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What causes persistant pain on left admoninal side after gall bladder surgery (8 months ago)?

What causes persistant pain on left admoninal side after gall bladder surgery (8 months ago)?

Most likely: Unrelated to the removal of your gallbladder but sometimes patients develop adhesion's after surgery that can cause pain. To determine if its new or related return to your surgeon and discuss your symptoms. They will help you navigate this issue and hopefully get you more comfortable. ...Read more

Bladder (Definition)

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


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Having pains in right side 3months after gall bladder surgery. What is going on had CT span dr said no mast, everthing ok with scan but still hurting?

Having pains in right side 3months after gall bladder surgery. What is going on had CT span dr said no mast, everthing ok with scan but still hurting?

Liver dz or pud: Peptic ulcer disease esp duodenal ulcer can give your right side abdominal pain. Undiagnosed a liver problems can also give your right side upper abd pain. Advice to go back to your surgeon and discuss with him or her about it. ...Read more

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My girlfriend had gall bladder surgery on august 27 and she is still having paing in her side what could be causing the pain?

My girlfriend had gall bladder surgery on august 27 and she is still having paing in her side what could be causing the pain?

See the surgeon: While this is likely to be normal postoperative pain, she should see her surgeon for an exam, and determination whether to order any blood tests or imaging studies to check for a bile leak. ...Read more

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I had gall bladder surgery on august 37 and still having pain on right side where the scars are what is causing the pain?

I had gall bladder surgery on august 37 and still having pain on right side where the scars are what is causing the pain?

Pain: Everyone heals at a different rate. You are only about 2 months postoperative. Surgical scars may have discomfort or sensitivity off ; on for months. If it is internal abdominal pains or if the incision discomfort persists, go back to see your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had gall bladder surgery on august 27 and still having pain on my right side where my scars are what could be causing the pain?

I had gall bladder surgery on august 27 and still having pain on my right side where my scars are what could be causing the pain?

See the surgeon: While this is likely to be normal postoperative pain, she should see her surgeon for an exam, and determination whether to order any blood tests or imaging studies to check for a bile leak, retained stone in the common bile duct, or a bile duct injury. The surgeon can only make this determination after seeing you. ...Read more

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Girlfriend had gall bladder surgery on august 27 and having pain on her side still where the incisions was at what could be causing the pain?

Girlfriend had gall bladder surgery on august 27 and having pain on her side still where the incisions was at what could be causing the pain?

Many things: Best is to see surgeon to re-evaluate. Difficult to say exactly what is the cause of the pain unless it is looked at. ...Read more

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Gall bladder surgery first but large thyroid blocks airway some.... Any thoughts?

Gall bladder surgery first but large thyroid blocks airway some.... Any thoughts?

Need more info..: Would need to know more information. Is the gallbladder surgery very necessary or urgent? What thyroid condition & treatment have you had? How do you know there is airway compromise from the thyroid? All this needs to be thourougjly addressed by your surgeon to determine best & most safe options and to properly review your surgical risks & benefits. ...Read more

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I had gall bladder surgery 3 weeks ago and now I am having pain in my left side above my belly button. Why?

I had gall bladder surgery 3 weeks ago and now I am having pain in my left side above my belly button. Why?

See Your Surgeon: It's very difficult to answer this without the benefit of the knowledge of your surgery or your physical exam findings. What I can tell you is that the gallbladder is usually removed from the abdomen thru the umbilical incision. Therefore, it is common to have pain there even three weeks later. ...Read more

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Laproscopic gall bladder surgery 6 days ago; pain on right side from shoulder to kidney area, especially when breathing....should I be concerned?

Laproscopic gall bladder surgery 6 days ago; pain on right side from shoulder to kidney area, especially when breathing....should I be concerned?

Post operative pain: The pain described indicates irritation near the diaphragm area, as it is post operative period if the abdomen is tight and any fever with it have it checked out through your suregon ...Read more

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Full bladder feeling consistently with cramping on left side? I had emergency gall bladder surgery about 2 years ago? Sour stomach

Full bladder feeling consistently with cramping on left side? I had emergency gall bladder surgery about 2 years ago? Sour stomach

Possible retention: In a male over age 55-60, post-operative urinary retention is quite common because of the effects of surgery, anesthesia, and medications causing swelling/tightness of the prostate and retention of urine. A UTI would be another possibility. Avoiding constipation, warm tub baths, limiting use of pain meds may be helpful things you can do. Otherwise, recommend call your md and/or surgeon for advice. ...Read more

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I had gall bladder surgery 10 days ago, 4 day postop I started gritty sandy bowel movements loose large. I never had this before, concerns?

I had gall bladder surgery 10 days ago, 4 day postop I started gritty sandy bowel movements loose large. I never had this before, concerns?

