take? My stomach is sooo bloated.

I had gallbladder surgery 6 days ago and i still haven't had a bm. Is there a laxative or something i can take?  My stomach is sooo bloated.

Try: First to induce a bm by either using a suppository or a small fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate). Do not use laxative through your mouth without contacting your surgeon. You may need to be examined by him as there are several possibilities fecal impaction being one of them. So if unsuccessful in your attempts call the surgeon tmro morning! ...Read more

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I had laparoscopic gallbladder surgery Tuesday and I have had right shoulder pain since Tuesday and still today. I've have tried ice packs, pain meds,?

I had laparoscopic gallbladder surgery Tuesday and I have had right shoulder pain since Tuesday and still today. I've have tried ice packs, pain meds,?

Referred pain.: Talk to the surgeon who performed the surgery with your questions, or use HealthTap prime as the question's complex. Often shoulder blade pain is referred pain from the diaphragm. There could be a complication of surgery, or the original condition (afffecting gallbladder) could have come back. (Gallstones can occur in the ducts left over, or in the pancreas). Hopefully you'll get answers soon. GL. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a rash on my stomach from gallbladder surgery?

How do I get rid of a rash on my stomach from gallbladder surgery?

Rash: Some of the surgical "soaps" that are used to disinfect the skin before surgery can be irritating to the skin. If it is a contact dermatitis then benedryl cream will help with the itch and cortisone cream will help with the rash. You should probably at least contact your surgeon to see if he/she wants to evaluate it before treatment. ...Read more

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What is the skin prep area for gallbladder surgery? Laparoscopic?

What is the skin prep area for gallbladder surgery? Laparoscopic?

Large area: Usually nipples to upper thighs is prepped for most laparoscopic cholecystectomies. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder surgery 3 weeks ago my left side of lower stomach is still swelled is that normal..

I had gallbladder surgery 3 weeks ago my left side of lower stomach is still swelled is that normal..

Call your surgeon: Abdominal distension can occur for some weeks after laparoscopic surgery or can occur from constipation. Call your surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I haven't been diagnosed with sleep apnea but pretty sure I have it. I am suppose to have gallbladder surgery wed. Should i get study done first?

No: Let your anesthesiologist know. If it is surgery center inquire about policies there. If it is a hospital your surgeon can help arrange preliminary evaluation while you are there. If your procedure is not urgent, discuss with your surgeon what he thinks the best cause of action. Obstructive sa is not contraindication for surgery. ...Read more

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Gallbladder surgery 2 months ago.if i use my abdomen to lift my kids gallbladder side get swollen. A little painful and cant sit straight. normal?

Gallbladder surgery 2 months ago.if i use my abdomen to lift my kids gallbladder side get swollen. A little painful and cant sit straight. normal?

Surgeon: Follow up with your surgeon. You may not be ready for strenuous activity. Sometimes surgery sites are associated with hernias. Have it checked and if unclear an ultrasound may help. I hope you recover soon. ...Read more

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After gallbladder surgery over six months ago what could be causing a heat feeling in the stomach hours after eating?

After gallbladder surgery over six months ago what could be causing a heat feeling in the stomach hours after eating?

May not be related: to your GB surgery , you may have associated acid problem or even a peptic ulcer , speak to you family doctor if necessary will refer you to a G I specialist. You need examination and preliminary tests for diagnosis ...Read more

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I had laparoscopic gallbladder surgery 9 days ago. I've had red itching around the steri-strips sites comma and now my torso has a ras?

I had laparoscopic gallbladder surgery 9 days ago. I've had red itching around the steri-strips sites comma and now my torso has a ras?

Here are some...: Slight redness without induration/swelling may be expected, and may be just watched and see. For rashes on the torso, check if you have used any new drugs which may induce allergic reaction. However, it is a good medical practice to check these with your doctor since s/he knows more about your individual conditions than anyone online. ...Read more

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Upper right side abdominal tenderness everyday as well as gastro issues. Could pain still be from gallbladder surgery i had on 6/9/13?

Upper right side abdominal tenderness everyday as well as gastro issues. Could pain still be from gallbladder surgery i had  on 6/9/13?

Anything: Is possible but pain nearly 4 months after gallbladder surgery is not likely from the surgery. Would need to have an evaluation with your surgeon. Rare condition is pain from retained stone in the bile duct. May need blood tests & new ultrasound. Other possibilities are gastritis, pancreatitis, very rarely infection this late after surgery, etc. See your surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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