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Recovery After Gallstone Surgery

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Gallstone Surgery Recovery
"Hey I'm wondering if anyone who has had the gall bladder surgery can tell me how long their recovery time was? I'm a single mother of a toddler and I'm worried that I won't be able to watch my daughter properly..."Have you had gallbladder surgery?
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November 9, 2006 at 4:59 pm
(1) Lisa says:

I just had gallbladder surgery and its been 3days and i still feel a little pain and disconfort and i have a 3 and a 4 year old and its not easy but thank god my 4 year old is very mature he is a big help for those single moms out there that had surgery on their gallbladder take it easy dont pick anything up heavy and relax dont get excited.

July 22, 2007 at 3:10 am
(2) kelly says:

i’m single no kid’s. I had surgery on july2nd. And i’m off work till august 13. it was very painful, and hard to get up if your in bed or laying down.

September 5, 2007 at 9:14 am
(3) francisangel says:

i am fighting bouts of running to the bathroom and pain from gas, doctor calls it gas buble. did anyone experience this and how long did it take to feel better all around.
thanks.

October 17, 2007 at 6:26 pm
(4) Patrick says:

I had the surgery on October 9th and it took about 3 days to have the severe pain subside. I am still not able to lift my 2 year old daughter a week later but am well on my way to a full recovery. I should be back to work in another week or so and able to resume all normal activities. I too had the gas pain in my right shoulder, it is the most painful thing about this procedure in my opinion. This lasted for about 3 days. The pain meds worked wonders but I mostly only took them at night and toughed out the days. Don’t try to be a hero like I did. Take your meds as needed. They are given to you for a reason. I hope this is of some help to someone.

October 20, 2007 at 12:38 am
(5) SUNSHINE says:

I HAD SURGERY ON 10/1/07, LAP CHOLE
I AM STILL WEAK, MY POTASSIUM DROPPED
STILL NAUSEATED, RETURNED TO WORK ON
LIGHT DUTY,STILL UNABLE TO WORK MORE
THAN 4-5 HRS/DAY,HAVE PERIODS OF CHILLS
AND SHAKINESS, OTHER LAB WORK NORMAL
I AM 18 DAYS POSTOP AND VERY TIRED.
I AM 51 YEARS OLD,

December 22, 2007 at 1:11 am
(6) Amanda says:

Had surgery today 12-21-07, I was up and moving when I left the Hospital. the Nurse commented that I didn’t even look like I had surgery. BUT MY SURGERY WAS laparoscopic. I was able to hold my one year old with a little pain but not much, I kept to a minimum. I am in a little pain-i am on the net now trying to find a good sleeping position. I will save this sight and let you know as the days go on.

January 14, 2008 at 2:07 pm
(7) jerry says:

I had my Gallbladder removed 12/12/07 and am still experiencing some pain when sitting for periods of more that an hour and having problems sleeping. the Dr had me try some sleep aids but it hasn’t helped. I haven’t returned to work yet.

February 11, 2008 at 11:09 am
(8) Patricia says:

Hello, I am going to get mine taken out on Feb, 20th and i was wondering about weight gain, diarrhea or any other body changes that have occurred.

February 17, 2008 at 12:01 am
(9) Amanda says:

Had mine removed 12-15-04. To this day, I still have terrible bowel problems, shoulder pain when I yawn and I cant eat greasy food (unless there is a restroom near) I wish I had known more about alternatives before I had the surgery, and I probably would have never had it done. But, I had mine done when my son was 5 weeks old (developed the stones from pregnancy) the surgery itself was fine, it was the shoulder pain afterwards that was awful. Otherwise I healed fine and everything. I’m not sure why I have the shoulder pain still, its only when I yawn or take a deep breath. I didnt notice any weight gain, or any other major body changes. Sometimes I still have the back pain where I used to have gallbladder pain (between the shoulder blades) but I’m not sure what the pain is, since I no longer have a gallbladder, I mostly notice it when I’ve not drank enough water. I may go back to my surgeron sometime this year, and try and find out about the shoulder pain.

February 22, 2008 at 7:45 pm
(10) Barb says:

I just had my surgery on Feb 20th. Laproscopic which is so much better then other surgeries. I am taking it easy on what foods I eat doing lowfat program. I jot them down that way if I have a reaction I will know. Still in some discomfort yet my main concern is that I havent had a bowel movement yet. Did this happen with anyone else.

March 14, 2008 at 12:52 pm
(11) Lysa says:

I’m feeling better actually. I just got mine last sunday. it was pretty fast actually. It only took 30 minutes. today is my 5th day recovering and I’m feeling better. Its either if you rather want to have the gall pain or have to surgery pain..and it also depends on what surgery you have too…I had the laparoscopic surgery.

March 18, 2008 at 10:38 pm
(12) Geneva says:

I had gallbladder surgery on the 18th of Feb. I returned to work on March 3rd and went all day for 2 days. I wore out after about 4-5 hours so I communicated this to the doctor and he put me down to work 4 hours a day. I am still on that schedule and it works better for me. I am still weak and my energy levels I battle with everyday, but at least I am off the pain meds. I’m not sure when I will feel normal again, but I am looking forward to that day.

March 24, 2008 at 1:27 pm
(13) Mary says:

I had my gall bladder out March 10th and I’m very frustrated with my recovery; I was lead to believe that I’d be up and running by now. I’m very hesitant to return to work yet; when I’m active I experience moderate pain where the gall bladder was located. I can handle an hour or two of light activity but that’s about it.

March 28, 2008 at 6:11 pm
(14) Nique says:

I just had mine out yesterday. And I’m up and about today. Walking is fine. Driving was a little much. But all in all I feel pretty good. I’m taking my meds as prescribed. But I’m really hoping that they were right and I’ll be back to normal within the week.

April 5, 2008 at 3:47 pm
(15) Lesley says:

I had my gallstones out two days ago have redness around my belly button and a bit of pain in the area…found a good sleeping position is laying on your tummy and sitting straight up helps

April 12, 2008 at 9:28 am
(16) Christine says:

I just had my gallbladder taken out on 4/10. I am still feeling some discomfort b/w my shoulder blades and I only had one unpleasant BM. I still feel bloated and gassy. Does anyone else feel this way?

April 12, 2008 at 5:19 pm
(17) Dana says:

I had mine taken out on tues April 9th and i have to say i feel worse then before. I can’t go to the bathroom, i haven’t gone in a week, so i called the Surgeon and he told me what to take. He said it is from all the meds i had when i was in the hospital the 5 days before. Mine was very infected and i had to take anitbotics before they would take it out. When i was release he didn’t check off any restrictions, which my family dr finds very strange so he told me what i can’t do. I drive a handicapped school bus with wheelchairs he said a min of 3 weeks out of work.

April 21, 2008 at 10:51 pm
(18) Susan says:

OMG!!! I have never had this much pain…and I am 55. My operation was 5 days ago and I still have excruciating pain, although it is getting better. The hardest part is filling my lungs with air. When they (lungs) inflate, it creates the most severe pain. They discharged me the day after surgery but then re-admitted me, due to my pain level and then ran some tests to make sure the proceedure went well and to make sure there weren’t any complications.
I am still on pain meds and have no intention of going off of them, anytime soon.
Everyone I spoke to (before the op) said it was a piece of cake….NOT for me. I’m real disappointed but know it will be well worth it, in the long run.
Thanks for letting me bark.
I also had to have a proceedure to take out the stones, which were lodged in the ducts but there wasn’t any pain from that.
The Dr. said she had to scrape my gallbladder off of my liver, as I had been jaundice along with infections.
Thanks for letting me bark.

Susan

May 5, 2008 at 10:12 am
(19) Mary says:

I had my gall bladder removed three days ago and I feel great. Other than being very tired around 2 or 3 p.m., I hardly know that I’ve had surgery. Wounds aren’t sore or tender to touch. I can even bend over today.

i was worried about the pain from the gas that remained from inflation, but I’ve had no problems. Find a good surgeon!

May 17, 2008 at 5:50 pm
(20) Samantha says:

I had my surgery yesterday and I still have pain in my right shoulder and neck. I found icing the shoulder and neck does help.

June 5, 2008 at 10:31 am
(21) Rick says:

I think a week to two weeks is probably the average recovery time.

I had surgery (laproscopic) on May 28th at night, left the hospital the next morning at around 3pm, but was in severe pain for about two days afterwards (took Vicodin).

On Monday I started working (desk job) but was not up to a full day. It’s just over a week today, and I still wouldn’t say, I’m a 100% but am getting better.

Good luck

June 19, 2008 at 1:10 pm
(22) Jennifer says:

I’m 23 and i thought i’d bounce back from it pretty fast. I had my surgery last Friday (6 days ago). I was in quite a bit of pain when i came home but i slept and took it easy for about 3 or 4 days. I had the shoulder pain like everybody had as well. I have a one year old and husband in school that was gone during the day and studied nights, so i didn’t really have anybody to watch her. I woke up feeling really good the 4th day so i thought i’d do a little bit of house cleaning. With a one year old i had a huge mess. I think i over did it and now i am in more pain than i was. I took it for granted this would solve my problem or pain that i had before the surgery. I know everyone has a differnt pain tolerance and level they get too. Before i had what i call an attack it was after i ate something (first it was anything greasy) but then it graduated to everything i ate. After having this pain for about 7 months, I was glad i was going to be able to eat my favorite foods again. I came home and ate pretty much whatever i wanted too. I made a huge mistake last night by eating enchiladas. I guess in my mind i wasn’t going to have this pain anymore. I was up all night long in a lot of pain. While it wasn’t quite as bad as before it still hurt extremely bad. I would have said my pain was a 10 before (worst than labor) but now i would say a 9 so a little better but my advice to anybody is take it easy and my doc said you still can’t easy greasy foods. It pretty much depends on the person. Good Luck to anybody going to have it and i hope that you have great luck afterwards!

June 27, 2008 at 5:56 pm
(23) cheryl says:

I have not had my surgery yet. I haven’t met my surgeon yet, but my pain right now is horrible. This site has been helpful I didn’t know what to expect. It sounds like it can’t be worse than what i am going through now with the gall bladder and stones!! Thanks for your inputs.

July 13, 2008 at 4:37 am
(24) Bev says:

I am due to have my op on 22nd July, I am also booked to go on a weekend cruise Sat, Sun home Mon, on 9th August, do you thinkI ambeing optomistic ?

July 13, 2008 at 6:14 pm
(25) christina says:

im waiting to have an op to remove my gallbladder…not got a date yet.
I suffer from panic attacks and i am petrified of the op. Im scared the op will make them worse.
Anybody going though the same thing.
Pleeeease help xx

July 14, 2008 at 12:18 am
(26) jeri says:

i also have panic attacks badly!I thoght this would interfere with before and after my surgery but it hasnt.I had to finally tell myself these docs do this every day,get it over with.Ive come to find out that panic attacks are a mind thing,so dont thrive on something going wrong and you will be cool.I had my surgrey on the 7-09-08.IM better today im supposed to go back to work on wed.,not so sure ill be able to hang.I work 10to14 hours a day.Over all the surgery went quick i was nervous!I stayed a day,went home the next day about 11a.m.Rest is what i cant get enough of.Once im down in a real good sleep kids and puppy is all i have to say.

July 16, 2008 at 5:14 am
(27) christina says:

thanks jeri…makes me feel a little better…but still extremely nervous….i am a nervous person. Im sure my op will go smoothly…wen i get a date for it that is.
If anyone else is going through the same with panic attacks please leave a comment..need all the help i can get thanks xxx

July 24, 2008 at 12:57 pm
(28) Tracy says:

I had laproscropic surgery at 5pm on a friday and went home on saturday morning it has been 6 days and am still feeling sore am getting worried I have to drive 8hrs in a car for a bridal shower that I am hosting for my youngest daughter and then have to drive back…. I am on tylenol during the day and if needed taking my pain meds at night should I call doctor to get more pain meds for the trip?? I wont be driving and is it normal to feel this way still???

July 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm
(29) Brandi says:

I am having surgery on monday and have a 5 week old son.. does anyone know what is prescribed for pain? i am a little worried i wont be able to take care of him properly.

August 1, 2008 at 2:45 am
(30) Sammy says:

hey Guys
my name is Sammy and i am from Aus. i am 22 and have my op on tuesday night (its not fri arvo)
i felt very tender in the belly area for the first 2 days but i did have a tube out of my belly draining excess fluids. i found sitting up and getting out of bed a lil painful, but nothing to be worried about. You have to remember you have just had an operation, of course your going to be tender.
The gas made me feel a lil sore in the shoulders but only for half a day.
I had surgery at 7 on tue night and left hosp at 11am thur morn. So i was in for a day and a half.
I am extremely glad i got the procedure done, the gall stone atacks were horrendous! My gallbladder was inflamed and infected so i am
just glad its all over!
The stone is MASSIVE! i would say it is the size of a Penut M&M! its dark brown and hard.
I guess the only thing i m worried about is future pain? Does this happen?
i have tried to keep my diet low in fat, but visitors keep brining chocolate and donuts and banana bread for me to eat
good luck
xox

August 11, 2008 at 3:54 pm
(31) Caroline says:

Hi All! Had my lap surgery on Aug. 5th. I was in a lot of pain a couple of days after, mostly in my navel area. No pains in my shoulder area, but I did have another attack last night after I drank some peach sodo without letting it fizz out. Will be sure not to do that again! I’ve also had some trouble using the bathroom. It was well over 3 days after the surgery before I went and that was after drinking some prune juice. It was “liquidy” as they warned, but atleast I went. However, I haven’t had another movement since which is making me worried. Still feeling gassy and bloated. My follow up is this Wed. Aug. 13th. Hopefully my doc can help me resolve that gassy and bloated feeling. Thanks!

August 12, 2008 at 2:02 pm
(32) Jane says:

I had my gallbladder out laparascopically on Monday 30 June 2008. It all seemed fine and I was out of the hospital that evening, but by Wednesday I had noticed a red area and swelling around my navel wound, for which doctor prescribed mild antibiotics. By Sunday I looked 5 months pregnant and redness was the size of a basketball, so my husband took me to the hospital, and I was given stronger antibiotics. I went home but within a few hours my stomach suddenly erupted with foul-smelling pus and blood. I was rushed back to the hospital to have wound cleaned and dressed and treated with antibitoic drip and painkillers, then sent to another hospital to be kept in overnight as I still had a fever and very low blood pressure. I was released the next day and told to stay at home and be treated daily by a visiting nurse, which went on for another two weeks. I was called back to the hospital by the surgeon, which I assumed was about the infection, but she explained that when they removed the gallbladder it looked really horrible and there were cell changes around it, which made them suspect cancer. However, she and the nurse were pleased that the infection seemed to have cleared and the wound healed up. However, I have sice continued to experience pain and excessive tiredness after small exertions, and therefore have been signed off from work for an additional three weeks on top of the first 4 taken up with the infection. I really do not understand why I am still feeling pain that is like a constant, dull lower abdominal cramping, like a period pain (I no longer have a womb, so had forgotten what this had felt like until now!). I am now really worried there is something else wrong with me, but the doctors are just being vague — thankfully my work is being very understanding, but I think this is surely a bit strange that I am still feeling this painful after all this time! Can anyone advise or has anyone had anything similar? All the doc will say is that it can take anywhere from 3 month to 3 weeks to heal — but I thought I would be back to work after a week, and it sounds like many people bounce back just after a day — so what is wrong with me then?

August 13, 2008 at 4:41 am
(33) Tania says:

I just had my gallbladder removed mon morn, and was home that night. I am still having difficulty sitting up and going from laying down to standing. Sleeping is hard for long periods of time. My main concern is I still haven’t had a bowel movement yet? Is that normal? What have others experienced?

August 15, 2008 at 9:24 am
(34) Kelly says:

I have also just had my surgery on Tuesday. I also am finding it still very difficult to get up from a laying position. I am also still experiencing alot of gas in my shoulders. I too have not had a bowel movement. I think I will go out today and get some prune juice to see if this helps. Still very tired and slow moving….

August 16, 2008 at 5:03 pm
(35) c says:

I was admitted to hospital last Saturday with what turned out to be my second GB attack ever (the first had been a few days prior, much milder and I’d mistaken it for food poisoning). Turned out it was very infected and inflamed. I had laparascopic surgery on the 13th and was out of the hospital by the 14th after being pumped full of antibiotics and pain meds. I am still in a lot of pain and find I cannot go from lying to sitting up straight on my own. I am fine to go from sitting to standing since I can use my legs. I walk very slowly and often wince in pain from the abdominal incision at my bellybutton which ended up being quite a bit larger than expected due to the extent of the inflammation and infection.
I have to say I have no idea how some of you have been able to be up and about after a day or two! I break out into a cold sweat after a five minute putter around the house. And forget about bending over or picking anything up or carrying anything! The referred pain in the shoulder is there but is not nearly as painful as my abs. I feel I have to hobble around while holding my stomach.
I am not an elite athlete so didn’t expect a miracle recovery but this seems a bit much to me.
I really really hope I feel better within a week. It’s sooo boring to be stuck like this and totally dependent on someone else when i have a nap or sleep.
Get well soon all!

August 16, 2008 at 5:27 pm
(36) Kelly says:

I’m with you “C”. I cant imagine being up and moving around right now. Just to go up the stairs is a task and then when I get up there, i dont want ever come back down. The same with going from a laying to sitting position. The shoulder pain is a bit better today and i finally had that bowel movement. So each day looks a bit brighter but I hope all is well soon!

August 19, 2008 at 8:43 pm
(37) Jacque says:

I had laprascopic gallbladder surgery on Aug 12, 2008 at 8:00 am and was released from the hospital at 2:30 pm that same day. I felt pretty good all day long but the second day was my worst. I could hardly move I hurt so bad. And I also had that dreaded shoulder pain from gas. I took two Benadryl and slept all night that night. I have not had a full night’s sleep since. I toss and turn all night long and have vivid dreams that wake me when I do finally dose off. I stopped taking the pain pills, Percocet, after the second day so I know it is not that. I have very little pain now so it is not that either. I can take a Benadryl and will go to sleep but I will wake up around 12:00 am and it is on from there. I just called my family doctor today and explained this to her and she has called me in some Restoril which will hopefully make me sleep. This was my first day back to work and needless to say I was very tired. Other than that, I am doing great! Love the loose bowels since I have been constipated, bloated and gassy for years. Nice change. Have also lost weight.

August 19, 2008 at 10:48 pm
(38) Kristin says:

I just had my surgery Aug. 13th. I took myself off my pain meds. after 4 days, but I think I bent too much doing things and had to start them up again. I have a lot of pain right under my ribcage. If I don’t take my meds. I can’t take a full breath. I really haven’t done much the past few days. I don’t know how you all can be up and around so much!

I’ve had gas problems, and I still find I can’t eat as much. I’ve been eating very low fat. I have also lost weight through this, which is a bonus.

August 20, 2008 at 1:22 pm
(39) Kelly says:

I am now going on day 8 today and I finally woke up this morning feeling half normal. I haven’t been sleeping well and last night I finally just crashed. I have been moving around a lot better today as well since I got the stitches out yesterday. Still very tired after any kind of small activity but I do see an end to it all….
I am still experiencing some shoulder pain occasionally but the stomach pain is tolerable with regular tylenol’s. Not sure when I will be going back to work yet though. I can’t imagine working a full day at this point.

August 21, 2008 at 9:51 pm
(40) carman says:

I am responding to the person who has panic attacks.I have them also and terrible anxiety.I am having surgery tomorrow fri 22nd 2008.I am so scared I have a five month old baby and I just have alot of fears.I am hoping everything goes ok and I do not have any complications.Good luck to anyone having the surgery.

August 25, 2008 at 2:37 pm
(41) christina says:

hi carmen..hope the surgery goes well…i went to see my gp over my panick attacks and he advised me that i was not fit for surgery due to my panick attacks….i see my specialist agaiin on the 26 of september 2008 and i have to tell him what the doctor advised me..Not had no pain for 7 weeks so hopefully my gb doesnt get infected or anything like that….Im to terrified of surgery and my panick attacks are really hurrendous…tell me carmen how u coped with the panick attacks before and after surgery..thank u

August 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm
(42) Karen says:

I had my gallbladder removed Monday August 11th 2008.It was done laproscopic.I woke up from surgery and was in a little bit of pain but talking away.The nurses were so amazed I was talking like that.I was released that afternoon from the hospital after drinking and using the bathroom for them.I was given Vicoden for pain.The second day was horrible cause I was very sore and I could not move that good and gas pains have been horrible with me as well.I had very loose bowels and somewhat still do to a extent but they dont seem as bad.I have not been able to eat much yet cause my stomach starts hurting and I have to run to the bathroom but overall it is 2 weeks today and I feel so much better with my gallbladder gone.No more attacks have happened.I am hoping to get my bowels and eating habits back in tact soon cause its old eating the same ole things all the time.I also suffer from anxiety but I have learned to take my klonopin and it helps calm me down :) Wish everyone the best

August 28, 2008 at 4:22 pm
(43) Carol says:

Had my gallbladder removed in February 2008 (keyhole). Operation 10am, sat up in chair having tea and 3 digestive biscuits at 3pm. Following morning was able to eat as normal. Nurses fetched me Sole in creamy sauce and pineapple upside down pud with cream. Unbeleivable as this would’ve almost killed me before. (Lost 3 1/2 stone while waiting for op)Had pain in shoulder and neck (worst bit) but other pain was minimal with pain killers. 1 week after op had bad diarhea and tummy pains for about 5 days. Since then (6 months) have been fantastic, can now eat anything (Fish & chips and dounuts last night)
but am much healthier due to the weight I lost, which I have kept off. I know everyone is different but I have no regrets and I am pleased that the dreadful pain has now gone.

