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What Warning Sign Should I Look Out For After Gallbladder Surgery
Severe pain: If something went wrong during the procedure your surgeon would have alerted you. If you think something has started going wrong since you got home look for severe or worsening pain, fever, chills, vomiting, pus coming from the little laproscope wounds. It is always OK to go back to the surgeon for a quick post-operative recheck to be sure all is well. ...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
After Gallbladder surgery I noticed a big red circle after surgery near incision, is it a sign of infection?
Redness: The question is whether this circle is a rash, irritation or skin/wound infection. The latter would have associated warmth, spreading redness, possible purulent discharge and possible tenderness. If it's simply a rash, apply a cortisone type ointment. If in doubt, have your surgeon examine you. ...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
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
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
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
Usually, good..: Since 1990 I have performed over 4000 laparoscopic cholecystectomies, as well as another 100+ open cholecystectomies. The vast majority of our patients are outpatient, going home about 2 hrs after surgery. Most are back to "normal" within a week, with no dietary restrictions. Of course, unfortunately, some have had some complications, which we are prepared to manage. I hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more
Take a deep breath: First of all, take a deep breath. Things will most likely be fine. The night before the operation, stop taking food and drink by mouth as directed by your doctor. Try to avoid fatty foods leading up to the operation as this may aggravate your gallbladder disease. Make arrangements to be out of work for at least one week. Then try to relax. ...Read more
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