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Have irritated or damaged nerve or nerves from having laparoscopy gallbladder surgery what is the best way to cure this problem?

Have irritated or damaged nerve or nerves from having laparoscopy gallbladder surgery what is the best way to cure this problem?

Are you sure?: Laparoscopy doesn't damage nerves during removal of the gall bladder. What makes you think that happened? I have done hundreds of these procedures and never heard of nerve damage as a side effect or complication of this procedure. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Larascopic gallbladder surgery 4 weeks ago. After 2wks shoulder pain, pain just below ribs on right side and in midback. Could it be a trapped nerve?

Larascopic gallbladder surgery 4 weeks ago. After 2wks shoulder pain, pain just below ribs on right side and in midback. Could it be a trapped nerve?

Check with your doc: If this is newly developing, there sometimes may be fluid collection around the liver after the surgery. There are different things that can lead to this, so difficult to tell you simply hear. But the sensory nerves for that part of the body refer pain to the right shoulder — so the right shoulder pain has to do with the area around the liver.

Definitely speak with your physician. ...Read more

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How long does gallbladder surgery take?

How long does gallbladder surgery take?

Not long: Uncomplicated gall bladder removal takes a hr or less. ...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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Can I still have gallbladder surgery if I just tested positive for cdiff?

Can I still have gallbladder surgery if I just tested positive for cdiff?

Better to hold off: Unless your surgery is a life and death emergency, which gallbladder surgery usually is not, then it is better to hold off on surgery until your treatment for c. Diff is completed. ...Read more

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Sir my one more Question is there any pain after laproscopy gallbladder surgery?

Yes: There is pain after laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, but it is quite manageable. While there is variability in pain perception and tolerance, the vast majority of people are back to normal activities in 1-2 weeks, and mostly pain free in 3-6 weeks. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Do you know why I would have 13-24 surgical clips in me from a lap. Gallbladder surgery?

Uncommon: It is a bit uncommon to have that many. I would say on average pts have 4-6 clips "left" inside them. They are inert and as long as you had no complications, there is no issue with them being there. It's best to talk to your surgeon to get the details on your procedure to get the answers for which you are searching. ...Read more

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Alt level 63, 4 months ago it was 24, just had gallbladder surgery. What would make this go up in 4 months?

Alt level 63, 4 months ago it was 24, just had gallbladder surgery. What would make this go up in 4 months?

Repeat test: I would advise you to get a repeat liver function test In a week or so. If it doesn't normalize, then your doctor may order additional test. Did you have any alcoholic drink before the test? ...Read more

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I'm having very sharp pains in my shoulder blades and i just had gallbladder surgery yesterda, what can it be?

I'm having very sharp pains in my shoulder blades and i just had gallbladder surgery yesterda, what can it be?

Postoperative pain: Pain after laparoscopic surgery can be located in the abdomen, can cause feeling of abdominal gas pressure, can be pain at incision sites, and pain on the upper shoulders due to irritation of the diaphragm. Use the prescribed pain medications & walk around. These pains resolve over a few days. If the pains are getting worse or associated with vomiting or fever, call your surgeon. ...Read more

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What does the scar from gallbladder surgery look like?

What does the scar from gallbladder surgery look like?

Depends on surgery: In all cases the scar is not that bad. Usually the gallbladder is removed with a camera and othe small long instruments placed in the abdomen through 3 1-2cm incisions, but it sometimes is done through one larger 6 inch incision below the right rib. It some specialized centers it can be done through the vaginia or mouth/stomach resulting in no external scars. ...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 a slight elevation years after surgery, then it is probably not even related. ...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 m seriously constipated after having gallbladder surgery a month. . Help?

I m seriously constipated after having gallbladder surgery a month. . Help?

Do a number of thing: 1) make sure you are drinking enough water
2) decrease the amount of narcotic pain medications, replace with tylenol (acetaminophen) if possible
3) walk as much as you can 4) take a laxative, such as milk of magnesia or miralax
5) take a stool softener, such as colace or metamucil
6) if that fails, you can try a dulcolax suppository
7) if necessary, you can try a gentle enema
8) if that fails, call your md. ...Read more

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After gallbladder surgery is it normal to still have pain and poo green?

After gallbladder surgery is it normal to still have pain and poo green?

