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

Help Support CattleToday:

greybeard

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 5, 2012
Messages
19,602
Reaction score
451
Location
Cleveland Tx
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?
 

Caustic Burno

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 26, 2004
Messages
26,576
Reaction score
1,174
Location
Big Thicket East Texas
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
 

M.Magis

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 28, 2010
Messages
1,972
Reaction score
68
Location
Cambridge, Ohio
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.
 

jltrent

Well-known member
Joined
Aug 25, 2013
Messages
4,685
Reaction score
518
Location
Virginia
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.
 

dun

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 28, 2003
Messages
47,334
Reaction score
1
Location
MO Ozarks
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.
 

Ky cowboy

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 30, 2015
Messages
507
Reaction score
31
Location
Western kentucky
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.
 

Caustic Burno

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 26, 2004
Messages
26,576
Reaction score
1,174
Location
Big Thicket East Texas
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
 

JSCATTLE

Well-known member
Joined
May 4, 2011
Messages
2,295
Reaction score
0
Location
S.E TEXAS
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.
 
A

Anonymous

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.
 

Son of Butch

Well-known member
Joined
Aug 30, 2010
Messages
6,881
Reaction score
608
Location
Frost Bite Falls, Minnesota
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.
 

dun

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 28, 2003
Messages
47,334
Reaction score
1
Location
MO Ozarks
JSCATTLE":1dujtb6i said:
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.
 

ranchersswiss

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 10, 2014
Messages
81
Reaction score
0
I had mine taken out 7 years ago through laparoscopic surgery. recovery is fast, got back to work after a week.
 

JSCATTLE

Well-known member
Joined
May 4, 2011
Messages
2,295
Reaction score
0
Location
S.E TEXAS
dun":1onnu1qk said:
JSCATTLE":1onnu1qk said:
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 ..
 
OP
greybeard

greybeard

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 5, 2012
Messages
19,602
Reaction score
451
Location
Cleveland Tx
Beginning to re-think this..

This is to be a 'pre-emptive' surgery. I've had no symptoms at all--no pain, and would never have thought I had gallbladder problems. On the other hand (TMI follows) I have, for the last 30 years or so, been one of those people that only has to poop once ever 3 (sometimes 4) days. "Slow progress" thru the digestive tract is how it's been described. Not constipated..just no requirement to go every day. Probably wouldn't hurt if things were speeded up some.

(I've always felt folks that had to poop every dang morning were eating way more than their body needed--like an engine that was blowing black smoke out the tail pipe--more fuel than the engine can burn)

My diet is already pretty restricted because of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Lots of vegs and roughage, tho the doc said I can eat all the beef, lean pork and fish I want as long as I balance it with vegs and fruit so cholesterol is kept in check.

Still, unless the primary doc can convince me tomorrow, (or the surgeon in consult on Monday) that there is a really compelling reason to do this, I'm going to pass on it.
 

Bright Raven

Well-known member
Joined
Mar 10, 2017
Messages
10,701
Reaction score
5
Location
Kentucky
Gastrointestinal tract processing speeds vary. In the extreme, some people are known to have one bowel movement per week. I am on the other extreme.

GB: you know you are getting old when the subject of bowel movement and the next doctor appointment dominates the conversation. Between the ages of 65 and 93 when mom died, her bowel movements were always the topic of the day. :D
 

dun

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 28, 2003
Messages
47,334
Reaction score
1
Location
MO Ozarks
Bright Raven":2xv7vh2z said:
Gastrointestinal tract processing speeds vary. In the extreme, some people are known to have one bowel movement per week. I am on the other extreme.

GB: you know you are getting old when the subject of bowel movement and the next doctor appointment dominates the conversation. Between the ages of 65 and 93 when mom died, her bowel movements were always the topic of the day. :D
Bowel movements are one thing, bowel MOVEMENTS are a horse of s differnt color
 

Bright Raven

Well-known member
Joined
Mar 10, 2017
Messages
10,701
Reaction score
5
Location
Kentucky
dun":1aiskqsr said:
Bright Raven":1aiskqsr said:
Gastrointestinal tract processing speeds vary. In the extreme, some people are known to have one bowel movement per week. I am on the other extreme.

GB: you know you are getting old when the subject of bowel movement and the next doctor appointment dominates the conversation. Between the ages of 65 and 93 when mom died, her bowel movements were always the topic of the day. :D
Bowel movements are one thing, bowel MOVEMENTS are a horse of s differnt color

:lol:
 

D2Cat

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 12, 2012
Messages
1,132
Reaction score
367
Location
50 miles south of Kansas City
Greybeard, once you have had the test required for you (and your doctors) to make a good decision the final decision is up to you.

Some doctors get pretty excited about talking to a patient about pending procedures. I think they have a mental image (at that time) of you helping make their next boat payment! While your in conference with them it pretty easy to follow their line of thinking, and agree to whatever they suggest. Your true decision (your gut feeling) comes to you later....as you drive home...or set in the easy chair thinking.

I'll give you an example. About two months ago is was sent to a dermatologist to check for skin cancer. That doctor noticed on my left had my little finger had a curl to it, and I could not actually straighten that finger. She said I should have it checked out because it could get worse and latter not be able to use it. So I went to a plastic surgeon. It was Dupuytren's Contracture ( a fifty dollar word that meant nothing to me) and could get more contracted like folks the severe arthritis who can use their fingers.

He asked me how long my finger had been that way. I told him I did not know. It was never a bother, probably years! He asked my wife, who was setting there, she didn't know either. He said, "Don't you ever hold hands?" trying to get an answer that would back up his urgency of doing something.

His solution was they inject the finger with something, wait two days, come back in and they straighten the finger and put it in a splint for 3 weeks. And that will PROBABLY solve the problem for the rest of my life.

He mentioned several times during the consultation my insurance would cover the procedure. He even had his asst. write down to order the injection material. He mentioned it was a costly product and they ordered it as needed.

I kinda went along with his line of thinking until I got in the truck and was driving home.

I called my Endocronologist and explained the conference discussion. Her answer was, "Can't make a well person better!"

This is the thought to keep in mind. I called and canceled everything with that dr.
 

Latest posts

Top