September 2, 2008 at 1:39 pm
(44) Clare says:

had my gall bladder removed on friday 29th August 2008, i am now 4 days post op. I feel very well. Was released from hosp 1 1/2 days after op, i did feel uncomfortable where the excisions were made, worst was going from laying down to sitting up position. the shoulder pain from gas was there but not as bad as what i was expecting. this only lasted about a day and came in waves of pain. cleared fully following day. Was up and walking about in hospital on the sunday and disharged later that day. I was given Tramadol pain relief as i felt theses were the best they offered me in hosp so asked to have these on discharge. Since home, i fell better every day, sleeping very well at night, can get in and out of bed on own and move around, not overdoing it by no means…. just taking it really easy, if i feel tired i do not fight it just allow myself to go to sleep, but i have to say today, tuesday, i went out in car for an hour, and have come home feeling not too bad, (driven by partner – not driving myself ofcourse) i am limiting my pain releive to just two tabe morn and night, i was told i can take up to 8 a day, but i do not see the need to take that many. I have previously suffered numerous gall bladder attacks which hospitalised me every time and i needed morphin intraveneously for pain to subside… i already feel so much better even though i am still in recovery, to know i will not have those dreadful pains seems life i have a new lease of life, i have stayed on a low fat diet as i have tried to imrove my eating prior to my surgery. Have lost weight and feel so much better in myself over the last few months anyway. You have to remember gall bladders are a routine op, yet i was in theatre and revovery for a total of 3 hours, so you are esxpected to feel a little discomfort, but i am suprised just how well i feel. the improvement i have had each day so far i hope to be driving by the weekend. as i said, i am only now 4 days post op. I had bowel movemts on my third day after op, which made me feel better, my incisions are not even painful as such, just a little tightness inside. I was very nervouse beforehand and shaking as being prepped fro anaesthetic, but my aneathatist was great and gave me something to calm me down…i didnt even stay awake to feel the anasthetic going in. The last i can remember, is him asking me what my fav drink was and saying this is what you are going to feel like you have drank afew of, next thing i knew i was in recovery. fantastic!!!

September 3, 2008 at 9:11 pm
(45) Karen M says:

I had surgery on Friday, August 29th. Surgery was at 7:30am and I was home by 11:00am. The only restrictions my doctor gave me was to rest at home the day of the operation. I was pretty much released to resume all activities as my body permitted by day two, including eating what I wanted and driving! I’m now on day 5 of recovery and am frustrated I’m not feeling better than I do. I think with zero restrictions, you tend to do more than you should. I drove today because I had to pick the kids up from school. Not a good idea – really don’t think you should be driving for at least a week after surgery. Thought I was going to pass out – it was just too much too soon. I was very lucky and did not have the shoulder pain from the gas they use, but I do have a lot of recovery pain that I didn’t expect. I have a lot of rib pain and can’t take a deep breath yet. I’m actually cleared to go back to work whenever I want, but think I might take the full two weeks I scheduled with my company. After reading feedback from everyone else, it may take that long to feel well enough. I definitely tire easily. As for those panicking before surgery, I too was completely panicked. Really believed I wouldn’t make it through the surgery… Well, now I believe the surgery is the easy part. The recovery is more than I anticipated. I’m hoping by this weekend I will be able to say I’m much better than I am today. Good luck to all!

September 5, 2008 at 11:48 pm
(46) Cami says:

I’m 22 years old and was just informed as of today that I have gallstones. I’m really nervous to have the surgery. I would rather get it done now then go through more pain then what I have now. Anyways, anyone know how long I should take off of work?? I have no idea…

September 7, 2008 at 11:15 pm
(47) Kelly says:

Cami,
After having the surgery and reading up on others experiences, its really hard to stay how much time you need. It seems that although we have experienced the same symptoms and areas were the pain generated, we have all experienced different severities.
However, I would say take at least two weeks if you can. For me, the first week was pretty rough and then you should take another week to came your strength and rest. Although it is a pretty uncomplicated surgery, its still surgery and takes a toll on your body. If your doctor gives you more, and you are covered through work, I would take whatever you can get. My surgery was on August 12th and my doctor put me off until Sept. 15th, however, I am returning back tomorrow as I can’t afford any more time :( lol. I feel about 90% better and hopefully ready to tackle a fulls days work.. But dont worry, trust me when I say it is all worth it! If you have experienced a gallstone attack, this is a walk in the park! Any other questions, just ask!

September 9, 2008 at 4:32 pm
(48) KellyM says:

Hey everybody! I just had laproscopic gallbladder removel on Wed., Sept. 3. I went in at 9:30 am and was home at 4 pm. It’s now almost a week later and I’m still experiencing abdomen pain and finding it difficult to take deep breaths. My surgeon said that I should be ready to return to work this Thursday, but I am scared to death! I have a pretty physicall demanding job (lots of bending, lifting, twisting) and I work up to 10 hours a day. Does anyone else find this a ridiculous amount of time to recover and return to work or am I just freaking out unecessarily? I’m more worried about this than I was about the surgery! Any helpful advice? Thanks.

September 15, 2008 at 10:43 am
(49) Jess says:

I had my gallbladder removed (laproscopically) exactly one week ago.
I was out of surgery by 10am on a Monday, and went home by 3 or 4 that same afternoon. I slept most of the day on both Monday and Tuesday. The incisions were a little sore, and it was a little painful to do anything involving my core/stomach, but it wasn’t too bad. The worst pain has been from the carbon dioxide gas. The first few days I had to lay down very very slowly, or else the gas seemed to rush up to my chest area and feel suffocating. That subsided in a few days, and by Wednesday night and Thursday, I was walking around and getting back to my usual activities. By Friday (4 days after surgery) I was up cleaning the house and felt pretty good overall. The swelling started to go down slowly after the 4th or 5th day, but still a bit tender and swollen a week after. Also, the pain in my neck and right shoulder is pretty severe today.

I haven’t had any diarrhea or upset stomach, thankfully. The medicines I take have a tendency to stop me up anyway, so hopefully I’ll just return to normal after this surgery.

The worst part has been the gas pains and feeling bloated. Luckily the swelling starts to go down after 5 or 6 days, but the gas pains are still very present. I haven’t eaten anything very greasy yet, but I have been indulging in chocolate and a couple fatty things- without any problems. But I hear many people have problems with digestion after the surgery, so I think it just depends on the person.

Overall, I feel so much better now that it’s out. The attacks were horrible and become unpredictable. The pain I’ve had from the surgery is not as bad as the attacks. So if you’re contemplating having it done, DO IT.. just make sure to do your research and select a good surgeon.

Also, I’ve found that it really does help to walk around/move. I went walking for almost a mile on the 4th day, and that helped the gas pains quite a bit and I wasn’t as sore. So when you feel up to it, try to move around and work the gas out/around. Heat pads and massages have also temporarily helped with the gas pains, especially before bed.

Hope this helped!

September 15, 2008 at 5:31 pm
(50) kathy says:

I had my gall bladder out Sept.10th and didnt have much pain except from the gas used to inflate the belly, but that went away in a feww days..I didnt have a bowel movement for 5 days tried all kinds of things, but finally the Dr. told me to take Mag Citrate 2 bottles if i wanted, it is the stuff you take before a colonoscopy to cleanse the system and let me tell you it worked wonders, it will give you runny stools for a bit but it helps immensely…my question is there is some tenderness on my right side where the gallbladder was and it has been 5 days since the surgery, I didnt have stones my gall bladder just didnt function right, the surgeon said it went well..I am just wondering if the pain and tenderness is normal, other then that and it isnt bad, just feel tired more often still but i have been out to the store no lifting though and i didnt drive, i did fine didnt hurt made me tired but other then that fine..so if anyone knows about the tenderness and swelling feeling i would appreciate any input…Thank you God Bless you all and I hope you are all feeling better

September 17, 2008 at 9:13 am
(51) Tyler says:

What is the pain like after surger? Do they prescribe pain medication after the surgery?

September 17, 2008 at 12:51 pm
(52) kathy says:

There is pain after surgery, the worst pain is from the gas used to inflate your belly but it only last a few days and they do give you pain pills, and using a heating pad helps with that..But I wont lie it hurts really bad but it is worth it, other than that I havent had to much pain, and I am on day 7…I do have some pain where the gall bladder used to be and near my belly button but nothing extreme and I dont take the pain pills anymore havent since about day 4 or so..You will be fine and you will feel better after it is all over…God Bless and my prayers are with you..

September 20, 2008 at 2:03 am
(53) Ernestine says:

I had my gallbladder out about 7 am Wed. 9/10 and was back home at 11 am same day. I didn’t feel too bad the first day but was on oxycodone. The 2nd and 3rd days were the worst, took the meds sparingly. I didn’t have any gas pains … none … and yes, I had a laparoscopy! But my ‘belly’ was swollen, and although it has gone down some, it still is a little. I have very few clothes I can wear. I wore a 10/12 before surgery but have had to dig back in my surplus closet to fine a couple of 14s I had several years ago to find something that will fit around my swollen waist. Also, I can’t wear any of my jeans … forget that! Tried on 4 pair tonight that were too big before surgery and can’t even get those buttoned.

The worst pain I had was in my back muscles. I have fibromyalgia and my back killed me. It’s some better now but my side and abdomen is still plenty sore, especially if I do much of anything. And I get tired really easy. It is now Fri. 9/19, 9 days after surgery, I went out tonight for the first time in 5 days. We went out to eat and then to a store to buy a BD present for a friend and I was exhausted when I got home. I also find I still can’t eat much different than I could before surgery. Everything plain and dry. I had a hamburger & FF the other night and .. OH MY GOSH! I’m hoping this will get better with time. As for BMs, they are not much different than before either. If you’ve ever had IBS you’ll know what I mean. The handout they gave me at the Surgery Center said to lift no more than 25 pounds for the first week after surgery but the nurse who cared for me said she recommended only 10 pounds. So, although each person is different and all surgery is going to take time to heal, hope this helps someone else. As for me, I’m disappointed because my surgeon lead me to believe my recoup time would be short. It has been 9 days already and I still feel crappy. He didn’t schedule me to come back to his office for 3 weeks. I’m going to ask him if he’s every had his gallbladder out. If not, I think I’ll recommend it for his next looong vacation! :-)

September 23, 2008 at 12:59 pm
(54) kristina says:

well i had mine taken out on the sep. 16th. got there at 7:30am left at 3pm. the pain afterwards is almost as worse as it feels when you do have the gall bladder! I hated the gas that you have to feel for a whole day (painfull). but as for now it’s been a week and so far i’m ok still a little sore but ok. one thing is i find myself getting tired to often and too fast. and i still have bm problems so i still find myself taking laxatives. what do i do? or is this normal? also it hurts to sneeze or cough.

September 25, 2008 at 2:19 am
(55) Sean says:

I had laprascope gallbladdder surgery on 9/19/08 and im still recoverying, slowly but surely.. i get very tired after an hour or two on my feet, cant lift cant walk straight
waking up with the absolute worst headaches, but everyday im feeling a little better.

September 25, 2008 at 2:04 pm
(56) Kathy says:

I had my surgery done on 9/10 and it so now 9/25, and I feel a lot better, but you want to watch eating to much fat at one time, that did not feel good..But overall I am back to my regular self, I walked 2 miles Mon and Tue. and it didnt wear me out or cause any pain, and I return to work Monday the 29th..I do have to take some meds for the acid reflux I know have but the Dr. said to take it for 2 weeks and it should clear up and then come in and see him and things should be ok..
My surgery went well I didnt have gallstones, just a bad gall bladder so they took that and a lymph node, but everything is healing fine..For me always helps to pray and ask God to guide me and my Dr.’s…
God Bless you all and I wish you all a speedy recovery

September 29, 2008 at 1:11 pm
(57) Clare says:

Had a lap chole on Sept.9/08, home 5 hours later. I had 3 c-sections previously, so this was not anywhere near that in the pain dept. The sorest part was actually my throat from the tube (and the start of a sinus infection). The surgical gas pain was occassionally bad over the first 3 days. It is very important to do the DEEP breathing and coughing regularly after- while supporting your abdomen (ie.- with a soft pillow and one arm) and with your knees bent, feet flat on bed. It helps clear your lungs and also helps with all the gas pains. Your abdominals have been punctured, so they are sore- you should bend you legs up- feet flat on bed, and roll over like a log, not twisting your abdomen, and from the side lying position push slowly up to sitting- this will make you much more comfortable and make you want to move more, which you should. Reverse this sequence to lie down. Anaesthetic also slows your circulation, so doing regular gentle leg exercises (pumping, tightening and releasing) is really important, and you should be moving around ( even more so if you are having long car or airplane trips.)Going upstairs does work your abdominals so you aren’t imagining your increased pain or fatique. So does driving-so wait for awhile- especially until after you are off your pain medication- I felt a little “off” for over a week, so didn’t drive. Take your pain medication regularly at the beginning- it is easier to control pain that way- and deep breathing helps with pain control and relaxation. The gallbladder attacks before surgery were horrendous and frightening, and I haven’t had that kind of pain since. It is good to move around, walk as much as you can to help speed your recovery. Everyone is different- but I am still fatigued, and having fairly steady soreness (not requiring medication) around the upper incisions when I bend or sit too long, and lots of diarrhea and gas, so I am reluctant to eat much- I am still drinking lots of water through a straw- I’ve lost 7 lbs. I can’t fiqure out what to eat, but certain fatty foods make it worse. The doctor said if the diarrhea (3-4x/day) persists after 6 weeks, he would look at putting me on medication like cholesteramine. So I am hoping it will get better on its own, and trying to gradually increase fibre in my diet. This site was very helpful, to know I am not alone- a friend felt great after 3 days, so I was expecting that!

September 30, 2008 at 3:57 pm
(58) christina says:

im woundering if there is anyone from blackburn lancashire who has had the operation..my specialist is called mr lyndon jones..was wouderin if he was any good lol.
im so scared but hey who isnt…please get bk..and where is everyone from.
thank you

September 30, 2008 at 10:12 pm
(59) angelk765 says:

I had my gall bladder removed on 05/09/2008. The day after surgery I went to a town rummage. Other then the affects of the anesthetic making me drowsy for a few days I was fine. I had diahrea for almost 4 months. Now I am fighting constipation. I don’t know what to think about that.

October 10, 2008 at 4:09 pm
(60) Tracy says:

I had my gallbladder removed 11th June, went in at 7am op(key hole)was about 9am it took 15 mins to complete surgery. I up & eating by about lunch time & was home by 6pm so was pretty quick. I was sooo nervous as i had only been in hospital on 2 previous occasions to have my girls. I wasn’t in to much pain after either however had two weeks off work & then was fit to go on holiday which i was so worried about incase i wasn’t well enough to go. I am so glad not to be having that pain anymore (wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy) having said that though i do get a funny pains if i eat late. I can eat pretty much what i want apart from sausages & cream and have gone from a size 14 to 8/10 which is great!!! If I had to have it done again I wouldn’t think twice.

October 14, 2008 at 5:43 am
(61) Judy says:

I had my gallbladder out on 9/12, it’s now Oct 13th. I agree with the excruciating pain involved with the gas used to fill the body cavity afterwards…I thought I was going to burst at one point and the pain in the shoulder was horrible. I still have pain where the gallbladder was. If I am on my feet or sit for longer than a few hours, It hurts and feels like a sharp pain/ache from the front to the back. Is this normal? I’m suppose to be returning to work on the 20th and I’m so worried that I’ll mess something up or the pain will worsen. Beyond that I’m tired quite often. Any ideas on the pain? Normal, problematic? Thanks.

October 27, 2008 at 10:02 am
(62) dana says:

hi everyone like alot of people i was to scared of the surgery had mine october 21 it was not as bad as i thought but the recovery time is longer than i thought the gas was the most painful if anyone is having the surgery dont be scared you will be fine just make sure you have a doctor that has performed many of these surgeries and you will be fine i am now 6 days into it and finally was able to get up and clean house gonna try going back to work in a few days good luck and god bless

October 29, 2008 at 3:01 pm
(63) chrisitina says:

i went for another scan today as i have not had any pain in ages and they gave GONE i had at least 50..i am so happy that i dont need surgery..my advice to anyone who has gallstones is to drink lots n lots of lemon juice and have a very low fat diet thats what got rid of mine…i cnt belive ive passed them..good luck to everyone xxxx

October 30, 2008 at 9:09 am
(64) Sarah says:

Hello.. today is october 31st 2008. i had my gallbladder out (laproscopic) in early april 08, 5 weeks post having a baby.
I am still recovering from the op. i cant eat anything without having terrible stomach pains and diarhea.. its awful! i know alot of people have different experiences but even though i hate this feeling of rushing to the toilet, nothing beats the agony of having those attacks. they started when i was 20something wks pregnant, and after repeatedly calling emergency each time i had attacks!!(i had heaps) lasting from 2 hours to 12 hour long attacks, i was told it was ‘indegestion’. yes! my first pregnancy… didnt know any better!
i wish everyone luck, and if you experience them during pregnancy.. you know that labour will be a breeze…. gallbladder attacks are 1 million times worse! let me tell you! i recovered pretty well after op. (pain wise) i was breastfeeding so i couldnt take anything other than panadol after leaving hospital. and wished they told me they were giving me pethadine.. because i went loopy in the hospital after the op.. seeing things in the hospital room (so funny when i think of it now, but boy was i scared) dont recommend pethadine.. didnt take it when i gave birth and if i had known wouldnt have had it after op.

anyway.. i’m rambling on….
anyone else experiencing the ‘toilet runs’ so far after their op? and i still get pains where i used to.. like a cramp in the top bit and back where the attacks were felt. anyone else??

October 31, 2008 at 9:07 am
(65) Anne says:

I had the surgery 10 days ago. It was fairly easy to recover, but I am still not where I thought I would be, which is frustrating to me!! I am (was) a very active person, working out (running or lifting weights) pretty much every day. So, not being able to do anything is killing me! Of course, I felt ok and went ahead and ran on day 8 after the staples were removed, and I’m afraid I pushed it. My tummy is still huge – is this normal?? The belly button incision is still tender and swollen, but the other incisions are fine. Overall, pretty easy surgery, and all of my gall bladder related issues are gone! Just impatient to be back to my old self!!

November 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm
(66) Margie says:

I’m having surgery on November 24, 2008. After reading all the comments, I don’t want to have the surgery, but will go ahead and have it. I’m thankful you all have shared your experience. It will help me deal with the surgery. Glad to know about the gas. I’m taking a week off. Would you recommend I take long? Thanks everyone

November 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm
(67) carol says:

Hi Margie
Don’t worry the pain you get when you have an attack is far worse than the operaton pain. Be prepared for quite bad discomfort with the gas/shoulder pain. I found it almost impossible to lay down on the 2nd day. So I slept propped up with pillows for a couple of days. Personaly I was able to eat fairly normally almost straight away, but I had a week or so of tummy discomfort and mild pain about a week after op. The four little cuts I had were fine and healed pretty quickly although one of the stitches took nearly 3 months to disolve but it went eventually. I had 3 weeks off work which I felt I needed because although I felt reasonably well after about a week, it was suprisng how tired I felt for about the first 4 weeks. It is now 9 months since my op and I have no regrets. I feel so much better, have had no more attacks and no real problems. So I hope all goes well for you too. All the best for the 24th.

November 13, 2008 at 4:26 pm
(68) Mercy says:

I am having surgery on Nov. 19th it was originally scheduled for Nov. 20th. I feel a little better after reading your post. I don’t have gallstones my gallbladder just is not working. I will be off until Dec 1st. Any tips?

November 18, 2008 at 5:32 pm
(69) Kirsty says:

I had surgery on 11th Novemeber (Lap Chloe). Had a planned holiday 2 days after surgery, airplane flight was a bit of a discomfort. I over did it for sure. Have major issues with soft stools and anything I eat or drink goes right through me. I am going back to the surgeon today for follow up and will talk to him about the pain. I have also been experiencing gas type pain in my lower stomach area. The pain and symptoms post surgery is very similiar to that of a gallbladder attack although milder. I was suppose to go back to work today but have requested the rest of the week off because I am not well enough. My advise to anyone looking to get this surgery is go for it. I am told that the symptoms subside and your life gets back to normal within a few months

December 5, 2008 at 10:42 pm
(70) Marjory says:

I had mine removedNov 25th and went back to work on Dec 1st, just taking it easy, I can’t still eat as before, I have a little pain after I eat my regular meals. I wanted to clean up a bit, just cleaning the dogs room, wipe the floors by hand and gave my puppy a bath, BAD IDEA, I’m in bed again with some pain and feeling weak, so again, take it easy, you will need a hand after your surgery for maybe 2 or 3 weeks. Good luck!

December 11, 2008 at 5:51 pm
(71) Sylvia says:

Hey everyone! I just had mine removed on Sunday (it is now Thursday) and I feel fine. I am 20 year old female and the pain in my shoulder is gone. I still feel a bit in my back and my incisions are still really sore and tender but it’s only a few days surgery. I can’t wait to get all the way back to normal, I hope everyone feels better. Make sure you get a good surgeon!