Yes: This can be quite common after gallbladder removal. It should however be relatively mild and self limited. If it persists and/or is severe, call your surgeon straight away. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Would someone normally have blood in your urine after a gallbladder surgery?

Would someone normally have blood in your urine after a gallbladder surgery?

No it is not: Maybe it is caused by a urinary catheter placed during surgery. If it persists, you need to call your surgeon. ...Read more

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I just had gallbladder surgery and I haven't urinated since I left the hospital. Should i be worried?

I just had gallbladder surgery and I haven't urinated since I left the hospital. Should i be worried?

2 P or Not 2 P...: It is not uncommon for your bladder to get a bit "shy" after surgery due to the (pain) medications and anesthesia. If you do not feel the urge to urinate nor pain in the lower abdomen, I wouldn't worry. However, after 12 hours you should feel that urge; if not, I suggest you call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can a patient snore during gallbladder surgery?

Can a patient snore during gallbladder surgery?

No: You will, generally, be intubated during surgery and they will remove the breathing tube after surgery — then you will snore. But if you have a breathing tube in you won't snore. ...Read more

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Is gallbladder surgery good for bilary dyskinesia?

Is gallbladder surgery good for bilary dyskinesia?

Usually: Biliary dyskinesia is the second most common reason (behind gallstones) for removal of the gallbladder. If the diagnosis is correct (low ejection fraction on a hida scan), most patients get relief of their right upper quadrant abdominal pain and nausea after surgery. ...Read more

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Should I get gallbladder surgery for bilary dyskinesia?

Should I get gallbladder surgery for bilary dyskinesia?

Depends: On the symptoms. Did the hida scan reproduce the symptoms? Those whose symptons are reproduced have a better chance of improving with surgery. About 80% get better with surgery, leaving 20% no better or worse with GI symptoms & diarrhea when eating some foods. Need to review your symptoms carefully with your treating doctor before seeing a surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does dark urine last after gallbladder surgery?

How long does dark urine last after gallbladder surgery?

a few days: Dark urine, chalky stools, and jaundice (yellow skin or eyes) may be a sign of residual stones blocking the common bile duct. This needs to be treated by exracting the stones (a procedure called ercp)
call your surgeon! ...Read more

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How long after laparoscopy gallbladder surgery can I fly?

How long after laparoscopy gallbladder surgery can I fly?

3-5 daya: If things go well during surgery and you are felling ok, there are no real issues about flying. I would ask your doctor first, however, if he / she is ok with it. ...Read more

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What can you do to relieve gas after gallbladder surgery?

What can you do to relieve gas after gallbladder surgery?

Resolves: On its own in a few days. Decrease narcotic pain medications that can cause intestinal gas build up, constipation and cramping. Eat smaller amounts of food. Avoid constipation. Try local heat or warm bath and walk more. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get thrush from gallbladder surgery?

Is it possible for you to get thrush from gallbladder surgery?

Yes, especially: If you were on antibiotics or you have diabetes. Show it to your doctor for correct diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and diagnosis of occult diabetes. ...Read more

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Would you recommend gallbladder surgery for bilary dyskinesia?

Biliary Dyskinesia: If you are having symptoms from biliary dyskinesia (pain in the right upper abdomen, nausea/vomiting, bloating after meals, etc.) then you may benefit from having your gallbladder removed. ...Read more

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After gallbladder surgery, pain in right shoulder blade common?

After gallbladder surgery, pain in right shoulder blade common?

Shoulder pain: Not common, but it does happen if the diaphragmatic nerves are irritated and there is referred pain to the posterior shoulder. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have dark stool 1 week after gallbladder surgery ?

Dark stool?: Is it normal to have dark stool 1 week after gallbladder surgery? ANS: Not sure what "dark" means in Simi Valley lingo. So if ur stools were light or even white then your gall was not getting into your gut from your gall bladder (stones)- which is what makes it brown. If dark means black then it is not normal and suggests bleeding high up in gut. If dark red then lower. Have Dr translate. ...Read more

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Is it ok to get a tattoo a week before getting gallbladder surgery?

Not recommended: In general, it is best to take care of one thing at a time. Although tattoos have a low complication rate, there are problems that can occur, such as severe skin infections. I would recommend that you take care of your gallbladder first, and when fully recovered, you can think about getting your tattoo. ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more