Here are some. ..: I wouldn't worry about it as long as feeling better day by day in general activity, appetite, voiding, BM, etc. With no fever or undue pain. Of course, if not as described or something mentally or physically bothering you, ask your surgeon timely. Note, after gallbladder removal, your body is adjusting to the "new" environment without a gallbladder for digestion so to expect slight change in BM. ...Read more

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Will you lose a lot of weight after gall bladder surgery?

Will you lose a lot of weight after gall bladder surgery?

If you diet: Typically you do not lose weight after gall bladder surgery. You can take the opportunity to make a lifestyle change to go along with your new pain-free, nausea-free state after gall bladder surgery. Clean, healthy eating & exercise always work. ...Read more

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How long off work after gall bladder surgery?

How long off work after gall bladder surgery?

Open or laparascopic: After a laparoscopic gall bladder removal, returning to work can happen in just a few days if all goes well. Open surgery (cholecystectomy) takes much longer to recover from. This assumes an elective operation with no infection before or after the procedure! ...Read more

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What kind of pain meds they give you after gall bladder surgery?

What kind of pain meds they give you after gall bladder surgery?

Depends on: How bad your pain is. Sometimes, surgeon will need to give narcotic injections, such as morphine or dilaudid. If pain is not so severe, oral narcotics, such as vicodin, norco, (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) or codeine. I am sure your surgeon will prescribe enough pain meds to keep you comfortable after surgery. ...Read more

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Weight gain after gall bladder surgery?

Very possible: Gallbladder symptoms include pain, nausea and loose bowels after fatty foods. Many folks naturally eat less and stick to low fat foods to avoid the pain. Since most symptoms resolve after surgery, while discomfort and activity restrictions are still in effect, some weight gain early on is possible. If worried, go back to the low fat diet you used before surgery to see if that helps. ...Read more

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How can I cure dizziness after gall bladder surgery?

How can I cure dizziness after gall bladder surgery?

Find out problem: Gall bladder surgery should not give dizziness unless it is immediate post op due to blood loss. Check with your doctor for other problems like blood pressure, diabetes, vascular diseases etc. ...Read more

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What's the best wine to drink after gall bladder surgery?

What's the best wine to drink after gall bladder surgery?

Alcohol: Is alcohol, no matter what form you drink it in. Wine, beer, hard alcohol all have the same effects. There would be no "best" alcohol after gallbladder surgery. When fully healed & pain free, eating normally, and off pain medications, then alcohol in moderation is alright. Avoid drinking alcohol if you have a liver disease. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have back pain after gall bladder surgery?

Is it normal to have back pain after gall bladder surgery?

Yes: The best and most simple answer is yes, but within reason and for a reasonable amount of time. ...Read more

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Is it possible to become lactose intolerant after gall bladder surgery?

Is it possible to become lactose intolerant after gall bladder surgery?

Bile salts: Your gallbladder stores bile made in you liver and passed down the bile ducts toward your intestines. When you eat, your gallbladder pushes bile into your intestines to help digest the fat in your meals. After surgery this process is disrupted. You may have a constant slow dribbling of bile into your intestines instead causing symptoms of lactose intolerance. High fat meals may do the same. ...Read more

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When after gall bladder surgery should I wait to drink alcohol?

When after gall bladder surgery should I wait to drink alcohol?

Alcohol consumption: In moderate amounts should not interfere with healing or digestion after gallbladder surgery. If you have other GI problems such as excess acid, gerd, ulcer, or liver disease, alcohol would be bad even without the gallbladder operation. ...Read more

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Please explain which foods are good to eat after gall bladder surgery?

All good: Generally there is no special diet for patient after gallbladder surgery
some patient might not tolerate a rich or creamy or fatty meal it makes them go to the bathroom too often but in general all food are fine
again before or after surgery bodies are nor created equally some digestive system might tolerate food that other do not simply watch what your body is trying to tell you. ...Read more

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Sphincter of ode after gall bladder surgery?

Sphincter of ode after gall bladder surgery?

Please Clarify: The sphincter of oddi is a normal anatomic structure at the point where the bile duct enters the intestine (see duodenal papilla on pic above). Dysfunction of the sphincter, though very rare, can simulate gallbladder-type pain & is a possible explanation for ongoing pain despite gb removal. This can be diagnosed by endoscopic testing & treated by cutting the sphincter. ...Read more

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Is it rare to get fibromyalgia after gall bladder surgery?

Is it rare to get fibromyalgia after gall bladder surgery?

Yes: It is rare but possible after any surgical procedure. The root cause of the fm syndrome is not known. However it is often seen after an event that causes physical or mental stress. That would include injuries, surgery, any other major illness and psychological trauma. ...Read more

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Will I have problems digesting oils and fats after gall bladder surgery?

Will I have problems digesting oils and fats after gall bladder surgery?

Not usually: Early after surgery there may be some fatty food intolerance, with abdominal cramping or diarrhea. Usually that resolves in a few weeks, if it happens at all. There is about a 1 in 400 chance of having persistent diarrhea after eating, which may not be specifically related to fatty foods. ...Read more

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Would someone normally have any issues breathing after gall bladder surgery?