December 16, 2008 at 5:43 am
(72) Doreen Giff says:

I had my gall bladder removed Dec. 4th 2008 and am still feeling ill and tired after 12 days. I am in a fair bit of pain and it wakes me up at night. I am 67 years old and think I will take longer to get over this than younger people. I have found the comments on this site very helpful. Thanks Doreen

December 16, 2008 at 11:47 pm
(73) Theresa says:

I had my gallbladder removed 6 days ago and, after the first day I felt better than I have in awhile. Since yesterday, I have taken a step backward and am experiencing some pain after eating and diarrhea. Has anyone experienced this?

December 23, 2008 at 11:29 pm
(74) Amy says:

I got extremely sick on Thanksgiving and continued to be sick the following day (Friday) and Saturday. Went to urgent care on Saturday night and they sent me home! I went to ER on Sunday and they admitted me, put me on IV antibiotics and fluids. The doc looked at my CT and said it looked “nasty.” I had to be kept on IVs Sunday and Monday and they were able to get it calmed down enough to remove my gallbladder on Tuesday morning (Dec.2nd). The doctor said it took him twice as long as usual and he had to dissect my gallbladder to get it out. He said it was full of stones and very infected. Luckily, the surgeon was still able to do the surgery laprascopically. The day of surgery I felt ok because of the anesthesia still wearing off. The next morning, however I thought I was dying I had soooo much pain. The nurse said it was gas pains and she was right. The best thing was for me to force myself to walk the hall in the hospital and pass some gas. It was difficult to sleep and I woke up most nights for several days. I didn’t need the vicodin, but took ibuprofen regularly. Some days were better than others. I could barely lift anything for over 2 weeks (not even my 13 pound cat). I no longer feel sick, which is wonderful. I was sick for almosy 7 years and nobody could tell me what was wrong. I’m young (26) and look healthy, not overweight, eat well, etc. So, other than the healing/recovering process and feeling tired/tender, I am doing well. I am glad I had the surgery. Prior to surgery I felt sick and thought I was being poisoned or was dying. Which, technically I was. I think the surgery saved my life and I am optimistic about a healthy future. It has been 3 weeks today and my incisions are still tender and my skin is red from the steri-strips, yet. I hope this helps!

December 26, 2008 at 2:14 pm
(75) Jess says:

I had my gall bladder removed on 12-22-08. I am 22 years old, active, and a vegetarian…so with a relatively non-greasy diet for the most part. I had first started suffering from pains the week before surgery. I apparently have a very high pain tolerance because I hadn’t felt them before that at all. After my ultrasound the doctor decided it would definately need to come out. It was supposed to be laporascopic surgery, but when they got in it was too badly infected for that. I have about 40 staples across my abdomin now from the open incision. I got to see the stone, it was GINOROMOUS. Looked like an unshelled pecan. The doctor said that my body had walled off my gallbladder and it was ‘like peeling an orange’ to get it all out. I feel amazing today, 5 days later, and have been eating here and there. I was hospitalized 3 days, and the day I went home was the worst as far as pain goes. The morphine from the hospital had worn off and the hydrocodine I’m taking hadn’t kicked in. Was pretty sure I was going to die just from moving slightly. It’s still difficult to sit up and down, but I’m worlds better. Haven’t had a BM yet..that concerns me a bit. I’ve been drinking tons of water though, so hopefully it’s just taking a while!!

December 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm
(76) Theresa says:

The comments on this site have been very helpful! I am now recovering for just over 2 weeks from my surgery and finally see the light! Still tender and a little weak but otherwise doing great. Thanks to all who post on this site!

December 30, 2008 at 7:31 pm
(77) Susan says:

My 61 year old husband had laproscopic gall bladder surgery on 12-23-08. He is still very queesy, weak and has eaten very little. He has walked around a bit, but mostly just rests. The incision pain is no longer a problem. He is off all meds because he thought they were causing some of the problems. Any suggestions for diet? He thought it would be easier than this. He is very fit and has been on an almost no fat diet for a year. Thanks for any ideas.

December 31, 2008 at 11:05 pm
(78) Dawn says:

Had lap surgery on my gall bladder 12/30/08 at 11 am. Stayed on in recovery until 3:30 pm (by choice). Felt like anesthesia had not worn off – kept dozing deeply. Released to home and felt AWFUL – I think bad reaction to anesthesia. I am heavy, however, not very tolerant of all the “drugs.” Tried to eat which caused me to vomit 3 times (all liquid) and felt MUCH better after. Did not sleep very well last night. Woke up feeling better this AM. Showered and had a light breakfast. Was up and around most of the day. Incisions no problem. Shoulder pain EXCRUCIATING!!! Feels like someone shooting daggers through my body when turn or reach certain ways. Any ideas how long THIS will last?? Truly awful! Digestively – never felt better. Good luck to all who choose surgery. I am thinking that once this shoulder pain subsides, I will feel like a new person.

January 2, 2009 at 9:05 am
(79) Theresa says:

My shoulder pain lasted 4-5 days. You are correct, the pain is awful with that!

January 4, 2009 at 5:37 am
(80) peter says:

I have my gall blader removed 4 days ago, still very painful, and my blood sugar level is double than it was before the op. I am a diabetic mid age
man, any one can advise me please?
god bless…..

January 7, 2009 at 10:38 pm
(81) Cindy H says:

WOW ! I’m am so happy I found this website. I had my Gallbladder removed at 1-5-09 at 7am, and was out of the hospital at 11am. (I wish I had stayed longer.)In these past two days I have already lost 7 pounds. I didn’t have stones, it just stopped working. My new years resolution was to eat better and watch my weight. Guess I’m going to keep the resolution after all.

My pain started in April of ’08. I just pushed it aside thinking it just happens when ya get “older”. I am looking forward to my pain subsiding. So far I haven’t been able to eat anything except Stove Top Stuffing. Good luck to everyone that has had this surgery or is going to have it.

January 10, 2009 at 12:31 am
(82) Kristina says:

I am having my gallbladder surgery in April and I am a 27 year old Kindergarten teacher. I will have 10 days to recuperate before I am back to work. My doctor says I shouldn’t wait till summer but this is about all the time I get off. Am I crazy? Is it possible and how difficult is the bathroom situation?
Thanks :)

January 12, 2009 at 9:35 pm
(83) gwen says:

I had gallbladder on Jan.5,2009 at 1:30pm and was out of recovery at 5:00pm. I was a little sore and scared to move around. I went home the next morning. I have 2 sweet daughters and a grandson that would be 2yrs.old in April. I have a super sister who stay with me for 2 days so that my girls wouldn’t have to miss work( my sister wouldn’t let them miss work so what could they say). I needed help getting up out of bed and getting a bath because I couldn’t bin over because I had JP drainage tude in my side which I will have removed on Jan.14,2009. I did have little trouble at night whenever I tried to lay down flat but couldn’t. I just propped myself up in slightly setting position so that I could sleep.(That really helped). Take the medications that your doctor may prescribe for you. I”m hoping that I can go back to work within the next. Just have someone to stay with you for a few days to help you out.Before I forget, I didn’t have any problem with gas or shoulder pain. I had the Lap.

January 12, 2009 at 10:42 pm
(84) Jane says:

Thank you all for sharing your experience. I have some questions and I will apprciated if anyone can help. Does anyone still have ab pain or some other reprecussions for years even though having your gallblader removed? If so, what is the cause since the gallblader is no longer there? Is the removal necessary if you only had 1 or 2 attack without infection?

January 13, 2009 at 8:43 am
(85) keeley says:

hi jane…not sure if this is any help…but as soon as i had my son on 6th dec 2007 i kept havin pain…found out it was gallstones…my specialost said i needed to have it removed even tho it wasnt infected..he wudnt reason with me he said u need it out no excuse..but then i wasnt having any pain at all for months n he said it can lay dorment sort of like a volcano…so i asked for another scan and they had gone all of them…he still wanted me to have it even tho they went but i told him no…as longs as you know the signs of infection then you should know when to act..i hope this helps at all.stay safe xx

January 13, 2009 at 10:36 am
(86) Shannon says:

Hi all,

I hope you all have your speedy recovery. I heard some people said that the surgical clips that placed in your bile duct or cystic duct may be migrating sometimes to cause pain or some other complication and it may happend even months or years after the surgery. Therefore, the patient may need another surgery to fix it. Does anyone has a such experience to share? Also, does gallbladder surgery need blood transfusion?

Thanks

January 18, 2009 at 2:31 pm
(87) Courtney says:

I’m a 34 year-old female, and just had laproscopic surgery on 1/7. My surgery lasted 45 minutes, was “textbook” according to my surgeon, and I was able to drive home from the hospital. I have the benefit of fast recovery from anesthesia. I was lucky and did not get the shoulder gas pains, but did feel very bloated for about 2 days. My doctor told me to take 1 Max Strength Ex-Lax each night and that was the best advice I can give anyone. That and keep moving around–in short stretches. Don’t become stagnant, you need the activity to get things working–this will help keep the gases from settling and will generate a bowel movement. I have no pain now at all, my incisions are very fine pink lines, and I go for my follow-up in 2 days. Hang in there everyone, it gets better.

January 21, 2009 at 6:34 pm
(88) Lisa says:

Hi everyone. I had a Lap Chloe last Tuesday night, 1/13, and went home on Wednesday morning. I spent the first day (and night) sleeping on the couch a lot. I slept on the couch that night because I knew I couldn’t toss and turn and I was concerned that my boyfriend would try to turn me over. The most pain I had was from the gases they put into you, my shoulders ached for a couple of days. It was hard to get up and down off the couch for the first two days also. I went for a short slow walk on the 15th with no problems. I began moving around normally within three days. My advise to anyone having this surgery is to get up and move as much as you can. I really think it helped with my recovery. But the thing that is annoying now is the loose stools! It doesn’t seem to matter what I eat either. From what I’m reading here though, it seems this is pretty normal. I got my staples out today and what a releif, now I can scratch without getting caught up on the staples! :o )

January 22, 2009 at 1:53 pm
(89) suzanneSB says:

I am a 66 year old woman who had laparoscopic gall bladder surgery three days ago. I had no gallbladder symptoms prior to the surgery, although I had chronic pain for three weeks under my left breast, I have pretty severe IBS, and suffer intermittently with pain, cramps, gas, diarrhea and some constipation. I had severe diarrhea (10 in one day) which were infused with bile, along with the pain under my left breast. I had a test of C-Diff, which was negative, and then an ultrasound for gallstones. The ultrasound revealed that I had a gallbladder full of stones and I was scheduled for an outpatient procedure to remove my gallbladder. The surgery went remarkably well; partially attributed to my doctor being board-certified and having performed over 1000 gallbladder surgeries. I was home two hours after the surgery, had some pain, took Oxycotin and went to bed. I took pain pills every few hours the first two days but reduced amount to one a day thereafter because they interfered with my sleep. I have been able to eat normally, cook meals, and do light housework. My incision points are small and healing nicely. However, my belly button is very sore and my stomach is very bloated. My pain level is very manageable and surprisingly, I have had no gas pains in my shoulders or anywhere else. I know what that pain is, having experienced it after other surgeries. Itís bad. I do feel a little worse today, which I thought might be the third day rule: ďYou feel worse on the third day after surgery.Ē Donít know if thatís true or not, but I have been extremely fortunate to feel so well after this surgery. I did not have a diseased gallbladder and am in pretty good health despite the double knee replacements and chronic inflammation and arthritis I live with on a daily basis. My doctor believes my pain under the left breast is probably due to inflammatory colitis. That is another story! My heart goes out to all of you who had a bad experience with your surgery. Hope you are all feeling better soon!.

January 24, 2009 at 12:13 pm
(90) J S says:

I had mine out in May 08. I was in alot of pain before surgury. They took it out at 8:00 A.M. and I walked to the car by 11:00 A.M.
I had some pain on surgury night. Mostley coughing it hurt and the next day I felt like I was run over by a train.I felt much better after the first couple days.
My doctor made me walk 4 times a day even on the day of surgury! Needless to say I made a fast recovery! I never realized how much pain I was in before I had it!
If you have to have the surgery, walking everyday whether you feel like it or not is the key to recovery!

January 29, 2009 at 11:32 pm
(91) Fred says:

Had my Lap Surgey on Jan 8,had gallstones,my 1st Operation and im 55 ,was not too bad ,just when they woke me up i was hurtin a bit but after iv painkiller kicked in was ok ,went in around 11 am got home 8 pm same day,was sore from belly button stiches ,it took me about a week to get pretty much moving around again ,walking around is the key i think,only problem im having is getting food and digestion back to normal,been 3 weeks today ,still gas alot after eating, and trying to adjust to eating certain food again,surgeon told me to try Beano before eating for gas and bloating ,does seem to help ,but cant wait till i can eat regular again and have normal bowell movement ,doctor said hang in there the stomach will come back, good luck eveyone ,if you get good surgeon should have no problems for operation itself …

February 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm
(92) Abby says:

I am thankfully that I didn’t have all the problems some have had but here is my story. I am a 46 year old female. Christmas Eve I started throwing up every ten minutes. I let the family get through our get together and our early supper and then I begged my DH to take me to the ER. I never thought I had something seriously wrong with me..I was just thinking a bad bug. So needless to say I was shocked when they admitted with acute pancreatitis. I spent 4 days in the hospital and yes I was out of town thankfully since I have a 5 year old. The hospitals thoughts where that I had to have gallstones and passed which got stuck in the duct work.
I had a CT scan, ultra scan and a MRICP done. All came back negative for gallstones but they still thought gallstone. So I had my gallbladder out on Jan. 26th. Guess what…1 gallstone was found. My surgeon’s thoughts were that I had very small ones and passed them as a cluster.
As far as the surgery. It has been a week and I am still in pain. I think the worse is from the stitches. Being short waisted they are just all in the wrong spots. I did have lots of problems with the gas bubbles. I only hurt in the belly area from the gas though. I can’t wait to get my stitches out Wed. I think then I will feel better. I too am still having bowel problems. I do hope as my body adjust to not having the gallbladder, that will improve. Plus I am on Biaxin for a Sinus infection and it is known for tearing my stomach up. In all I wish I had know that my recovery time would take longer than the average. I just keep reminding myself that it is major surgery and I was very sick before hand.

February 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm
(93) Bindu says:

I had my surgery on 12/8/08. Had 2 gallstone attacks before thanksgiving, so doctor recommended for surgery. Planned for Laproscopic, but due to infected gall bladder, had to convert to open. I was out in the OP room for almost 6 hours. It was miserable. 6 days stay in the hospital. Pain that I had was nothing that I had experienced before. I had a t-tube coming out of the tummy. Entire area felt tender and sore. 3 weeks later, T-tube cholingiagram showed that I had one stone in Common bile duct. Radiologist removed using the T tube itself. That was very painful too. Now it has been almost 2 months. Area above my belly button is still tender and hard to wear pants that go above the waist. Also, I keep getting pain in the area between the two last ribs (though the intensity is far less).

February 3, 2009 at 8:08 pm
(94) Danielle says:

I had the surgery as well on Dec 5 and I was off for 6 wks and every now and then I have pain. My belly is sore and I am very careful of everything that I eat, especially fried foods.

February 3, 2009 at 8:12 pm
(95) Danielle says:

Oh yea, I go to the bathroom constantly no matter what I eat. The doctor said that it will eventually slow down, but I find myself losing some weight. I notice my clothes (pants) are more losen and I actually went and purchased some jeans in a smaller size. So in some ways I am happy, but yes to keep running to the bathroom is quite annoying.

February 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm
(96) Kazmi says:

I had surgery yesterday 02-04-2009.
Pain in the abdominal area. I am not taking any pain meds. Want to know what activity is causing the pain. Getting into and out of bed is a little painful. Besides that that Dr said to move around whenever i get a chance.

February 15, 2009 at 5:49 pm
(97) Tonya says:

I had my surgery on 2/6. I was so sick in post op from the anesthia. The nurse got in a fight with my surgeon because he would not keep my overnight. I had so much pain and nausea. I had my right ovary removed and that was a piece of cake compared to this. I still have pain, but it is better. I can not eat much. Food runs right through me. I have lost 17 pounds so far. I am 34 and heathly. This has been an awful experience.

February 23, 2009 at 12:01 am
(98) Diana says:

Hi:
I am a 51 year old woman and had my gallbladder removed on 1-20-09. Had a severe gallbladder attack on New Years Day that landed me in the ER. Looking back, I now see that I had been having symtpoms for awhile but never realized what was going on – just thought I was getting older and going through menopause! Ultrasound showed gallstones, sludge and thick gallbladder walls. It took 3 weeks to get my surgery. Also had a lap chole but my upper incision had to be large due to the size of the gallstones. Surgeon said one was the size of a golf ball, another the size of an avocado pit and alot of smaller ones. She also said that my gallbladder looked “mean and angry”. My liver was also inflammed as a result of the mess of my gallbladder. Went into surgery at 9:15 am and was sent home around 2:00 that afternoon. I wish I could have stayed in the hospital at least a day. The first two to three days kind of rough. I could not take a deep breath and the nurses told me to sleep in a recliner chair which killed my back. Had alot of nausea and could not eat but that may have been due to the Vicodin for pain. It was hard to know what to do to help myself. I have been off of work for five weeks and go back tomorrow. I am still very tired and ache all over when I over do things so work will be interesting. I have trouble sleeping at night still. No digestive problems though but I am still eating a very low fat diet.

February 23, 2009 at 9:18 am
(99) Sarah says:

Hi all –
i wrote late last year complaining about having the ‘runs’ and stomach pains after meals since having my op. in April 08.
its taken me a while but finally a chemist told me that LECITHIN helps prevent the runs and tummy aches after meals.
so ive been trying that when im out and no toilet nearby and it has been working..
you can buy it in capsul and i take it during a meal.
i hope this doesnt last forever. but i know my limits and try to stay clear of oily food but u will be surprised… a salad roll will give me the runs too. its strange but i hope i get back to normal one day.

its going to be a yr soon since my op. weird gallbladders!! still cant get over the problems its given us! and yeh mostly women….!! DAMN!

February 25, 2009 at 12:51 pm
(100) LARESSA says:

I’M 30 AND HAD THE LAPRO SURGERY ON 2/13…12 DAYS LATER I STILL HAVE BACK ACHES AND FIND MYSELF HAVING DIFFICULTY SLEEPING….JUST TAKES LONGER FOR MY FOOD TO DIGEST AND I HAVE SHORTNESS OF BREATHING…..BUT DURING THE DAY I’M FINE JUST GET TIRED OUT EASILY….WENT BACK TO MY DESK JOB LAST WEEK…..WAS FINE AT WORK JUST HAD TO TAKE SOMETHING FOR MY BACK ACHES….

February 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm
(101) Ann says:

Hi I had my gallbladder removed last July following a severe attack,due to being badly inflamed and infected I had to stay in Hosp for approx 2w/ks prior to surgey before they could operate. Following my op, my consultant informed me that it had been a very difficult
procedure, as my gallbladder had moulded itself to my liver. I have been unable to return to my work since, due to infection and have had MRCP MRI scans and a nuclear scan today!! to try and establish the why I am still feeling unwell. My blood Otherwise other than still having the chills and shakes I am starting to feel more like myself. It has been helpful to read some of the other comments as you start to imagine other scenarios. Fingers crossed I get some answers following my scan today and can get back to normality soon. Good luck to everyone.
My sincere best wishes Ann.

March 1, 2009 at 9:50 pm
(102) MaryAnn F says:

My laparoscopic surgery was 11/28/08. Went well, Healing pretty much as expected. However, my rib cage on right still aches, and my abdominal muscles keep “spraining”, even swelling up like a golf ball now and then in different spots. My surgeon says it could not be related to the surgery. I think it is. Anyone else have this lsting muscle ache or sprain/tearing?

March 4, 2009 at 2:57 am
(103) madison says:

I had me surgery on 02/26/09 and its 03/03/09.
Its been 5 days, i have a 5 month old baby and i have help with him most of the time. i still have the gas pain in my shoulder and im still pretty nauseous but i was able to start eating solid food today.when i was in the hospital after the surgery i was vomiting the first day but then it got to be just nausea. not im able to walk around but its still a little hard to breath. but its suposed to get better in the next week so i cant wait. if there’s an alternative you should get it!

March 10, 2009 at 11:40 am
(104) Ali parr says:

Had surgery lap on 28/1/09.been off sick since. GP said due to displaced stones time off is normally about 6 weeks. My surgery was 5 hours this may have been due to endemetriosis however I have not had chance to ask why I was in theatre so long. I feel weary most of the time, experiencing pain lower ab and RHS of belly button and lower also a fairly constant gripe sort of pain top of ribs in middle quite like the pancreatitis pain now experiencing constipation, have also had the chills but not often, very dry skin and also a clear or white runny nose runny if I try a bit of physical exercise like a walk, feel the need to try and burp and have wind and pain in right leg from groin into top of thigh…apart from that It’s great!! oops also forgot the nausea and waking up with a headache, Sounds like a real moan but just saying how it is for me, I am sure it will all come good, G.P briefly mentioned enzyme testing,havent a clue what this is or why but I will find out more at next appt.

