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New Member Need Help With Questions - Having Surgery Next Week!

I won't go through all the phases I've had with my gallbladder, but I did realize it had a problem in February.  It took about another month to get in for tesst and go through several idiot Drs who knew less abaout it than I. (I'm a determined reader of medical articles and research on every problem I have).  Finally they admitted I have many stones.  Yesterday I finally saw a Dr who seems very intelligent and experienced, and I almost hugged him in joy.  He cancelled the surgery they had pushed forward to three months away, and now is going to do it next week since I have constant pain and am afraid of a rupture and/or infection.

 

So I will see him again tomorrow and get some test results,but I have other questions some of you may answer even better, since he's a  busy surgeon and doesn't give me a lot of time. If you know the answer to any of these questions, please write back:

 

1.  Since I had laporoscopic surgery (major) already two years ago in my stomach, and there were 5 incisions for that surgery, will they likely do my gallbladder with an open surgery?

2. If I get laporoscopic surgery, how long will the surgery last?

3. Wil I be put on a special diet? Liquids?  I know it will be no fat,  but it's very hard to avoid it when you eat out!

4. How soon can I go swimming?

 

5.  Have you experienced problems with diarrhea after the surgery?  DId you get meds for it?  When/How do you deal with that?

deban22 deban22 61-65 3 Responses May 18, 2010

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I just had this surgery 3 days ago and I am sore but feeling pretty well. My surgery itself only lasted 35 min and I was home in 6 hrs. It was not nearly as bad as I thought. The first day I was all liquid however the second night I had a small steak dinner in celebration. I have been having trouble using the restroom so far, but no problems with diarrhea. It takes a while for your digestive system to wake back up from the anesthesia. Idk if any of that helps but good luck. It will be much easier than you think.

Hello,

I just had my gallbladder removed last Wednesday (laparoscopic cholecystectomy).

Have they done a sonogram to confirm the stones???



Here are some answers to your questions:



1. Since I had laporoscopic surgery (major) already two years ago in my stomach, and there were 5 incisions for that surgery, will they likely do my gallbladder with an open surgery?

NOT SURE OF THIS ANSWER BECAUSE THIS IS MY FIRST LAPARSCOPIC



2. If I get laporoscopic surgery, how long will the surgery last?

THEY SAY 45 MINUTES IS THE AVERAGE. BUT WITH ALL OF THE PRE AND POST OPERATIVE PROCEDURES, IT TOOK ME 4 HOURS BEFORE I WAS RETURNED TO MY HOSPITAL ROOM.



3. Wil I be put on a special diet? Liquids? I know it will be no fat, but it's very hard to avoid it when you eat out!

YOU WILL BE ON A LIQUID DIET FOR THE FIRST DAY, AFTER THAT - SOFT MECHANICAL FOODS FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. I HAVE CONTINUED TO EAT SOFT FOR THE SAKE OF MY DIGESTIVE SYSTEM! THERE IS NO SPECIFIC DIET. I THINK YOU WILL NEED TO EXPERIMENT AND SEE WHAT EFFECTS YOU PERSONALLY AFTER THAT.



4. How soon can I go swimming?

I WOULD THINK 2 -4 WEEKS. THEY SAY 4 WEEKS TO RETURN TO SPORT ACTIVITIES.



5. Have you experienced problems with diarrhea after the surgery? DId you get meds for it? When/How do you deal with that?

I HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS SINCE MY SURGERY. EVEN WITH TAKING A MILD LAXATIVE DAILY, I HAVE NOT HAD ANY RUSH-TO-THE-BATHROOM EXPERIENCES. IT DID HOWEVER TAKE A FEW DAYS TO HAVE A BOWEL MOVEMENT POST OP.



Hope this helps!

Hi



Just read your story and wondering how you are doing? I hope all is well with you. I had mine removed 18 days ago and am doing ok but I am scared and nervous and have read far too many horror stories. I am hoping to connect with people who have had positive experiences. Would love to hear how you are doing and maybe you can calm me down. lol



Blessings!



Suzie