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Old 09-03-2007, 22:29
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Hi all

I'm having my gall bladder removed on 22nd March by keyhole surgery.

Has anyone has this done ? If so, what are the after effects if any, and do you have to take anything afterwards to compensate for the lack of a gall bladder?

I'd be interested to hear anyone's experiences, good or bad, thanks
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Old 09-03-2007, 22:37
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I had mine removed 4 weeks ago by open surgery, and was incredibly painful. They was going to do it keyhole, but my gallbladder was flared up and it'd of been 'dangerous' to take it out that way, plus it wouldn't of fitted through the hole.

I think the pain will be roughly the same, seeing as it's the same thing, but a mate of mine had it done keyhole and she said that it felt like someone was standing on her for a week.

The surgery really isn't anything to worry about. With mine I was taken down to theater and had an epidural, and general and was away with the fairies until I woke up 5 hours later. If you're suffering from symtoms now, when you wake up, all will be gone, and the pain won't last too long.. I was walking about town 3 days later after mine.

After you wake up, and you need the loo, try and use the toilet, or the nurses nearly make you have a piss bag and they're really painful apparently.. one of the effects of the general so I was told.

Your body can work fine without the gallbladder. You'll get some wicked heartburn for the first week or something every time you eat, I had that and it's gone now. It won't last I swear. And whatever you do, don't google it, some of the shit people was saying, saying that they're in really bad pain all the time, the chances of you having that are slim to none, and people just like to moan alot.

Good luck.
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Old 09-03-2007, 23:31
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I had keyhole a few years ago for gallbladder removal and it was one of the sorest things ever. Not the actual procedure but the gas they pump into your tummy to lift it up rises to the highest point of your body so my shoulders were bad for a few days. Breathing and god forbid coughing were agony. I had to have morphine which helped me as it made me sleepy. My nurse came over after the worst was over and said I'd had enough that could have floored a horse. I also bled a lot longer than normal and was kept in 4 days. I must add though that whatever procedure I have had in the past I have always bled for longer than normal. Good Luck.
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Old 10-03-2007, 01:40
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This thread talks about the same thing

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/s...d.php?t=548090
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Old 10-03-2007, 07:33
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I had mine done 5 years ago , and to be honest i didn't have any pain after the op. I went in on the thursday evening , had the op on the friday lunchtime and was up and out of the bed by teatime by midnight i was in the tv room waiting for live qualifing of the Australian grand prix . Saturday morning as soon as the doctor had been round i was on the phone to my sister to come collect me and i made her stop of at the supermarket on the way home to go shopping. I was attached to a morphine drip when i came out of surgery but this was only used once when the nurse showed me how to use it. That was in recovery . For a few weeks after to op i did get little twinges of pain but nothing that was that bad . I was told that if they had left it any longer then my ballbladder was ready to burst. You don't take anything to compensate for the loss of your gallbladder but some people (me) find that fatty foods can run straight through them.
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Old 10-03-2007, 08:03
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Keyhole removal of a gallbaldder is a very common op apparently & although there can be complications they are very rare and are far outweighed by the damage that can be done by a dicky gallbladder.

I had mine removed about 2 years ago after a few bouts of (as I'm sure you know) hideous pain and seemingly endless vomiting (hope you're all enjoying your breakfast ) which then progressed onto jaundice.

I was quite nervous about being under anaesthesia, but it was actually quite nice! It didn't feel like being asleep; more like blinking then it was all over! I was quite sore afterwards but morphine soon put paid to that (mmmm...mophine). Unfortunately I had a pocket of air still trapped inside me (the surgeon "blows up" your abdomen so he can see inside properly) which was very, very painful but it dislodged itself after a few hours.