March 10, 2009 at 6:49 pm
(105) NYC Stef says:

Hi everybody,
I had my laparoscopic surgery on Mon, Feb 28 and they sent me home Wednesday a.m. with a prescription for Percocet to take for pain. My incisions were great, tiny and painless except once when my 5 month old daughter kicked out and caught me in the abdomen but even that was nothing to the pain in my right shoulder which was horrible and sometimes came accompanied with back pain too. Until I came to this site, I didn’t know what was causing it either (I joked with my husband that the OR staff must have dropped me when I was unconscious). Today was the first day I was able to lay (for a short time) on my right side in bed. At first I was having some pain above and to the right of my belly button but now its just one area directly to the right of my belly button where I’m still having stabbing pain especially when walking. Is this happening to anyone else?
I took my last Percocet today but truthfully besides making me sleepy and fuzzy-headed it doesn’t really help this pain and forget about OTC meds, I’ve taken Motrin and Extra Strength Tylenol with zero results. Could something be wrong inside of me?

March 12, 2009 at 8:54 pm
(106) Tina says:

My lap gallbladder surgery was almost exactly 3 weeks ago now. I’m tired and in some abdominal pain still, but nothing compared to right afterwards. I stayed in the hospital for four days due to a combo of pain, not being able to eat and starting my period in the middle of it all, which didn’t help matters at all. Then I went home for one day, spiked a 103 fever and landed right back in the hospital for another 3-4 days. Turned out I had a tad of pneumonia and a cold basically. I’m actually kind of grateful to have stayed in the hospital so much, getting IV pain meds and rest that I never would have had with my 2 year old at home. I was kind of afraid of getting addicted to the dilaudid after a bit though. And one night I woke up with the distinct feeling of not breathing and I had to will myself awake – scary.

My biggest problem now is shoulder and more than that neck pain. On my right side it is just killing me and I don’t know what to do for it. I feel like I can barely turn my neck to the right, like I’ve been in a car accident or something.

March 15, 2009 at 3:05 pm
(107) Mark P says:

I am a 51 yr/old male and had my gallbladder removed Wed 3/4/09. I was sent home the next day. By Fri 3/6/09 I was in so much pain I had to return to the ER. They re-admitted me, and for the next 5 days I experienced the worst pain I have ever been in, including my hip replacement! A complication arose where a gallstone got stuck in the biliary tube from the liver/gallbladder to the intestines. I also felt so much pain/pressure from the gas they pump in you. Pain meds would barely touch the pain. My shoulder was killing me too. I never knew about the shoulder pain being related to the gallbladder until I read this site.

I am still really weak, have diarhea, get nauseous and vomit every day a bright yellow bile. I have to say that I am feeling better than a week ago, so I am hoping every thing else will go away soon. This site really helped me, knowing what others have gone through a what to expect.

March 16, 2009 at 6:08 pm
(108) lora says:

I had laproscopic gallbladdery surgery 3/11/09. It was so much worse than I thought it was going to be. The pain was worse than my two c-sections. I can’t sleep and I have the chills a lot, though no fever. I just want to cry, but when I do it hurts too much. Then to make matters worse, I got a really bad head cold on my 3rd post-op day. Sneezing, coughing and congestion. After sneezing 20 times I didn’t know where to go with myself.

The surgeon told me to figure I could go back to work in two weeks. I don’t see that happening.

While it is marginally better today than say 2 days post-op, I had hoped to see more improvement. Right now I am very discouraged. If I knew it was going to be this bad, I just would have lived with the pain and nausea I had because of my declining gallbladder. Is there any good that comes out of this operation?

March 20, 2009 at 11:49 am
(109) LIZA says:

MY MOM HAD A HYSTERECTOMY, SHES EXPERIENCING LOTS OF GASES AND IT MAKES HER VOMIT, DOES ANYBODY KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT? PLS HELP

March 21, 2009 at 1:17 am
(110) Renae says:

I wanted to thank everyone for their postings. I had my gallbladder removed 1 week ago 3/13/09. I had the severe gas pains in my chest. I thought I was dying. The best relief was walking around. Breathing still hurts though and I am easily winded. The dr. said my chest muscles became inflamed from the surgery. I am glad to learn that others have had problems sleeping, which is why I am up at 1 am typing. My stomach is also really swollen. I see others having the same problem. This is the only site I found this experience on and was beginning to think I was imagining this.

I vacuumed today, which was a mistake. I am now having a decent amount of pain. Lesson learned. My words of advise are to get the rest you need, but do get up and move in short spurts. Take a laxative within two days. Even if you are able to go, this will help to soften it to make the experience less painful. Count on being off atleast 10 days. I’d plan to go back to work Monday, but between the tiredness and pain with extended sitting and driving I won’t be able to do it.
The surgery was definitely worth it though. The pain, nausea, and vomiting I had prior to the surgery is nothing compared these mild annoyances. Just be sure to give yourself the time to heal.

March 21, 2009 at 11:46 pm
(111) Debbie says:

Hi everyone. I had my gallbadder out on March 19th, 2009. I wish someone would have told me about not being able to urinate after. I have the extreme pain from the gas given to inflate your abdomen. If I didn’t have that done the recovery would be so much easier. Not being able to take deep breaths, getting in and out of bed without help. Oh and I have the nice swollen belly as well. I found that prune juicer before bed and drinking it as soon as you get up helps a lot with the constipation. Reading everyone else’s storys really helps me understand whats happening with me. I find they don’t tell you everything in the hospital. Hope everyone has a speedy recovery.

March 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm
(112) Sharon says:

Hi
I had Lap Gallbladder Removal 4th March 2009.
My drainage tube bled out and I lost a lot of blood and it was thought I might have to have more surgery. I was suppossed to be in hospital for 24 hrs but 5 days later I was released.
Today is the 1st day that the pain is bearable so I feel as if i’m starting to recover, but I’m finding my stomach is still bloated.
I was the 1st complication my Surgeon has had in all his 25 yrs. Going for my followup appointment April.

March 24, 2009 at 10:33 am
(113) Mary says:

hi I had my gallbladder removed on October 2008! It already the end of march! And I am still getting pain on the front and back! I’m I going crazy or I’m I looking for the pain that I used to have?

March 24, 2009 at 10:58 am
(114) KATTY says:

I HAD MY GALLBLADDER REMOVED (LAP) 4 DAYS AGO. ALTHOUGH I COULD JUST ABOUT LIE DOWN ON THE 2ND DAY AND MOVE EASIER EVERYTHING FEELS BAD AGAIN TODAY – FEELING SORE AND ACHY AROND ABDO AND SORE TO BREATHE AGAIN – HAS ANYONE ELSE FOUND THEY GET BETTER THEN GET WORSE FOR A BIT? I AGREE WITH THE SHOULDER PAIN AARRGH!

March 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm
(115) Vicky says:

i had my lap. surgery yesterday, at 11:00. I feel great – there is no actual pain, just discomfort. I was relised from the hospital in 2 hours after the surgery, came home and slept for 4 hours. I can go to the washroom without anybody’s help, go around an eve play with my 2-years old girl (I have 3 kids and I am 40). If you a single Mom you will need a help for a few fist days – that is it! Good Luck!!!!
Vicky

March 28, 2009 at 10:21 am
(116) George says:

Had Laparoscopic GB removal Mar 27 09. Minimal abdominal discomfort. Eating relative normal same day. Gas pain in right shoulder excruciating at times. Appears it takes 2-3 days for this to dissipate. Overall very satisfied so long as I take pain pills and set very still in a comfortable position. THank God for my lovely and supportive wife!!!

March 28, 2009 at 8:29 pm
(117) Cindy says:

I’m so glad I’ve found this board. I have had 3 attacks within 2 weeks and the last one made me call my Dr. who sent me to the hospital for an ultrasound, all this was on Wed. of this past week. I found out Fri. that I have an appt. with the surgeon on Tues. and who knows when he’ll schedule surgery.

I just don’t understand the delay and I certainly don’t want another attack. I was told I have “multiple stones”.

I’m watching what I eat so I don’t have another attack before this devil is out of me.

I appreciate all of you sharing your surgery, recovery ups and downs and your thoughts.

God bless you all on your roads to recovery.

March 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm
(118) Shanette says:

I had my gallbladder removed 7 days ago. Rested a lot the first week, pain in shoulder..YES!! Not much energy. I guess I’m on this site like everyone is, seems like I’m still in recovery and wondering if it’s normal or expected. I STAY bloated. I’ve had 2 bowel movements. Not to concerned there. NO diarrhea, at all. That was the one thing I was expecting. Walked down the street today and got tired, so I walked back. Still some mild pain where gallbladder was. Feels like my body is adjusting to a missing part in there, weird. Seems everyones exep]

March 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm
(119) Shanette says:

I had my gallbladder removed 7 days ago. Rested a lot the first week, pain in shoulder..YES!! Not much energy. I guess I’m on this site like everyone is, seems like I’m still in recovery and wondering if it’s normal or expected. I STAY bloated. I’ve had 2 bowel movements. Not to concerned there. NO diarrhea, at all. That was the one thing I was expecting. Walked down the street today and got tired, so I walked back. Still some mild pain where gallbladder was. Feels like my body is adjusting to a missing part in there, weird. Seems everyones exeperience is different and could last from on day to several months. Kinda scary, not sure how much this will disrupt my life.

April 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm
(120) Helene says:

Can some one tell me why you get pain in your right shoulder after this surgery. I had mine removed March 31, 2009 and the pain in my right shoulder is horrible. I stayed in the hospital only for a few hours. I’m still feeling very bad. Success to the all who still has to remove their gallbladder

April 3, 2009 at 4:20 am
(121) KATTY says:

THE PAIN IN THE SHOULDER IS APPARENTLY FROM THE CO2 GAS THEY USE TO INFLATE YOU DURING THE SURGERY AND IS REFERRED PAIN FROM THE PRESSURE ON THE DIAPHRAM. HOPE THIS HELPS!

April 8, 2009 at 1:07 pm
(122) Jana says:

My brother is 36 years old and had his gall bladder removed 4 weeks ago. The surgery went well and he came out of the anesthesia well. He went home the next day. He had the follow-up with his medical doctor and was sent back to work full duty a week later. However…. Smells made him nauseous and he would throw up the yellow bile stuff. He had to go back into the hospital where he stayed for 4 days. His potassium was rock bottom as well as his sodium level. He was dizzy and extremely weak. The medical doctor said infection but the surgeon didn’t agree. A CAT scan or ultrasound was done of his stomach and didn’t show anything. He was treated with two antibiotics for the full 4 days and sent home on the same antibiotics for the next week. He is still weak but getting better. He still has a pale yellow color to his hands, doesn’t sleep well and his hands swell and then go down and then swell again. They turn red on top and hurt like a bruise where they are red. His breathing is short when he gets tired. He has lost approx 50 lbs since December when we suspect this all started and went undiagnosed. Started out and treated as upper respiratiory infection, sinus drainage causing stomach upset and pain. Later thought to be light food poisoning which didn’t get better and was treated as a stomach virus. A week later sent to hospital for the gallbladder surgery. He told me yesterday that he doesn’t feel like he has good circulation from the waist up. His hands will shake some and his speech is slow every now and then. He’s not sick or hurting anywhere though. Someone PLEASE tell me this is normal and that he’s just in the bracket with other people I’ve read about on here that had the 4 to 6 week recovery time instead of the few days that the doctors tell you about. I noticed one person said they could only work 4 to5 hrs a day. This is what his energy level holds out for right now even though he was released for full duty.

April 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm
(123) Cindy says:

Hi everyone:

I finally got my gallbladder out yesterday, it took about 45 min. I was told I had multiple stones and the dr. told my hubby that my gallbladder was “very sick” and needed to come out. I was a bit sore last night and the gas left inside was playing havoc with my insides.

Today, now I’ve taken off the bandages, left the steri-strips on and took a shower. It hurts to lay on my left side and feels better on the right. I have 5 incisions, can’t figure out yet why, but I’ll ask. I’m extremely bruised around my belly button. I can’t stand having anything around my middle, the pain I have is to the right of the belly button, not up where the other 2 incisions are.

While the dr. was marching around my insides, he found “some spots” on the wall of my stomach, he cut one off and sent it to be biopsied. I’ll find out next Wed. the results of everything.

I do realize this is all temporary and all will heal, and it’s SO worth it to me, I just didn’t want another attack.

I’m leary to eat anything for fear it’ll go right through, but I know I have to eat. I’ve only used 1 pain pill. My tolerance is high for pain. I feel so blessed that I can walk around and not have to bend over, which hurts.

I appreciate all of your input on your experiences. After reading the 100+ I had a better idea of what was ahead of me.

Good luck to all.

April 11, 2009 at 12:51 am
(124) katie says:

im 17 and have had gallbladder attacks for 8 months it used to act up when i ate anything greasy now its everything i eat and so i decided to get it taking out the new way with the scope on 4/13/09. I was just wondering what to expect after surgery? and how long it will take for me to recover? thank you

April 11, 2009 at 11:18 am
(125) Kristina says:

Hi Everyone! I just had my gallbladder out on Thursday. Everything went really well and I was home within four hours. My shoulders hurt but all the pain wasn’t too bad! My belly button is the worst especially after I took the gauze off. The best advice I could give anyone is dont’ forget to get up and move around. I sat for too long and felt all hunched over when I got up :) If anyone has any questions feel free to ask :)

April 12, 2009 at 2:56 pm
(126) Cathlaur says:

Hi all
I had my gall bladder removed on Thursday April 9th. I was so excited to get it removed. Surgery went well and I did not even ask for drugs in the recovery room. I was home within 4 hours of surgery. Of course my tummy is sore I had surgery. I have not gone to the washroom properly but am working on that. I have had NO gas pain and I feel pretty good. I just went out for a 30 min walk with my family. I got tired so came home. I will walk everyday. I am eating lowfat as I want my stomach to have time to heal. I need to lose the weight. All in all it has gone great. I feel bad for those who are having such a tough time.

This was my easiest surgery ever.

April 16, 2009 at 12:01 am
(127) Kristina says:

Hi Again :) Day 6 and things are really good! MY belly button only hurts a little and I’m able to move around and I feel great! So far so good with the bathroom! :-/ Good luck all!

April 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm
(128) Renee says:

I had my gallbladder removed on 4/16/09. The first day I came home and slept most of the day. Today has been okay. I have been taking the pain meds routinely and keeping ice on the incisions and I have been able to eat without any problems. I am planning on return to work on monday. All of my incisional sites are sore to touch especially the incision by my belly botton which is the biggest of the incisions. Other than that I have had no gas pain or anything else. Unfortuneately everyone heals differently. So good luck to everyone who is having problems and to those who are getting ready for surgery.

April 18, 2009 at 10:41 am
(129) Cindy says:

Hello to everyone:

I’m almost at the 2 week mark from my surgery. I thought I was a tough old bird and could go back to work in less than a week, I was so wrong. I waited till the 8th day and even at that by 10:00 a.m. I was drained. I left work early and thought the next day would be better. Well, I hung in till about 3:30 and my boss told me I needed to go home, which I did. Changed into comfy clothes and snoozed for about 30 min.

I know several have reported how this surgery just drains you and I’m testifying to that. I have a desk job and figured I could handle it, but sitting up and doing more walking was a bit much.

I only had 1 episode of the gas pains after surgery, so I feel blessed. I was cautious of what to eat and didn’t have any issues till I ate some grapes, guess fresh fruit for the moment is out, I won’t tackle a salad yet. Greasy food is not my friend either, cleans like a white tornado!

My incisions have healed great, except the belly button. As some of you, it’s the most tender and having to wear slacks etc. just aggravates it more. I had a slight infection in that area then I was amazed at the bruising around it. The day of the surgery, it was immediately black & blue, then the red streaks going down my entire stomach area, so I got put on antibiotics (which I guess I’m allergic to). The bruising was interesting to watch, it went from my belly button area down to the very bottom of my stomach, the color change was odd. The dr. must’ve done a song and dance with that area cause the other 4 incisions weren’t so bad. I have an area just right of the belly button that burns, can’t explain that.

All in all, my experience was a good one. I’m so thankful that I had it done and don’t live in fear of another attack.

Good healing to all who have had the surgery and good luck to all who will be having it. Thank you everyone who has shared, it prepared me for what I was in for and I appreciate it.

April 20, 2009 at 11:15 pm
(130) cindy says:

I had my gall bladder removed 6 days ago via laproscopic and I’m still pretty sore and get short of breath pretty easy. I took a very short walk on day 4 and felt like I’d ran a 10 mile marathon. My side was killing me. I’ve read where some are up and about with a couple of days and I’m very jealous as I’m no where near my normal self. I’m still taking a pain pill a few times a day, but trying to get off them completely so that I can drive once again. I’m sure once I’m all healed, it will be well worth it as the 2 attacks I had prior to surgery were horrible.

April 24, 2009 at 12:32 pm
(131) Ashley says:

I had surgery on Easter Sunday (4/12) and I’m back at work. I play volleyball 3 nights a week and really want to get back into playing. The doctor told me that I shouldn’t play for 2 to 4 weeks. Any advice on what I should do! I feel pretty good and want to be active again!

April 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm
(132) Gina says:

Just had lapro gall bladder removal done FOUR days ago…feeling FABULOUS! Sore of course, but WAY better than before the surgery! Before and after (for the rest of your life really), avoid beef, pork, dairy, fatty and fried … what else is there you ask? lol You will find it. You can still have pizza, just ONE slice and a salad and piece of fruit. Get smarter people. I had to. Go more natural and start walking. Those of us with kids want to be around to see them graduate and have kids of their own. You MUST make the choice! Take control of your own health or lay down and moan?
Its just food. Prioritize.

April 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm
(133) Cindy says:

I think each of us heal and deal better than others. When I started my journey and found this msg. board, I was grateful that I had some insight as to what to expect. I’ve endured many of the same things others have and yet haven’t experienced other things. I’m now into my 3rd week as of today and I wonder if sometimes I don’t overdo it. I’m not a spring chicken, but I don’t have one foot in either.

I went back to work 9 days after my surgery and worked only part days, I’ve been back a my “normal” routine since and there’s days I’m so tired I just can’t go any longer. My oomph is just gone and I just want to sleep.

I have diarrhea every day. It’s worse within 1-2 hrs after I’ve eaten. I’ve eaten lowfat foods, fresh fruits & salads and they just go right through me. I even eat crackers and they don’t last long either. I drink only water and have my cup of coffee in the morning. I am nauseated off and on, but I figure after all the reading I’ve done, this is “normal” and will be a part of my life for a while.

While I don’t think any of us miss the attacks, we all are different in how we are having to deal without our gallbladders. What works for one, might not work for all.

It’s “One Day At A Time”

Take it easy on yourselves and give yourself time to heal.

May 2, 2009 at 10:52 am
(134) Ashley says:

I agree with that everyone is different and their recovery is going to be different. It’s going on 3 weeks for me and I feel great. I’m back to normal.

My doctor didn’t give me any restrictions on food and as soon as I went home I went back to eating all sorts of food.

Just take it easy and soon enough you will feel good again!

May 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm
(135) Danielle says:

I had my gallbladder removed on April 27th 2009 by laproscopic surgery. I stayed in recovery for an hour an half after the surgery then went to ACU to recoup and be with my family. I did eat a few bites of toast, have a few sips of water n apple juice but this was all I could manage to get down without feeling like I was going to throw up. It has been 5 days now and I still wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I am going to throw up…literally get out of bed and have to go to the bathroom (I get that taste and feeling you have to let it out), this happened Monday night the same day of the surgery except for I did get sick. I haven’t been able to eat much, just pick at a few things here and there throughout the day and make sure I have water or juice to drink. I havent needed the pain meds (darvocet n-100) for 2 days now, but I still have some mild pain. More than anything it’s the hot to cold feeling, nauseated feeling, and the shoulder pain that are driving me nuts. I don’t know if I have some type of infection going on, as my wounds look alright and aren’t red or nothing. It tok me 3 days to have a bowel movment after surgery…mainly because I am not eating much and feel crappy!!

May 6, 2009 at 9:42 pm
(136) Tammy Kauffman says:

I had my gallbladder surgery 7/05. First surgery laproscopic. Thought everything fine but felt horrible. Went to see dr. for 5 day checkup found out that titanium clips came off and I had bile leaking inside my body. Had 2nd surgery to put Johnson tubes in to remove bile. Had 3rd surgery two days later to put stint in but didn’t work so went to a different hospital for 4th surgery for stint. It took 10 days to get everything straigtened out. I was airlifted from Fairbanks, AK to Anchorage, AK. I was hospitalized for 8 days and had to fly back to Fairbanks. To this day (4 years), I still get pains to the right side under the ribs, and constantly feel bloated. This was one of the worst experiences in my life. Thank god my mom came to watch the kids because we had about an hour before I was airlifted away. I found out about 3 weeks later that I was very close to dying. All because of a bad Dr. who I found out later was called 50/50 because he got it right 50 percent of the time.

May 16, 2009 at 7:57 pm
(137) Lindsay says:

I had a lap chol on Monday, went home 3 hours later, took a b movement on Thursday and had a steak, cesear salad, lobster dip and chips on Friday and I FEEL FANTASTIC. Seriously all you people FREAKED me out, and I was fine. I didn’t even need the percocet after the second day. That shoulder gas pain–didn’t happen to me. I felt mild discomfort from the incision by the belly button. I was not even aware of the other 3. I have no bruising either. Good luck to all!

May 16, 2009 at 8:03 pm
(138) Adriana says:

You can certainly eat anything you want after this surgery. Some of you people on here are totally nuts and have this all wrong! Don’t scare these people out of this surgery! If you are experiencing pain after a week or so, I highly suggest you go see a specialist because you clearly have an underlying problem. I had this surgery done 3 weeks ago and everything is back to normal, I eat what I want and do what I want I feel fine.

