I had my GB removed laproscopically 3 weeks ago and recovery has been OK. I was not given any kind of dos and don'ts and wish I'd known before what to expect.
Constipation was horrendous - after a week of not going, I took some chemist-prescribed liquid to get me going and am now back to normal there!
The pain was not too bad and managed by painkillers from hospital. I had 4 wounds, 2 on right side of abdomen, one under the sternum area and one in belly button - I did not know about the belly button one til I woke up from operation! This has made it VERY hard to get around, I've needed assistance for the first week to do just about everything.
I unfortunately got an infection in my belly button wound after about a week - high temp, lots of brown pus and horrible stench - was readmitted via emergency room and spent a night in hospital on double dose antibiotic drip. Was allowed home with a week's worth of double dose antibiotic tablets and infection has now cleared.
Stitches have all dissolved and 3 wounds are almost gone - look like tiny scratches from a cat almost. The belly button wound still remains open but is healing slowly. I have a dressing on it to keep it clean and protect from rubbing on clothes. I can now walk around freely and feeling better every day.
Now, the downsides - although I've gone back to a normal diet, fatty foods do give me instant diarrhea. I read what someone said earlier in this thread and it made so much sense - body needs time to get used to it, so from today, I'm cutting back to low-fat diet again and reintroducing slowly. Grapes and bananas have given me terrible stomach problems, strangely.
I also have horrific shoulder pain (right) and back pain down my right side over the past few days. Painkillers are only really taking the edge off, not doing much for it. I have an appointment with the surgeon next month though, so hoping he'll be able to give me some answers then.
Overall, I'd say to eliminate the unpredictabilty of life with a dodgy GB, it's been worth it for that alone. But be aware that life will be tough for a long time afterwards!
Hi , I am asking this because people come on forums while they are sick, but one's they get ok, no one bothers to give feed back , so just wanted to enquire, howz life now like after removal of gall bladder after these many years
My daughter had her gulbladder removed last mounth and 2 days later she was in exstream pain and had to have 9 inches of her intestens removed she is still in exstream pain and has lost 22 pds and cannot eat or drink only small amounts of water has anyone else had all this it has ben a mounth and she is still very sick.
Update - 3 months on from surgery, I am totally fine. No ill effects bar one slight pain where GB used to be when I drank alcohol once and a bit of an upset stomach when eating very fatty foods. Other than that, I'd say I am almost completely back to normal. There is hope for us all!
My personal timetable:
-My gallbladder removal was the morning of Dec. 26, 2009, & I was able to eat a soft hospital dinner (after 2 days of liquids & 1 of nothing at all) & go home that evening. I put off taking more pain meds at home because I wanted to avoid constipation, & I wasn't sure if the moderate pain was from surgery or gas pains. I finally expelled so much gas that I thought 'this surely has to be due to more than gas', so I took a Vicodin about 3 a.m. & fell asleep. Only took 1/2 pill the next day about noon, felt great the whole day, & hosted a long-planned family get-together (although it was shortened). Didn't feel as lively the next day, so I took Advil and took it VERY easy.
- the first week, I mostly felt like a balloon & looked like one too. Had to wear elastic-waist pants about 2 sizes too big. Belched & passed gas repeatedly. Never took any more pain meds; it was the gas that made me uncomfortable, so I took a generic Gas-X gelcap a couple of times. I had some pain in my upper right abdomen, but that's what to be expected when you have this type of surgery - there's been the removal of an organ inside of you & 3 openings made! I would not call myself a really tough person (heck I was moaning away in the ER on Dec. 24th when the gallstone attack occured).
From the beginning, I seemed pretty fortunate in what I was able to eat, but I played it safe & usually stuck to things like no-fat cottage cheese, yogurt with probiotics, bananas, canned fruit, tangerines, toast with margarine, soups, plain pasta. I kept a food diary for about 5 days, & noted that eggs seemed to produce gas & glazed ham made me a little nauseated, so I avoided those for another week. However, New Year's Eve fell 5 days after I got home, & I happily enjoyed 2 glasses of red wine nursed throughout the evening along with crackers, mild cheese, pears & avocado slices.
