Having my gall bladder removed on Friday any advice please

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I'm having surgery on Friday would really appreciate any advice or things tonne aware of. I'm a bit nervous . Thank you in advance

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    It really is a straightforward procedure. When I woke up I could already feel the different. You will need the 2 week recovery period maybe even longer. I felt fine after 3 weeks. Then after you'll just need to watch what you eat as your body adjusts to not having a GB. This might settle in the first few weeks. There's no need for a special diet but you may find one or two things will trigger nausea or diarrhoea. I found cream sent me running to the bathroom but it does settle down. Now I only ever have diarrhoea if I skip meals -usually 2 meals - I guess cause the bike has nothing to soak it up. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner as I lived with the pain for so long it affected my quality of life!

    Good luck with yours x

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    I had my gallbladder removed on the 19th January. The first few days I was very sore and my throat was also sore from the tube. I had my operation at 6pm in the evening so I needed to stay in overnight as I did not return to the ward until 10pm.  After a few hours they encourage you to eat and drink. I went home the next day and it took me about 5 days to feel well as stomach felt bloated. They encourage you to walk around so that the air that they pump into you and release.

    i know feel really well and have not had any pain or discomfort since. I have been eating a low fat diet which was recommended by consultant.

    Hope everything goes well for you x

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      Reading all these posotive reports makes me feel even more down that what i already am, i had my op on the 5th Dec last year, went it thinking ok i am nervous but be out by the evening after going in at 7am in the morning, how wrong was i, surgeon started off with keyhole but turned to open surgery as the gullbladder was difficult to remove i knew i has a 3cm stone to be removed to beforehand, it had lodged into the liver so i was told, stayed in hospital 5  days, as of today my insicion is sore and stings my tummy is numb and does not feel like it belongs to me, see the surgeon next monday for post op see if things are ok. i do hope it is and i am worrying for nothing but feel i should be on the mend by now, good job my partner is supportive.must point out i am diabetic type 2 as well. x
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    I was in the hospital 2 days prior and 3 days after so I had an IV. I remember when I came home I don't think I was drinking enough fluids so I started to dehydrate. Have some pedia lite on hand. Good luck

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      Not emergency just a lot of pain and a couple months of suffering. I've never been to ER and I was 54 but couldn't take the pain any longer. I was healthy and didn't need doctoring so I just hoped it would go away. By the time i got it figured out it was a 2 week wait to get into surgeon . I have a high tolerance for pain but just had had enough,

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    Hi Sue, don't worry it will be fine! I had the surgery 2 months ago and had no problems. First of all, you will have to eat a low fat diet for a few weeks because your stomach will be sensitive after the surgery - you may have some diarreah but for most people this goes away within a month. You may have a poor appetite for a couple of weeks. I could return to a normal diet with no problems after 3 weeks, just take it slow.

    When you go in for the surgery, you may want to ask the anesthesiologist for an anti-emetic. Many people get nauseous from the anesthesia but I requested this and felt great when I woke up, no nausea.

    You will probably go home the same day. You will be very sore but the pain is not bad just uncomfortable. You may need to sleep in a recliner for a night or 2 because it's hard to sit up.

    When they do the surgery they fill your abdomen with gas so they can see better. After the surgery the gas moves to your shoulders and causes pains for a few days. Don't be surprised, this is normal, but you will need to get up and walk around the house or take short walks outside a lot to get them to go away. The more you can move after the surgery the faster you will heal (without over-doing it).

    My surgeon cleared me for all exercise after 2 weeks, including lifting weights. It took 2 weeks for the soreness to go away enough to do yoga and weights, and about 6 weeks until i had no little pains or twinges at all. If you have an office job I would suggest taking 2 weeks off.

    You will be fine! This is a very common sugery and you heal from it quickly. I hope this advice helps and feel free to ask me any more questions.

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      Thank you very much . I was only told yesterday so less than a week to wait but nerves are creeping in but your reply has helped a lot

      I am sure I will feel a lot better when it's out .

      Thanks again

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      My dad has his GB out and my son had his out. They are fine but I have UQP. I don't know why I have this pain but I feel like it's not from the GB surgery it's something that either happened because of the bad GB . I wish I had the answers but I don't. Good luck

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    Sue ~ I'm having mine removed Friday as well. Nervous too!!

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      Oh wow ! . I'm fine one minute and then feel really nervous ! I will let you know and am very interested on how you get on 😊

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    Hi im having my gallbladder out very soon to and like you i am very scared and wrote a post about it today and would love to hear others stories about it. I hope everything goes well with your surgery and you feel better soon keep me updated on how it goes from carmella.
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      All the best with your surgery too I will keep you updated and look forward to hearing how you get on 😊

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      thankyou sue and yes i will also keep you updated to. Hope all goes well and look forward to hearing from you smile 

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      Hi there . How are you doing after your surgery . Good I hope, was it worth all the anxiety leading up to it .

      Mind was cancelled 😩 Am waiting again , shouldn't be long but hubby due to have a stem cell transplant in the next couple of weeks . Bad timing hey ho .

      Really hope your doing well .

      Sue 😘

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      My operation went really well. It has been three weeks and I am getting back to normal without any pain. I saw the consultant yesterday and he said my gallbladder was attached to part of my bowel and was badly diseased.

      Hope you have your operation soon x

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      Sorry to hear that hun that your still waiting. I still have not had mine yet either there saying 2nd of march but they are trying to get me in quicker. ive had another test which im waiting for results hopefully will get them next week it was a mrcp to see if i have stones in the bile duct and had blood tests again so hopefully get results back next week. I hope you dont have to wait to long for your surgery keep me updated when you know a date and ill keep you updated to smile xx

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