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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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I had gallbladder surgery 6 days ago and I still haven't had a bm. Is there a laxative or something I can take? My stomach is sooo bloated.

I had gallbladder surgery 6 days ago and I still haven't had a bm. Is there a laxative or something I can take? My stomach is sooo bloated.

Try: First to induce a bm by either using a suppository or a small fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate). Do not use laxative through your mouth without contacting your surgeon. You may need to be examined by him as there are several possibilities fecal impaction being one of them. So if unsuccessful in your attempts call the surgeon tmro morning! ...Read more

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What if your stomach is swollen after gallbladder surgery?

What if your stomach is swollen after gallbladder surgery?

Common: Early after surgery, for several days, abdominal gas or bloating is common. Decrease narcotic pain medication usage and take a laxative if needed. Eat light and non-greasy foods at first. See your surgeon if you do not improve soon. ...Read more

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Can a abdominal hernia be repaired the same time as gallbladder surgery?

Can a abdominal hernia be repaired the same time as gallbladder surgery?

Yes: Yes, but it depends on what type of hernia in terms of location and severity. A groin hernia or complex hernia would probably not be best to do at the same time. A relatively straightforward umbilical or incisional hernia can be done at the same time, but it also depends on the condition of the gallbladder. Discuss with your surgeon to find out what's best for you. ...Read more

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When after gallbladder surgery (laproscopic) before I can sleep on my stomach?

When after gallbladder surgery (laproscopic) before I can sleep on my stomach?

As soon as: You feel comfortable and are pain free when you do so. Trocar sites for laparoscopic gallbladder surgery are at most 10 mm in diameter, so chances of you hurting any of them are quite small. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder surgery about yr ago. I ve been having pain were the scars are and in middle of my stomach. Not sure what it is.?

I had gallbladder surgery about yr ago. I ve been having pain were the scars are and in middle of my stomach. Not sure what it is.?

Scar vs stomach: Could be stomach related pain such as ulcer. Or liver problem or scar related like adhesion or even hernia if gallbladder surgery door open. Talk to ur wise doctor. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a rash on my stomach from gallbladder surgery?

How do I get rid of a rash on my stomach from gallbladder surgery?

Rash: Some of the surgical "soaps" that are used to disinfect the skin before surgery can be irritating to the skin. If it is a contact dermatitis then benedryl cream will help with the itch and cortisone cream will help with the rash. You should probably at least contact your surgeon to see if he/she wants to evaluate it before treatment. ...Read more

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After gallbladder surgery over six months ago what could be causing a heat feeling in the stomach hours after eating?

After gallbladder surgery over six months ago what could be causing a heat feeling in the stomach hours after eating?

May not be related: To your GB surgery, you may have associated acid problem or even a peptic ulcer, speak to you family doctor if necessary will refer you to a G I specialist. You need examination and preliminary tests for diagnosis ...Read more

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How long does the stomach stay swollen after gallbladder surgery?

Vsrirs: Common to feel gassy & bloated for a few days, usually less than a week. Concerns would be worsening abdominal pain, recurrent vomiting. Call your surgeon if you have concerns. Follow your surgeon's instructions & seem them for your postoperative follow up. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your stomach to be swollen 3 days after gallbladder surgery?

Not unusual: After surgery, patients can have an ileus that can lead to bloating, or a "swollen stomach". Assuming that is your only symptom, then that is the likely cause. However, you need to contact your surgeon about this. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder surgery on 3 20 12. Why do I still get tired and have slight pain in my stomach?

I had gallbladder surgery on 3 20 12. Why do I still get tired and have slight pain in my stomach?

Cuts: Well you had a big operation and your body is recovering so you feel tired. The abomen hurts because of the inflammation form the cut or cuts. ...Read more

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Why is my abdomen super sensitive around my navel after gallbladder surgery. It's been 2 weeks?

Sensitive Navel: After any type of surgery, the incision (s)) normally get quite swollen and very sensitive. Pain with bending, turning, lifting, straining, coughing and sneezing can all beg rather painful for at least 2 weeks after laparoscopic surgery. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder surgery 3 weeks ago my left side of lower stomach is still swelled is that normal..

I had gallbladder surgery 3 weeks ago my left side of lower stomach is still swelled is that normal..

Call your surgeon: Abdominal distension can occur for some weeks after laparoscopic surgery or can occur from constipation. Call your surgeon for an evaluation. ...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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Is it normal for my stomach to become rock hard three months post ventral hernia surgery and four weeks post gallbladder surgery.?

Is it normal for my stomach to become rock hard three months post ventral hernia surgery and four weeks post gallbladder surgery.?