I was out after two nights, I was sore for a while but only had to take painkillers for a couple of weeks. I had to take it easy with lifting etc. for a few weeks (not easy with toddler at home) but I healed quite quickly. I still get some mild discomfort around the site of the operation - I think due to scar tissue - but it's certainly nothing that bothers me. The scars on my stomach are very small and my OH seems to think them quite cute

You'll be fine. I know it's worrying going in for any op, however minor, but you'll be in good hands. Speaking to the surgeon before the op helped to ease my nerves (even though he was the spitting double of Boris Becker - in fact at one stage I was concerned that the director of the hospital was a tennis fan and let him have a crack at it in exchange for Wimbledon final tickets )

*edit* I forgot to add to my ramblings that the body can adjust to life without a gallbladder (it's like a little pot that holds bile and releases it to aid digestion). The bile just flows straight through the system...this can have the unfortunate side effect of making foods with a high fat content go striaght through as well. Good encouraging healthy eating though

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Old 10-03-2007, 08:10
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I was quite nervous about being under anaesthesia, but it was actually quite nice! It didn't feel like being asleep; more like blinking then it was all over! I was quite sore afterwards but morphine soon put paid to that (mmmm...mophine).
Mmm, Morphine? Morphines EVILLL. I don't cry, but after I had my gallbladder out, Morphine made me cry like an idiot, good for pain tho I suppose, could be stronger.

General is like blinking though, isn't it? lol.
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Old 10-03-2007, 08:17
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Originally Posted by boo_2005
Mmm, Morphine? Morphines EVILLL. I don't cry, but after I had my gallbladder out, Morphine made me cry like an idiot, good for pain tho I suppose, could be stronger.

General is like blinking though, isn't it? lol.
Actually, having said that I recall crying because I wanted a cup of tea and the lady with the tea trolley had gone when I was morphined-up! (There's a happy ending to this story - she had actually left one on my locker but I was too addled to see it ).
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Old 10-03-2007, 09:08
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Had mine out about 10 years ago by keyhole surgery and it wasn't that bad. I remember being in pain when I first came round, but they pumped more morphine into me so I was out like a light again. I was sore for about a week or so and had to take things easy (although I didn't and nearly got myself into trouble ) but I'm soooo glad I had it done.

One thing, on the way home make sure you avoid roads with speed bumps. I had an idiot taxi driver who took me down the worst road for them and it bloody killed!
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Old 10-03-2007, 09:17
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My sister had hers out a few years ago but suddenly this year, the symptoms returned, the vomiting, excruciating pain and fainting. Turns out they left a bit of the gall bladder 'tube' in there when they did the operation so she has to go back in again
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:17
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I had mine out a year ago by keyhole surgery. Had the op at 2pm and was home by 8pm- Had to take painkillers for couple a week but then ok really- couldnt lift for a couple of weeks, but I think that was more fear than anything..

Only advice I would give is dont allow your other half to try to make you laugh for at least 48 hours!!
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Old 10-03-2007, 16:03
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Thanks everyone for your replies I'm no stranger to surgery, I had spinal fusion in 2003 and I agree totally about the Morphine. I cried like a baby for a day when they removed it, it was like the baby blues all over again, lol.

I was more concerned about the after effects of having no gall bladder, but I'm not so worried now.

Fortunately the surgery is scheduled for a Friday, so hubby will pick me up on the Sat and I can be waited on hand and foot all weekend - well that's the plan anyway.
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Old 10-03-2007, 17:51
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had mine out 4 years ago by key hole, the only real pain after was the drain, almost fainted from pain when they took it out but once it was gone i was fine
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Old 10-03-2007, 18:16
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They put a drain in ? oh no *cries* I had 2 drains in my back when I had my surgery, the nurse yanked them both out at the same time. If I could have turned around I would have punched her... lol, the pain was indescribable.

Now I don't wanna go... bleh.
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Old 10-03-2007, 18:18
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Don't panic! Not everyone has to have a drain...I didn't.
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Old 10-03-2007, 18:22
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Originally Posted by DaisyDaisy
Don't panic! Not everyone has to have a drain...I didn't.

I did. For 4 days.
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Old 11-03-2007, 19:25
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how were you people diagnosed?

I'm having some health problems and the doc thinks it might be gallbladder related. I'm having an ultra sound to see if its gallstones and a referral to a specialist. What can I expect?
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Old 11-03-2007, 19:31
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makes me wonder what is the point of a gallbladder in the first place , anyway , at the OP of this thread , hope all goes ok
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Old 11-03-2007, 19:37
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Originally Posted by topcat2
how were you people diagnosed?

I'm having some health problems and the doc thinks it might be gallbladder related. I'm having an ultra sound to see if its gallstones and a referral to a specialist. What can I expect?
Mine showed up on the ultra sound and was told there and then that they could see some small ones. It was over a year before I eventually had the op though, and during that time I wasn't feeling as bad as I had been. Glad I had it done though still.

