Post # 1
Seems as if I am going to have another surgery, this time to remove the gall bladder.
Sunday afternoon I went into the ER for some serious pain along my chest, stomach, sides, and back. It literally felt as if someone was crushing me from the inside, I had trouble breathing and felt as if I was going to pass out.
After some pain medicine that worked like a charm and an ultrasound they told me I had gall stones. So I went home and on Monday followed up with my doctor to referral me to a charity hospital since I can not afford more medical bills. (Same hospital that did my hysterectomy in Dec)
I have to go back on Thursday at 1pm to meet with a surgeon so they can decide what to do, hopefully just take the entire thing out.
I have been doing okay on Weight Watchers, have lost 13lbs in the past 2 months. I am now worried I have to redo my entire diet again because I will not have the gall bladder to digest things as normally.
My dad had his gall bladder taken out 2 years ago and ended up in ICU the day after his surgery with double phnemonia (sp??). I am alittle worried but I know it’s a common surgery.
Has anyone else had problems from gall bladder surgery?
Is there a certain diet you’re suppose to follow other than “no fatty, greasy, or fried foods”?
Appreciate any input. I’ve researched online for hours, but they all say the same things it seems. I already have digestive issues sure hope this helps correct it!
Sorry I haven’t been posting as much as I usually do, a ton of changes for wedding planning has happened and now that it’s getting less than 4 months away it’s starting to become more and more real!!
Post # 3
I had my gallbladder removed 6 years ago. I didn’t have any complications except for at times now when I overindulge in food there better be a bathroom close by.
Post # 4
I am a physician assistant student and in my general surgery rotation right now. I’ve followed about 10 patients from pre-op, surgery and post op visits who have had their gallbladders removed.
My attending does it laparoscopicly and it takes about 45 minutes for him to do. Most patients go home that day when they are stable.
We typically see the patient 7-10 days after surgery and all of them are doing well. Some patients report mild abdominal pain, but most just complain about the steri-strips (tape over incisions) and that is it. However, complications can happen because it is surgery!
You will NOT have to change your diet. You’re liver takes over the gallbladders job.
Post # 5
I’m a nurse, and have worked with lots of patients after laparoscopic (robotic) and open cholecystectomies (gallbladder removals). It’s a pretty routine surgery, and it looks like you’ve done lots of homework…I bet you’ll do great! One of the best things you can do after surgery is make SURE to get up and walk at least 4 times a day starting the first day after your surgery…and to get up at least once or twice the day of, depending what time your surgery gets done at. It will be painful and sore the first couple of times, and it’s a bit tricky getting out of bed with a sore abdomen (try rolling onto your side first, then pushing your body up while moving your legs to the ground so that your abdomen doesn’t have to twist or bend), but it’s important to get up and move around post-op! Walking and moving around gets your lungs to breathe deeper, which helps prevent pneumonia, and it helps to get your bowels moving again. After general anesthesia and abdominal surgeries, it can take a little while for your bowels to start working again, and walking is one of the best ways to do it. Your nurse might also give you an incentive spirometer (a breathing device, to help you exercise your lungs). Be sure to try to use that as much as possible, too. Your nurse will instruct you on how much to use it (about 10x/hour, generally).
As for your diet, you don’t have to avoid greasy and fatty foods all together…just try to limit your intake of them (good advice for people with a gallbladder, too!). I’m sure you’ll do great…hang in there!!! 🙂
Post # 6
My mom had hers out with no complications about two years ago. I can’t recall if she had a special diet at first but within a few months she was eating whatever she wanted. She has a slight acid reflux problem now, I’m not sure if that’s related to the gall bladder thing?
Post # 7
Darling Husband just had his out a few months ago. The surgery was as simple as can be and he was back to work 3 days later. His was done laparoscopicly (sp?) which made the whole process much easier but had there been complications that caused them to have to slice him fully open (the alternative is like a 10 inch incision, or so I hear), it would have been an entirely different ball game.
After the surgery, he was told to ease back into his normal diet which consisted of pretty much everything you’re not supposed to eat but we had homemade pizza for dinner that night. He really hasn’t had any food aversions since losing his gall bladder but everyone is different. My cousin had hers removed years ago and the only things she can’t tolerate are soft cheeses.
All in all, it’s a pretty simple procedure with a relatively easy recovery. Just give yourself some time to recuperate and take it easy. You’re going to feel SOOOO much better after you have it taken out. I know how much pain Darling Husband was in when he had his attacks (ended up being hospitalized for 3 days) and it was anything buy fun.
Post # 8
A bit late for me but I had gall bladder surgery and I had no problems. I was moving around because I cannot sit still for long, within a couple of days. It has actually been easier for me to lose weight. I had sludge in mine from weight loss. I still eat the same just reallly greasy foods stay far away from. My sister had gall surgery as well she is also much smaller but she had a hard time with some foods. All in all you will be fine and much luck to you !!
Post # 9
I had my gall bladder out about 6 years ago. I had it out on a Thursday and was back to work on Monday. I have not changed my diet and I’ve not had any complications. My grandfather had his gall bladder out a long time ago and ended up jaundiced, but that is most likely because he waited too long to finally have the surgery. Plus, he had it out before they started taking it out through lapriscopy, so I think the surgery was a little more involved.
It sounds like the sooner people take care of gall bladder issues, the less chance of complicaitons down the road. I’ve definitely felt an overall improvement in my health since having it out.