E.W. asks from Albuquerque, NM on November 06, 2007
I am a 24 year old wife and mother of 2. I babysit and work from home. I just found out I have gall stones and was wondering what the recovery time is going to be. I have a conseltation this thursday but want to find out more before then. The surgery is going to be laproscopic (sp), I don't know if that makes a difference or not but, just mainly wanted to know what to expect. If anybody has had their gall bladder removed or knows someone that has, it would be great to hear your story, so I know what to expect and how long I need to take off from babysitting. Thank you in advanced
So What Happened?™
Thank you everyone who responded to my request. I had surgery yesterday afternoon Nove. 16th and feel pretty good today. I was quite a bit nervous last night because pain is always worse the second day but I actuall feel well today just a little sore and swollen around my navel area. I tried lying on my side last night and thought I felt something move but my mother in law said it was probably just air or gas moving around. But thank you everyone you reall helped.
I.P. answers from Pueblo on November 07, 2007
You will do fine. I had mine out in May this year in Australia after going through major pain for over a month. Surgery was quick and recovery was a few days. I don't think you will be able to pick the children for a month or so though. I was limited to not picking anything up over 5 pounds for that length of time and by the send of summer my scars were gone. I had one incision in the navel and three small incisions on the right side of my abdomen. No stitches and they all healed beautifully. I made a personal decision to avoid fried foods since they didn't seem to agree with me. But that is a good way to start losing a little weight. My experience was a good one since the pain before surgery was terrible. Good luck!!
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L.H. answers from Phoenix on November 07, 2007
I had to have the same surgery as well (7 years ago). I had my surgery on a Friday afternoon and was able to return to work on the following Tuesday. I did need a lot of rest over the weekend to recover (my whole body was sore, like I'd worked out really hard or been in an accident). It was nothing a few advil didn't help with though. Good luck!
K.H. answers from Phoenix on November 06, 2007
With laproscopic surgery you will bounce right back in a couple of days. You'll just have a few band aids on your abdomen following the surgery. Most people feel great, especially considering the way they felt prior to the surgery!
Good luck with your surgery.
C.N. answers from Albuquerque on November 08, 2007
if you do your research you will find that your relief from symptoms will be short lived after removal, there are simple ways to flush your gallbladder to remove stones, check Hulda Clark's website,and there are herbs like Dandelion that will clear stones. I know you said you wanted only stories of recovery and what to expect, please reconsider surgery as the first option
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L.M. answers from Reno on November 07, 2007
Shortly after my first daughter was born, I had to have my gallbladder removed. The pain of recovery is NOTHING compared to the pain of the stones!! It took me only a matter of days to recover. I did have to be careful with lifting, of course. So, if you are babysitting, be sure you have things like diapers, wipes, etc... nearby and a spot to change a young one on the floor or couch to keep from unnecessary lifting.
You'll do fine. It was sooo much less than I thought it would be. I was expecting major pain and discomfort.
A.M. answers from Las Vegas on November 07, 2007
I had my gallbladder out last year my son was 3 months old and recovery time was less and less painfull than when i had my son by c-section I also had the laproscopic surgry, witch they made 4 small insinsons two on my right side, one in my belly button and one right above it. I went home less than 3 hours after the surgery, and I was back to doing normal things about one week after my surgery. I was still a little sore but nothing compared to when I had my son by c- section. if you have any onther questions just let me know.
A.L. answers from Albuquerque on November 06, 2007
I had my gall bladder removed about 8 yrs ago. I remember I was up the next day vaccuming and cleaning my house. I guess it all depends how much pain you can stand. But you know what, if you don't really need the money your making off of babysitting, give yourself a break. We always over work ourselves. Use that as an excuse to take a break from everything and to be with your family. Good luck and don't be scare everything will be alright. Take care.
K.N. answers from Denver on November 06, 2007
My husband just had his out last month by laporoscopy and took one week off. I would say between the after effects of anesthesia and the discomfort from the surgery this was more than sufficient for him. He quit taking his pain meds because they were making him so loopy after about day 2 post-op. The surgeon may tell you there are no activity restrictions---just do what you feel you can without overdoing it. He was still a little sore a few weeks after but nothing that kept him down.