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What Does Gallbladder Surgery Scars 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
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
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
If I had gallbladder surgery four weeks ago if it still considered a sugical site or is it a surgical scar?
Both: The surgical site is just the location where the surgery was performed. This will always be the same as your surgical location neither moves nor changes. Surgical scar is what forms after surgery. This too will always be the same since scars always occur (but some smaller and some larger.). Hope this helps. ...Read more
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?
I have a hard mass at midriff, I was told years ago that it was scar tissue built up from my gallbladder surgery, it is painful sometimes. Is there anything to help this?
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 lap gallbladder surgery 2 weeks ago. The scar from the upper incision (healed & glue off) is very sensitive, and stings all the time. Help?
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: Don't present as lumps. You didn't 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
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
I have dull throbbing pain immediately under my right breast. Just two days ago I began to feel it in my back. Scar tissue from gallbladder surgery?
Gallbladder surgery 3 months ago but now the day (s) after exercise (circuit training and field hockey) I feel completely wiped out?
I just had gallbladder surgery 8days ago. I was fine until yesterday afternoon. I now have a cough and what feels like a cold. Should I be concerned?
Flu after surgery: Recovery from surgery is a time of vulnerability, and catching the flu or a cold is not uncommon. Check in with your surgery team. They may consider a flu shot or anti-virals. Make sure you have a post operative appointment. Then take it easy, rest, oral hydration. Call or go in if you develop fever, rash or vomiting. Be well. ...Read more
Good afternoon, I had a gallbladder surgery 3 months back and sudden I keep feeling dizy and loosing my balance and have headaces. What van it be, it started like 3 to 4 weeks back.
Not the operation: It should not be due to the recent surgery. Look for other causes. ...Read more
What can be done to prolong gallbladder surgery? Like any sort of diet or something like antacids?
No: Low fat diet can sometimes prevent the onset of symptoms of gallbladder disease, however once you've had symptoms you are very likely to have future attacks. Those future attacks could occur at anytime after any meal and at a more inconvinent time of your life. Surgery also prevents infection and pancreatitis. ...Read more
Have had 3 bm so far today. Feels like I could still go.1 1/2 tbs Metamucil 4-27 could this be from too much fiber and from gallbladder surgery 3-3?
Not likely: 1-1/2 tbsp metamucil contains approx 5-6.5gm fibre (psyllium husk) depending which type you use. The recommended daily fibre intake is 25-30gms. It is unlikely that the amount of metamucil you are taking is too much. Gallbladder surgery can cause short term GI disturbances which resolve within 30-60 days. If your bms are solid, it's likely you just had lots to pass and the fibre is helping. ...Read more
Trial and error diet: While many patients have no GI symptoms after cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), some patients may note changes in bowel habits with more frequent stools and irritation. Some patients may have alterations in dietary tolerance, which may change over time. This cannot be predicted prior to cholecystectomy and trial and error of diet is normal. ...Read more
Right Upper Abd Pain: Commonly you can have right upper abdominal fullness and pain with nausea after gallbladder surgery. This should improve everyday. Another common problem is diarrhea. This usually gets better quickly, but sometimes can persist for months. If these or other symptoms are worsening, it could be a sign of a problem. Any fever, chills or incisional redness are problems. Call your surgeon if problems. ...Read more
Few: Of course, the first few days you'll have some soreness, perhaps some fatigue. A fraction of patients will have stool urgency for a limited time after surgery, but that will be self limited, or treatable w imodium (loperamide). That's about it. I hear tales about chronic diarrhea from patient's relatives, but there's no biologic reason to have this problem. And, you no longer have fat restrictions. Good luck. ...Read more
Not sure: Gallbladder is usually via laparoscopy, small incision, done as an outpatient, and recovery time is usually 1 week after surgery. More gallbladder surgeries are being done in younger people (twenties) because of high fat diet as a child. Very effective surgery and very few complication in nowadays. Usually works for symptomatic gallstones or dyskinesia (gallbladder without stones). ...Read more
Depends: How long ago was your surgery? Gallbladder & gallstones are usually both removed at surgery. Usually can eat everything given enough time after surgery. Start with smaller and lighter soft foods & soups, avoid fatty & greasy foods at first. Then gradually return to a full normal and regular diet over a couple weeks as you recover from surgery. ...Read more
PAIN AND PROBLEMS: If you are having gb symptoms and forego the surgery, the bloating, nausea, and pain will continue. This can be moderated by eating a lower fat diet. Gallstones may eventually pass into the bile system, and cause jaundice or pancreatitis. Long standing chronic gb inflammation can lead to gb cancer, but that is rare. Laparoscopic gb surgery is usually a safe procedure. Speak to your surgeon. ...Read more
Depends: Immediately after surgery I find patients who eat greasy or fatty food have a lot of abdominal pain and cramping with diarrhea and urgent trips to the bathroom. It takes a while for the body to get used to not having a large input of bile with each meal to help digest the fat. While almost everyone goes back to eating a normal diet. I recommend my patients avoid high fat foods for the first 4 wk. ...Read more
See your surgeon: I do not know when you had the surgery. Was it recent or longer time ago? Pains early after surgery not uncommon, but if getting worse with nausea and vomiting need to see your surgeon soon. If the surgery was more than 4-6 weeks ago see your surgeon or a gastroenterologist for other evaluations. ...Read more
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