I took it pretty easy the first week also; mostly doing light housework & yoga-type positions that would help expel gas. Did I mention I felt like a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade attraction? Also, my BMs were very soft, but formed.
- The 2nd week, I was able to fit (with a little difficulty) into my regular pants again, & I felt pretty good. I did two 1 mile walks & more light floor exercises. I tried to eat very simple, "healthy" foods without much processing or fats (besides flax oil in my no-fat cottage cheese, broiled chicken, & walnuts or peanuts). I also had 3 beers spread out in one night near the end of the 2nd week (hey, it's the holidays & family was in town) & felt fine.
- the 3rd week, I saw the surgeon, & he pronounced me to be doing just fine & told me that I had NO restrictions. I told him my BMs were still formed but quite soft, & he said that is normal for several weeks after surgery. No pain, no unusual gas. I have lost 5-6 pounds since Dec. 24.
I am pretty much eating what I want with no ill effects, (including a delicious pot roast I made this week), but I do want to emphasize that our diet has been leaning more toward simply-prepared fish, chicken, nuts, & dairy for the protein department anyway. However, I was fortunate enough to successfully test my final visit to the surgeon with 2 chalupas from Taco Bell (my teenager & tastebuds dared me), so I feel VERY blessed. May everyone else be blessed in the same way!
Had my gall baldder removed 6 months ago. this week i have been having similar symptoms to before the operation ! Pain under right side ribs etc. Has anyone else had a re occurance of pain. Its worse if I eat eggs, fat, bread etc. Thanks
hi, i had my gall bladder removed 2 weeks ago whilst i was holiday, 5 days later had 10 hour flight home then 5 hour coach trip.6 days ago i was bleeding, not so much blood but a brown discharge after going to the loo, i also suffered really badly from stabbing pains in my right lower back when i yawned or coughed, both there symptoms are now showing signs of improvement, has anybody else had these post op symptoms. thanks carolyn
I Know! I know! I'm late... But if anyone is still there, I have a question. About 4 weeks ago, I had the gallbladder removed. It wasn't swollen, and I had no gallstones, but it was functioning at 0%. This is unusual, as I am a 15 year old male. I was not overweight and participate in athletics. Already this year I have had endured CMV Mono and an appendectomy. My stomach began hurting in February, and after months of testing me for strange, foreign diseases, they tested my gb and determined it wasn't functioning. Well, now it's out - and though I do feel a little better in that I'm not sick after every meal, I worry that I will never feel like I did before this happened...I worry that the "100% Well Me" is gone for good. Do y'all worry about this? Also, I have experienced severe insomnia since surgery. I know it may be normal for a teen to be up late, but my problem is this: all day, I walk around like a zombie and cannot wait for bed. Then, at 10:00, for example, I get in bed. But in bed, it seems like I come alive. Often, I will lie there until 1:30 a.m. or after...not sleeping at all. It's AWFUL!!! I know a few others who experience such, but was wondering if y'all do. I also have back pain on the right side, LIKE I did prior to surgery, and I also get AWFUL cramps. I have to lay down on the floor in a specific position until they pass, sometimes 10 minutes later. Anyone else experience this? I also want to add how lucky I am with my dr. He recently had his GB out, and like most of us, he is not one of the "eat anything you want and all is well" patients. He has the same symptoms as I do, so it is nice not to be treated like a maniac, as some doctors have treated me... Sorry for the jumbled post. But now I leave with 2 mores questions. (1) Why do they test for GB problems as a "last resort" it seems like, when it is so common, and (2) why do surgeons and doctors act like the surgery is easy with no effects on your lifestyle, when obviously for many that isn't the case?? Thanks
n2god76- those are excellent questions! I have asked them myself. I went to see surgeon the other day cause after initial 3 weeks of post -op misery I had been doing ok. Then around 8 wks I was very sore again and nervous. Gastro doc did blood work and ultra sound and all ok. I was terrified of the SOD issues so many complain of. I wish I had set a timer- the surgeon spent maybe 2 minutes w/me. Said to be patient, even though others tended to heal much quicker than me (thanks), said I was healing inside. Said he knew tests would be normal, and to go have a good weekend! And I noticed right before I saw him that I had been feeling better again. Now, have overdone it w/yard work again, so the area around middle incision where gallbladder was removed is pretty darn achey. 3 motrin help. But all I can say is this is a significant surgery. Al the ladies who work for the surgeon said it took them a long time to feel "right". I am about 10 wks along and eating everything I think. And finally feeling not bad. I am sure something will throw me off to freak me out, but baby steps!
