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Hoping this will help someone and give an idea of what surgery has been like, I am posting my experience thus far.
I had laproscopic gall bladder surgery removal 1 month ago and what happened did not match up with what I expected. My wife had the same surgery about 3 years ago and it was so easy for her. Almost no residual pain, gas, bloating or discomfort.
I went in at 9 for outpatient surgery and did not get home until 8PM that evening. Apparently, the surgery went well. The doctor did not indicate otherwise, but about the time I began to wake up, I had such severe pain in the right abdomen area that the Norco was nothing. I ended up getting 4 mg of morphene in 2 separate doses. The pain finally controlled, I could not urinate. After catherization and emptying my bladder, I was sent home. Fortunately the doctor gave me flomax and with that and hot baths, I was finally able to urinate on my home by the next day.
I stayed generally confortable with pain meds for about 24 hours and then began to have severe pain and gas episodes. With the first one I was ready to call 911 (999 equivalent) when it began to subside. For the next 5 days I had these episodes every 12 or 24 hours. Antacids, coca cola and cold packs got me through them. I continued to have pain and discomfort, especially major gas for the next 15 days or so, but the pain was much less severe. I began taking a tables spoon of apple cider vinagar (thanks Ace) in warm water three times a day. I think that has helped. I kept my doctor informed. Just this week the pain seems to be more achy and generalized in my right abdomen, so I hope that is a good sign. That's my experience.
I am a diabetic and at the moment, the gallbladder removal has significantly lowered my morning blood sugar levels into an acceptable range. Has anyone else had this experience?
Good luck to all of you and I hope it is a good recup experience.
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