gall bladder surgery--tips to recovery? easy process?

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gall bladder surgery--tips to recovery? easy process?

Postby greybeard » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:24 pm

Gonna have it jerked out sometime in the next few weeks. No symptoms..primary doc just found it this week in an unrelated abdominal scan. Full of stones and he said 'at your age, just as well go ahead and get rid of it'.
I'm assuming outpatient/day surgery but I don't know anything about it and haven't had the surgeon consult yet. That happens Monday.
Piece of cake or problematic?
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Postby Caustic Burno » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:43 pm

Depends you are not going to run a race for about a week. The air they blow you up with can and does hurt like heII as your body tries to absorb what they don't get out.
I was pretty sore for about three days
The bad part comes later as you find the stuff you can't eat anymore as your body won't tolerate it.
High percentage of people have digestabilty issues after its removed
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Postby M.Magis » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:51 pm

About the same issue as CB for me. Wasn’t a big deal, spent most of the next few days on the recliner. I could get around, just a bit slower than normal. It definitely changed the way my body handled certain foods. I still eat all the same things, but it doesn’t always go well afterward. Most people I’ve know that had it done said the same thing.
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Postby jltrent » Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:20 pm

They make three holes in you. One to blow you up, one to cut it off and one at the belly button to suck it out. The third day after mine was removed came a big snow a couple years ago and I was on a tractor feeding and moving snow although it was painful from hitting the frozen ice chucks with the tractor. Like others have said if you don't already have stomach digestion problems you will after with some food. Also I got immediate relief, as I mean right after I woke up from surgery, from the side pain. When I went back for the follow up the doctor pointed at a big word (Cholecystitis) in my file from the test on the removed organ and said I bet that had been bothering you for a while.
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Postby M-5 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:24 pm

gallbladder - No problem .

if they fix a hernia while they are in there it Hurts like be nice and takes a few days to over that and a few months to over the mesh barbwire they use.
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Postby dun » Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:20 pm

I had mine pulled long before the 3 hole method when they actually slit you open and got hands in there. Other then being stupid and thinking I could start bucking hay a couple of days after, the only complication I had was explosive diarrhea. Fortunately I had a doc that new the simple fix.
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Postby Ky cowboy » Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:07 pm

My wife regrets having her' s taken out. If it's not giving you trouble, I'd leave it alone. I know she wishes she did. I Think it does more good then bad even if it's functioning less than it supposed to.
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Postby Caustic Burno » Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:29 pm

GB have you had a hida scan I know I misspelled that it is a test of gall bladder function if you have gall bladder disease. That is serious shyt can become gangrene killed my grandmother
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Postby JSCATTLE » Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:21 pm

I don't have any personal experience with it but I work with a guy that had his taken out . All I know Is 20 or so minutes after he eats you better not stand between him and the bathroom door . He said he wasn't like that before his was removed.
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Postby zirlottkim » Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:11 pm

My wife had hers removed a few years ago. Took 15 years of not sleeping through a whole night, back hurting, and 4 BAD attacks that sent her to ER in severe pain. Doctors could never diagnose the problem. She did experience the post-surgery problems everyone else talked about but they were minor and a short while afterward she could eat anything that she could before. Like someone mentioned above, the relief was immediate, she felt better as soon as she woke up from surgery. She says it's the best thing she has ever done.
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Postby Son of Butch » Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:12 pm

My 90 yr old grandmother came through her gall bladder surgery just fine 40+ years ago before laser surgeries.
But she was a tough old bird, her doctor was surprised to find stones outside of the gall bladder.

Seems it had ruptured several years earlier and healed leaving stones on the outside. Looking back, there had been an episode when she was quite ill and in pain, but refused to go to a doctor, surviving on 7up and aspirin for a few days.
We kind of assumed that was when it happened. There is no way that I'd be tough enough to go through that.
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Postby dun » Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:15 pm

JSCATTLE wrote:I don't have any personal experience with it but I work with a guy that had his taken out . All I know Is 20 or so minutes after he eats you better not stand between him and the bathroom door . He said he wasn't like that before his was removed.

There is a simple fix. There is a product (by prescription) called Questran, it's a powder that is normally used for high cholesterol. what it does is binds the bile salts into a more or less solid. Depending on the severity, any where from a half teaspoon to a couple of teaspoons once a day is all it takes. The negative is that it will make for a hard stool so you have to take something like metamucil along with it. I had to take it for something like 10 years but the problem eventually went away. It's the only thing that made life normal for me. I had mine removed 35 years ago and that was the only downside to it.
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Postby ranchersswiss » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:51 am

I had mine taken out 7 years ago through laparoscopic surgery. recovery is fast, got back to work after a week.
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Postby JSCATTLE » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:27 am

dun wrote:
JSCATTLE wrote:I don't have any personal experience with it but I work with a guy that had his taken out . All I know Is 20 or so minutes after he eats you better not stand between him and the bathroom door . He said he wasn't like that before his was removed.

There is a simple fix. There is a product (by prescription) called Questran, it's a powder that is normally used for high cholesterol. what it does is binds the bile salts into a more or less solid. Depending on the severity, any where from a half teaspoon to a couple of teaspoons once a day is all it takes. The negative is that it will make for a hard stool so you have to take something like metamucil along with it. I had to take it for something like 10 years but the problem eventually went away. It's the only thing that made life normal for me. I had mine removed 35 years ago and that was the only downside to it.

I'll pass that along dun ..
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Postby Caustic Burno » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:47 am

JSC colestipol works as well pill form same principle as what Dun was explaining
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