(Closed) gallbladder removal

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had mine out laparoscopically about 6 months ago and it wasn’t bad at all.  It felt great to be able to eat normally again!  The worst part was for about 2 days afterward there’s some discomfort from the gas they use to inflate the abdomen during surgery but it’s still not that bad.  I also haven’t had any issues with food at all.  I went back to my normal diet almost immediately.  Good luck!

Post # 4
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My Fiance had his out Dec. 2009.  He was able to travel w/in 24 hrs (per his mother’s requestUndecided).  Anyways, he was feeling completely back to normal w/in 4 weeks.  He was eating fine within a week.  The only thing is, he can’t eat really greasy foods.  His surgery took a couple of hours.

Post # 4
43 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

I had mine out as well about 1 month after having my daughter.  The surgery went well, the only thing that bothered me was my shoulder (for about 2 days), but other than that it went very well!  Good Luck:)

Post # 5
4014 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

EH. Sorry, my story is not so encouraging. I had mine out about 8 months ago and I only started to be able to eat like normal for the past month or so. I might be a rare case but I had alot of issues after it was removed. The surgery was fine and I had a pretty quick recovery, but i was NOT able to eat things still. I was still having all the same symptoms that I went to the ER for in the first place!! I went to several different doctors and they just couldnt figure out why I was having the same pain and why I was throwing up everyday (mostly bile-and I couldnt function until it was out- sorry TMI!) I finally tried some things on my own and I am doing 100% better now that I have bought a cheap $5 bottle of enzymes that assist with digesting food! Oh- and DanActive once per day, though i dont remember to drink one everyday. I havent had a problem since, but like I said, I dont think its common to have issues like I did! Good Luck!

Post # 6
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Did they check your liver? I had an emergency gallbladder removal followed immediately by a procedure to remove stones that were already travelling (I was trying to pass stones). Some of the stones got trapped in a bile duct and shut down my liver so I went into liver failure as well.

I had three surgeries in 24 hoiurs and about 3 weeks of recovery (2 weeks in the hospital and one at home on bed rest) before I was up and around. I also had jaundice though so that may have delayed my recovery as well.

Within six months I was just about 100%; I have been able to eat both spicy and greasy foods without incident. The only lingering side effect is that I cannot digest alcohol. I can drink alcohol, but then my face, hands, stomach and feet swell up terribly. It takes several hours if not overnight for the swelling to go down and just isn’t worth the discomfort.

I have two close friends who’ve had their gallbladders out since then. The male friend has had no problems/issues or dietary restrictions. The female friend has problems with alcohol like I do.

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