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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
Multiple factors.: An evaluation is necessary which usually includes blood work, an abdominal ultrasound and assessments by a surgeon. Your surgeon will review relevant health history and medications as well as discuss pain control options. ...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
Laparoscopic: Gallbladder surgery. It is a surgical procedure done under general anesthesia, while one is asleep. One to four small incisions are used for the surgical instruments. Carbon dioxide gas is used and a camera inserted to see. The gallbladder is removed, then you wake up and go to the recovery room. Usually little discomfort ; usually back to normal activities in 2 weeks or less. ...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
You can ask your: Surgeon or try us. Please submit a clear & specific question about your cholycystectomy. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on what type of surgery was done and how bad your gallbladder disease was. And it also depends on you. For gallbladder removed laparoscopically most people are out of the hospital in less than 24 hours and some can get back to work in a couple of days. Others may have more trouble dealing with pain after surgery and take longer to recover. If your gallbladder is very sick.... ...Read more
YouTube: The society of american gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgeons (sages) has a posted youtube that is available with explanations: http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=9eazgjc9wc0. ...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
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
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
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