Would someone normally have any issues breathing after gall bladder surgery?

Mild: Yes, especially if it was an open surgery (you have a wound under your ribs on the right) because that makes breathing painful. Take pain meds and use insentive spirometer until the wound heals and you can breathe normally. Mention it to your surgeon during post-op visit. If you get acute shortness of breath call 911. ...Read more

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How to stop vomiting after gall bladder surgery?

How to stop vomiting after gall bladder surgery?

See your surgeon....: Or call them with this information. I do not know your medical circumstances or when you had surgery. Stop any pain medications. Notify your surgeon asap to get help. ...Read more

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How long after gall bladder surgery can I use the elliptical exercise machine?

How long after gall bladder surgery can I use the elliptical exercise machine?

Exercise: I let my post-laparoscopic patients do cardio anytime after surgery when the patient feels well. The only restriction for most is no heavy lifting for one week after surgery. If you think you are ready, enjoy! ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about bile still leaking out after gall bladder surgery?

Can you please tell me about bile still leaking out after gall bladder surgery?

Not normaL: What do you mean bile leaking?
If it is leaking out of your incision definitely not normal check with your surgeon right away
if you were told that you have a collection of bile in the area of surgery by your surgeon that mean he is keeping the eye on it usually it will stop or it could be drained without surgery
some leak might need to be checked and treated by endoscopy called ercp. ...Read more

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After gall bladder surgery many years ago I am bothered with all over itching and stinging it comes and goes. What could be the reason?

Check liver tests: Since the symptoms you describe are not specific for liver disease, I recommend that you see your doctor to get liver function tests done. If abnormal, you may need an ultrasound or additional imaging to see if there is a cause for this increased value. On the other hand, if normal, other reasons should be sought, including allergic reactions, e.g. Food allergies, etc. ...Read more

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Is urinating frequently after gall bladder surgery normal?

Is urinating frequently after gall bladder surgery normal?

Depends: Some increased urination after surgery may simply reflect excess fluid elimination, or irritation from the Foley catheter. However if the increased urination is persistent or associated with burning, you should have your physician make sure that there is not a urinary tract infection. ...Read more

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Can you strain to have a bowel movement after gall bladder surgery?

Can you strain to have a bowel movement after gall bladder surgery?

Yes...: But best not to. Better to avoid constipation after surgery. Increase your oral liquid intake, decrease your narcotic pain medication usage & use mild laxative or enema from the drug store. ...Read more

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What is one eat after gall bladder surgery?

What is one eat after gall bladder surgery?

Low fat: 10 gram low fat diet is recommended. Avoid excess dairy products, fried foods, and fast foods as they are higher in fat content. Fat is the stimulus to the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Can someone die after gall bladder surgery?

Yes, possible but...: Highly unlikely, of course, but possible. I do not discuss the possibility of death when I'm doing my pre op discussion, it's that rare. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do about pain after gall bladder surgery?

Depends when?: If the pain is getting severe, there should be an investigation, a retained stone is one reason or adhesions post surgery. ...Read more

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Can there be foods to avoid after gall bladder surgery?

Can there be foods to avoid after gall bladder surgery?

Not really: All food should be ok after surgery we do not place the patient on any special diet
some patient digestive system could be sensitive to a rich, fatty creamy food it makes them have diarrhea or go to the bathroom more often
our digestive system are not created equally do not ignore what your body is telling you
a food you might like might not like you back. ...Read more

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Is it common to have the same pain after gall bladder surgery?

Is it common to have the same pain after gall bladder surgery?

Sometimes: Spasm can occur at the entrance of common bile duct into duodenum, called sphincter of oddi dyskinesia. Prolonged spasm causes similar pain as gall bladder disease. Sometimes patients have to be scoped to make this diagnosis. Gastroenterolgist visualizes area and performs manometrics in adults. Rx available, stent, etc. In some hands hida scan can be very suggestive of this diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are complications you can have after gall bladder surgery?

What are complications you can have after gall bladder surgery?

Very low risk: Gallbladder removal is one of the most common operations performed in the us and is, thankfully, very safe. Like all abdominal operations, there are risks of bleeding, infection, blood clots, pneumonia, etc. This is somewhat dependent on the health of the patient, but generally less than 1%. A bile leak may occur less than 1% of the time after surgery; this can often be managed non surgically. ...Read more

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How long before I will be on a somewhat normal diet after gall bladder surgery?

How long before I will be on a somewhat normal diet after gall bladder surgery?

Few days: Usually can return to full normal diet in a few days, be careful with eating too much fatty greasy foods too soon. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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Bladder Surgery (Definition)

Surgery on the bladder can be performed using open, larparoscopic, or endoscopic approaches. Indications for bladder surgery include bladder tumors, which are removed by transurethral resection. Invasive tumors require bladder removal, or radical cystectomy. Structural problems, diverticuli, neurogenic or poorly compliant bladder, and bladder stones are ...Read more


Dr. Austina Cho
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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