J.Z. asks from Derry, NH on September 04, 2008
Hi Mamas! I know I've seen posts about this before, but I couldn't find them, so here I go.... The short version of the story is that I have known for 10+ years that I have gallstones, but haven't really had any difficulties until recently. For the past 2 months, I've had on and off pain, bloating, etc. I've finally made the decision to have my gallbladder removed at the recommendation of my PCP an a surgeon. It was a difficult decision because I'm petrified of surgery, but I'm tired of not feeling well and want to do it when it's not an emergent situation. I've had LOTS of tests, and it seems pretty clear that the gallbladder/stones is the cause of my symptoms. Anyone had this surgery? Any thoughts/advice (or reassurance?? :) )
I am having laproscopic surgery
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Thank you all so much for your advice and encouragement. Had the surgery 3 weeks ago. The first few days were rough, and I still couldn't pick up my daughter for another week... but I am SO GLAD I had the surgery! I'm feeling so much better!
S.P. answers from Portland on September 05, 2008
I had my gallbladder removed after my first was born (turns out the pregnancy was part of the cause). I would have to say that my attacks were worse than labor pains so I'm glad that I don't suffer with that pain anymore. I had the surgery laproscopically as well. I think it's only about an hour long surgery and the recovery is a couple weeks. I suffered from infection but otherwise, everything went well. Don't sweat the surgery part since it's a fairly routine surgery. I was sent home the same day. Good luck and take care.
S.T. answers from Boston on September 05, 2008
Good Morning J.. I had the laproscopic surgery to remove my gall bladder almost 8 yrs ago. It was absolutely not big deal at all. I was back at work within a couple of days and pregnant for my first child within a month!! It was same day surgery, I think I had to be there at 7:30am and I was on my way home around 1pm. The only complication I ran into was that they had given me percocet to take for the pain immediately after the surgery on an empty stomach. That was a bad idea, vomiting after stomach surgery is NOT fun!! So just shy away from any narcotic pain killers until after you've had something to eat. Good Luck with the surgery and I hope this helps to ease your mind.
J.C. answers from Lewiston on September 06, 2008
J., I really don't mean to scare you by writing this however I just want you to know how important it is that you get this taken care of. Last year we were at my parents house haveing dinner when my father said that he wasn;t feeling well. He ending up going to the hospital(which we knew something was wrong when he agreed to go). My father ending up having a gall stone lodge in his common duct which caused massive complications, we lost my father on May 15th of last year. My dad was a pretty healthy guy, other then the fact that every now and again is stomach would bother him. There was never enough pain that he couldn't handle it, thus never enough pain to drive him to go see someone about it. I know that people get gall stones all the time( my mom for one.. she had the surgery/ no problems) and they end up being O.K. however there are those rear cases where it can turn into something bigger. So I'm telling you, as I do all people who mention gallbladder issues in front of me, stay on top of it and do whatever you can to make yourself healthy again
M.D. answers from Boston on September 06, 2008
I have had the procedure with great results. I had it done last year while I was pregnant with my second child. Everything went very well and I was feeling back to normal in just a few days. I hope that helps.
H.T. answers from Boston on September 05, 2008
Do it! The surgery is minimal--in and out, with an easy recovery and little scarring....AND I felt SO MUCH BETTER after I had it.
C.K. answers from Pittsfield on September 05, 2008
I had it, also had 2 c-sections. the laparoscopic surgery is by far easier. Just take the pain meds the first couple of days. Also, fatty food sometimes give people who have had gall bladder removed loose bowels, just to warn you. I'd take the loose bowels over gall bladder attacks any day.
C.A. answers from New London on September 05, 2008
I have never had this surgery myself but just this week I had 2 family members that had it done. My sister got hers removed on Wednesday. I talked to her that night and she was fine. It was just day surgery and it didn't take long. She is on some pain medication and can't lift things for a while, but she said she feels fine other than that. My father in law also got his out this week and all went well. It doesn't seem from my perspective to be a very horrible surgery. You should be fine and it sounds like it would be worth getting it done if you are having all those issues with it. I don't know if this helps much, but good luck!
K.F. answers from Boston on September 05, 2008
I had this surgery about 2 years ago and I put it off as well for the same reason. It was a relief to get it done really I had regular symptoms and they were awful. The surgery was so easy and I was ready to go home as soon as I woke up. It all depends on how well you react to those types of things. My sister had it too and had to stay overnight. The only thing is lifting your kids can be sore for a little while. I had a two and a three year old at the time and it wasn't that bad. You can get some internal scaring from the surgery which cases some pain though me and my sister both have it. The look of the scars is barely noticeable for me I have really bad stretch marks from my pregnancy and they just made the incisions in them. I don't know if it was purposeful but I thought it was nice :) and then the one in the belly button is in the belly button so you can't notice it.