Post # 1
Has anyone had their gallbladder out? I’m having my removed on Wednesday. Not too worried about the actual surgery, but I’m terrified of the anesthesia! I do not want to have a tube down my throat. A friend of mine was coughing up blood the next day after her surgery. Is it really that bad??
Post # 3
I have had multiple surgeries and I have never coughed up blood. The only thing that happens is that you wake up and your throat hurts. I’m assuming that they are doing it laproscopically? The incisions are small and heal up pretty well with time. Good luck on your surgery!
Post # 4
I wouldn’t worry about the anesthesia – as MissAsB said, you will likely have a bit of a sore throat but that is about all. The incisions on a gallbladder surgery are so tiny these days, so your recovery should be pretty quick. Good luck 🙂
Post # 5
My surgeon said it’s laproscopic with the possibility of an open surgery. I guess they have to say that to cover themselves just in case.
Post # 6
Yeah, I think that they always say that there can be complications. I’ve had 9 and have never had any though so I wouldn’t worry!
Post # 7
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I had my gall bladder out and really, really regret it. Is yours being removed for actual stones or is it just “sluggishness”? Mine showed low activity on the HIDA scan, but I became much sicker afterward. I had only seen a surgeon, not a GI, which was a huge mistake.
After I got worse, I finally saw a GI who said the HIDA scan only showed that my entire GI tract wasn’t functioning properly and that it was no surprise the gall bladder surgery didn’t improve symptoms. I’ve met many young people who got it removed and had the same experience. So, if you do not have gall stones, I would seek a second opinion.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
As for surgery advice, the most painful thing is shoulder pain. The gas in your body from the procedure basically rises, which creates a very uncomfortable pain in the shoulders. Everything else was pretty easy! Ask for a sedative before surgery if you’re nervous.
Post # 9
My experience is close to ribbons- I had mine taken out after I went to the hospital on a Sunday with a severe burning right below my ribcage. It was the worst pain I have ever felt. They told me I had a marble sized gallstone and recommended getting it removed, as did the gastroenterolgist they had me see afterwards.
No problems with the surgery in general (the gas from the procedure that rises to the shoulder is ridiculously irritating and painful) but I healed really well. But when I went for my post-surgery checkup- the gastroenterologist said that there was nothing about any gallstones in the paperwork from the hospital and they didnt find any during surgery. Not only did that upset me but I still have all the same pains that I originally went to the hospital for! We’re still trying to figure out the problem and my next step is the GI doctor next week!
Post # 10
My fiance had it done right before Christmas last year. He came out fine and he’s back to normal. Dairy and oily foods bother him a bit more than they used to but he’s so much better. I’m glad he had the procedure b/c he had a stone that was large enough to go through the duct but too large to completely pass and thus could get lodged in his pancreas and kill him. Three doctors told him to get it removed, so he didn’t take it lightly. He had three gall bladder attacks, each getting successively worse. His last one, I forced him to go to the doctor or I threatened an ambulance call–he relunctantly went and we’re both glad he did, that’s when they dx’ed him. His procedure probably lasted with pre-op/post-op, maybe 3 hours? He was well enough to travel two days after. Eating fairly normally after a couple of weeks (minus oily foods). He said the only thing that hurt was the sore throat and he had to burp/pass a lot of gas. He still has very pink scars from them putting gas in his belly. Also, I really encourage you to get up when they tell you to and not doddle. The faster you get up and walk around, the sooner you’ll be back to normal…I don’t think you should push yourself too hard, but maybe go a little bit further than what you thought you could.
P.S. They said the same thing to my Fiance–they would do it laproscopically but if something were to come up, they’d do it the older way.
Post # 11
I haven’t had my gallbladder removed, but I’ve had surgery under general anesthesia and also scrubbed in on many surgeries as a medical student. The intubation is really not a big deal and is incredibly routine. It goes down the throat in seconds. Your throat might be a little bit sore the next day but that’s usually it. Anesthesia isn’t a lot of fun afterwards…it can make you pretty nauseated and really groggy. But it wears off pretty quickly especially with a short surgery. Laproscopic recovery is quick–I’m always amazed to see how well patients look the next day after a laproscopic surgery!
Post # 12
I had my gallbladder out about 10 years ago…it was an excellent experience. I don’t even remember getting a tube down my throat at all. To be honest I’m not sure if I did. It was such a simple procedure and it is so common. Don’t be worried. The scarring is minimal as is the pain. I went in for morning surgery & was out that afternoon and on pain killers for a few days, then I was just fine. I have no regrets what so ever.
Post # 13
I had mine out 2 and a half years ago for stones. I actually had some complications due to the fact that I had so many stones the gallbladder itself was stuck between 2 ribs and my surgeon didn’t want to do an open surgery because she “couldn’t scar a 20 year old girl like that” (it’s a very large opening if you do the open surgery). So I ended up being under for almost 4 hours while she went in and pulled out stones until it was small enough to get out. And still my recovery wasn’t that bad. I don’t even remember having a sore throat.
The worst part for me was really the should pain like ribbons mentioned. Mine was especially bad from being under (and blown up with gas) for so long. That and I found out my body doesn’t react well to percoset (sp?) and got sick…throwing up after abdominal surgery isn’t fun.
Now, 2 and a half years later, I have to watch my diet. Eating fatty foods makes me feel kind of sick, and they “go right through me” so I have to be sure I’ll be able to get to the bathroom in a hurry if I do eat something “bad”. But overall I feel MUCH better. Like I mentioned, I had an unusual amount of stones which made me be in pain almost constantly, and after having it out I felt like a new person. And I lost some weight which was a nice bonus!
And the little scars have faded completely. The only one you can even see is the one right over my diaphragm, and it is barely noticeable.
Most people I talk to that have had theirs out were fine right away. I know one girl that was able to go for a run the morning after the surgery because she felt absolutely fine.
Post # 14
By the way, I had been having attacks for over 3 years before someone finally realized what it was, an ER doctor actually. I had spoken to 2 different PCPs about the attacks and they brushed it off because it is very rare for someone that young and in perfect health to have gallstones, and there was no family history. If I had the surgery earlier, when I started having stones, there probably wouldn’t have been any complications at all.
Post # 15
I haven’t my gallbladder out either but had surgery 9 years ago under general anesthesia and didn’t even know anything about it, I had to have each of my lungs deflated in turn to separate my nerve endings as I was suffering from Hyperydrosis (when you over sweat – my case in my hands), it’s quite common but people don’t like talking about it for obvious reasons. I had the greatest sleep though as the anesthetic wore off! You’ll be fine, don’t worry.
Post # 16
@missyjane77: Good luck on your surgery! I had a surgery to remove my gallstones a few years ago (but didn’t get my gallbladder removed) and, honestly, the anesthesia was NOT BAD at all. All I remember is them putting the mask on me, counting to 2, and that was it. I didn’t have any after effects of the anesthesia or the tubing except for a slightly swollen lip from the tube. Good luck!