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well after 3 years of worry illness extreme pain and fear ,I finally had my gallbladder removed 24 days ago,all be it not through choice ,but I had no choice.and so far so good and I'm very lucky to be alive I think.
i had the most amazing surgeon Charles imber. Who I have to say has just saved my life.
after near begging my gp to give me a private referral for a ct scan ,of which I was yet again refused. I managed to get a referral on line ,which I think has saved my life.
i then dropped the cd disc to a private surgeon of whom I had one consultation with some months ago. And he called me the next morning telling me to get to the hospital now or your not going to be around.
at which point I was so ill anyway I kinda knew I was on my way out.
so I got to him as terrified as I was and be leave me I was.
i was put under at 6:30pm and awake singing at 7:50pm ?
in my room by 8:30pm and walking the hospital corridor by 10pm all be it very very slowly.
and I was discharged by midday the next day.
recovery has been ok so far and I'm back driving , eating normal foods for the first time in 3 years. With no real problems as I can yet see really.
ive gained 12lbs so far which I'm happy about as I lost 64 lbs throughout this illness.
and yesterday had my first Chinese and the day before I had pie and chips from the chip shop.My gallbladder findings at laparoscopy were .
a puss filled gangrenous distended inflamed black gallbladder with a 2.3cm stone stuck in the gallbladder neck the cystic duct.which has been stuck their for 3 years with nothing going either in or out of my gallbladder the whole time I beleave ,so what was in their has just been rotting. Sorry if to much info ,but if it helps to save someone else's life it's a good thing right.
so I had that stone and another 2.1cm which was inside the gallbladder.
and I feel very lucky to be alive right now ,and do feel I owe my life to my surgeon.
its been a very rough tough 3 years that's hindered me mentally emotionally and physically destroyed,and I'm hoping I can make a full recovery which is looking good at this stage I think.
i also would like to add that since my 1st attack 3 years ago my stool colour had changed to a very pale and stayed that way throughout which convinced me I had pancreatic cancer.
and it has just turned back to what I would regard as a normal colour in the last week.
and this is making me a very happy chap indeed.
my advise is if you need it removed please please go get it out asap as I near killed myself.
and the NHS lol I now call that institution the no hope service.
and am very lucky I managed to be able to do it privately or I'm sure this post would not be here right now.
if I can help anyone with advise or info as theirs not that much I don't know about gallbladder disease now after 3 years of extensive newrotic research.
ide be happy to do so.
but hey yes I think I'm going to be ok now.
cannot really say I've had any real unwanted or nasty effects post surgery ,as to this point anyhow.
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