May 17, 2009 at 12:30 am
(139) nea says:

my surgery was april 23 09, I should go back to work in few days, but I feel very weak after walking for one hour, my legs feel like rubber
my job is to be all day on my feet,
should I take some vitamins and if yes, which one
it looks like I’m the only one that is constipated, why

May 18, 2009 at 3:02 pm
(140) tricky says:

I had lap chole on sat 16/05 came home today monday 18/05. V sore yesterday morning but improved as the day went on. Now it hurts mainly when I move. Just starting to experience the gas effect now but not painful just abit uncomfortable.I think everyone is different – can’t imagine how some are able to get up and go home a few hours after. It is surgery after all you have to be realistic there will be pain and discomfort. However I’m pleased to have it done now. Haven’t eaten much yet so can’t comment on that will come back and do that.

May 20, 2009 at 2:39 am
(141) Carmen says:

I just had gallballder surgery on Sunday Mothers Day 05/10/09.I spent two nights in the hospital.I have been out a total of two weeks. I am still sore around my belly button. I have 3 tiny incisions, and the larger one is slightly above the navel. You must not lift anything heaver than a fork or spoon. I don’t have younger children, but I would suggest you get some help if possible. Of course everyone’s body is different. Good Luck the recovery was not bad at all. I had a great group of nurses and a surgeon.

May 20, 2009 at 11:00 am
(142) Diane says:

I had gall bladder surgery (lapo) on Monday May 18th, 2009. Today is Wednesday the 20th and surprisingly I feel pretty good. I am still sore but am able to walk upright. I finally had a BM this morning after taking plenty of Benifiber, stool softeners and bran flakes for breakfast. I thing the most painfull thing is the shoulder pain, I get it in both shoulders usually at night. But all and all I feel good. Going to go back to work on Tuesday. Best of luck to all.

May 24, 2009 at 11:34 pm
(143) Vero says:

I had stones for years, when I had my first attack I thought I was having a heart attack luckily my friend already had had her’s out and immediatly new what was wrong. Kept them in for years, attacks and all because I had this phobia of being put to sleep, well I got tired of always being in pain or waiting for the next big one…Just had mine out Thursday May 21 2009. Had kidney pain when I got home or at least in that area.
Feeling ok, pain in my back in the bra strap area just like before the surgery…
Walking around fine, Friday felt energetic
Saturday really tired all day, Today ok
but still have that back bra area pain…
I will keep posting im on day 3….

May 26, 2009 at 6:37 pm
(144) Kim says:

I had my gall bladder removed 5/14. The surgery started at noon and I was out of surgery at 1;15. I am feeling fine. I had no post anesthesia vomiting or nausea. I actually went home that day at 4:00. I feel fine. Just a bit tired (but I think thats because I have a 5 and 3 year old). I will be going back to work June 1st. Good Luck. For me it wasnt that bad. I had surgery Thurs and was out shopping on Sunday!!

June 3, 2009 at 6:58 pm
(145) catthy says:

i had lap surgery five days ago and i feel w.o.w. terrific compared to what i felt for years. ill have to change my diet but small price too pay to feel 20 years younger.

June 5, 2009 at 12:26 pm
(146) Mimi says:

I had my surgery on 5/18/09 and am having a very dicomfort burning pain only one area on the right side of my belly. I hurts and bothers me more at night. I had my follow up with the doc on Tues and he claims it’s just air bubbles from the surgery. But I think it’s something more than that. Sometimes even the touch of clothes triggers the pain on my skin in that area. Has anyone had this problem?? I returned to work this week and it has been tough! I’m extrememly tired because I can’t sleep well at night.

June 5, 2009 at 7:37 pm
(147) Cindy says:

Hi Mimi:
I had my surgery as you’ve probably read above on 07 May. I, too, had and have a tender spot on my stomach just right and a bit down from my belly button. It was very noticable for a while after my surgery and now, once in a while, it will twinge. I also had an issue with my clothes rubbing it and it did, indeed, feel like a burning sensation. The skin hurt to touch and it hurt inside. I just assumed that in the realm of the surgery with all the business going on inside me, it perhaps is a muscle or nerves that got abused a bit. Mine has lessened, but I know it’s still there. Hang in there and if it doesn’t stop, I’d ask the dr. again. After all this time for me, it’s not “air bubbles”. Take care.

June 7, 2009 at 4:30 am
(148) tricky says:

update from tricky – see earlier post

I had my GB removed 16/05/09. My first week was pretty painful and then just when I was starting to feel better, think I overdid things and suffered for it. It is now the start of week 4 and am going back to work tomorrow – I do office based quite sedentary work but drive a lot also.
I’m not completely without pain but I’m comfortable most of the time.
I feel so much better than before. I’m fine with eating – need to have smaller portions have found larger meals at one sitting difficult but you just have to try different things and adapt.
If you have to have it removed or are thinking about it then speak to your surgeon make sure you ask lots of Qs and can only speak from personal experience but for me so far so good. It was painful, but only for a short time and everyone is different in recovery. If I had to do it again knowing everything that would happen this time but how much better I would feel then I would.
If you’re reading this it’s proabably because you’re going to have it done – good luck and make sure that you take enough time to to recover and be realistic about it.

June 10, 2009 at 10:27 pm
(149) reberta says:

I had my surgery to remove the stones laproscopic on monday jun 8th and today is wednesday i think the worse thing for me is the gas and the pain associated with it there is also the shoulder pain and the pain with trying to get in and out of the bed and trying to find a comfortable position to sleep in. But I am moving around a bit more everyday and trying to take it easy and instead of closing my incisions with stitches I got staples imagine that

June 11, 2009 at 1:09 pm
(150) Mimi says:

Cindy: I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one having this problem. I’m glad you are feeling much better. Sad to say though, mine has gotten worse. It’s not only a burning pain anymore, it now feels as if somone were stabbing me! I went into ER on Monday, and they ran a bunch of test’s to see if I had an infection or even stones stuck in my bile ducts, but nothing came up. Everything came back clear and they can’t determine why I’m having this pain. The doctor did state I had bruising around my muscle from the surgery but can internal bruising be causing this?? I’m not sure. But I have to say I’ve been miserable!! I plan on seeing another doctor for a 2nd opinion.

Also, I’ve had shocking reactions from people when I tell them the doctor never gave me antibiotics after the surgery. He stated I didn’t need them. Everyone I’ve talked to that has had this surgery or any other surgery states they are always given atibiotics after to prevent infection. I’m really concerned now. I really do hope this is all just part of the healing process but I’m not sure how much longer I can stand this pain. It is really a burden on me. I can barely get up in the morning to come to work.

To top it all off, I’m coming down with a cold now and the coughing is killing me! :(

June 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm
(151) Maureen says:

I had lap surgery June 9/09 at 9:30 am and was home by 3:00. Very painful getting in and out of bed and moving in bed. Did not have pain in my shoulders, but feeling very bloated, especially on my right side by ribs. Have had a hard time taking deep breath, eating smaller portions. Had bm today, was very runny. Drove car short distance today, was okay. Still very tired, had a couple naps today but up walking around. Cut by navel still tender but the other ones seem fine, no pain. They gave me Toradol for pain/swelling, only took for two days thought they were upsetting my stomach.

June 15, 2009 at 2:32 pm
(152) Cindy Ann says:

Hello! I am 36 yrs old and had my gallbladder removed on June 5, 09. I was told I had a gallstone the size of a pecan, gosh I cannot believe that would cause so many problems.

My surgery went well, took about 40 min and I was able to go home within a few hrs in post op.
Yep the pain in my shoulders was bad and taking a deep breath sure did hurt.
It’s been 10 days now and I am doing so much better, eating small meals, walking around but getting tired very easily. Experiencing headaches and a little diarrhea, incisions hurt a bit but mostly bosy aches, and I am tired of laying on my back.

I am very greatful I had a wonderful surgeon and I am recovering well.

June 17, 2009 at 9:58 am
(153) Laura says:

I had my gallbladder out on May 12, 4 days later I went to the ER and was readmitted – they took out my appendix the next day and inserted 2 tubes – 1 for the gallbladder drainage 1 – for the appendix. The next day I was transferred to another hospital to have a stent put in because the bile duct had been cut. Last week they found out I also have inflammed colitis. I am not sure but think it has something to do with the surgery. I am not scheduled to return to work until 7/27. Talk about a long recovering period. Still on pain pills, antibotics, etc. Tire very easily. Will this ever get better???

June 17, 2009 at 9:11 pm
(154) Meg says:

I just found out today that I have gallstones, Other than soreness in my right side the last month or so, never had any “attacks”, mines was found because of a ultrasound, after the protein in my blood was so high. I don’t know what to expect or how long I will have to be off from work. The idea of having surgery is scary to me. Not looking forward to it. So hopefully I will have a successly surgery and a relative good recovery.

June 18, 2009 at 4:48 am
(155) darleen says:

hey im 19 years old and im scheduled to have my gall bladder removed next friday the 26th. I’m a collegiate athlete so im concerned i wont be able to train and work out for a while. But im inquiring if anyone has gained weight from having gall bladder problems. since being diagnosed i have gained about 25 pounds and i have been eating so much healthier. has anyone else had this problem prior to surgery? does having it removed help with weight loss? and how long til i can work out again?

June 23, 2009 at 3:16 pm
(156) devin says:

i just had surgery on 6/19 and was released the same day of surgery. the doctor told me a head of times the pains i would have and no surprize i had all the pains.i am off the pan killers. my shoulder pain is not that bad. the only problems are the staples hurt and i have no idea what kinds of food i can and can’t eat.

June 24, 2009 at 4:49 pm
(157) Brad says:

I’m 37 yr old male that had surgery on June 12th, was on meds for 3 days. I had no pain in my shoulder, but was sore and it hurt to lay back or pull myself up. I actually mowed the lawn last Thursday and worked in the garden for 5 hours on Saturday. I went back for my check up yesterday June 23, and was given the okay to return to work Monday on a part time basis. I still have a few pains from time to time but not as bad as I had thought. Ive actually had some fried chicken, pizza and tacos over the pass few days. Ive noted on a pad how I felt after eating certain things so I’ll remember next time. My best suggestion is to find not a good doctor but a great doctor for this surgery. I believe it makes all the difference.

June 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm
(158) Waneta says:

I was one of the first to have the new sugery in July 1990. I had no problems at all I thought it was a piece of cake. I had a very rare ankle surgery the end of December 1989 and still was on disablity from work . I decided to have it before I went back to work. Maybe some of you didn’t have the best surgeons. My Dr. had just done a few before me. I also was 60 years of age when I had it.So don’t put off surgery you will feel much better. I had put off for a while ,and my Dr. didn’t want to wait any longer good luck to all of you.

June 25, 2009 at 11:31 am
(159) Jacky says:

I had surgery on monday june 21 I’m 39. I had problems with my GB for 3 months before the doctor told me I had gallstones. It’s been 3 days after surgery I was constipated first day, drunk a lo of water. today I’m already normal in regards of my bowel movements, my main problem is GAS pain and bloating it’s still there other than this I’m ok. When this gas is going away?? I’m afraid of eating sat fat foods, I guess It’s a day by day situation. I have a a constant reflux since surgery is this normal. ?

June 26, 2009 at 10:56 pm
(160) Cindy says:

Hello all again:

I had my surgery on 07 Apr. I’ve written here on my progress a couple of times and now have a new issue that has been tied to gallbladder removal, it’s a nasty thing called acid reflux. I’ve had 2 incidents in a week, this last one just about did me in and I’m still trying to recover. I called my dr. who has had me elevate the head of our bed with bricks. I’ve doubled my protonix and have a bottle of Mylanta Max in the frig. I went to Lowe’s and got 6 flat rectangular bricks, 3 for each side. I’ve checked online for risers, but our bedposts are square (lg) and I’d have to order a wedge online. Since I sleep on 2 pillows already, the bricks should lift things up enough that I shouldn’t have any problems. I also am not eating anything after 6:30-7:00 at night. So Jacky, if you can do the brick thing, it sure might help. I got the risers at Walmart and will now put them on our daughters bed to make more storage. Good luck to all.

June 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm
(161) sue edwards says:

I had my gall bladder removed on the 20th june and i have had my stitches out today i was really worried about having this surgery but hey it was ok discomfort in the area of surgery but only muscle pain and what a relief no painfull gall bladder please dont worry as i did no need to

July 1, 2009 at 6:06 pm
(162) Jessica says:

I had my gallbladder removed thur. 06/25 and returned to work monday 06/29. I couldn’t stay all day standing up, today was my first full day and i feel pretty ok besides when i eat.

July 2, 2009 at 12:08 pm
(163) Lisa says:

I had my surgery 6/25 and I’m still sore. The air/gas going up to my shoulder and moving around was painful. My right side abdominal muscles is where I feel the most pain right now. For being an “out-patient” gig.. I really could have used more time in my hospital room before they kicked me out. Every day gets alittle better though. Trying to stay positive :)

July 4, 2009 at 5:47 pm
(164) Tracey says:

I just had surgery July 1. I had put it off for 5 years. I was kept overnight b/c the gall bladder was inflamed. Many many stones -several the size of quarters. I am doing great. No real pain. I’ve only had one pain pill since being home. Thus far none of the pains I’m reading about. Hope this is encouraging to anyone thinking about the surgery. Wish I had not waited so long ….

July 5, 2009 at 5:15 pm
(165) jessica says:

I’m booked in for surgery in 3 weeks. I’m nervous and scared, so much can go wrong!!! I’m 24 so I’m hoping i will recover quick. My operation in on the 27th July and my boyfriend has planned a weekend away on the 7th august do you think i will be OK by then?

July 5, 2009 at 7:29 pm
(166) Kimberley says:

I just had surgery June 30th. Went into the E.R. because I was having a horrendous gallbladder attack, after a 6hr wait in the waiting room, I was met by some wonderful Dr.’s, they took some blood, run some tests, brought me back and had an ultrasound done on my abdomen, took lots of pictures, sent the Dr. in and I was up for surgery the next day. Was on a liquid diet all day, that evening I went into surgery, Came out and the Dr. Said I had gallstones the size of golfballs. Wow, felt better right after surgery. Had put if off for 16years. So yeah, I feel so much better. I am on my 5th day of recovery. I have to take a nap every day, but each day I get a little stronger and feel little better. I have cut my meds back, and drink lots of water, try to write down foods that make me feel awful, and just taking it one day at a time. All I can say is I have been blessed with great family and friends who have helped out during my recovery, I have been taking it easy, I take stool softeners, first two days I took milk of magnesia to relieve the bloating, gas, and constipation. Fixing to walk alittle. Hope all goes well with the rest of you, make sure you take time to heal, rest, and know that you have just had major surgery. And don’t forget to use your air blowing excercizer they give you after you get done with surgery. It helps to do every day till your lungs feel stronger…. Take care all. I will post in a couple days. kj

July 11, 2009 at 3:01 pm
(167) Gracie says:

I had a lap choley the evening of 7/6/09, overnighted in the hospital and home the next afternoon. They had me up walking 2 hours after the procedure. Good idea since I live alone and I found it difficult to get out of bed, stand sit, etc. initially. My surgeon made only 1 very small incision at the removal site. I have been told he is renowned for his technique. I am progressing well, but still tire easily. I have not experienced any of the C02 side effects and I am tolerating a high fiber diet well. I had planned to be off work 5 days but have now extended that due to stamina limitations. What helped me most was a constant intake of liquids and plenty of fresh fruit. I have taken the pain prescription as needed and used the stool softener Colace for constipation. Day 2 I began to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Even tho this was a laproscopic procedure it still is major surgery. Take it easy on yourself. When I asked my primary care physician if 5-10 days was a realistic recovery period, she said she usually doubles that. Good luck to everyone.

July 15, 2009 at 8:51 am
(168) Cat says:

Hello,
I am an American living in Japan and I had my gallbladder out last Friday. July 10 2009. The op was here in Japan, was lap and the surgery went well. Naturally I am a bit sore from the incision sites BUT I have horrible bloating/swelling in my abdomen. I am sure this is quite common being a major abdominal surgery. But it is very painful almost as if I had eaten a HUGE meal. It even makes it feel difficult to breathe at times. I can hardly eat because I already feel full. I look 5-6 months preggers.
I am wondering how long this lasts? I am on my 4th post surgery day and the swelling hasn’t gone down one bit. I know that it is not as bad as what other people experience, but I feel terrible and just want some idea of how long I may expect this.

July 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm
(169) solomon andarge says:

I am an Ethiopian and my gallbladder removed on the july 16/09 in army hospital in ADDIS.My surgery went well.I was able to go home after a day. I am very greatful i had a wonderful surgeon and i am recovering well.

July 21, 2009 at 6:13 am
(170) Anne Apple says:

Wow im glad to see that im not the only one having to go through the pain that i have been suffering for over 9 months!! i have finally got my op date this friday 24/07/09 an couldnt be any more excited!! just a bit concerned i am get up and go person never stops so to be sitting in bed for a few days maybe a bit stressful,but with a bell on hand what else could i ask for hehe!!!

July 22, 2009 at 4:44 am
(171) Jodie says:

Thank you to everyone who has shared their experience. It has helped me during my recovery from lap. col. gallbladder surgery 9 days ago in Perth, western Australia.
My surgeon had difficulty removing my gallbladder as it was large and full of stones. This meant the incision near the belly button was also larger than normal & actually became infected. For the first five days after surgery I was in a lot of pain, especially around stomach area and could barely get off and on bed, chairs, etc. Once the antbiotics kicked in I started to feel better and even though I can’t bend or walk too far/fast, I definitely feel I’m imroving each day that passes.
No shoulder pain but have felt bloating and been belching a lot after meals. Using common sense and eating small, wholesome meals and drinking lots of water. Constipated after op but gradually returning to regular daily bowel movements.
Overall, I am surprised at how long it’s taking but am so glad to see improvement. Returning to work Monday, 13 days after surgery but intend on taking it easy for first week. Hope to start gentle walks and stretching around that time as well.
Good luck to all.

July 23, 2009 at 8:55 pm
(172) Judy says:

I go for my surgical consult. on July 30, so not for sure when I have surgery. I thank each and everyone of you for leaving comments and helping me get e feel for what I will be feeling.

July 24, 2009 at 12:45 am
(173) Debby says:

I just had surgrey done Monday and once I woke up felt like I had been run over by a freight train. Thank heavens for pain killers. All the doctors and nurses told me that the best thing to do is WALK!!! And they were right. I once three times a day and the gas started coming out … believe me it felt so good to let them ripped. The shoulder pains everyone gets is trapped gas and the best thing to do is alternate pain killers and Motrin. Those pain killers will cause gas and the more you take the longer it takes to get rid of it. I didnt have any trouble sleeping at night but did have a time getting up and down. The one in my navel is bothersome and going back To see whats going on since most of my staples are falling out. LOL
I still havent done any driving or heavy duties or lifting yet but hoping by next week I will be running around like my old self.
This discomfort is nothing compared to what I had been going thru before surgrey.

July 28, 2009 at 1:22 pm
(174) Magen says:

I’m going in tomorrow (07-29-09) for my surgery. Thanks for all your comments. I think I have prepared myself for all possibilities. I’ll let you know how it goes.

July 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm
(175) joy says:

Hi everyone I just had my gall bladder remove on the 28th of july and its three days now and as debbie say I am still having pain around the navel area and the shoulder pains I also experience. Another thing is to when I came from the recovery room I was a bit hoarse and had a sore throat for about 2 days the sore throat was due to the tube down your throat to help you breathe during the opt and the gallstones were in a vial stick on to my hand. lol. They were tiny. I was up walking around the same day and only spent 24 hrs in the hospital.

August 1, 2009 at 10:00 am
(176) susan says:

hi all
i had my gallbladder removed on the 14th july i was told it would take 40 min2 remove and mine took 2hrs had my gallbladder was inflamed and full of puss so i was lucky to still have keyhole has it could have been open surgery after the op i had really bad back ache and also i was rushed back in and found out i had a lung infection has i couldnt breathe or walk a few steps i slowly recovery now but still so sore and find it had do daily chores has i get tried very quicky but want to get back 3 work but cant yet

August 1, 2009 at 3:37 pm
(177) Stephanie says:

I just came from the doctors and was told that I would probably need to have my gallbladder out. They found multiple gallstones, alot of crystals(still not sure what these are) and about 6 polyps all on my gallbladder. I meet with the surgeon in a few days to dicuss options. I am a big baby when it comes to pain and am terrifed to have the surgery. Does anyone have any suggesstions about other options other than surgery? And if it is done laproscopicly do they keep you over night or is it done outpatient?

August 2, 2009 at 5:03 pm
(178) marcia says:

I was admitted to the hospital Thursday July 30, 2009 with chest pain. My blood pressure was elevated. My heart was was elevated. My doctor was concerned that I may be having a heart attack due to my family history. I was prescribed nitroglycerin, Lopressor,Lipitor,
etc…( all normally prescibed meds for a heart attack patient). After a heart catherization with showed that I did not have any blockages in my arteries( Thank God!!!), I had an ultrasound of my right side which showed that I have gallbladder stones. I was discharged from the hospital to follow up with my regular physician. I may need surgery. Is chest pain a common symptom of gall bladder disease? Anyone have any advice?

