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I'm having gallbladder removed and going for a pre-operation assessment tomorrow. What happens at these assessments? Anything I should or shouldn't do

I'm having gallbladder removed and going for a pre-operation assessment tomorrow. What happens at these assessments? Anything I should or shouldn't do

Preop exam: A preop restive examination is done to assess the risk of surgery. The usual examination involves general physical examination, ECG, blood work, chest X-ray and urinalysis. If the ECG shows any abnormalities a full caricature evaluation may be requested. If blood work, urine test or chest X-ray show any abnormalities, these may need to be corrected prior to surgery. There is no preparation. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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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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What should I do about reflux after gallbladder removal surgery?

What should I do about reflux after gallbladder removal surgery?

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

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What should I do about reflux after gallbladder removal surgery?

What should I do about reflux after gallbladder removal surgery?

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

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What should I expect after gallbladder surgery?

What should I expect after gallbladder surgery?

Some pain: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal, should result in abdominal pain perhaps for 3-5 days after surgery. Pain pills help here. Some people have changes in bowel habits for the first month or so after the procedure, either loose stools or constipation. Long term changes are rare. Diet changes are not required, but a well-balanced aha diet is always recommended. ...Read more

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What symptoms should I look for if I have an infection after essure placement?

What symptoms should I look for if I have an infection after essure placement?

Pain usually: One risk with the essure is infection in the uterus. You may have some discharge but that doesn't always happen. Almost all women have pain with an infection though. You may also have an increase in spotting. There is some normal spotting after an essure though so that is pretty hard to tell. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have chronic cholecystis recently and am scheduled for surgery soon. One of my gallbladder stone is 3 cm, is it unusual for stones to be that big ?

What do you advise if I have chronic cholecystis recently and am scheduled for surgery soon. One of my gallbladder stone is 3 cm, is it unusual for stones to be that big ?

No, not really: Sounds like you do need the operation. Gallstones can be tiny or even bigger than 3cm. Actually, the tiny ones are more dangerous because they can pass out of the gallbladder into the common bile duct and cause jaundice. Gallbladder removal used to require a big operation with a long scar. Now, most are done laparoscopically which is simple and safe and you are home in a day. Peter wilk, md. ...Read more

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Dr, if my hemoglobin is 11, do I still need blood transfusion for a myomectomy fibroid surgery -after surgery i mean?May you please help.

Dr, if my  hemoglobin is 11, do I still need blood transfusion for a myomectomy fibroid surgery -after surgery i mean?May you please help.

Probably not: Depends on how much blood you lose during the surgery, but if you are starting at a healthy 11, chances are you will not need any. Good luck! ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my nana is having hip replacement surgery. what can she expect before and after?

What do you suggest if my nana is having hip replacement surgery. what can she expect before and after?

Expectations: Before surgery, the goal is to optimize hip strength and ROM and also optimize medical health, so a medical doctor is usually involved preop. Typically no eating after midnight before surgery, and sometimes a skin prep is given to the patient as well. After surgery you can expect to undergo a full program of rehab/therapy, which will be done either at home or in an inpatient setting. ...Read more

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Seven months after may gallbladder surgery I am getting pain where the gallbladder used to be. Can you tell me about it?

Seven months after may gallbladder surgery I am getting pain where the gallbladder used to be. Can you tell me about it?

Possible adhesion: most abdominal pain is visceral in origin, where swelling or twisting of intestine causes this symptom. Post GB, a surgical bed may not have healed before adhesions developed which could then cause, twisting and partial GI blockage. A CAT scan should reveal if this surgical site is the cause of the symptoms or it is due to another factor. ...Read more

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I'm worried of breastfeeding if I take ursodiol. Should I undergo gall bladder surgery instead?

I'm worried of breastfeeding if I take ursodiol. Should I undergo gall bladder surgery instead?

Surgery if indicated: Assuming you have gall bladder stones that are giving you trouble, a laparoscopic cholecystectomy can be done by a general surgeon in a day care surgical center. ...Read more

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I'll have to have my tonsils removed--what am I looking at for recovery time? What post surgery treatment should I apply? Needing some reassurance. :(

I'll have to have my tonsils removed--what am I looking at for recovery time? What post surgery treatment should I apply? Needing some reassurance. :(

Ask your doctor: These are typically done as an outpatient, but techniques and individual medical problems all play a role in recovery times. Call your surgeon to find out about your case. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I am 21 and have internal rectal prolapse, should I consider getting surgery? Would it fix the issue, what could go wrong ?

I am 21 and have internal rectal prolapse, should I consider getting surgery? Would it fix the issue, what could go wrong ?

Rectal prolapse: Most rectal prolapses cause some external protrusion through the anus and don't require surgery. An internal prolapse is more complicated and requires evaluation and advice by a colorectal surgeon. Avoidance of constipation and avoiding straining for a bowel movement using stool softeners may not be enough to prevent symptoms or further damage. ...Read more

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What happens if you had agresive cancer and after surgery you woudn't go back chemo. What are the risks?

What happens if you had agresive cancer and after surgery you woudn't go back chemo. What are the risks?

Need more informatio: We can be more helpful to you if you provide us with detailed information about your Cancer. We need to know the location of your Cancer(which part of the body did it start from?) and the stage of your cancer at diagnosis. When was it diagnosed and what was the date of the surgery and any other treatments done so far?. With these details we can guide you as to what is the best course of action ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i had an appendectomy and was just curious what the surgical team does to the appendix after they remove it?

What do you suggest if i had an appendectomy and was just curious what the surgical team does to the appendix after they remove it?

It is sent to ...: Pathology. The specimen is preserved in formalin and then processed so that the pathologist can look at thin slices of it under the microscope for diagnostic purposes. Most of the time, when the appendix it removed, it is for infection (appendicitis), and the pathologist describes the inflammation. Rarely, other diagnoses are seen, such as cancer. Sometimes, the appendix is normal. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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