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Swollen feet and ankles after Gallbladder Removal?

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Is it normal to have swollen ankles and feet after gallbladder surgery?
It's been three weeks since the surgery and this is still a problem!
I'm have a scheduled follow up appointment with my surgeon in two days.
It would be great to have an idea about why this is going on.

Thanks in advance
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replied January 31st, 2013
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No, it is not "normal" to have swelling of the feet and ankles that long after surgery.

Fluid retention is not unusual after surgery, as the anesthesiologist often loads the patient up with fluid. But, that is usually eliminated from the body pretty quickly by the kidneys.

If the patient has kidney dysfunction, heart problems, etc then the fluid may not be eliminated.

You do not state if you have any other medical conditions. These could also be playing into the fluid retention.

This is something that you do need to discuss with your surgeon and primary care physician.

Good luck.
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