August 3, 2009 at 12:05 am
(179) B says:

I had my surgery thursday july 30th and is now sunday aug 2nd, i am doing very well considering i just had a major operation, i was so scared of having the surgery which was a waste of time and energy, the surgery went well, and was home the same day, first day after surgery i was sore and sluggish but was able to get up and take a shor walk, also was able to eat whatever i wanted , second day even better not as sore and was able to walk around more, it is nw the third day after surgery and am doing well have not had to take pain medication all day and was up most of the day, but still rested quite a bit dont want to overdo myself and make recovery longer, my surgeon was excelent, i have for cuts, one through my belly button and three on my abdomen, dont have any stitches or staples, my surgeon used glue which i am very thankful for, the breathing excersizes helped tremendously, it may hurt a bit when you first start but keep going, it gets much better pretty quickly, good luck to all those who have had a not so good recovery, hope everything gets better for you all. and for those who have not had the surgery yet, dont fret its not so dad you will do fine, its better to do it now than later with more complications,Good luck!!

August 3, 2009 at 9:31 am
(180) BRENDA says:

I had my surgery Monday, July 27th. I was sore for the first few days. I am able to get up from a bed/couch without any problems. If you feel bloated believe it or not I drank some Cola (I am not a big soda drinker) I was burping and that helped with the bloating feeling. I also needed to take some Phillips Milk of Magnesia to get the plumbibg working (that did the trick)! I started to drive today and will see my surgeon for my post-op this Wednesday. I think if all is well I will go back to work mid-week. Good Luck and Speedy recoveries to all!

August 8, 2009 at 10:09 pm
(181) Fred says:

Hello i was #91 before , had surg back in Jan ,took awhile to get all the way back i am 56 so probaby took longer for that but i had acid reflux,pain,gas for quite a while but i feel pretty much all the way back except for gas off and on after eating certain things ,only real problems is if i lift too much or strain stomach mucles still can feel where cut was but hang in everything will come back ,luck to you all …best part you are not alone as you can see on this sight

August 9, 2009 at 11:44 pm
(182) Venette says:

I’m glad to find a updated site. I had emergency surgery July 16 and came out of hospital July 17th. I feel pretty good for a few days. I didn’t have shoulder pain or anything and seldom took the medication for pain. Now I’m on my 4th week and I have am bloated and have gas regularly. When I eat a little I’m bloated. I’m not sleeping that much now. The doctor told me it could take up to 4 more weeks before I feel myself. Of course looking on the other blogs there are people that had surgery 9 years ago still having problems.

August 17, 2009 at 5:00 am
(183) Mona says:

I had lapro gallbladder surgery and it went great, very little pain and discomfort; was up and about the house walking around the same day. I went into hospital one hour before surgery, surgery was one hour, left hospital one hour after surgery. No shoulder pain at all; the surgeon said he had removed most of the gas right after surgery.

He had given me a strong antibiotic just prior to surgery and I got no infections; it even cleared up a female infection I had that had been giving me terrible backaches and lower pelvic pain.

He also gave me Plavix just before surgery to avoid my getting any blood clots. And I walked around a little at home the same day as well.

I have a low pain tolerance and severe anxiety, so the surgeon gave me Versed in the prep for surgery. I was so relaxed for the surgery and days afterward.
Very little pain with incisions; took Vicodin on the day of surgery only. No pain relievers after that!

I placed an ice pak on my incisions for 20 minutes every two hours for 5 days, per surgeon instructions. It really helped. I had a nice pak from the drugstore that only required placing it back into the freezer after each use. It was very flexible and bendable; not stiff when frozen. I also had the ice pak the hosptial gave me to take home, but I quickly wore out that temporary one as it began leaking. It was only meant to help me until I got a good one.

As for bowels, no problem after surgery. I had already been taking Citrucel every day as it helped prevent abdominal pain from IBS, irritable bowel sydrome. After surgery, I continued to take one capsule every day. I quickly returned to normal bowel function, having good elimination every day. I also drank at least 8 glasses of water every day.

I also have a LazyBoy Recliner which I sat in after surgery, and put my feet up. It helped to simply stretch back to a more horizontal position every now and then when I felt the need to.

I hope this info helps someone else out there. I believe all these things helped me sail right thru the surgery and recovery with bare minimal discomfort.

August 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm
(184) Karen says:

I had my gallbladder out on August 14- the surgery went well but the first few days afterwards were awful. I was given Percocet for the pain and I had terrible nausea for almost three days. I have heard of getting a patch on your neck before you have surgery to help with this and I wish I had heard it before I went in. By Monday (my surgery was Friday) I felt a thousand times better and overdid it because I felt so good. Today (Tuesday) I am really sore and paying for doing too much yesterday. Be good to yourself, leave the dishes and try to relax and recover well. I am trying to take my own advice!! Good luck to those of you having this done. I waited almost a year and tried everything else to avoid surgery including acupuncture. I didn’t have stones and nothing worked. I am hoping this was the right decision and so far I think it is.

August 24, 2009 at 8:43 pm
(185) Marie says:

I had my gallbladder removed 4 days ago on Thursday and was told by numerous pepople that it would be a walk in the park….one person told me that her friend went out to dinner the next day after surgery and I could expect to go back to work withing 24 hours if it was done as a lap chole….IT WAS NOT A WALK IN THE PARK. My surgery was at 10:00 am I was released at 3:00 pm….immediately after surgery I felt sore but not horrible. I do not tolerate anesthesia well and slept on the way home and woke up at 10:00 pm drank some water and went back to sleep. The next day I felt pretty good…thought to myself this is a walk in in the park…..I was wrong!! Late afternoon the pain started I had severe shoulder, lower back and rib cage pain along with abdomen pain this lasted for the next 36 hours…I took hot showers to help with the pain in my shoulder, lower back and side. The pain has lessen with each 12 hour cycle. It is hard to sleep because of the discomfort associated with the surgery….I sleep on my side and that is not an option at this time I have to sleep on my back. I am taking extra strength Tylenol…the prescription pain meds contribute to nausea and constipation. I get up and walk around every hour and half try to sit up but I find I am still very tired and just want to lay down. My diet is basically chicken soup, sherbert and Cheerios. Today is Monday and I feel like I am getting over a very bad flu. One minute I feel hot then I feel cold…I feel sick to my stomach, dizzy and feel weak. My incision sites are much better today and did not require icing them down. Hopefully, tomorrow will be much better….so that I can return to work this Friday…just remember this is still surgery and even though it is not what it used to be….it still is what it is…removal of organ.

August 28, 2009 at 10:01 pm
(186) dawn says:

hi, just had mine out on 8/21. i have to say, i was so scared, but it was relatively pain free. i had no gas pains or shoulder pains afterward. i only needed the vicodin for 2 days at home. what sent me in was throwing up for 3 days straight (thought i had a virus). 3 days after surgery, had another bout of that, but am on anti nausea meds so have been good for 5 days now. all in all, not half as bad as i expected. i am just now though, getting back to feeling like i’m in the world, i get tired easily, but i’m sure that will pass with time. somewhere in the world there is a person who doesn’t have the resources to have the surgery. they are still in pain. no matter what, i am a lucky woman.

September 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm
(187) Haley says:

my 16 year old girl is suffering after the surgery, she complains about her stomach hurting after she uses the restroom. Is that really bad? is there a way to get rid of it?

September 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm
(188) libby says:

hello,
i just want to say thanks for all the help,i went to my family doctor for a check up august 27, i was having pain in my right side again, so he set up a ultra sound the 28th…the ultra sound showed gall stones, so he has set me up with the surgeon on tuesday the 15th.. not sure wat he will say…i just want the pain gone..again thanks…libby

September 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm
(189) Stacy says:

Hi, I had my gallbladder removed 9/10 and am doing great, so I guess I am one of the lucky ones. Had emergency surgery but was feeling fine as soon as it was out. The hardest part for me was getting in and out of bed the first four days. I didn’t need any meds after the first day. I would recommend doing some research if you’re having a planned surgery, as I really wasn’t aware of what the gall bladder does. I’m being very careful about my diet, and staying away from fatty foods. Like others I have lost weight and my constipation is long gone, which is great. I feel better than I have felt in a very long time.

September 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm
(190) Barbara says:

It has been 8 days since lap surgery and I am feeling great! Had surgery at 7:30 AM, was home by noon, no problems with anesthesia, and had Chinese food for dinner that night! Better than I ever expected! Iwas walking the next day outdoors, 3rd day got some bad stomach gas pains and ahd not had a BM until then. MD told me to take Milk of Mag which did the job and took care of the gas. Pains lasted another day, then slowy have been better. Only took Tylenol or Ibuprofen for 4 days and I think that made my gas pains worse. As soon as I stopped that, they were better. I dd nto have stomes, just sludge and polyps but had symptoms and needed to avoid an attack. Am i themkddle ofmoving my home, was selling, doing Open Houses, and surgeon had an opening last week. Most of the packing is done so now can relax. MD told me I “could paly golf the next day”. Did not do that, but it was not bad and getting be
better.

September 21, 2009 at 8:03 am
(191) Andrea says:

I was diagnosed last week and had my surgery in Bangkok last Friday. Time in the recovery room was painful as I reacted to the anesthesia and threw up as I was coming out. Slept a few hours under help of IV pain meds and threw up once more, but overall the laprascopic surgery was well-done. I stayed in hopsital for two nights and will return to work in a couple of days after Eid holiday. Up and around eating Thai food and yoghurt.

September 21, 2009 at 10:48 am
(192) Iris says:

I had gallbladder surgery on 9/16/09. So far so good. I am back to my office job on light duty. I still have some swelling and tenderness in my stomach, but not anything major. I am still taking medication for pain, however I have switched to tylenol instead of the narcotic that they had me on and it works just fine. Be careful with any lifting or bending. Holding your stomach when coughing or sneezing is helpful.

September 22, 2009 at 1:31 am
(193) Janis says:

I had surgery on 9/11/09 and one of my incisions in red around it and swollen. And it hurt. I had the lap surgery. Has anyone experienced this. I gaime 4 pounds, too.
Jan

September 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm
(194) Lainey says:

I had a lap chole on 9-18 I was told I would get to go home that day but was there until the next day at about 5pm due to nausea and low BP. Also had an allergic reaction to an IV pain med. The pain not to bad but right rib cage is very sore and I am still dizzy…have only taken Tylenol for last two days.

September 29, 2009 at 2:32 pm
(195) Katie says:

I had lap gallbladder surgery on the 24th of September. Thanks to this site, I knew what to expect. Thank you to all of you who have contributed your experiences. I arrived at the hospital at 6:00am and my surgery began at 7:30. I was sore when I woke from the anesthesia but they gave me pain meds via the IV. I felt as though I couldn’t take a deep breath. I was up and talking in recovery and was allowed to go home at 11:30. Today is day 5 and I am still sore, but completely off pain meds. I don’t work,so I can take my time with recovery. I don’t have small children to take care of. My stomach feels bloated and although it doesn’t hurt to take a deep breath, I feel like I can’t….because I’m so bloated! I’m an anxious person and I must say that this was an easy surgery. I think the biggest part is your body adjusting to being without the gallbladder and the subsequent loose stools and gas that come along as you recover. I am 50 and still feel exhausted by mid afternoon. I’ll post back at the two week point to let you know how things are going. Best of luck to all of you. I know you will come through with flying colors.

October 3, 2009 at 10:31 am
(196) michelle says:

I had my surgery on the 23rd. I woke up in recovery in horrible pain that morphine would not help. After several morphine shots I asked for phenegran. Finally I passed out after about 30 minutes in horrible pain. The next afternoon I had the same pain. The nurse said probably gas. I kept walking around and decided to stay another day since I was scared. It hurt worse than anything I could ever imagine. I was sweating profusely and hurt in my stomach neck back and chest. My husband got me some mylanta tablets and it helped me. I went home on the 25th at night and had 1/2 a pain pill then finally had my first bowel movement. I felt so much better. Then I had like 15 bowel movements a day for like 3 days. Now It has slowed to like 6 a day. The nurse said it should get better. I have only been eating very low fat foods because I am sure it would be worse with fat. I am able to go walking about 1 mile a day and do light house work. I do not work so this helps that I can rest all the time. My incisions are healing and just the bellybutton one is sore. I have some random pains in my side stomach and gallbladder area but they are not too bad and hopefully will disappear. I can sleep on my side without much problem. I am sort of restless and have some nightsweats. Maybe from the anastesia leaving my body. My biggest pain is from the iv site. I developed phlebitis and it hurts to barely touch it.

October 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm
(197) Carmen says:

I am a 25 year old mother who has been suffering from severe gallbladder attacks ever since I had my daughter 18 months ago. It took 4 different doctors before I referred myself to a specialist and had a CT scan done. Finally it was decided I needed my gallbladder removed. I had my surgery yesterday October 2nd at 7:30am, I was in recovery by 9:00am and was home at noon. I was slightly nauseas in recovery from the meds but that went away within about an hour. I got home and slept for about 2 hours and was then up and watching TV. I had some gas pains and shoulder pain but when this happens just make sure you get up and walk around. As soon as I would burp the shoulder pain would go away, anytime it came back I would get up and walk and it would go away again. I have not had that pain since last night. I did take some of the percocet (sp?) last night to help me sleep and I did have to sleep in my lazy boy chair, getting in bed seemed near to impossible. I have not yet had a bowel movement and I did take some Milk of Magnesia to try to get things moving. I ate chinese last night (broccoli and mushrooms with rice) and that all seemed to settle good in my stomach. I am still sore but all in all it was alot smoother than I expected, especially after reading some of the stories on here! Just remember every person is different and there are alot of different reasons why one needs to have their gallbladder removed. My incision spots are pretty sore and the doctor said there was alot of scar tissue around my gallbladder from the number of severe attacks I have had so I am a little more sore than some people may be. Just know that you are making the right decision for your body and your quality of life, and good luck :)

October 4, 2009 at 7:20 pm
(198) Roxanne says:

I had my lap gallbladder surgery on the 1 Oct 09. After spending a week in the Hospital with a severve panacreties. I got discharged on Friday Oct 2nd at 1140am. I have to say it wasn’t as bad as I have read, the gas pains were gone by thurs evening, and I ate my first real meal Friday night. I’ve been out around and experiencing very little pain. Hoping to return to work within a few weeks.

October 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm
(199) faz says:

hi, i had my gall bladder and stones removed on thurs 1st oct. and was wondering if any one knows how long it takes to recover. ive also got a 8 month old baby too and i cant lift him at all. the middle cut really hurts.

can any 1 help?

faz

October 6, 2009 at 3:35 am
(200) Rachael says:

I am a 23 year old female, and I had been having gallstone attacks since mid 2008, and they had progressively gotten worse over the past few months. After one trip the the emergency room back in December, I decided it was finally time to have it out.

I had the surgery on September 25, 2009, which is a Friday. I seem to be in the minority here, but my surgery was pretty much a breeze, and it still is so far. I went in for surgery at 9 A.M. and was home by 11 A.M. They gave me Hydrocodone for pain, but it wasn’t necessary as the pain wasn’t severe enough to need to take it. I just slept a lot the first day, but in general, I felt pretty good. I was up and moving around that night, and the only side effect I really had was the “pully” feeling of the incisions, but it didn’t really bother me. I never had the “gas pains” that everyone is describing except for minor pain in my shoulder the day of. The next day, I really felt back to myself and didn’t really need help doing anything; I was just cautious doing certain activities because of surgery the previous day. 3 days later (since I had the surgery on a Friday), I went back to school the following Monday.

It’s now been 11 days since surgery, and I feel great! I generally eat healthy, so food has not been an issue at all. Everything seems to be normal.

October 6, 2009 at 1:49 pm
(201) Vicki says:

I had my gall bladder removed laproscopicly 16 years ago. I felt tired for about three days, but then was ready to go back to work. Having your gall bladder removed changes your life. I now pay attention to what I eat so I don’t spend my time running to the bathrom.

October 10, 2009 at 9:23 pm
(202) Kristie says:

I am scheduled to have my gallbladder removed on Friday because of a HIDA Scan that showed my gallbladder was only functioning at 3%. The HIDA scan was done because I am having trouble getting a deep breath and every other test has been normal. I’m just wondering if anyone has had breathing issues and did the symptoms improve after surgery?

October 14, 2009 at 9:45 am
(203) Ruthann Smythe says:

had emgerncy gallbladder removal 10/9/05 at 7:30 in the evening. Was kept in hospital until Sunday morning. Was a great deal of pain on Sat and Sunday. Was up walking by Sat morning. Have had great pain until this morning. Finally feeling like I am alive again. I am a heafty 60 year old woman. Dr. had stated I should be able to return to work in a week, then restated it to 2 weeks as healing will take a little longer due to my size. Comparing the pain after the surgery to before I would do it all again. Still not passing gas real well but gets better everyday. Have only had on bowl movement which was very lose. Not eating much as due to bloating feel full all the time. I think the lap is the best way to go if you are able to. Have had other sugeries that kept me in the hospital for a week and long recoveries. good luck to all of you facing this procedure.

October 15, 2009 at 1:00 pm
(204) Sheryl says:

I just had laparascopic surgery 6 days ago (Friday 10/08). I am feeling really good and have not been on pain meds (vicodin) since Sunday. Pain pretty bad Friday & Saturday, but each day got better! This pain much better than gallbladder attacks I had been having . . .All is good!

October 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm
(205) aisha says:

hi i had my laparosopic on the 11oct 09 just 2 days after my 40th birthday. woke up with severe pain which kept me awake throughtout the night went to the hospital in emergency and was surprised to found that i had stone in my gallbladder got operated in the evening. iam recovering quite ok but still feeling bloated still have some pain in my stiches when i try to stand, constipated. good luck to people recovering !!

October 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm
(206) Ralph says:

I had my gall bladder surgery on 091809. I went back to work 10 days later but I’m only doing light work in the office. I ate some pizza yesterday and paid for it with bad indigestion. It is best to stick with the recommended diet. I still don’t feel fully recovered yet.

October 19, 2009 at 7:31 pm
(207) teresa says:

I had my gall bladder and gallstones removed on 10-17-09 and was sent home 10-18-09. I having pain when i cough and haven’t had a bowel movement yet. I was told to have a soft diet and return to work as tolerated.

October 20, 2009 at 12:36 pm
(208) Amna says:

I had this surgery on Friday i.e. 14th Oct 2009. I am feeling better, just feel pain when I cough, yawn or sneeze. The surgeon asked me to keep low fat or oily diet for a week. I am planning to go back to work from Friday. Is it advisable?

November 1, 2009 at 2:53 pm
(209) norma says:

I had a gall bladder attack on sunday at my birthday party.oct 2009 I went to the hospital and did all the usual test and it proved out gall stones.
I had surgery thursday,I`m having problems chilling
and seems when i`m not chilling my body feels like it is nervous inside.still slight nasuseos is this normal.

November 4, 2009 at 11:29 pm
(210) Clara says:

Yes, yes and yes to all of the “have you evers”.
Eat some cultured yogurt, get some Citrical to put your
system back in order and prop pillows under each side of
your back when recuperating. I find that I always have to
be cautious of what I eat when in a public place. I make sure that I use the restroom BEFORE going out. It really does help. Fast food is the worst for developing gas and diarrhea – try to stay clear of it.

November 5, 2009 at 1:26 pm
(211) Mackenzie says:

I had my surgery on July 7th and it took me about 3 weeks to feel normal. But now 4 month later I am having pains in my back and ride side. It is like have gallbladder pain all over again. Has anyone had this problem?

November 9, 2009 at 2:12 pm
(212) Paula says:

Had the laproscopic gallbladder surgery 4 days ago and I feel really good. Surgery at 8 am, home by 2:30 pm. Forget the percocet – the nausea and dizziness made me feel worse than the actual surgical sites. Pain between shoulders when lying down, so I sleep either on side or upright on couch. Probably doing too much today, feeling a bit off. Constipated for 3 days, now have loose bowels. Have 5 incisions and they itch like crazy! and have to hold belly when laugh or sneeze. Other than that, I have not had a bad time of this, and I thank God that all is well. I’d like to mention that mom and sister both had their gallbladders removed in years past, and both eat whatever they want to without any problem. May I be like them!! Good luck to you all… ~and yes, it’s common to be nervous about ANY surgery… just take a deep breath, say a prayer, and know that you will be on the road to recovery very soon. After kidney stones and babies, this (for me) is a breeze…. :-)

November 10, 2009 at 12:47 am
(213) Julian Santana says:

I just had my GB removed on 11/4/09. It was supposed to be lap but had to be done open. when i awoke it felt as if i was in a n iraqui triage. the screams and moans have been in my nightmares. it’s been five days of belly splitting pain but today was my first good day. the fact is when we let it get to the surgical point you either get it done ragardless of the painful consequences or get extremely sic or even die. I choose to get it done. this pain is nothing compared to what it could have been, a death sentence. Thank God for modern medicine.

November 11, 2009 at 2:07 pm
(214) Diana says:

Well i’m 21 yrs old and i’m gonna get surgery next week, and i’m very scared and nervous can anyone please tell me how long to recover and how painful it is?

