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 Post subject: Gallbladder removal and recovery
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:08 pm 
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I've had a lot of pain since I had a gallbladder attack almost a month ago, so I think I'm just going to go ahead with getting it removed. How is the recovery for the laproscopic removal? Will I be able to look after my kids the next day if we take it easy? What about working (on my feet) a week later?
And did you have any terrible digestive trouble after? I am going crazy trying to decide if this is the right thing to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Gallbladder removal and recovery
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:20 pm 
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I had mine removed in December and had a horrendous recovery--flat on my back for a week due to pain, then off work for another month due to exhaustion. That being said, I was very, very ill for the preceding year, which no doubt impacted my recovery.

I would plan to not be able to look after your kids the next day.

I haven't had particular digestive trouble since (aside from IBS). I did have to reintroduce fat slowly.

All in all, it was absolutely the right thing to do. I hope you are feeling better soon!

Oh, and the most important tidbit I got (from Lavawitch, thank you!) is to get two warm-packs--one for your belly and one for your neck. They are the only things that will help with the gas pain.

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 Post subject: Re: Gallbladder removal and recovery
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:45 pm 
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Thank you j-dub! I'm glad you're feeling better, sounds like you had it rough.

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 Post subject: Re: Gallbladder removal and recovery
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:16 am 
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I had mine removed in December 2005 after being ill for around a year (The NHS is great for being free but can be very slow at times.).

Working on your feet a week later might be pushing it. I went back to my desk job two weeks after surgery and ended up with two of my incision sites being infected and having to take more time off sick.

I didn't have any major digestive problems afterwards, aside from the odd bout of diarrhea.


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 Post subject: Re: Gallbladder removal and recovery
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:42 am 
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My digestive problems were way better after the surgery. There is no way I could have taken care of a kid for at least the first week after I was discharged. I think I needed two weeks off. I also had stones in my duct and I was in the hospital for a week and had 3 surgeries! I would get it out, you want to avoid what I had to go through! The longer you wait the more likely you can get such a problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Gallbladder removal and recovery
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No experience/advice here, but hope you feel better soon, whatever you decide to do :)


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 Post subject: Re: Gallbladder removal and recovery
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:42 am 
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I was walking around and up and about within hours after the surgery. Worst part was soreness from the surgery and constipation from the pain meds. But once I got past that I was fine. I think I stayed home from work for a week. And I only took the pain meds they sent me home with a for two days. So expect to sleep through the first two days home from the hospital at best, and at worst expect to be laid up for a week or two.

The actual worst part was the pain coming directly out of surgery from the gas they put in you. OMG!!

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 Post subject: Re: Gallbladder removal and recovery
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Thank you everyone! It's scheduled for the 24th, so I'm just hoping to avoid an attack before then! And I'm trying to work out what to do about work; it's difficult because I'm a freelancer who has to be on a set, and I only get this particular gig four times a year.

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 Post subject: Re: Gallbladder removal and recovery
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I had mine out on a Monday and I was off work for the rest of the week. I was able to go back to my desk job the following week. I didn't have any complications or digestive issues.

The day of surgery, I was throwing up a lot afterwards, from the anesthesia. The second day was rough -- I was very sore. I didn't have kids then, but there's no way I'd have been up to watching them. I was only wanting to eat soup. But after that, it got better. I didn't need the hospital pain meds by the third day, just Tylenol. Be sure to get up and walk around! Your lungs need it after they put you under -- otherwise you can get a lung infection (happened to a friend's husband). And carry a pillow around the house with you that you can clutch to your stomach whenever you get up/sit down. Good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Gallbladder removal and recovery
PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:24 am 
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I had mine out 2 years ago. i was in a lot of pain for a few days, couldn't do much except lie on sofa! I was off work 2 weeks as the 2nd week i was finding it difficult to twist or sit in a chair for ling periods.

After that though I've basically felt great. I feel a bit groggy and get stomach pains if I over eat but i can pretty much eat what i want now.

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I was in a lot of pain but it's all a bit of a blur. The pain medication didn't work for me so they kept giving me more until that stuff made me throw up. But I'm a weirdo when it comes to meds.

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 Post subject: Re: Gallbladder removal and recovery
PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:38 am 
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The surgeon gave me a prescription for vicodin, which I think I've taken before with no problems. I hate throwing up, so I'm going to talk to them about anesthesia before the surgery-I've been under once with no problems but I need a little reassurance!

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