If you are about to have this surgery do not be afraid. LIke someone else said, if you have no problems you are not the ones posting comments- it is usually that small percent that does have issues. I had the surgery on Monday, 8/16 and was home by 230pm that same day. I ate chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans the very same night with no problem. I have ate normal but since I have always had a issue with loose bowels and fatty foods so I do not eat much of those foods anyway. I have a very low grade fever but not enough to keep me down. I have moved around fine about 3 days after with little pain. The worst part is the gas and the pain you may get in your collar and shoulder the first couple of days. Once you start releasing the gas it will go away. If the worst thing that happens to you is that you can no longer eat high fat foods, that is probably just a blessing in disguise - better to have the poops then to not and then have a clogged artery later in life!
I had to have open gallbladder surgery December 2011 and it took a good 3 weeks to get around in a decent manner. It took about 2-1/2 weeks to get out of bed on my own. My surgeon was good to give me anti nausea meds right after surgery & kept me in the hospital for 3 days for pain management. I still get pains when sitting for long periods but much better than the attacks! My gallbladder got very diseased from having attacks for so long (didn't know I was having attacks).
I just had Lap. GB surgery Friday by one of the best surgeons in the country. I'll be honest - I made the mistake of reading posts very much like these before going in and I was nervous as hell. But here I am, Monday night and although still sore, I feel better than I expected.
I went into surgery at 8:45 and was out of the hospital by noon. I did have some terribly gas pain the first couple of days (shoulder, abdomen, back) but that's subsided. I am sore in the upper abdomen area where the larger incision is but after watching a video on YouTube (I think it's pretty cool but I don't recommend watching BEFORE surgery or you'll never go through with it- ha, ha!) I can completely understand why I'm so sore! What people tend to forget is that this is a major surgery - laparoscopic or not. An organ is being removed from your body through a small incision in your skin --- think about that. Anyone who honestly expects to be feeling 100% in three days, or even a week is not being realistic.
Granted, I can drive. I can walk. I can do dishes and laundry and even eat a regular meal (I had Salmon, spinach and mac n' cheese tonight) and I'm ok. It's all how you take care of yourself and your state of mind!!
Be good to your body. Don't push yourself -rest and keep positive. Take vitamins C & E to promote healing of the skin and muscle. Eat fruits high in potassium as well (banana's) and make sure you have proteins for energy. Your body needs this to get better. If eating makes you sick, make shakes with fresh fruit and veggies.
Everyone heals in different ways. Listen to your body and give into sleep and rest if that's what you're feeling.
I had mine out on June 23rd. It is now July 10th. I still sometimes wake up with a bit of a queasy feeling that sometimes subsides when I eat. I am not having the horrible, overwhelming, painful nausea I used to have when my gallbladder was in. Sometimes I have a bit of pain in my sides and stomach that randomly happen, but then again, it's only been 2 weeks and a few days. My back hurts from not being able to roll over and sleep on my side comfortably. Sometimes my belly button still feels weird, too. All the glue has come off ok on my incisions but one isn't healed up due to me having a previous scar and being chubby, and the scar's halfway across my rib/stomach area. It's only one of the small ones, though. Sometimes after I eat I swear I can feel the food passing through my new internal setup and it feels weirrrrrd! Taco Bell is a bad idea..... I think I'd feel healed better but since I'm heavy I think it doesn't help with my jiggling. I've just tried taking it easy but even sometimes showering or shaving my legs is still uncomfortable since it requires more moving around and bending.
Also worth mentioning, as it was a very scary experience is a tingly feeling, then slowly numbing, then painful feeling radiating from the lower stomach up through my chest. My heart felt like it was beating out of my chest, and then I felt faint and dizzy. I went and laid down after taking some Aleve (doctor said Tylenol or Aspirin was recommended but I did not have any) and an hour later I felt better. Doctor said later when I called him that this was NOT normal and I should have called him sooner. Now, I haven't had any more experiences like this, but I figured it was from the belly button incision and having sat in the wrong position on it too long ans putting excess pressure on it. Again, I'm a bigger girl, so who knows, but I think it was from that and the blood flow not getting where it needed to be or something. Sometimes for the first 12 days, if I sat wrong, my pelvic area felt weird and tingly.
They initially said I had gallstones and low ejection fraction. I told them I wanted my stones, but when it came out, somehow I didn't have any. They sent my gallbladder in for testing. I apparently had a wall almost twice as thick as a normal gallbladder and pancreatic benign tissue inside it. I wonder if it was from my pyloric stenosis from when I was a baby....
Perhaps I'm a little different than all of you but I wanted to leave my experience for others to read as well. Pain began and thought it was my kidney (I have kidney disease and thought perhaps I had a right side stone radiating pain under my breast). Did the HID A Scan and nothing was working at all. I had 5 large stones in my gall bladder and everything was blocked. Found I also had 6 more various kidney stones as well. Went for the surgery as quickly as we could get it going (oh and let me mention to those that have trouble getting IVs, if you have a nurse, a nurse anesthetist or an anesthesiologist you know who can help you from getting a pic line then REQUEST that person. So often many of us think we have to take whoever is offered -you don't. And most hospitals once they have tried 3 times to get a site have a rule that you can request and anesthesiologist to come numb and use the ultrasound to get a vein. (Sorry just didn't realize I could say who I wanted for my care besides the Doctor).
Anyway, went in for the surgery (only 4 or 5 IV tries which is great for me!). It was supposed to be 40 or 45 minutes top. No such luck -3 hours plus later my husband was told that I'd be staying a few days and having another surgery. My gall bladder was like "porcelain" according to the doctor and came apart leaving 3 of the 5 stones among other parts. Went back in the next day and was happy to because the pain was horrible even with the morphine. (I will say they gave me ketamine -which....wow. just wow...). Anyway was back in surgery for a couple of hours came out with a few more incisions and a knicked throat from the intubation as well as lung problems.
I'm just passing my two week mark now and I am still pretty flattened. I'm still popping pain meds daily, although I have finally been able to do some light duty work. After just 4 hours, I'm ready to come home and crash. I have been loosing weight pretty quickly as I can't eat much. But it's not consistent. I can eat brie and apple and cracker but when I tried 10 pieces of popcorn - I spent a long time in the bathroom vomitting. Coke icees have become my favourite thing to eat/drink and I'm learning I'd rather have hunger pains than the pain from the gall bladder surgery. My liver did get somewhat involved so I guess my surgery wasn't your run of the mill have your gall bladder out surgery. I'm still having to catch my breath when I go up stairs and i still can not lie flat. My heating pad and pillows are pretty constantly with me. And for those of you going in for this surgery, I was told it shouldn't be a big deal by most. I listened to my friend who told me it's often turns out to be a more intense recovery than you're warned about. Nos everyone I mention this to tells me their story of how it took them at least a month or 6 weeks to really be able to get back to eating more normally and not feeling so very much pain. This is not my first surgery. I have had nearly 20 surgeries in my lifetime becaise of my kidneys, female problems and progressive club feet when I was a kid. The worst surgery I ever had was the orthopedic surgery to fix my feet. After the orthopedic ones, the surgery to do some checking on my kidney and put in a J stent which quickly infected were the second worse. I would say this one was in third place. Much, much more painful than I expected. I think for most I would say give yourself at least 3 weeks or a month. If you don't need that time great, but it's better to have it planned than have to plan it from your bed, in pain. And please invest in a good heating pad, and triangular type pillow (to prop you up easily)if you're going to have this surgery. Have yellow, pudding, chicken soup, veggie soup, crackers, juice and soda at the ready. It will make you at least more prepared for your recovery.