November 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm
(215) Jenniferdr says:

Had Lap Chole on 11/11/09. STill very bloated with right sided back pain with deep breaths. Small bowel movement yesterday that was hard like rocks (right now I’d take the diarrhea). Wondering if the bloated look is normal and how long it will last. Anyone else with this? Thanks

November 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm
(216) Dan says:

I just found out last evening that I have large polyps in my GB and many of them. My family doctor had said he has never seen them like that before. He played it off like it would probably not require surgery but he also stated that he would need to speak with a surgeon to get better informed. Everything I have read online indicates that large polyps could be malignant and the GB should be removed. This has been a great site but I have not read anything about polyps. Has anyone had there GB removed for large polyps? I am a 36 year old male; I was having mild pain or discomfort under my right ribs. No gallstones were found. I have been stressing myself out about the cancer thing. I could deal with the pain but would have the surgery if it was prevention for cancer.

November 17, 2009 at 7:43 pm
(217) Ian says:

I have to have my GB surgery on Dec 8, I wanted to wait till after Thanksgiving. I wanted to eat. I hope everything goes well and I don’t have much pain.

November 18, 2009 at 6:46 am
(218) Tony says:

Hey all

Had my Lap Cys @ 1300 on 11/11/2009. Went home @ ~ 1230 on 12/12/2009. Gallstones were gravel, 14 of them. (nothing to brag about)

First bowel movement on 14/11. then 17th then return to daily.

18/11/2009 Weeping slightly from one wound on belly, but not bad. Of the operation the main pain is the removal of the drain (very quick tho). First 3 days pain around tummy muscles and prob some gas pain. Be advised that the anesthetic effects last 24 hours (ASK), so if they ask how you are feeling, keep that in mind. I knocked back a stronger pain killer based on how I felt at time of question. Though I did get a slightly stronger one.

November 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm
(219) Hira says:

hi all
i am 22 years old
i had my gallbladder removed on 08-11-09
i had lots of little gallstones i was told.
after the operation, about 6 days, i was asleep and all of a sudden had extreme pain same as i used to before but all as a sudden. went to hospital and Dr said its the post-op and could take up to 4/5weeks to recover.
nearly 2 weeks now and tonight im in a lot of pain. they prescribed me with co codamol, but it doesnt really help.
i get pain in the back of my right shoulder. the itchiness has stopped from where they operated, i cannot sleep on my sides, only on my back.
all advice is welcomed.
h1r4@hotmail.co.uk

November 22, 2009 at 2:03 am
(220) mharge says:

i had my lap chole last 11/12/09.It’s been a week ago but I still feel back and stomach pains.In my case I have a multiple polyps.I suffered severe stomachaches for the past 8 months thats why i decided to take of my GB to ease the pain…….could somebody tell me when would the after surgery pain will be totally gone and be back to normal and do the things that I do before like teaching group exercises.

November 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm
(221) Tracey says:

Hi everyone,

I had my gallbladder removed 24 days ago by keyhole surgery. I have had myself in a right panic by reading some of the info on gallbladder sites! One person said she was shopping in Asda a few hours after her op!!!

My experience is not like that at all!

I felt really rough for the first 2 weeks, in lots of pain (but manageable with tablets), diarrhoea if I ate anything with fat in and unable to sleep in the bed or even lie on my left or right side.

I did notice a massive improvement at 21 days. And now at 24 days post op I am not 100% but possibly getting there.

I still have a niggly ache where my gallbladder was and down my right side, also on my tummy on the right side and a burning pain across the top of my back especially if I sit in one position for too long. I have diarrhoea tablets to take because my bowels are not back to normal yet.

I went to see my gp a few days ago and he said this was all normal. He said that at the end of the day I have had an organ removed and things bashed about inside. He told me not to expect miracles and should give myself another couple of weeks.

Im writing this to you all because I know how worried I have been and I think we expect to heal sooner because it is keyhole. I am so sick of people saying to me “thought you had keyhole, you should be better now!”

I think we should all give ourselves a break and let our bodies adjust.

Honestly I thought they had took the wrong organ because I have felt so ill and read so much rubbish on other sites, I scared myself to death.

Take care everyone.

November 23, 2009 at 10:39 am
(222) Rebecca says:

I had a my gall bladder removed on 11-18-09. I am 5 days post op now. I am feeling pretty good. My bowels are moving normally and I am eating well. I am not having any real pain except right around the incision in my belly button. Its really tender. I am scheduled to see my surgeon on Wednesday the 25th…he may or may not release me to work. I have 2 young children and am not picking them up yet, I dont think I could even if I tried. Overall Im so glad I had the surgery. The gall pain was so awful I couldnt take it anymore. I think anyone who suffers from gall pain should definitely have the surgery for the sake of themselves. No surgery is fun…they all come with discomfort, but why suffer the rest of your life when it could just be a few more weeks???

November 25, 2009 at 7:28 pm
(223) felicia says:

Hi. I am post-op my surgery was the 20th of November.
Actually doing really well, all the gas has gone bye-bye, I am still in a little bit of pain because of the stitches. I have found that sleeping on your left side or your back until the stitches are out is the right decision. Everyone have a nice turkey day and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

November 29, 2009 at 12:26 am
(224) Eve says:

*DAN* I’m a 23 yr old female. I have surgery scheduled for this Monday (11/30/09) for a polyp found in my GB. I’m having it removed through keyhole surgery. My doctor told me that no one is really sure about polyps developing into more severe issues, like cancer, because no one who has it keeps their gallbladder. He said best bet is surgery so I don’t have to deal with the attacks anymore. I’m extremely nervous about the recovery process. I’m not looking forward to having the possible gas pains in the shoulder & neck or the possible nausea. I have a high tolerance for pain but those GB attacks would bring me to my knees, so if they’re anything like that, I’M SCARED! I’m going to reiterate to my Dr. that I want as much of the CO2 pushed out of my belly to reduce my chances of getting gas pains & to prescribe me the best possible pain killers on the market. LOL Again, not looking forward to the surgery or it’s recovery from it, but I am looking forward to living my life free of GB attacks! I’ll update again after my surgery.

December 2, 2009 at 12:03 am
(225) LZ says:

Had LAP GB surgery here in San Diego..Went well…Back at work after a week..Scary part was not getting BM for 2 days…This site helped to calm my fears..Thanks to all..

December 7, 2009 at 5:38 pm
(226) bruce says:

I just had mine out 2 days ago in December. I was having really bad gallblatter pain and every time I ate I got really sick. After 6 major tests no one could figure out what was wrong with me. They decided to take my gallblatter out since that is the organ that regulates the bile and i was obviously out of whack. When they went in to look at it, they saw it was pretty pissed off and had a lot of scar tissue on it.

I am on day 2 and have a lot of pain. I feel like I did 80000 sit ups yesterday, my back is sore as well. I have not had much of an appetite, only eating out of need. As of today i have not had a BM. I am a 42 male , work out every day of my life. I am hoping the pain will go away fast. I also had the shoulder pain, most of which is gone. I bought a heating pad at walgreens for my shoulder and the first night it was great. I wish I didnt have to have this surgery, at this time in my life. I feel for anyone going through this as well and welcome your emails..

brucergoldberg AT gmail.com

December 8, 2009 at 8:05 am
(227) Carol says:

Hi….I had surgery on the 20th of November and everything went well. The first two days were a little rough – what helped was walking.I didn’t take the pain pills, because they cause constipation, and I didn’t need anymore of that. I walked around the backyard every couple of hours for about twenty minutes. I felt better standing up, than sitting or lying down.The bloating DOES go away, for me it was on day 4. I was back to normal after 5 days – even cooked a Thanksgiving Dinner. I really do think the walking helps.I am a 58 year old woman – so far so good.
All your comments were so helpful – my Doctor didn’t give me much information.
Thanks.

December 11, 2009 at 8:56 pm
(228) Calvin says:

I just had my lap chol on 11-11-09. I still have some pain where my incisions are. I am very active in playing volleyball twice weekly. Just started playing again last week and boy was it different. I am unable to fully extend my arm to hit the ball because it feels especially tight where my navel is. Also does anyone have nightmares of any sort since post op. I just had a few more episodes last night and it seems to be getting worse and worse. I have had my follow ups and the doctor said it was from taking my pain medication but I haven’t taken any for the last week or so. Does anyone else have similar experiences. Please help if you can.

December 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm
(229) Melanie says:

Had my Gallbladder removed on Dec. 9th. almost a week ago now. I feel awful! I feel like I did the next day I got out of the hospital. Still in a lot of pain, wear out fast and get chills. Everything I eat makes me run to the bathroom.

The operation was not a piece of cake like people told me before surgery. Everyone thinks I ought to be better by now but I’m not.

It’s hard to know what to eat. Nothing sounds good or tastes good.

I have 5 holes and 18 staples, they are red and sore. It is hard to get comfortable in bed.

I’m suppose to be on light activity for 3 weeks, somehow I feel it will take me longer to feel better than that short time.

Does anyone know why a person get Chol. around your Gallbladder for? I guess I had Chol. around my Gallbladder the Dr. never told me why.

I wish everyone Good Luck who is going to have their Gallbladders removed. And wish a speedy recovery to the ones’ who have had their Gallbladders out. I would of never had mine out until after the holidays if I had know how I would of felt before hand.

3 surgeries in 8 months (2 major) no wonder I don’t feel good.

Best Regards!
Melanie

December 16, 2009 at 10:47 am
(230) Tracie says:

I had a Lap Chole on Dec 11,2009. I am still very sore with chills (running low grade fever of 99.6). I have no energy for ANYTHING for a long period of time. Sleeping on my sides or stomach is out of the question. First BM was fine, 3rd or 4th is when the burning sensation started. I am not hungry & when I do eat it is very little. I have lost 15lbs since Friday. Overall, I would rather deal with this pain than the pain I had before. ~Well wishes to everyone! I hope you will all feel better soon.

December 29, 2009 at 4:19 am
(231) Christine says:

I had the surgery yesterday, laproscopic, and I feel amazingly fantastic. No gas pains, normal movements, just sore around the 4 puncture sites.
Took pain meds yesterday but I don’t think I’ll need them today. I expect to be back to work in a week.
Good luck :)

December 30, 2009 at 7:33 am
(232) christine says:

what a difference a day makes. day 3-post op. OUCH.
doc said it’s normal. loading up with pain meds today, doing nothing and hopefully the BM start to move.

January 10, 2010 at 10:43 am
(233) Stephanie says:

I had a c section on oct 27th, and just have my gall bladder removed on Jan 7. I had a gall stone the size of a golf ball! For anyone who has had a c section-here is my comparrison- gall bladder surgery is cake! I was up and walking after 2 hours at the hospital. Went home and rested all day and took the pain meds and ate light. Then The next day felt pretty good, actually cleaned and organized my daughters room! Then day 3 i felt sick, threw up a few times and then was fine. Today, day 4, I feel almost ‘normal’ It is a bit painful to bend over to the floor, but other than that, i am back to myself. It may be because this seems like nothing compared to coming home with a 6 inch incision and caring for a newborn, but in my opinion its been great. I actually haven’t had any pain meds in almost 24 hours and am just fine. I plan to return to work tomorrow, the 11th.

January 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm
(234) rainy says:

How long does the discomfort last in the area of the surgery…..its been a month for my daughter and shes really feeling a lot of discomfort still.

January 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm
(235) Sheri says:

I just had my gallbladder removed on Friday, January 8th. I had gallstones in the neck of my gallbladder. I am doing pretty good. I have a lot of bloating. Have had 2 bm’s but were like small rocks, very hard. I also have this burning pain sensation to the left of my belly button. No right on my belly button but right to the left side. Is this normal? Possibly nerves? My stool is hard so I’m taking stool softeners and drinking hot decaf tea and water. That left side of my belly button hurst when you have to push to go to the bathroom.

January 15, 2010 at 5:47 am
(236) rita says:

I had my gallbladder removed laproscopically on 12/11/09 after having vomiting attacks for over a year. I didn’t know what was causing it, after tests, no stones were found, but my gallbladder wasn’t functioning properly. My surgery went great, went home that afternoon with minimal pain. I was sore and a little stiff, but I only needed the pain meds for a few days and that was mostly just to help me sleep comfortable. I am a diabetic and noticed in a few weeks, my sugar levels were lower. I am so glad I had this done,I feel soooo much better! Maybe I am one of the lucky ones, but I would recommend it to anyone having problems.

January 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm
(237) danielle says:

I also suffer from panic attacks and anxitey i just had my gallbladder out thursday 1/14/10. Nothing to worry bout they gave me some meds to relax and i was happy as can be even making jokes as they were hookin me up to the monitors, afterwards i woke up in a lot of pain in my shoulder mainly and i was very nauseaous, was vomiting, but the did discharge me the day of. Its sunday 3 days after the surgery all is ok but my belly button is sore and there is a red circle underneath it and its swollen also inside of belly button a little crusty im going to doc tomorrow if its not better.

January 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm
(238) Rebecca_ says:

I am 9 days post lap chol surgery and still don’t feel great. My right ribs hurt, the lower right incision has an area near it that feels like a tight pulled muscle and my ribs are sore with a band like feeling. I don’t have a lot of energy and have to be careful what i eat because I bloat. I’m starting to fear that I might now feel good again :(

January 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm
(239) Rebecca_ says:

Oh sorry for the typo’s. That was might noT feel good again.

January 25, 2010 at 8:46 am
(240) CATALINA says:

I HAD SURGERY FRI. JANUART 15, 2010. I’AM 26 YRS. OLD, IT WAS PAINFULL FOR 4 DAYS UNABLE TO SLEEP DUE TO UNCOMFORTABLENESS. I HAVE A 1 YR. OLD AND UNABLE TO LIFT FOR 4 WEEKS DR. SAID. THANK GOD I HAVE PARENTS TO HELP ME.

January 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm
(241) Debbie says:

I had my surgery 1-18-10. I’m still hurting some. I’m unable to pick up my 4mth old. Dr told me no driving or picking up for 3 wks. My belly button incision and the one and the top hurts the worse. I also had/have nightmares. I’ve been on this meds before so not sure if its the meds. Also hard time w/ bowel movements only 2 in a week and I’m taking stool softners. I had lots of gallstones not sure how many. Still trying to figure out if it was worth it.

January 28, 2010 at 8:29 am
(242) Karen says:

I had surgery on Jan. 8th lapriscopicaly and did very good. In fact so good that I forgot about the no lifting over 10 lbs for 5 weeks. Lifted my briefcase and now I am suffering. My sternum, breast bone is really sore. I can breath fine, but some movement and lifting anything now is painful. Why would that part of body be affected from Gall badder surgery?

February 5, 2010 at 2:09 am
(243) Gail says:

Hi to all!
I had my gallbladder removed 6 years ago. Recovery period is very easy but the problem is untill now I don’t have daily routine(bowel). Sometime it takes a week to go bathroom. Last night 02.03.10 I was so scared coz I was suffering the same pain same as before, the pain is coming from my shoulder, I can’t breath, chest pain, lower backpain, and I was keep yawning. If all of you are having problem same as me please advice…

February 9, 2010 at 11:45 am
(244) Lanee says:

Heyy guys, I just turned 18 on sunday and had my gall bladder removed the day b4 my birthday.. its been about 3 days now and most of my pain is gone but i have a little problem..My vaginal area is swollen as well as dry with a burn?… has any1 else experienced this problem?

February 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm
(245) Meg says:

I had my gallbladder out on Feb. 11th. In the process, the surgeon knicked an artery and there was massive bleeding throughout the operation. The operation took almost 4 hours instead of the usual 1 to 1/12 hours. Afterwards i had severe pain in shoulders and neck from the gas. Was given morphine but it didn’t even phase it. One of the nurses later said I “was all over the place.” Several days later my blood counts dropped – I was internally bleeding and they gave me several units of blood. Had to have another surgery – just 6 days after initial surgery . This time i begged them to do something about the shoulder/neck pain . The op. nurse said they would press on my belly to decompress gas. Guess what – it worked. No pain from gas this time.
I have been home 5 days since my second surgery and am feeling good. Hope to return to work at least half days next week. Am still sleeping sitting up -is easier to get out of bed that way. This is the first day without pain meds and I’m feeling pretty good. I was terribly constipated too. Took some ExLax and it helped me to go. But the gas pains were awful. Yesterday I ate a bean burrito and it helped me go.

February 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm
(246) Meg says:

Correction: My first surgery was February 5th!

February 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm
(247) GiGi says:

Lap surgery on 2/8 around 11:30 and released by 2:30! Could barely get in and out of the car. Slept in a recliner for several nights. Back in my bed, but only on my back and slightly on my side. Sitting up straight for very long is still difficult. Took Vicodin for a few days, but didn’t like how it made me feel, so switched to Tylenol. Threw up the first night. Had shoulder pain several days from the gas. Bowel movements halted for a few days, but mostly normal now after a stool softener. It will be two weeks Monday. Still in pain in area under breast where gb was removed. Recovery is taking a lot longer than I expected and I get tired quickly. Sounds like many of you have had similar experiences. Feeling better as each day progresses, but have to limit my activity. I am 58 and two days ago I baby sat my 2 and 4 yr. old grandsons for about 4 hours. That was about all I could handle! Some trouble sleeping for very long at night. Have resorted to some Tylenol pm to help with that. The worst thing I have right now seems to be constant indigestion no matter what I eat. Not sure what to do for that. Good luck to anyone who is having this done, but don’t expect it to be a piece of cake.

February 26, 2010 at 6:33 am
(248) Jelena says:

Hey All

I was on a massive weightloss I have now lost 37kg but May 09 i had lost 23kg one night I was out with friends we decided to get dinner I had pizza next morning I was ready to get ready for work and then massive pain through my stomache i was get cold sweats pain through the shoulders blades I ran to my GP he gave me a needle I went to work straight after my GP said don’t eat spicy I never ate spicy anyway thought the pain was gone no it was getting every few days I even went to ER one night wait for 1 hr then gave me a needle told me it was reflux gave me pills seeya no investigating just here u go well anyway I have problems with my monthly cycle missing for a few years so I had an appointment with my GYNO who put me on the pill to start regulating my periods I told her stopped the pill I didn’t know what was causing so much discomfort so anyway told her that my GP wasn’t listening told me not to eat spicy my GYNO is the best she sent me for a ultrasound and referred my to a gastrologist
you pay specialsits heaps but the are worth it even when the step outside there own profession brilliant I say so had the ultrasound down multiple small gallstones that are mobile those little creeps where giving me so much pain had my operation scheduled for july 23 09 at Westmead Hospital but because of Swine Flu it was cancelled a week later i was home alone when the pain hit this pain was severe usually last 1hr this was 4 hrs 3 morphine shots at the hospital a blood test showed I had an effection the next day at 10am I had lap surgery recovery my blood pressure was low so my parents werent allowed to see me was ok i had no appetite blood pressure was low again just an hr before I discharged the next day I ate not that I go feel was eating i was numb because they took the drip of early that my was blood pressure dropped. Life after gallstones my recovery was slow but i am glad that really bad pain is gone however the last few months my stomache hurts after meals and recently my bowels have been moving after each meals which sometimes I think maybe nil by mouth and I will be ok (LOL) so I an going to see my gastologist and see what going on.

Jelena (Australia)

February 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm
(249) lisa says:

had gall bladder out keyhole on15th feb. today is 26th feb and am wondering when going to start feeling better. pain all down right hand side feels like on fire still, have had no benefit from this surgery yet and am scared something has gone wrong. cant believpeople say keyhole surgery is a doddle. had a c section 10 years ago and recovered quicker from that. hopefully will start to see great improvement in next few days and will get some benefit in the long run from this op, think recovery time for keyhole surgery is underestimated. had diahhrea 3 days after surgery which has settled but stools now light colour which im told is normal now still afraid to eat anything not low fat as still feeling really sore. my advice to anyone getting this operation is dont expect to be mobile or recover after few days as drs say, everyone is different and just hope this time next week i am feeking a lot better.

February 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm
(250) Amy says:

I had my gallbladder removed exactly 4 weeks ago. I’m 26 yrs old and thought that by this time I’d feel like myself again……but boy was I wrong. Of course the severe pain is over but I’m still sore around my bellybutton (I can’t twist my body at all) and my right side. I’m even feeling this annoying lingering pain in my lower right abdomen, and my bladder…..I’m a dancer and still feeling this awful is depressing me.
I know doctors tell you its no big deal……but it is. My mom tells me that I should take it easy for at least two months. Not because you feel better does it mean that it has fully healed inside. Cuts inside the body heal differently than those outside…..well every body is different. It’s very important to take it easy though….no one wants complications later down the road….

February 27, 2010 at 11:16 pm
(251) Joanne says:

I just had my Lap-Chole on February 17th, after suffering for over a year with Biliary Colic, frequent vomitting and water diarrhea (the last 2 always occurring simultaneously).

The 1st indication of an attack for me would be the Biliary Colic (burping up a rotten-egg taste). Within a short time of that, I would be overcome with cold sweats and nausea. And then before an hour was up, I would have to run to the bathroom, and that’s where I would remain for at least 1 hour, with my ass in the bowl and a pail on my lap.

My doctor kept misdiagnosing me with the Stomach Virus until I finally begged to be sent for some kind of testing, because at that point I knew that this was no stomach virus. Finally, an Abdominal Ultrasound revealed Gallstones, which got me a referral to a General Surgeon. But before surgery…

I was referred to a Gastoenterologist for Upper and Lower scoping as a precaution, and in the event that something was found that could be removed at the time of the Lap-Chole. Luckily, nothing serious was found, but then I became very anxious and apprehensive about the Gallbladder surgery.

