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Light colored, loose and chunky stools along with lower right side rib cage pain after gallbladder surgery 2 weeks ago. Normal?

Light colored, loose and chunky stools along with lower right side rib cage pain after gallbladder surgery 2 weeks ago.  Normal?

Yes: Your stools may take time to adjust to a new normal after gallbladder surgery, as you no longer have the bile salts being secreted into the intestine to assist with digestion. As for the R-sided rib pain in the area of the surgery, it is not uncommon to have some residual soreness from the procedure itself. If redness, fever, distention in setting of the soreness would prompt more urgent check-up. ...Read more

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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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Is it normal to have pain my right side three weeks after gallbladder surgery?

Is it normal to have pain my right side three weeks after gallbladder surgery?

Maybe: I assume you had laparoscopic surgery, as an open surgery has a larger incision ; longer healing phase. Pains that come ; go are normal after any surgery. If there is persistent fever, recurrent vomiting or increasing pains then contact your surgeon. ...Read more

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After open gallbladder surgery, i've had really bad lower right side back pain and spasms. I mostly slept sitting up after. Can that be the cause?

Maybe: Would need more information. How long ago was the surgery? In the first few weeks after major open abdominal surgery, there sometimes can be some back muscle pains due to abnormal posture while sitting or standing. Try changing positions, stand up more straight, walk more, use local heat on the muscles. See your surgeon to be sure that you are healing properly. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a gallbladder attack after gallbladder surgery? Sometimes i get sharp pains out of no where on my right side of my abdomen.

Is it possible to get a gallbladder attack after gallbladder surgery? Sometimes i get sharp pains out of no where on my right side of my abdomen.

May be: Something else. How long ago was your surgery? If the surgery was recent then muscle and gas pains can come and go & sometimes can be worse with large or fatty meals. If the surgery was longer ago then see your family doctor for an evaluation as pains can come from many sources. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder surgery 2 months ago so why now instead of hurting on right side, am I having a constant ache on the left side just under the ribs?

I had gallbladder surgery 2 months ago so why  now instead of hurting on right side, am I having a constant ache on the left side just under the ribs?

Hard to say.: It's not due to an absent gallbladder. Are you constipated..that could lead to some left sided discomfort. Stay well hydrated, eat well (no fat restrictions now), add some yogurt, and talk to your doctor. Good luck. ...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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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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I had gallbladder surgery 2 months ago then had a leak..Recovery long ..Now when I lay dwn feel pressure under right side rib. Is it just healing?

I had gallbladder surgery 2 months ago then had a leak..Recovery long ..Now when I lay dwn feel pressure under right  side rib. Is it just healing?

Postop Bile Leak: Postoperative bile leaks are rare but potentially very serious complications of gallbladder surgery. These are usually managed by the placement of drains: endoscopic (into the bile duct) +/- percutaneous (into the fluid collection). Depending on the site of the leak and method of rx, you may still be experiencing pain from an ongoing problem. See your surgeon as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Side Pain (Definition)

Side pain is a symptom in which a person has aches and pains on the right and/or left sides of his body, usually referring to the sides of the chest and abdomen. Pains in the side can be due to rib problems, ...Read more


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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