Gallbladder removed yesterday morning.

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Hi everyone. Just want to give reassurance to anyone who has any worries or concerns about surgery. I was on here 3 months ago voicing my concerns about having my gallbladder removed and I was petrified. I had never had to have surgery before and was actually considering cancelling it. Having suffered decades of pain and illness from my digestive system I knew I couldn't continue with the threat of further bilary colic and pain. Was booked in yesterday for keyhole surgery and arrived at hospital for 7.30am. They knew how nervous I was and I was first on the list for theatre. Staff were fantastic. The aneathatist first came to speak to me about what he would be doing, next the surgeon who explained the whole procedure and the nursing staff were so empathetic and reassuring. Taken to theatre at 9am and even that environment wasn't so daunting. Nice heated bed in the theatre and on going reassurance. Before I knew it I was being wakened in the recovery room at approx 11.30am. They even gave me the largest stone ( size of 10p piece) for a keepsake. After spending a few more hours in the ward I was allowed home at 6pm. Feeling tired and a bit sore but very relieved it's all over and wasn't the unpleasant experience I was anticipating. I hope my story helps anyone else who is scared and having second thoughts. If I can do it anyone can.

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    Great news and thank you for putting many minds at rest, I'm sure. Get well soon and hope you can now look forward to a pain-free future xx
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    Snap... Felt similar ..

    and now 10 months on so pleased I did it .

    be prepared for 6 weeks of aches and pains of healing..

    no lifting , not even shopping bags or you'll ache 

    use painkillers 

    and Chillax it's done xx

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    I agree, this surgery was the best thing that I could've done. I had the robotic, gallbladder removal surgery yesterday afternoon. One incision in the belly button.  Yes there is a lot of soreness and your really tired.  I'm ready for a new beginning.  I wish you and everyone else a speedy recovery.
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    Wow

    thank you for the best message I've read. You have reassured me a lot and I hope I have  a similar experience when I have mine removed. Waiting to be referred to the surgeon.   How long from diagnosis to removal operation was it for you?

    Good luck and wishing you a continued recovery

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      I was diagnosed several years ago but cancelled my surgery as I was so frightened and thought if I made a few lifestyle changes I would be fine.  That didnt work so I knew I had to take to have the gallbladder removed as I was gradually starting to feel so unwell more often.  After seeing the specialist in August I had my pre op on 01\10\14.
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      I was diagnosed in August of this year.  I had three gallbladder polyps they were 5mm in size.  I didn't really start to have a lot of pain until the latter part of August early September.  I was determined to keep it in until my scheduled surgery date.  Was I nervous?  Absolutely, but I have a young daughter, husband and family that needs me. I went in with a clear head and a positive mind.  The medical staff was great.  Everything will work out just fine just stay positive.
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      I have a 12 year old daughter and husband. At the time of my surgery in Nov. they weren't getting a long. It is hard for kids when their parents are having medical issues.  He has depression and I had my gall bladder taken out.  Daughter has been great doing extra stuff around to help me out. Husband did great most of the time.

      When you are worried about your family having surgery is hard but so worth it.

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    I can relate to your story 100% I felt exactly the same I had mine removed on 20th Sept and isn't so Happy I did my life has improved so much and I can look forward to doing things without worrying an episode will come on I would highly recommend having this operation done if your in agony with the pain
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    Glad everything went will. I had mine done Nov 11. My surgery was delayed 3 hours since they had to fix something in the surgery room.  I was so bored waiting with my husband and daughter by my side. Finally sent my daughter to a friends before I went in and my husband stayed with me. Finally asked a nurse if I could walk around and was able too.

    Check in time was 7:30 a.m. Surgery was suppose to be around 9:30 but got in 3 hours late.  I finally got home at 8 p.m.

    Everything you said I agree with. It was easy and everybody was great.

    Sounds like you had a huge stone. I had a lot of small ones.

    Take it easy and rest.  Here's to a fast recovery.

    Lori

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      Had mine out two weeks tomorrow. Had one pain on the 5th day was horrible. Since then I'm eating ok but still sore on the tummy and mild pains around where gallbladder was. Still worry thou when you read other posts about the sickness coming on. Just hope I'm a lucky one n don't get it. Good luck to all x
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      I'm really pleased it went OK for you. That's great to hear. I'm still waiting to have mine out. Been on the list 8 weeks already but I could be waiting until March :-( I'm eager to get it over and done with.
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