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What does the scar from gallbladder surgery look like?

What does the scar from gallbladder surgery look like?

Depends on surgery: In all cases the scar is not that bad. Usually the gallbladder is removed with a camera and othe small long instruments placed in the abdomen through 3 1-2cm incisions, but it sometimes is done through one larger 6 inch incision below the right rib. It some specialized centers it can be done through the vaginia or mouth/stomach resulting in no external scars. ...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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I had open gallbladder surgery 3 months ago and part of my scar is still not healed. Sometimes it bleeds a little too. Why?

I had open gallbladder surgery 3 months ago and part of my scar is still not healed. Sometimes it bleeds a little too. Why?

Uncertain: I cannot tell why without seeing it. Seems unlikely that an incision would not be fully healed at 3 months, unless there are underlying health issues or Prednisone use. Also seems unlikely that there would be irritation from a suture this long, but it is possible. Please see your surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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If i had gallbladder surgery four weeks ago if it still considered a sugical site or is it a surgical scar?

If i had gallbladder surgery four weeks ago if it still considered a sugical site or is it a surgical scar?

Post op infection: Generally, infections that happen within the first 30 days after surgery are considered postoperative infections. You are on the borderline. But if your incision never really healed as now has reopened, i would call that a postop infection. ...Read more

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My husband had gallbladder surgery 2 months ago and now he has a huge lump under the scar he had to have the more invasive surgery about a 7 in scare ?

My husband had gallbladder surgery 2 months ago and now he has a huge lump under the scar he had to have the more  invasive surgery  about a 7 in scare ?

Scar or hernia?: He should definitely be seen by his surgeon .... If the surgery was that recent the scar either is healing poorly... Like a keloid or the scar deep is separating .... A weakened scar.... Or hernia. ...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.?

Could be hernia: The small incisions used for laprascopic technique can occasionally become hernia. Okay to check with your doc. An ultrasound will provide diagnosis. ...Read more

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Have lump always thought was internal scar tissue from gallbladder surgery 6 yrs ago. This a.M, there was bruise over it i can't explain. Do i worry?

Internal scar tissue: Dont present as lumps. You didnt state where exactly is the lump. If its at the site of incisio. Then it could be an incisional hernia. Bruising may or may not be related to it. If the lump is tender to touch now then you need to contact your physician soon as it may be an incarcerated hernia. If its soft, and non tender then you can follow up with your physician to further assess it. ...Read more

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What will doctor do during gallbladder surgery follow up? After removing bandages, will he put anything on incision scars? There's no stitches/staples

What will doctor do during gallbladder surgery follow up? After removing bandages, will he put anything on incision scars?  There's no stitches/staples

Not likely: He will check the wound to be sure it is healing without infection or herniation. He will ask some questions regarding whether you are having diarrhea as some folks do after gb surgery. If so there is a medicine that can be given to treat the diarrhea. Should be a short visit. He will then tell you when he releases you to full activity. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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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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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more