Maybe: There could be a fluid collection building up in front of the mesh use for the hernia repair (if one was used). Call your surgeon to arrange a physical exam. ...Read more

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Upper right side abdominal tenderness everyday as well as gastro issues. Could pain still be from gallbladder surgery I had on 6/9/13?

Upper right side abdominal tenderness everyday as well as gastro issues. Could pain still be from gallbladder surgery I had on 6/9/13?

Anything: Is possible but pain nearly 4 months after gallbladder surgery is not likely from the surgery. Would need to have an evaluation with your surgeon. Rare condition is pain from retained stone in the bile duct. May need blood tests & new ultrasound. Other possibilities are gastritis, pancreatitis, very rarely infection this late after surgery, etc. See your surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my stomach to have times where it is hard as a rock three months post ventral hernia surgery and four weeks post gallbladder surgery?

Is it normal for my stomach to have times where it is hard as a rock three months post ventral hernia surgery and four weeks post gallbladder surgery?

Seroma: After a ventral hernia repair you can get a fluid collection above the mesh between the skin and the hernia repair. The fluid collection called a Seroma, can take several weeks to months to resolve. Even in a Lap Chole you can develop a seroma at the umbilical incision. You should see your surgeon so they can exam to r/o any other causes. ...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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Throwing up stomach acid since gallbladder surgery. Comes with extreme cramps & cold sweat & lasts about 2 hours. Very random but around twice a week?

Throwing up stomach acid since gallbladder surgery. Comes with extreme cramps & cold sweat & lasts about 2 hours. Very random but around twice a week?

Should see someone: Depending on how soon after your gallbladder was removed this is occurring changes what the problems could be. A good physical exam and history and possibly an ultrasound would help figure out what is going on for you. ...Read more

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Had gallbladder surgery and now I have a rash/hives on my stomach one of my incisions I have small blisters and its really itchy what can I do?

Had gallbladder surgery and now I have a rash/hives on my stomach one of my incisions I have small blisters and its really itchy what can I do?

Contact doctor: From your description is seems that you have a skin allergy to some component of the dressing applied to the wound. It would be prudent to contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Post gallbladder surgery 6 months ago; can't gain weight back, have dark green stool all the time, low back/stomach pain...EGD/Colon neg. Any ideas?

S/p gallbladder: Post- cholecystectomy syndrome affects 5-40% of the population.
https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Postcholecystectomy_syndrome

For diarrhea can use Questran, cholestyramine a bile acid sequestrant.. Avoid fatty foods. Consider breath test to evaluate for bacterial overgrowth and amylase/ lipase to check pancreas function. Discuss nerve/ sphincter of oddi / retained stone issues w/ GI doc ...Read more

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I have had a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery 25 days ago? I sometimes have a very sharp pain in my stomach 4-5 hours after breakfast. Is it normal?

I have had a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery 25 days ago? I sometimes have a very sharp pain in my stomach 4-5 hours after breakfast. Is it normal?

Maybe: Less than a month from surgery. Avoid fried, fatty, greasy foods for a while. Eat smaller amounts of food at a time. May have various discomforts for 4-8 weeks that generally resolve. See tour surgeon if persists. ...Read more

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Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery on 5/2/16.Still experiencing pain in R. side, R.back under shoulder blade, lower R.abdomen too. What would cause this?

Be checked soon...: What you have experienced in pain would have no easy way out, but a systemic approach would help as described in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. Besides, peruse and understand other related articles in What to Do at Feeling Sick? And those in Basics of Self-Care; that will help. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder surgery 4 years ago. I have had constant stomach issues since then. I have bloating, nausea, burning in stomach what could it be?

I had gallbladder surgery 4 years ago. I have had constant stomach issues since then. I have bloating, nausea, burning in stomach what could it be?

Many things: There are many things that could cause your symptoms, including gastritis. If you have tried antacids without relief, it is time to see your gastroenterologist for a complete workup. ...Read more

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Sludge on us, high chol., high ldl, hida 40%, back and abdominal pain, green stool. Is gallbladder surgery an option if hida is 40%?

Sludge on us, high chol., high ldl, hida 40%, back and abdominal pain, green stool. Is gallbladder surgery an option if hida is 40%?

Depends: Most times surgery is considered if the gallbladder function is less than 30%-35%. It would be quite possible that having gallbladder surgery, for you, may offer no benefit ; could make your symptoms worse with more food intolerance, indigestion, diarrhea, etc. Be very cautious in considering surgery that could have no benefit for you. ...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


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Stomach Discomfort (Definition)

Stomach discomfort or pain can be due to problems in digestion or irritation to the stomach. Some people use the term to describe discomfort ...Read more