Yep, good luck to the OP, it's not so bad, and I never had a drain in so that might be something you needn't be worrying over. Hope it goes well!

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Old 11-03-2007, 20:28
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My gallbladder removal experience - oh boy it was an experience all right!

After going through most of the year with this excrutiating pain, I was given a date for my keyhole surgery; I was originally given a waiting time of 6 months, but they soon shoved my name up the list when I went to A&E engulfed in pain, several times.

My op was scheduled for mid December, I was told that I would need minimum three weeks off work - I thought fine, I would be back first week of January - yeah I wished! So I had the surgery, and when I came to the pain I was in afterwards was indescribable. When I saw my consultant shortly after, she told me my gallbladder was the worst that she had ever seen in all her years as a surgeon. The GB was so inflamed that it started to stick to my other structures, kidney etc. Because of this, the surgery wasn't straightforward, and I awoke to three drains. They gave me morphine to ease the pain which was so bad, I couldn't do anything; walking was painful, I was like an old woman! During my fourth day in hospital I was discharged, I didn't exactly feel ready, as I still felt very weak. I still had the drains in me (albeit they removed one) which was difficult. Christmas came and went and couldn't eat a damn thing, I kept throwing up. I just laughed when January approached and I was supposed to go back to work, I couldn't even get off the sofa nevermind braving the commute to work.

After a few weeks of my discharge I went to outpatients to get the drains removed, which was great - I could finally have a proper bath. It felt great not to have those bags hampering my every moment, but a few days afterwards I started to get rather concerned as the place where they made the incision in my stomach had started to swell, it was as if it was about to burst! Imagine my horror though when that night as I was sleeping, I began to feel something seeping out of me - yep it was all the discharge from incisions. Try as I might I couldn't stop it flowing out of me, I had quite a few bandages given to me by the nurses, but they weren't good enough at all. In the end I had to strap a nappy to my stomach which did the trick for a while. To make the whole thing even worse, the smell was absolutely gross, I felt sickened.

I got myself to the hospital pronto the next day and seen by consultant who swiftly advised that I be admitted. Great, another week in hospital and I wasn't able to eat anything either. I went to have an ultra scan in order for them to put a camera down my stomach to see what was going on. They numbed the area and stuck the biggest needle known to man inside my tum. The procedure seemed to take forever, and when I was finally wheeled back to the ward I just sobbed, grateful that the pain was over.

On the day of my discharge I was given lots of drugs to take and I finally got better. I was off work for six weeks, and even on my return I was slightly delicate.

Don't mean to scare you or anyone else - I think my case was pretty unique, trust my luck!

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Old 12-03-2007, 08:51
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i had mine taken out 2 years ago via keyhole surgery, i was not well when i went in anyhow as i was a nice shade of yellow. After the op however it seemed i still had stones in me which were causing me alot of pain. as a result i had to go back in and have a camera down my throat to cut open the passage they were in so they could pass. after a month and a half i was back up and running perfectly ok. i was only on painkillers for a few days because of the complications.
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Old 12-03-2007, 13:01
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Despite what you get told about being able to eat what you like afterwards - it is not always the case. A minority of people - myself included, have never been able to do just that.

I had mine out 6 years or so ago - and have never been able to digest fat properly since - not without it rushing straight through me.

For me it has been a lifestlye change, always planning things with the knowledge of where the nearest toilets are - plus a daily dose of Questran.

If you do get problems afterwards I would be happy to PM you.
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Old 16-01-2008, 16:10
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Do the problems with digesting fat depend on the TYPE of fats you eat? or is it just fats in general?

I'm seeing my doctor tomorrow about some mild upper-right abdominal cramping... does anyone mind saying how old they are? I'm only 25 and a bit worried that I'm having to see a doctor about abdominal cramps at 25.
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Old 16-01-2008, 18:17
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with me it was fat in general. i was 30 when my gall bladder started to aggrevate me. i cut out fat completely until they removed it.
gall bladder pain is agonising though!
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Old 16-01-2008, 18:23
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I had mine removed with key hole surgery which went fine. I'm a vegan anyway but if I accidently eat any dairy it makes me ill. Not sure whether that is related to lack of gall bladder or whether I've lost the enzymes needed for dairy absorption.
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