awaiting my surgery for gallbladder removal.. what should i expect?

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Hi all... seen the specialist today and he has put me on the list for the operation. I should get it within 2-3 months. I would love to hear what happens after and how long people were before they went back to work. Im a little worried i cant afford to be off but im still having it done as ive been in agony for years xx thankyou for reading this xxxx

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    Hi Peasblossom so pleased they are going to do something for you. Usually after an operation they say 6 weeks to get over it properly, or at least when you get the all clear from your surgeon. Good luck my lovely and let me know how you get on xxxx 
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    first are you having laparoscopy which is about 1-3 days to recover. I was up after 2 days and did not even take medication after the surgery. I had no pain at all.  3rd day I was at work.  You will be fine, but after surgery you have to be on a diet the rest of your life or you will have diharreh . Not fats, eating out or junk food and drink plenty of water..  6 small meals a day. if you eat a big meal you body will not be able to break it down and you will have pain.
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    Believe me you could take longer than that! and as for the D I stuck to a rigid diet after my op and three months later I started with D and three years later still have it but now it's chronic! Everyone is different just ask you doctor love he kows best xxxx
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    How long it will take to recover depends on whether they are able to do keyhole surgery or the bigger operation.

    They do not know this until yuo are under the knife, so before they put you out you have to sign a form saying if they cannot manage keyhole they can proceed with bigger op.

    For keyhole it is usually just day surgery and recovery period is 3 weeks.

    For bigger op you would be in hospital for a few days and recovery period is 6 weeks.

    As everyone is different these are only guidelilnes really.

    It would depend on what job you did as you are not supposed to lift things for a while.

    I had my gallbladder out keyhole surgery 8 weeks ago and am a lot better. Still have to be careful what I eat and getting slight stomach ache but not that horrible pain in the right side I had with the gallstones.

    Take care and keep in touch.

    Praying for you

    Love Sarah xx

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    Hi I wish you good luck for your surgery and after surgery !I'm 8 months post surgery almost 9 and I have nothing but ongoing problems.

    Taking the gallbladder was a necessity as mine was full of stones and causing me too unberable pain so it had to be removed two months only after giving birth. Since then I've been suffering on a daily basis with awful symptoms that had changed my life now . Only wish that could take out the stones and not the sac. I also know some people that are fine after this surgery so hopefully you'll be one.  Good luck x

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    You are right, age is also a big factor and you health, if you are in shape or not.
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    You will be fine, the doctor is everything. I went to a great doctor. He was a liver transplant surgeon. I had no meds after surgery and was fine. diet is the most important thing. drink plenty of water.
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    I had mine out about 3 weeks ago and am doing well.

    Mine was done laproscopically. I was in the hospital overnight because I had bleeding during the liver biopsy they did while they were removing my gallbladder (I have a fatty liver).

    The biggest pain I had was the gas they used to inflate me. It took me about a week to get rid of it. I couldn't sleep on my right side or stomach for about 1 1/2 weeks after the surgery. Didn't have much pain from the surgery itself. I'm still learning what I can and can't eat.

    Honestly it was the best decision I've made. I felt horrible and lost about 50 lbs in the 5 months before I had it out. I haven't had a recurrence of any symptoms since it was out.

    Good luck to you.

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