Scared of gallbladder removal surgery

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Hello, I just found out yesterday that I have multiple gallstones and that I will need surgery in the near future. I am only 18 years old and have never had a surgery like that before. Obviously I am terrified so I wondering if anyone out there had any good experiences to share about this procedure. I know it’s not major and not many bad things happen but I am still terrified. Thank you! 😬 

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    Hi, yes I had gallstones, was diagnosed in December 2016 and finally had operation to remove gallbladder on 2/2/2018. I had had surgery before but I was still quite terrified, I was terrified because I had been on google and read all that can “supposedly go wrong “ .  From my experience; I went in hospital at 11am , there was about 3 hours of waiting about, during the waiting time the surgeon came around to chat with me. At about 2pm the nurses started get me ready for my op. I finally went down to have my surgery at 3.20pm . When I came around I can remember having some discomfort in my lower tummy (nothing really painful) by the time I was taken back up to my ward this lower discomfort had gone but I realised I was quite sore on my right side. By about 6.30 I was able to walk to the toilet (I wasn’t in much discomfort walking but there was discomfort getting in and out of bed. At around the same time the nurses brought me a chicken sandwich and a coffee which I ate but I was still very hungry so my husband went to the shop and brought me a prawn and mayonnaise sandwich which I ate with no problems at all. I was allowed to go home at about 10.30 that same evening (walking to the car) I had some more to eat when I got home because I was still hungry! My biggest problem during the heeling process was that I couldn’t sleep on my side, I had to sleep on my back for about 9 days. I stopped my pain meds after 4 days. A week after the operation I drove myself to the local store to do shopping but soon realised that it was a little early for shopping trips (was still feeling a bit week) it took me 3 weeks to feel completely normal and back to work. After the 3 weeks although I felt absolutely fine, I was still carful about not lifting things that were heavy.  From day one of op I’ve had no nausea or diarrhoea, I can eat what ever I want and has much as I want and I have tried every type of food and everything is good. Hope everything goes well with your operation, which I am sure it will. I realised after , that there was nothing to be terrified about but of course it is normal to be scared. Let us know how you get on .... take care 
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    They can usually do keyhole surgery so you are not in  hospital overnight just day surgery.

    I had this 3 years ago.

    It was quite sore afterwards and a district nurse came to change the dressing.

    You will feel much better afterwards.

    Take care and keep in  touch

    Sarah

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      Is a district nurse like a home nursing service you hire? I’m in the States, perhaps a UK thing? It sounds lovely, almost like an at-home checkup 
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    I know it's easy for me to say but try not to worry too much .

    I had my gallbladder removed 5 months ago and I'm nearly 70 in poor health.

    You are young , you will recover far quicker . You will be tender around the incisions

    for a while after but it gets easier day by day . Stick to a low fat diet for a few weeks

    after and eat smaller meals. The nurses take good care of you .

    You will be fine ! Good luck and let me know how you get on.

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    If the stones are cholesterol based why don't you research Ursodioxycholic acid and dissolve them? Why if you are so young does your specialist not tell you about Urso? If you do dissolve them perhapse more investigation is required re are you eating the right diet and I don't mean you have to eat a low fat diet because that believe it or not can CAUSE gall stones. 

    This is all documented in the USA where I believe they know more about almost everything than elsewhere.

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      Because of where I live, I would have to travel 5 hours to be able to have that done, I’m far too weak to travel for that long. Also I want to have it out, that way I have no risk for gallbladder problems in the future, I would rather a few side affects of not having one than to ever suffer like this again 
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    Hi, I understand your anxiety as I had the same feeling when I had gone through the same surgery in September 2017. Specifically, I was worried about the risk of general anaesthesia, the surgery itself, and the risk of sepsis afterwards. Turns out I was overestimating the risks but then I think it is natural for humans to have fear. In my case, what follows afterwards were and still are a real challenge. For the first month after surgery, I had 6-10 times of diarrhea a day. That reduced to about 3 times a day until the third month. I started to panic from the worry if it may continue for the rest of my life. However, that reduced to 1 time a day and now I suffer diarrhea once in a week or two. Actually, I seem to have more constipation than diarrhea. Currently I take digestive enzymes with probiotics to see what happens. My guess is some people recover in a week while others recover much longer. I understand it's easier to say don't worry so let us think this way. What is the worst that could happen if you don't go through surgery? In the end, this is how I convinced myself to go through my perceived risks. I pray for your peace.

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