Pain following Gallbladder removal

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I had my gallbladder removed on the 10th May via Keyhole surgery.  Im still getting pain/discomfort from the surgery in my belly button and the wound above and the surrounding areas.  They have both healed on the outside but still painful/uncomfortable inside.  Cant wait anything too tight on my tummy, con only really wear leggins at the moemnt.  How long does this pain/discompfort last for?

Also on the wound above my belly button there is a lump under the skin when i asked the nurse what it was she said it was an internal stitch and it would either stay there as a lump or it would work its way out of the skin!  Has anyone every heard of this?  Sounds a little strange to me.

 

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    I had the same the same symptoms and had my surgery a month before yours ! I asked my surgeon if it would be ok to do a 20 mile bike ride a month and 10 days afterward and he said it would be fine. I did and I would say that from the actual site where they took the gallbladder it was still very sore (but that was mainly because I was on the bike ride ). You will be sore for at least a month. Don't exercise prior to a month. Almost two months later for me now and nothing is tender. I did have complications from two of the wounds though. They weren't healing well on the outside. The skin is very red there.

    I've had one of those internal stitches on my leg once that was raised and was supposed to go away. But it never did. It became infected. So just watch the lump. If it becomes red and really starts hurting, call your doctor. If the stitch is near the top of the skin they will pull it out. That's what they had to do on my leg.

    Just be patient. Get rest. Drink lots of fluid and eat Greek yogurt every day. My doc says that is very good for us now.

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      Thank you for your reply.  The funny thing is I have had very little pain where the gallbladder was its all in the front around by belly button and the wound about the belly button.  Im obviously expecting too much 
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    you will have to be patient,everyone is different,i had my gb removed as was in a lot of pain, this was xmas 2016,im still very sore and cant bear any weight on it ,other than that all ok,  but take it easy,no lifting, 
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      Thank you for your reply, Im just shocked how long it take to heal but the if I think they go through fat and muscle so it will take time.  I hope you feel better soon, 6 months seems a while!  I just want to wear my jeans again!
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      I think alot of the problems is where they use the instruments inside you,prodding and probing,plus the camera being twisted and turned,if an akward op im sure this is why everybody different,we have had steel tools inside of us,;; 
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    Post op 10 months still hv pain around my belly incision. The hard lump still at there and sometimes it make me feel uncomfortable. Cause of I keep complaining pain around my belly incision, doctor suggest to do 1 more time Laparoscopic abdominal diagnosis to check whether inside hv abdominal adhesions or hernia... 
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    The stitches poking a through are spitting stitches. I had a few along my scar (open surgery). They were a bit uncomfortable at first as they poked through the skin (like a needle sticking in me). They just fell out and weren't really a problem.

    I wore leggings and joggers for around nine or ten weeks because my scar was tender and couldn't wear a bra for weeks as my scar is horizontal. I'm three months post op now and back in my jeans and wearing bras again.

    You are still at an early stage. Don't expect too much. You need to give it time and remember whist the external scars may be healing well, internally it takes longer. In time you will be feeling better. Remember to rest when you can.

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    I think you have to realise it takes time for all to heal. the danger is to not overdo anything. I over did it and ended up having to have another op. This was Gyny but the wounds and the healing still takes time. Be patient. For ops like this is 8weeks to take care.
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