I'm a 38M just had my gallbladder removed almost 2 weeks ago, I'm so nervous to eat fatty foods because of my previous attacks before my Surgery. I too was miss diagnosed by my primary doctor. He thought is was a peptic ulcer. After my 4th attack in a month I went to the ER. The bad thing is they never did any ultra sound and sent me home without any treatment. I called my doctor and he finally sent me to a ultra sonogram 3 days later. Once in the testing they immediately sent me to the ER. I didn't have any gall stones but had an infected gallbladder with sludge. My surgeon told me I would be in terrible shape if I waiting another 2 days. I lost 30 pounds in 2 months. This was very scary for me...I hope I feel better because the whole thing has made me scared about doctors and food. yikes..Does it get better???Please say yes...lol
i had my gallbladder removed 5 days ago and im feeling pretty good im acually sacrried that something worse is gonna happen Im reading all these post op post on other sites the only concern is that when i sneez it almost feel as thou my insides are shifting as funny as it my sound and iam just wondering if anyone else is having this problem and if so how long before your not feeling this way anymore
Keyhole gall bladder removal 13th July, home 14th, liver area pain started 18th, pain worse than before op. Gentle pressure applied above navel results in pain, increasing towards right side. Coughing or sneezing results in sharp pain, mainly towards right side, deep breath intake gives similar pain. Have appointment with surgeon on 20th July, will post results here
I had my gallbladder removed 2 weeks ago and still can't stand up straight, still have alot of pain in my right side, still can't take a good breath because of the pain, can't lay on either side at all not even a little. My surgeon called me on the 6th day to check on me and I told her of my problems and she then told me that she had a hard time with my liver bleeding and then informed me that she didn't think I had a good liver, on the 6th day...??? She also said that because I have fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, hypertension, restless syndrome and much more,when she did the surgery for my gallbladder and pumped in so much gas to expand my belly, she irritated everything else I have on top of the bleeding liver. This just doesn't seem right to be. The pain goes from under my right breast, down my right side and all the way through to my back. Anyone have any suggestions? Thank you and I look forward to any help and I pray for relief for everyone else suffering from gallbladder removal. Kathy
I had my gallbladder removed on January 4, 2011. When I returned home from surgery I was doing fine for the first weeks. The pain killers were helping with the pain and most of the time I relaxed and ate pudding. At the end of the week I started to develop a low-grade fever, insomnia, pain under right ribs, pain in lower chest area and unusual blood in stool. It was not the red blood that mixes with the water, but more of a brownish/reddish (kinda like the last days of a period - sorry for the graphics guys). The blood was not just in the water, but the stool seemed to be made up of it. Once it was also like a charcoal black. Well, naturally I went to the ER. The Dr.s are always so busy there it seems they run useless tests just to get you out. All they did was perform a chest x-ray on me to see if they could see any internal bleeding, give me a RX for valium and send me on my way. Upon returning home I did some research on the internet and could not find and documented cases where they can see internal bleeds with a simple x-ray. Now three days after the ER my eyes are still dialated, still running a low-grade fever, going between sweats and chills and still in pain under right ribs. The reason for my gallbladder removal was not stones or diseased. I was in pain during the HIDA scan and when they got inside of me they found out the bile duct was to constrited to let anything pass, of course after the gallbladder was removed. Not sure where to turn now. I can't put that much more stress on my kidneys as I also have Polycystic Kidney Diseaase. I'm only 37 years old with two wonderful sons who need their mom healthy, which I have not been since August. Any suggestions or comments? Wish the valium worked for the pain or actually make me tired.
