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Recovery Time After Gall Bladder Removal
Very Short: Most patients are discharged home the same day after laparoscopic cholecystectomy and are ready to return to work in about a week. Consult with your surgeon regarding activity and return to work. Latter will depend upon how physically demanding the work. ...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
It's it okay as far are recovery after a surgery of gall bladder removal at the same time treated with a pylori bacteria infection?
Yes: Other than a local complication from gb surgery which is usually related to problems in gb bed or retained stones from which if slight infection develops requiring antibiotics, being treated for a helicobacter pylori infection would not superimpose problems related to the previous gb surgery. ...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
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
Should be able: To eat fairly normally, eventually. Early after surgery eat small, light, non fat foods. As you heal & feel better over a few weeks or less you should be able to return to eating all normal foods. Fatty or greasy foods cause some people to feel bloating, gas or diarrhea after surgery. ...Read more
Many: If your surgery is done laparoscopic, then refrain from strenuous activity x 3 weeks. I advise my patients to eat "light" for the 1st 24 hours (soup, toast, etc), then increase diet as tolerated. Most patients have no food intolerances; a few have fatty food intolerance. A few patients have post- prandial diarrhea. In these, I prescribe Colestid (colestipol) or questran, which resolves the situation. ...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
Avoid fat: Initially bland in the post-op period. Afterwards avoid large fatty meals. ...Read more
Sphincter?: 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
Is it normal for me to be having pain after gall bladder removal where my gall bladder used to be?
Possibly: Depending on how long it has been since the surgery, this may be normal. After about a month, you should have very little abdominal pain. Right upper quadrant pain beyond that should be investigated. There can be fluid that collects where the gallbladder was, and there can be scar tissue ("adhesions") that can be painful. See your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more
Pain after gall bladder removal where my gall bladder used to be. Is this normal or should I be worried?
The more common. .: Problem after gall bladder removal is diarrhea as bile is constantly flowing now into the intestine. Often, if constipation occurs it is related to the effects of anesthesia, inactivity, and narcotic pain killers used post-operatively. The usual treatments--high fiber diet, lots of water, exercise--apply. A stool softener or laxative such a Miralax (polyethylene glycol) may be recommended. ...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
Depends on: The amount of wine, but in moderation it should not be harmful. ...Read more
4 weeks: Although it varies from surgeon to surgeon, 4 weeks of abstaining from intercourse is a standard recommendation. ...Read more
Yes, in a small: Minority of cases, stones can form in the common duct, which connects the liver to duodenum. If you are having symptoms, you should see a doctor for full exam and tests. It could still be some other problem too. ...Read more
More Information...: It's hard to give an exact answer without more information, however if your surgery was done laparoscopically usually one of the incisions is made in or around the belly button for placement of the camera. Your pain might be because of this incision. Do you have an incision there? The best thing to do is contact your surgeon. ...Read more
I have just been told I have sludge in the lumen the BCD dilated to 1.5 CM after gall bladder removal will this mean more surgery please?
Not Necessarily: Increasing size of the Common Bile Duct is normal after having your gallbladder removed. Unless you are having recurrent symptoms, I don't think you need surgery. You may need to have an upper endoscopy to open the valve so the sludge can be drained easier from the duct. That will be up to you, your symptoms and your surgeon/endoscopist. ...Read more
Cholecystectomy clips seen in right upper abdomen in lumber X ray taken 4 years after gall bladder removal. No symptoms. Any problem?
Ten years after gall bladder removal I am still having ponlems. I had a golf ball size gall stone never any pain but very naseated. This still happ?
Hmmmm: Must check with your doctor and your gastroenterologist for a thorough work up of your nausea. ...Read more
Chronic lower back pain 3weeks after gall bladder removal as well as pain in lower back & abdomen when passing bowel motion?
Common problems: Back pain is common after abdominal surgery due to position on the operating table. Problems with bowel movements are also common, due to pain meds and stress of surgical procedure and general anesthesia. These should all slowly get better within 6-12 weeks after the operation. There is of course high variability Amon individuals. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Tender upper stomach with diarrhea after gall bladder removal. It's been over a year. Diarrhea or loose stools seems to be persistent. Stomach upset.
See your surgeon: Loose stools and diarrhea after gallbladder surgery can be effectively managed with a bile acid binding resin medication in many cases. Questran (cholestyramine) is a brand name. See your surgeon about this, and consider upper and lower endoscopy as well for a complete evaluation of your GI tract. ...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
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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