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    Default Gallbladder removal

    Apparently I'm having it removed tomorrow.
    I have pancreatitis but supposedly my gallbladder is not inflamed just full of gallstones. Have been having attacks for six months but have avoided the doctor as I had a bad experience during my last csection.
    Just wondering if anyone can give me any advice in what to expect how painful etc it will be?
    Also how long afterward were you driving, my dd has just started kindy half an hour from home and I have previously been doing dropoffs and pickups.
    I'm also supposed to drive three hours in a week or so and again a couple of weeks later. Is that realistic?

    Thanks for any advice or tips.

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    I had mine out 18 months ago.
    I won't lie, recovery is painful for the first few days.
    I couldn't lift my 11 month old for two weeks, even going from sitting to standing was awkward.
    I couldn't drive for 2 weeks, had my partner and mil alternate staying with me because I was useless with the children.
    No way would I have been doing a 3 hour drive!
    I thought my recovery was pretty slow but my surgeon said it was pretty fast.

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    @Lincolns mummy , did you have keyhole surgery or did they open you up? I've got an appointment to see a specialist next week about gallbladder removal and I'm concerned about the surgery because if I'm "out of action" for an extended period of time (ie. 2 - 3 weeks), it is going to be problematic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbf2plus2 View Post
    @Lincolns mummy , did you have keyhole surgery or did they open you up? I've got an appointment to see a specialist next week about gallbladder removal and I'm concerned about the surgery because if I'm "out of action" for an extended period of time (ie. 2 - 3 weeks), it is going to be problematic.
    I had keyhole surgery.
    I was surprised how tough the recovery was, but essentially you are having a piece of you removed so understandable that's it's not going to be fun!
    I thought after a week I would be back to normal but I was no where near it. Bending, lifting, moving between sitting and standing were all troublesome.
    I am happy to help out with any questions.

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    I had mine out as emergency surgery 2 years ago. I didn't know I had gallstones till one escaped and got stuck in my bile duct and left me in excruciating pain. I've had quite a few laps so was prepared for the recovery, quite bad shoulder tip pain afterwards and then incision pain when sitting, coughing etc. I pushed myself too hard though and ended up having to have another surgery due to splitting the wound, this was probably coz I started lifting DD too soon so just be careful and listen to what they say.

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    I had mine removed (keyhole) over 8 years ago. It wasn't the pain so much that worried me (took some strong painkillers for 3 or 4 days post surgery), I just felt weak and useless for well over a week. DS was 14 months at the time and I was careful not to lift him for at least 10 days. I wouldn't have been up for a long drive. Be prepared to be tired and feeling below par as you heal.

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    Default Gallbladder removal

    I had to stay in hospital for 4 days because my BP dropped super low and I was draining too much. I was driving around Perth city I think like 2 days after I was out of hospital? I was on holiday with my parents at the time and dad was palliative so I was carting his stuff around but couldn't push him in the wheelchair for a couple weeks. The only thing that I found hard was that I couldn't sleep flat on my back for over a month as it was too uncomfortable, had loads of pillows for the first fortnight then slept on my side. I also had surgical ileus which was incredibly painful and lasted for about 2 weeks after the surgery (basically my digestive system stopped and I had a fortnight of poop lol) I had to take huge doses of senna three times a day until it got back on track.
    Oh and I was only on the oxy and tramadol for less than a week then Panadol and nurofen was fine

    ETA I do NOT regret it at all. I was in ED for 18 hours on morphine and fentanyl after eating a fruit salad. Day after surgery I was drinking milk and eating hot chips with no pain for the first time in years

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    Just wondering I am now three days without my gallbladder and eating quite bland foods but have just started to get the runs.
    Is this normal?
    The doctors pretty much sent me home and said to eat bland foods for a week as my pancreas was still inflamed but said nothing about the runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raylin Park View Post
    Just wondering I am now three days without my gallbladder and eating quite bland foods but have just started to get the runs.
    Is this normal?
    The doctors pretty much sent me home and said to eat bland foods for a week as my pancreas was still inflamed but said nothing about the runs.

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    Yep, unfortunately very normal. I had my gall bladder out 6.5 years ago and still get the runs. Certain foods may affect your bowels too which is all just trial and error once you've recovered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raylin Park View Post
    Just wondering I am now three days without my gallbladder and eating quite bland foods but have just started to get the runs.
    Is this normal?
    The doctors pretty much sent me home and said to eat bland foods for a week as my pancreas was still inflamed but said nothing about the runs.

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    Yep you can expect some digestive upset for a while unfortunately, especially in these early days as you recover. Agree with the PP that you'll need to trial foods and work out what works for you. Years down the track I can tolerate most foods pretty well except for rich foods (creamy sauces, cheesecake etc). My mum had her gall bladder removed 50 years ago and can't eat cream at all to this day without getting indigestion. Everyone is different.

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