Specialist appointment for Gallbladder problems

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So a little while ago I posted about having the most excruciating pain ever in my upper abdomen, shoulder and upper back. Had this for constantly for around 3 weeks. Finally he pain got so bad that I had to go to A&E where they ran tests and did x-rays and scans which diagnosed gallstones and an inflamed gallbladder.

So Monday 22nd May- this month. I'm off to see a specialist at the hospital to chat about my gallbladder.

I'm just wondering what else I'm due to expect... will they make a decision then on whether I'm going to have it removed or not??? Any help given would be greatly appreciated.


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    I'm pretty much the same as you, with awful bloating too. I went to the GP who referred me for an ultrasound, which confirmed multiple gallstones, largest 2.3cm diameter, and an enlarged gallbladder. When I had my appointment with the consultant I was in and out in under three minutes. He asked me to confirm where the pain was and offered me an operation there and then. On a waiting list for gallbladder removal. Waiting list is six to nine months. No talk about risks. Just said the operation will work. Good luck with your appointment.

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    Hello, I am sorry to here that you have had so much discomfort with the dreaded gallbladder. My husband is still the same but I think we are nearing an operation date. He also went to the speacialist who discussed the state of his  gallbladder and asked whether he would like it removed he then explained what would happen during the op, and he then signed the consent forms for the op to go ahead.Then he was asked to have a pre op, which is checking on meds he takes,blood pressure and taking blood sample. I think he would have had op by now if I hadn't stated that he snored when they were asking questions. Ithink that has put him back a few weeks as he has had to have a sleep apeona test and we are waiting results. I am sure that you will be fine.Your gallbladder is giving you alot of pain and it will probably be better for you to have it removed as then you can get back to normal. There are so many people that I have spoken to who have had it removed and they have recovered well and got back to normality without any pain. I hope this has helped and good look for the 22nd.

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    Hi, yes I remember your discussions. I take it that you're probably going to see a gastroenterologist and then he will recommend you for surgery or put you forward for any additional tests depending on all the information they already have and the next appointment should be the surgeon which is very quick.

    Depending on your symptoms and test results this will sort out how quickly they will do the operation. I expect if you've got an inflamed gallbladder they will want to treat that first to get the inflammation down.

    Let us know how you get on.


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    Never really had that consultation. I was admitted with pain and jaundice in October 2016. I stayed in hospital for a week and had tests which confirmed gallstones. I stayed on low fat diet but still had occasional bouts of pain. I attended triage as an emergency a week before Christmas when I signed a consent form. Heard nothing until end of January 2017 when I had a phone call asking me to attend for pre-op next day with a view to having laparoscopic cholecystectomy the following week (4/2/17) and discharge same day. When I attended for surgery, I was informed surgery would have to be open procedure as I had stones in the bile duct. Luckily they found me a bed and I had surgery that day. I was hospitalised for five days.
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