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Reflux After Gallbladder Removal
Depends: How long ago was the surgery? Off and on for a few weeks after surgery, upper abdominal gas and pressure discomforts can occur after larger meals or fatty foods. If the surgery was a long time ago then see your doctor for an evaluation, as there may be something else causing pain such as gastritis, stomach ulcer, pancreatitis, etc. ...Read more
Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more
Soreness: After laparoscopic gallbladder removal, lap hernia, or open hernia, there will be , of course, some temporary post op pain. This will be easily managed with ice, antiinflammatory meds, and pain meds. No dietary restriction after gallbladder out. Lifting restriction from 1-3 weeks, per your surgeon. After that, you'll have no activity restrictions, but some residual soreness. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bile induced IBS after gallbladder removal?? True?? Best med for diarrhea cholestyramine after gb removal ?
Yes but will resolve: After gallbladder surgery, some people have ongoing abdominal symptoms, such as pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea (postcholecystectomy syndrome). Following cholecystectomy, bile which was once stored in the gallbladder and released only after meals, now flows continuously into the intestines and cause irritation. Cholestyramine absorbs bile, but these symptoms will often resolve over time. ...Read more
No recurrence: Only if there is retained stone in the biliary tree. ...Read more
See your surgeon: Wound infections after surgery need to be evaluated by the surgeon, may need open wound packing, and will likely need antibiotics to prevent worsening or spreading of the infection. ...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
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
Not really: If you continue to have a stomach problems two years after your surgery that mean you have a completely different problem people could have a stomach ulcer or hiatal hernia with the gallbladder disease removal of the gallbladder does not cure ulcer or treat reflux see your physician to determined what is causing your problem. ...Read more
Unusual: Should see and ask your surgeon. Fluid intraperitoneally may just be from fluid (irrigation) used during surgery . But other possibilities include bile leak or bleeding or pancreatitis, if you are not improving, get followup and find out what the ascites is and why you have it- underlying liver disease , heart failure etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely: Following gallbladder surgery, a small percent of people will come back with a recurrent "gallbladder-like" attack. This is usually due to a small stone that was hiding within the bile duct before surgery and can pass spontaneously or require non-surgical endoscopic removal. Even less frequently, people can develop new stones in their bile duct years after surgery, likewise treated as above. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually: Some gallbladder surgery is done for less than clear indications - as a last resort to fixing pains that can't be explained. These kinds of cases have about 15-20% risk that they will not "cure" the problem - even if perfect surgery is performed for you! if you don't fit that category, pain usually subsides and resolves within a few weeks. ...Read more
I'm having RUQ pain after gallbladder removal. I'm scheduled for exploratory surgery next week. Will this show a sphincter of oddi dysfunction?
I do not think so.: In present time , GI work up is less invasive . Considering your age Expl Surgery is not standard of care for sphinctre dysfunction , which is rare and can create more problems in future . ...Read more
See your doctor: Many of the symptoms of gallbladder disease and reflux are similar, but the two diseases are really unrelated. The surgery didn't cause your reflux, it was already there in addition. With the gallbladder out now you just notice it more. If over the counter mess don't work, you may need prescription medication. A GI evaluation also in order as long term reflux can cause esophageal problems. ...Read more
See your doctor: I do not know how long ago your surgery was. Early after gallbladder surgery there may be an adjustment period of abdominal gas or pressure feeling which resolves in a few weeks. Later, if heartburn is still an issue, then see your doctor for antacid medication, and may need a gastroenterology evaluation for other conditions such as hiatal hernia. ...Read more
Developed reflux symptoms after Cholecystectomy. Could the LES become weaken/stop working due to a disturbed vagus nerve after Gallbladder removal?
Had barium enema. Result says acid reflux into appendix. What does that mean? I have gastritis. Do I have acid escaping my stomach? Or is it appendicitis? Trying to find cause of severe pain around the ribs. Pain persists after gallbladder removal.
Normal short term: It is normal to have some pain around the port sites after lap chole and around the incision for an open procedure. These usually decrease by 2 weeks. If you seem to be having deeper pain, or if you experience fevers, night sweats or don't feel like you are getting better, call your surgeon for advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy: Though many patients don't have much problem with their usual diet after gb surgery, many found themselves intolerant of certain foods (fried, rich food...), with varying symptoms (bloating, loose bm, flatulence...). Take the opportunity to adopt a more healthy dietary selection. ...Read more
Yes, but...: ...About 20% of people will have diarrhea (early on) after eating fatty food. The gallbladder's function is to store bile and deliver it to the intestine to absorb fats. Most people w/stones have lost this storage function prior to its removal and don't miss this function. For those that do develop diarrhea, many eventually adjust or they may take bile salts by mouth to compensate. ...Read more
A couple of weeks: Assuming you had an uneventful laparoscopic cholecystectomy, have resumed a normal diet, have no GI symptoms like anorexia or nausea, have no history of gastritis or liver disease, and are not taking any other new medications including narcotics, consult your surgeon during the post-op check, about a small amount of wine. If you tolerate this, like all good things, moderate the amount you drink. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common: About 20% of people will have diarrhea (early on) especially after eating fatty food. The gallbladder's function is to store bile and deliver it to the intestine to absorb fats. Most people w/stones have lost this storage function prior to its removal and don't miss this function. For those that do develop diarrhea, many eventually adjust or they may take bile salts by mouth to compensate. ...Read more
Bile salts: After gb removal, bile is still produced by the liver and still flows into the intestine but instead of having a gallbladder full of bile empty every time you eat there is instead a constant trickle of bile into the intestines which can play havoc on your digestion. Still, every person is different. See this excellent article: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/gallbladder-removal-diet/my01815. ...Read more
Normal: Life expectancy would be a full normal life after gallbladder surgery. ...Read more
How long ago: Was your surgery? Was it laparoscopic? You can expect to have incisional pain while healing up from surgery. When this is over, you should feel better. Some patients get colicky pain for a few weeks until your system gets accustomed to absence of storage organ. Ask your surgeon what to expect at what point in time after surgery. Persistent pain, fever, vomiting, or jaundice are danger signs. ...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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