I had my gb removed on the 11th Jan, I had a lot of soreness and bruising around my tummy button and quite painful around the incision nearest to the gb. I had 3 weeks off work then a phased return because I was waking in the night with nausea and was shattered! Went back to see surgeon (who is amazingly clever!) for 6 week check yesterday and I am feeling brilliant! I sometimes get sharp little pains in the area where my gb was but nothing compared to before! I was so worried as before I went into hospital I had read about people going back to work the day after their op, but now realise that's a bit extreme! Everyone is different and it takes time to heal, the human body is awesome, I can barely see my scars now!
I had my GB out on March 15,2011 and was in some pain that was being well controlled by percocet and was doing fine. All of a sudden 1 week post op I woke up with a sharp stabbin pain on the right side of my abdomen/ribcage felt just like I did before surgery. Can't take deep breaths without feeling pain and hurts to move. I have read the post and others have had some of the same symptoms, just want to know if anyone has gotten an explanation from their Dr as to why this is happening. I go see my surgeon on the 29th I will post if I find something out.
Did your Dr give you any insight? I had mine taken out on the 22nd and started having the same problem about 3 days after surgery. I thought at first maybe I just pulled something but now it feels more like something going on inside. I jokingly tell my friends that "my liver hurts" just because I don't know how else to describe it. But its almost like theres a bubble of air in there that wants to pop but won't? I go see my surgeon next week, but if you have any info, I'd really like to figure out whether its something I should be worried about.
I had my gallbladder removed about a month ago. I have never had a surgery except dental so yes I was scared, concerned, etc. After the surgery I was in a great deal of pain even with pain medication. However after taking a few doses as directed some pain went away. I was terrified to eat anything. I eat small meals and I feel full rather quickly. I havent noticed any weight loss or gain. It took awhile for the soreness to go away. I still have some soreness in the belly botton area. Once home after surgery I lived in the recliner for about a week. Very hard to get up, even with help. I found that by using a pillow to hold my stomach still it wasn't to bad. The whole surgery deal was still much better than the attacks were. I had my surgery on a Thursday and went back to work the following Monday.
Hello. I'm a 61 year old female and i just had my surgery on Monday, 8/8/11. Its now Thurs. Everyone I spoke with beforem said this would be a piece of cake. Well, not so much! I came home mon.afternoon with a stabbing pain in my abdomen.I took the Oxycodone they prescribed and immediately started itching all over. Therefore, I did not sleep all night. So I have been trying to manage the pain with Advil. I have been trying to move around and go up and down the steps, but I still have a good amount of pain in my abdomen and shoulder. I truly thought I would be back to work at the end of this week. Was I crazy?
Everyone who told you this would be a piece of cake was wrong and probably none of them have had abdominal surgery. Keyhole surgery is always compared to open abdominal surgery which was pretty much guaranteed to keep in bed-bound in hospital for a week, but it seems that the after-effects are downplayed too much. Two weeks is a commonly quoted timeframe for return to a sedentary job and that is realistic. Give it at least a month if your job involves lifting anything heavier than pen and paper.
Ocycodone is a fairly powerful opiate painkiller and that should tell you something about the expected levels of pain. Some people are allergic. You could go to your doctor and ask for a different painkiller. Apparently the itching isn't always an allergy, but may just be a normal side effect that can be controlled by further drugs.
Short of taking a different prescription painkiller, you can alternate ibuprofen and paracetamol, taking the maximum dose of each during the day. I doubt you'll be pain free but you should be able to cope. I don't know if it is true, but I've heard that young fit people suffer more in the first few days because their tighter stomach muscles were strained more. The shoulder pains are also normal as gas leaks into places it shouldn't be. Both should subside over the first week.
Thanks for your reply. Clearly, I have expected too much. As long as I know this is normal pain and not something to worry about, I can work through it. I will try alternating the medications. My job does require standing most of the day, and lifting and unpacking boxes. So, I definitely need to reevaluate what I'll be able to do when I return. I'm just glad I'm not just being a big baby. I see the surgeon next Fri.
I had my gallbladder removed back in April, 2000 laprascopically 7 weeks after delivery my 2nd child and still have phantom pains every so often. The only thing that relieves it, although not right away, is GasX.