(Closed) Anyone had their gall bladder out?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

The HIDA scan showed my gallbladder was working ridiculously slow. Seriously they inject the dye into you and it’s supposed to show up within 30 minutes, yeah over an hour later it finally did. The surgery isn’t a big deal at all. They do put you under fully, it’s laparascopic so just do a small incision in your belly button, then one about 4-6 inches above your belly button and 2 on the right side of your belly. If you do have to have it done discuss with your doctor whether they will be giving you staples, stitches or just steri strips. When I had mine done I expected stitches but in my opinion the doctor butchered me and used staples. But I know people who only used steri-strips because the incisions are so small. It was just a rude awakening to have staples. As long as you’re good with anesthesia and morphine you’ll be fine. I was out for a week. Make sure you have nightgowns because you won’t want to risk any waistbands rubbing on your belly. I stayed with my parents for a couple of days (this was before Darling Husband was in the picture) and just ate lots of soup. I still had “issues” after my surgery, my body I think just needed to learn how to process foods without the bile the gallbladder produces. Green veggies are very difficult to eat for a few months after surgery. It’s been 3 years and things couldn’t be better, there are a few episodes here and there but the pain that accompanied those episodes has disappeared.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I had mine out in October of last year.  ALL my tests were normal.  The ultrasound showed mild dilation of the hepatic ducts (I think that’s what it is), but still normal.  They ended up taking it out anyway and it was full of scar tissue! 

The surgery wasn’t bad.  I didn’t even have stitches…just glue (like dermabond).  I have 4 small incisions that you can barely even see anymore.  They are like 1/2″ long.  Recovery wasn’t too bad.  I was out of work for a week and a half though.  Getting out of bed and using the abdominal muscles was painful, but nothing too bad. 

As far as food goes, I don’t have any problems unless I eat a VERY fatty meal (like McDonalds or something).  I don’t have pain anymore though, so I can handle anything else.  Good luck!!

Post # 5
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365 posts
Helper bee

My Fiance had his out earlier this year. The incisions didn’t bother him a bit. They used the glue as well. The worst part for him was the gas they use during the surgery gives you awful shoulder cramps afterwards and there isn’t a lot you can do about it except try to move around some and wait a day or two. He still has attacks every now and then where he gets sick when he eats, but now months later it is getting better and he is getting his old appetite back. Overall, it really helped him without too much suffering during. He couldn’t eat at all before he had it out because he would just throw it back up and he lost so much weight. He has small scars from it, but he also didn’t use anything to prevent scarring.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mine was full of gallstones which showed up in the ultrasound.  Surgery… hmmmm… it was not one of my better moments even though it was laparoscopic.  I believe I have crappy anesthetic, so it made it a bit harder for me since I was sick longer. 

I’ve had other surgeries and have been fine, but like I said it was more of my anesthetic than the actual surgery.  I only have 3 tiny incisions, one of them in my belly button. This was about 7 years ago.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Shiner: OMG, I forgot all about the shoulder pain.  You are so right.  That was worse than the actual surgery site!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Sunflower–girl: It could still be your gall bladder!  I’m guessing the GI doctor will want to do an endoscopy.  Good luck!

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