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Hi All

I had to go to A+E yesterday, the upshot being I've been given

a date for surgery to have my gallbladder taken out.

It's in 2 weeks time !!! I'm in Leicestershire and going to

The Glenfield, much prefer this hospital !

I am so scared though, I don't want to wake up dizzy from the anaesthetic, dreading the post op surgery pain. Any tips for after surgery ?

Thanks

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    They will have given you pain killers, but if when you are in recovery you feel any pain, tell them, and they can too you up with more morphine. Take pain killers around the clock, don't wait till you are in pain to take them. They will really look after you, and you will have 30 minute obs for a while. Try not to worry. The relief you will feel when it is out is incredible. I am nearly two weeks post op, and I am doing fine. Good luck. Let us know how you get on x

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    Hi Linda, I know how you feel, I was terrified but the comments I read about the hospital did help as they were very positive.

    The nurses and doctors were fantastic at my hospital, I didn't wake up in pain, it was only when I got back to the ward that eventually I started to feel uncomfortable and they gave me morphine, the were checking on me all the time back in the ward and I was the only female in the ward having this operation. 

    Unfortunately I did feel very sick due to all the drugs and  a sharp pain in my left shoulder due to the gas. All I wanted to do was to go home and get into my own bed which when my blood pressure was correct they let me go armed with lots of sick buckets as I had a little way to go!

    They advised me to take my pain relief for the first couple of days after surgery then ease it back as everything starts to heal. They also gave me after surgery contact numbers encase I have any queries or wasn't happy with anything.

    After surgery, rest lots, walk around lots to help disperse the gas and eat what you feel like. I only really had plain biscuits or toast for the first couple of days and then just had plain food after that. Little and often is the best way to deal with food. I spent my time on the settee rather than in bed and just walked to the kitchen to make drinks. For the first day after I did have my parents come in and my neighbour just to make sure that I was ok. The first day I did sleep alot but then thats understandable.

    Good luck, let them look after you in hospital and take care afterwards and don't rush the recovery period. 

    Take care x

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    I had my gallbladder out 5 days ago and like you, before the surgery I was feeling petrified - never having had a general anaesthetic before understandably so. Please believe when I tell you there is nothing to be afraid of. I had mine done in Doncaster Royal Infirmary. I cannot praise the staff highly enough,from the cleaners to the surgeon. All wonderful people who do everything they can to make you feel better! The surgeons, for a start are highly skilled in this area and are taking out countless gallbladders all the time - they know what they're doing. I take it you are having key hole surgery? Rarely is open surgery used, my surgeon told me. I can honestly say I didn't even know I'd been asleep when I woke up in recovery - had no recollection of the point where you actually fall unconcious- that was the bit I was most worried about! The anethatist is so skillful  in givingyou the right amount of anaesthetic you need and the stuff to bring you round safely. You might feel a bit woozy when you come round and you may be a bit sick, I was, but the nursing staff will take good care of you. It was nothing a good night's sleep won't cure! As for pain - you'll be given strong medication which you can wean yourself off - honestly it's not that bad - you've just got to be careful and not reach or stretch when you get home. Don't eat heavy meals either - give yourself time to adjust. I'm happy with bowls of soup and steamed fish at the moment - anything light is reccommended. Good luck love and repeat this mantra  DO NOT BE  AFRAID - ALL WILL BE WELL 

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    Had my op yesterday. Came around in the recovery room with a surgeon checking I was ok had some in pain meds as I was tender then after 25 mins some more. Was taken back onto the ward. I think I got up and walking after round quite quickly some pain in sholder from gas so was given colpermin ( peppermint tablets commonly used for ibs ) would highly recommend . Bit of a rough night as I usually like to sleep on my side but everytime I woke I got up for a walk around. Given codeine paracetamol and iburprofen throughout night and morning. This morning no gas pain just tender incisions. I feel right as rain other than not being able to bend over or having difficulty standing from a sitting position I'm good I just keep taking my pain meds even when I feel ok so best thing I've done finally been able to eat chips for first time in 8 months !

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      That's wonderful! The relief is amazing isn't it?! Do keep taking your pain meds around the clock, at least for the first week. Hope your recovery continues well x

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      My hustand has chips with practicality everything so doing him on meal and me something else has been a nightmare. I have been eating whatever I want and have been fine so I didn't need to stick to the light meals!! Like I said I felt great some people have to take it a bit easier. I just get tired after walking to take the little one to the childminder. Got home had a 3 hour nap. So other than that haven't felt so good in a while. You will get a ew lease of life it's amazing !. Just don't worty about it. Like others have said you get knocked out and you know nothing until you wake up x

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