I had my surgery today. Have a few questions

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I had surgery to remove my gallbladder earlier today. It went well with no complications. I am now recovering at home. I have a few minor issues that I would like to ask you guys about. I noticed the back of my mouth was quite sore. I looked at it in the mirror and it appears my uvula is swollen and has been bleeding. It's not bleeding now but it has definitely been injured. It was fine before the surgery. I have also barely eaten anything since yesterday. I ate a biscuit in the hospital and another biscuit last night. My appetite seems to have disappeared. What should I do if it doesn't return to normal? Also, the wound below my navel appears to have been seeping since I had the surgery. The other three bandages are clean but my navel on is quite bloodstained. It was like this before I left the hospital. Is this normal or should i be worried. I think one of the nurses looked at it and didn't seem worried. Other than that I am in moderate pain but the pills seem to be keeping it under control. Overall I feel a lot better than I thought I would after the surgery.

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    You probably had a tube put down your throat during surgery, I know I did.  That could be the cause of your injury.  Also you won't feel like eating very much and take it real easy on food.  I'd say eat greek yogurt, maybe some eggs, soup. 

    Also that is very normal to have the wounds seep afterwards.  I had to keep my bandages on until they dropped off.  They looked like they were bleeding, but by the time the bandages came off all was fine.  I saw my surgeon a week after surgery.  Perhaps you will too?  My advice - take it very easy.  No lifting, sleep, take your pain pills and eat a bland diet for a couple of weeks.  I had mine out on April 10 and I am feeling pretty much back to normal now.  And in fact, feeling alot better

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    So glad to learn that your surgery went off as planned! The injury to your throat was probably caused by the intubation process. When you're under anesthesia, that's typically done to keep your airway open and oxygen flowing to your lungs.  

    As for your appetite, that's probably because you were under anesthesia and given pain killers.  It can affect some people that way.  As soon as you feel well enough to stop the pain meds, your appetite will probably return.  Please keep to low fat, frequent small meals.  It's a good idea to start out with the foods you could tolerate while you still had your gallbladder, then gradually introduce other foods.

    I suggest you stay away from trying any over the counter preparations such as ox bile or digestive enzymes because you want your body to be able to recover and find its new normal. Your body must now learn to live without a gallbladder and many. people find that they have more than enough bile.  

    You could try taking probiotics to help replenish your gut bacteria and aid with digestion.

    The seepage is normal.  Remember you've had major surgery despite the smallness of the external wounds.  It will take about 6 weeks for those to start healing. But you've had lots more done on your insides--it can take a couple of months or more for your internal parts to start knitting together.  So, take it easy and give yourself rest and time to heal.

    Best of luck to you!  Let me know how you get on!   

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    I'm happy your surgery was sucesfull! Now it's healing time! Your mouth is probably hurting bc you were intubated and the tube can hurt you, I always have a sore throat after surgery it's completely normal and goes away in a few days, you just had the surgery so anesthesia is still in your system so again it's quite normal for you to don't feel hungry , you can call the hospital or your surgeon's office and check about the incision , Good Luck to you and happy healing!

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    You have just had an operation. Your throat is sore because they put a tube in your mouth. You must be patient and there isn't any thing serious going on. Your apetite will return in good time😊

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    Hi, I had the same thing done on Feb 7th of this year. It is normal , not to have an appetite back right away. I didn't have mine back for a couple of days. But the first night I had mushroom soup and then slowly ate after that. Its good to start with something light them work your way up to the heavier foods. And about the incision that was bloodstained. Mine was too , even when I got out of the hospital. Nothing to worry about. And as for the apetite, if it doesn't come back. Talk to your dr. As for the pains they will subside after awhile. But if you move a certain way for awhile you will get done cramps.Nothibg to worry about, it's just your organs returning back to normal..

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    I had small injury to my throat due to the tubes they put in your throat during surgery. My throat was so sore I could barely swallow but they fed me thick cold yogurt. If you're home, you could try frozen yogurt to calm it. They also prescribed a throat spray which numbed it.

    Loss of appetite is normal after surgery. Try to eat little and often. Keep some small pots of low fat rice and low fat custard in the fridge as these will also make swallow easy. Mashed potato and baked potato are soft and easily swallowed.

    The wound near your navel will probably be ok. Quite a lot of folk complain about this one. Watch out for redness and check your temperature regularly as this would indicate a wound infection. If the seepage starts to smell foul or changes colour to yellowish green and sloughy or if there's bleeding get your GP to have look as you may need an antibiotic.

    Take it easy for a few days. It's important to move about but don't overdo it. Don't lift anything- not even kettles or large containers of milk or juice. Drink plenty of fluids. Sleep when you need to. I'm now three months post op (open surgery) and I feel better than I have in years.

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    Hi everyone. I have a few updated I would like to share with you all. I am struggling with the recovery process following my surgery. My apppetite is slowly returning and I managed to have a number two earlier (with the help of the lactulose which was prescribed to me). I am having a bunch of other symptoms though. My whole abdomen is very sore even after taking the maximum recommended painkiller dosage. My abdomen also looks and feels very bloated. The back of my neck and shoulders are also quite sore. I am finding it very hard to sleep because the pain keeps waking me up. I have been prescribed paracetamol, codeine and ibuprofen but I don't feel like they are managing the pain well enough. It has now been around 36 hours since I had the surgery. My abdomen feels like it's been trampled on by a large animal. Does this all sound normal? Did you find that the pills kept the pain under control?

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      It appears to me that you have had quite a bit of gas pumped into your body, that is dissipating through your tissues.  It can be very painful for some people.  

      I had surgery last year (not gallbladder surgery) that also involved the injection of gas.  I was okay the day after surgery, but the next 3 or 4 days were awful.  Then, the pain began to lift.  I did not take the codeine and tylenol prescribed for me because they made me dizzy and nauseated.  

      You could contact your doctor for more effective pain control, but within the next 24 hours, the pain should start to ease.

      Best of luck to you!  Please continue to let us know how you're doing!

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      A couple of things to try regarding shoulder pain:

      1 Try to keep moving as this helps dispel the gas

      2 Try raising your feet on extra pillows whilst in bed.

      I was told the bowel doesn't like being interfered with. It takes a while for it to settle down and also your whole digestive system needs time to readjust to not having a gallbladder. Give it time. In a couple of weeks you'll probably be feeling much better.

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