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Recovering From 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
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
WELL TOLERATED: Gallbladder surgery is almost always done laparoscopically, and is usually as an outpatient. General anesthesia is required. There will be 3-4 small puncture wounds. Some sites may offer a single, slightly larger, site approach. Regardless, you should be back to full activity in 5-10 days. Some post-op soreness. Once you are fully awake there's no dietary restrictions. Good luck. ...Read more
Well tolerated.: Usually this is done laparoscopically, with one incision at the belly button and 2-3 upper abdominal incisions. These are usually less than an inch in size. This is most often an outpatient procedure, home the same day. Incisions will be sore for a week or so, and you will be limited to light activity for a month or so. ...Read more
Can try diet: If symptomatic healthy foods for your gallbladder, as well as the rest of your body:fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains (whole-wheat bread, brown rice, oats, bran cereal)lean meat, poultry, and fish, low-fat dairy products. Majority of patients with gallstones do not have symptoms. Overweight state can lead to gall stone formation. Loss of weight helps reduce gall stone formation. ...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
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