The night before surgery-prep was a sinch, since I had already acclimated myself to virtually not eating. I was only able to eat and drink a few things that would stay down. That was: 1 lg bowl of chopped Romaine Lettuce Hearts with croutons and a squirt of Caesar Dressing, every other day; Hill’s Bros Cappuchino Drink mix with a dash of Milk (in place of coffee); and, A&W Root Beer soda (which I was never a fan of). I literally feared eating because I feared another attack.

Surgery day finally arrived. I was scared. And sometimes when I’m scared, I nervously show my humorous side. So, I couldn’t resist…

Just before the Ansethesiologist put me under, I jokingly announced that ‘I was ready for my

March 3, 2010 at 8:03 am
(252) Joanne says:

“…Michael Jackson special, and I’d like the next stop on this train ride to be ‘the Twilight Zone.”

But in all, I am, a 48 y/o Female, 2 weeks post-Lap-Chole (2/17/2010) after more than a year of suffering frequent horrible attacks of vomiting and watery diarrhea. My symptoms were so bad (at least 1x a week) that each and every time I had an attack, I had it coming out of both ends simultaneously, sitting on the bowl with a pail in my lap. I felt like I was dying a slow death.

My regular Dr kept diagnosing me with the Ďole stomach virus,í until I begged her to send me for some kind of testing. After an abdominal Ultrasound [BINGO] – gallstones! And prepping for surgery was a piece-o-cake, since I was so afraid to eat anyway. ĎNothing to eat or drink after midnightí had a significant head start, lol.

My recovery was pretty routine, and I was fortunate enough to be admitted as a Same-Day, Extended, which allowed me to stay in-hospital for up to 23 hours, and included an overnight. Opted for Percocet over Demerol in hospital, as Demerol does nothing for me. Went home with Percocet, but only need them for the 1st three days. As for my GB, surgeon told me that it was loaded with small stones, and there was lesions found, indicating evidence of previous severe attacks.

I was very sore , especially around my belly-button and the puncture site at center point below my rib cage for about 7-10 days. And nearly this whole time, the right side of my abdomen has become very itchy – which I was told was a good sign that things are healing. And only at my post-op exam did I become aware that there were staples in my belly-button. That explained WHY [it] hurt more than the other puncture sites.

My bowel movements resumed 2 days after surgery. And since that lovely bodily function has resumed, I now have to RUN to the bathroom, because the urge would come on suddenly and urgently, and that occurs several times a day. Before that, I was a regular Ďonce every morningí person.

Another discomfort that I have newly acquired since my resumed post-op bowel movements is painful intestinal gas build-up. That seems to occur almost daily now, no matter what I eat or drink, which isnít much. Feels like gas stuck in an intestinal pocket and ripping my gut open, and even farting doesnít help much. I happened to have some BEANO in the house, so I took a shot at it. I figured that it couldnít hurt, since it is made out of natural stuff. It performed a miracle on me – LOL – within minutes! So, BEANO is now my new pal, LOL.

I didnít experience any ill effects (shoulder pain, etc) from the gas that is blown into your abdominal cavity during surgery. However, on day 7, after surgery, I unavoidably went against post-op orders of not lifting anything heavy. Then began my every 2 Ĺ hour excursions to my porch and driveway to shovel snow, so that I wouldnít get snowed in during last weekís (Feb 24-26, í10) blizzard/snow storm that slammed here in the Northeast. Outside help was not readily available. As a result, by the next day, and 9 trips out to the snow mounds, I slightly busted one of my puncture site sutures. So, it is very important to follow post-op care instructions as best as you can. Luckily, I didnít cause much damage.

But Iím new to the gallbladder surgery circuit, so Iím just now beginning to feel some of the changes that occur to the body. And I hope that airing my experience is helpful to others.

March 12, 2010 at 11:49 am
(253) Rick says:

I had a severe gall gladder attack, which began 1988. It is very easy to make excuses why you never get around to it. Sun Morn 3/7/10 am I thought I was having a heart attack, luckily not. I was discharged and went home. Sunday night I was very exhausted and only ate a 3×3 square. At midnight i was in the worst pain of my life. Chest and abdominal. Back to the ER again. I was diagnosed with a severely inflamed, infected, and enlarged gall bladder. I’ll never forget the surgeon” It’s gotta come out as soon as we can get you in there. 3 hrs later it’s done. 8 incisions later. Almost had to do the old conventional surgery… Now this is Friday and I feel a little rough…..Not too much pain, but very weak…. If in doubt…Do the surgery before it’s an emergency. It is only worse…Good luck and God speed…….Rick….

March 13, 2010 at 10:13 am
(254) amanda says:

I just had my GB surgery (march11 2010)and let me tell ya IT HURTS.I have three kids all under the age of 8.The gas pains hurt worse than the incisions,But after having a bowel movement I felt so much better.I still have trouble with mild gas pains but with each bowel movement it gets better and better.I still cant sleep because I am use to sleeping on my stomach and cant right now.I am assuming after about 2 weeks I should good as new

March 20, 2010 at 12:09 am
(255) Melissa says:

I had my gallbladder removed on March 17. I was in the hospital that morning and out around 12 noonI have been up and walking since. I have a 2 y/o and 6 wk old so I really had no choice but to have a speedy recovery. I have not experienced the gassy pains that some on here talk about. I do have some pain around the bellybutton area where on of the holes is, but it’s not painful enought o keep taking pain meds, even though the pain meds didn’t help much for me anyway. It is safe to say that I feel so much better and I can actually have my baby girl lay on my chest without feeling any more pain.

March 31, 2010 at 8:01 pm
(256) Robin says:

I had my gallbladder removed 3-29-30 and still have a lot of pain espically under my right shoulder blade, and now i am concerned about the staples coming out I was cut 4 times and have staples in every incision, does it hurt when the staples come out?

April 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm
(257) Dbur says:

I had a lap chloe on March 23, 2010. I am now 10 days out of surgery and the incisions have healed nicely, but I do have some abdominal discomfort. Also, I have a moving pain that starts under right ribcage and seems to travel down lower in the abdomen and even around the back. It seems difficult to take a deep breath because of the discomfort. Most of the time the pain feels like something is “poking” me in the side, especially when I take a deep breath. Less frequently the pain feels like just mild discomfort or pressure in my side. This all occurs on the right side, and usually originates where my gallbladder was located. Is this normal? Has anyone else had these symptoms? Thank You all.

April 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm
(258) Bev says:

I had my gallbladder out by keyhole surgery on 25th March 2010 and I can’t beleive how great I feel already. I had my op at 2pm in the afternoon and stayed in overnight during which time i was on oxygen which i am sure helped with the pain i didint get the discomfort that others have had from the gases. I was discharged on the fri morning feeling much brighter than I thought I would a bit of pain in my stomach and not easy to get up from lying down, but able to cope with pain killers paracetamol and dehydrocodine for the first few days . It is now 9 days since my op and I have had my stitches out on day 7 the nurse said my scars are healing well just rest and take it easy for the next couple of weeks then hope to go back to work.Everyone who has been to visit can’t believe how well I look and I can only praise the doctors for a great job and giving me my life back after 3 months of agony in and out of hospital 4 times with flair ups and on the last occasion pancreaitus so if you are reading this and having your op soon I hope you feel as well as i do very soon. I am still on low fat diet but gradually introducing new foods that i haven’t been eating, due to my gallstones and living of chicken, baked beans, toast with jam, boiled rice and jacket potatoes since Christmas!!

April 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm
(259) jazb says:

Hello guys!….i am 19 years old i was told i had a gallbladder full of gallstones in feb 2010…after having three gallstone attacks i was sent to a surgeron…I had my surgery on march 31st 2010..after the surgery my surgeon told my family my gallbladder was 5 times the normal size and ihad over 400 diff color gallstones and if i would have waited any longer this surly would have killed me!!!!!5 days after surgery i am feeling wonderful besides being a little sore i am doing great i can walk get out of bed alone and even stand for 2 or 3 hrs..i had gas for about 3 days but i took lots of gas meds luckly i did not have the gas in my shoulder that everyone talked about…i am happy with my recovery but remember everyone is different so dont get frustrated if you dont recover as fast as some of us give your body time. and walking does good please do not stay in bed you will make you body stiff and you will be in more pain..will your self back to health please its the best thing for you…good luck and god bless!!

April 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm
(260) sue says:

I had gallbladder surgery 3/16/2010 I was out the same day . Usual pain gas bloating in shoulder tired. But went back to work in 6days. I have good days and bad, but started a pain underneath my right rib cage. It hurts as much as the gallstones.I have no loose stools, but do have some trouble going ,(Not on pain pills). Has anyone had this problem.

April 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm
(261) Michelle says:

Sue, I had my gallbladder out on 3/16/10 by lap. I guess I experienced way more pain then I ever thought I would and really thought something was wrong. I went back to work two weeks later after staples were removed. I find that I am doing well, not tired, can stand for long periods of time ok, but I am still having pain from time to time especially when I am laying on side, move the wrong way etc. Feels like I am ripping open the incision on the inside. Very painful. I am hopeful this is normal and I did not overdue it as I usually do, and caused any damage!

April 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm
(262) Dan says:

Hi Sue,

I am 2 weeks out of surgery, and I still have pain on my right side. I don’t know exactly what kind of pain you are experiencing, but mine always seems to start uner my right ribcage and feels like a poking or tearing sensation. The pain also seems to move down to my lower abdomen and even around the side and back at times. I hope this helps!

April 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm
(263) Terry says:

I had my gallbladder by lap. Doing very well, the first 3 days was the worst pain. It is day six and the only pain is standing up straight, it is more of a pinching sensation and tolerable. Still tire easy, just taking Ibuprofen and half a pain pill at night. The gas in the right shoulder was the worst but good old gas-X for two days helped alot.

April 6, 2010 at 3:09 pm
(264) Patricia says:

I had my gall bladder out on the morning of March 25 and went home the same day. I had all the usual bloating, pain in the belly and all that goes with surgery. That was on Thurs and I went out to eat the next Fri. It has been almost 2 weeks and everything is good, just tire out really easy. Also have had trouble with constipation but hopefully that will get better real soon. A great doctor and lots of prayers is the key…

April 8, 2010 at 6:47 am
(265) Tsering says:

My mom is 50 years old and have mild stomach alcer. And her gallbladder was romoved on Feb,2010. A day after the lap surgery, she could walk slowly. As you mentioned here, she also had frequent severe shoulder pain for a few days. Another problem she faced was the sleeping position.
But all the disconforts disappeared gradually.

April 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm
(266) Rose says:

I had my gall bladder removed on Friday April 2, 2010 and today is Thursday the 8th. I had an awesome surgeon. I never had any of the “gas” pains in my shoulders. The operation was at 2:00 p.m. and I went home on Sat. around 5:30 p.m. I went back to work on Tuesday. My appetite isn’t very good and for a couple of days after getting home, I was nauseous. Where the drain tube was is a little sore, but I have been cleaning it with peroxide and putting a clean band aid on it. The other “holes” are healing fine. I basically feel great. Can’t lift or do my normal activities (bowling, dance class, cleaning) for a couple of weeks, but that is okay. Better to be safe than sorry. I only take a mild pain med at night to help me sleep with a little more comfort. Never had a problem finding a position to sleep in. I am 60 years young and can’t believe I even had major surgery not even a week ago. My advice…get the best surgeon you can find.

April 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm
(267) Hayley says:

Hi guys I had my gallblader removed on th 1st April 2010 I am still finding it all very uncomfortable. I was home the same day then ended up being addmited back to hospitla on Wednesday and come out on Friday. I am having a lot of post op pain inbetwwen my shoulder blades and I have got a urine invection too :( I wish I never had the opration the pain I am getting at moment is worse than the Pain I got with my gallblader. They said the had to pull my bladder of my liver so I think that’s why I am in so much pain. Its nice to read I am not the only one that is suffering from constipation and pain. It is nice just to have a rant on here lol I hope the pain give soon as I really don’t no how much more I can take :( I am not a wimp I can usually handle pain but this is beond :( anyone else still having pain and how long do you think I will begetting it. Thanks for taking the time to read this xxx

April 11, 2010 at 4:21 pm
(268) Elisa says:

Had gb attack iin mid-February 2010 and ended up in the emergency room, a month later had gb taken out in laparascopic surgery, they also put dye into the bile duct and saw a stone lodged in there, so a week later had to go for an endoscopic procedure where they could not find the stone! It either passed on its own or the picture showed “sludge” looking like a big stone, that dissolved and passed. After the gb surgery I had a lot of pain for a week, esp. all over my back, too, felt like someone had beaten my whole back w/a hammer. After a week, I started to feel better. After the endoscopic procedure I couldn’t talk well for a few days, since tubes were put down my throat for both anesthesia and endoscopy. The four incisions from gb surgery are healing ok, still red and a little protruding, can eat again normal but try for smaller quantities. I hope, Haley, you feel better soon! Give it a little more time and try to take it easy. To the original poster, I’d say one to two weeks till you feel like you can move well again, you definitely need help with your toddler. No heavy lifting. I agree w/the one poster who says that she gets tired. The deep exhaustion I feel is new to me after a little work in the garden, I just want to sit down and am so very deep down tired, a new sensation.

April 13, 2010 at 9:29 am
(269) Dianne says:

Hi
I had my gaulbladder and 2 massives stones out on the 6th April. I came out of hospital the next day, I had a lot of pain in my right shoulder and in the stomach, this was contolled by pain killers. Im on the 7th post op day today and im feeling a lot better. Im still very sore and I have my stiches out tomorrow (thank goodnes). Im still only eating a small lowfat diet as I get a lot of pain after food. The hospital gave me a sick note for 1 month, I said yove got to be joking, but no that is the recommended recovery period. I still get very tierd when doing small chores so I know in myself im not ready for work. After reading all the comments it proves everyone as a different healing process, so let your body tell you when your ready for work.

April 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm
(270) Mike says:

I’m 60 and had my lap chloe yesterday–went in the hospital at 8 a.m. and was out at 12:30 p.m. They told me the procuedure took about 30 minutes. Experienced mild pain in the stomach but put on an ice pack when I got home which helped quite a bit. Slept for a few hours in the afternoon and had a nourishing bowl of noodle soup for dinner. Slept OK and got up a few times to go to the bathroom but no bowel movement yet. Feeling better today although still tender in the stomach area and I continue to use the ice pack. Hopefully, I’m aiming to play golf and softball again soon.

April 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm
(271) carolyn says:

hi, what a great website, where would we be without them! i had my gallbladder removed 12 days ago whilst on holiday, i started bleeding on day 6 (just like a brown discharge) and pain in my right side lower back, just like someone turning a knife when i yawn or move funny. the bleeding has now stopped and the pain in my right lower back seems to be getting easier, is this normal. thanks carolyn

April 27, 2010 at 9:43 am
(272) Joanne says:

I had my gallbladder laproscopically removed on Monday 4/19/10. Surgery was 1:00, doctor was done at 1:45 and I was discharged to go home by 3:30. Had discomfort the first few days. Able to pass a bowel movement by Thursday and shower. Drove by Saturday. Back to work by Monday 4/26/10. Still feel some twinges but that could be the nerves regenerating. I did notice my back muscles were achy but that was for compensating for not using the abdominal muscles. Other than that everything went very well. I do feel better now that the gallbladder is removed. I know my limits and not to do too much. Excellent doctor.

April 29, 2010 at 10:22 am
(273) poppysmum says:

I am due to have gb surgery on 18/19 may. I have had to go private as I cant b ear this pain any longer. My parents are paying half and me the other half ….. its all the moeny I have so if I die on the op table I hope they get a refund !
I am a very overweight lady of 41 and have had pains for a while now, they are getting mroe and more frequent and a scan showed 10/15 stones with a distened gallbladder.
I am more frightened than ever and cry all the time, as I have 4 daughters and I so dont want to leave them should anything happen.
i have suffered panic attacks in the past and I hope these dont recur. All in all I am a nervous wreck. My GP made it worse by saying dont worry about keyhole, with your weight I would be more worried about the anaesthetic. This has made me terrified, but it has to come out.
A tube down my throat is terrifying me to, as the dentist cant even xray me as I gag too much …. someone please offer me some advice or something.
Thanks xx

May 5, 2010 at 10:53 am
(274) Shirleen says:

Appreciated everyone comments. It made me feel alot better. The bottom line is that the surgeons make you think because it is laps it is a piece of cake. I too thought I would be feeling great after a few days and back to work. I still feel tired, sore, not sleeping after 4 days. Guess I am trying to push recovery.

May 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm
(275) Sue says:

I had laparoscopic gallbladder surgery on Thursday, one week ago. I’m glad to see that other people have pain where the gallbladder used to be. This is concerning me – its pretty much the same pain I used to have. I still have a little shoulder pain. Overall, each day I get a little better. I am definitely getting around – driving, shopping, cleaning. Just a little more tired than usual.

May 7, 2010 at 6:33 am
(276) Sasha says:

Had surgury Wednesday. It is now Friday. My surgury took 4 hours. I had keyhole, but I had 2 large stones stuck in my bile duct, so they either had to cut me right open or go down through my throat & through my stomach…ect. I also had complications during recovery…. I had a respiracy collapse with morpheine. I was Unconsious for 10 minutes, I wasn’t breathing and I turned black & blue. Don’t worry!!! It was a rare case!! I am only 20 :) I toughed it out! I had no gas pain. I did have a tube / drain in. Also needed 5 blood clotting needles in my legs (you can get it in your stomach too…tiny needle, doesn’t hurt!) so over all, the only pain I have is when I try to get up from bed :) it isn’t as bad as a gallbladder attack! Everyone will be fine!! I’m still alive! :)

May 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm
(277) Kate says:

I Had gallstones removed on 16th april 2010 and still off work had a sick note for one month but still unable to return to work due to lifting heavy things at work .. im still havin a few pains in my right side n still having my off days , wounds are healing nice but still tend to feel abit sore when i do to much or bend forward is this normal.

May 13, 2010 at 1:12 am
(278) MaryM says:

Hi,

I am getting married in October and am thinking of having surgery but want to know how long it was before anyone could exercise again?

May 13, 2010 at 1:14 am
(279) MaryM says:

HI,

I am getting married in October and need to have the surgery before the wedding. I am concerned about recovery time and also wondering how long it would be before I could exercise again??

May 14, 2010 at 3:03 am
(280) romaine says:

I had gallbladder surgery 3rd May, had that bad shoulder pain for 4 days but off all pain meds now, still get niggly pain where my gallbladder was and still feel tired. getting married in 4 weeks so hoping to be back to normal by then and be able to drink alcohol. How long before anyone else has tried a drink?

May 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm
(281) Carol Hood says:

I had gall bladder surgery last Tuesday at 11.30 am, I was awake and sitting up by 1.30 pm – discharged by 8 pm. I did not have any wind pain at all but do feel a little tender between by rib cage today but I think that is because as I was feeling so well, I overdid things yesterday. I had four stones the size of marbles and was told the area around the gall bladder was inflamed even though I did not have an attack for three weeks! Looking forward to a full recovery and no more sleepless nights….

June 3, 2010 at 9:41 pm
(282) Bridget says:

I had my gallbladder out 11 days ago and I still have some pain on my right side. I think I thought I would feel better almost immediately but that hasn’t happened. I tire easily and even small exertions can cause pain afterward. I do feel much better than I did when I got home but I guess I was a bit surprised by the amount of time it is taking to feel completely normal.

June 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm
(283) India says:

Hi I am suppose to have gall bladder June 24th I am scared to death I am 43 years old and never had surgery. I have layering gall stones the largest is 1 cm I have several attacks of pain and 7 weeks of dirrhea back in January and my liver enzymes are high I really want to know how bad the surgery is I have read several scary post on here. Is it really worth it.

June 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm
(284) Anne says:

I had my gall bladder out 12 days ago. After the first week, I still felt sore around the incisions, but I had some energy. Now, I am very tired. I wonder what’s going on. I’m supposed to go back to work in two days, and I’m worried that I won’t have the stamina, even though I have a desk job. My digestion is good, and the pain gets less each day.

June 20, 2010 at 9:31 pm
(285) nicole79 says:

I’m really freaking out. I’m scheduled to have my gallbladder taken out on June 28. I’ve seen it done once while I was in nursing school about 2years ago.

June 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm
(286) Fred says:

Had mine out Jan 8 2009 , little pain when came out of surgery till got iv pain killer going then ok,sore around belly button where they went in ,takes about a week to recover ,walk all you can the better ,but nothing to freak out over ,if you get a good doctor should be fine ,you can look up my post back on Jan 29 2009 ,ps it was my 1st surgery too and i was 55

June 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm
(287) Pastor Erson says:

My gallstones were removed just June 15, the operation was good, the problem occurs only after the operation. I was not able to move my body freely as my surgeon advised me to walk slowly one day after so that i can release my gas 24 hours after the operation. But it was only released after three days. I still have experincing pains on my right abdomen and also back pains until now. I experienced short breathing also from time to time when walking slowly…i am 43 years old..

June 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm
(288) Stephanie says:

I’m 27, had mine out June 18, 2010. Was in ER that same night with incredible stabbing pain in right rib area and upper right shoulder. Told it was most likely a gas bubble that hit a nerve…all after getting another iv and a catscan that night. It’s now day 4 after surgery and I finally went to the bathroom. Took Miralax (would definitely recommend) to assist with this. I’m very sore but taking my pain medicine as directed. I am so grateful to have the best family and friends as nurses during recovery. Hope to be back to my self soon…my doctor said about 10 days. Good luck!

June 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm
(289) Marytt62 says:

I had my gallbladder removed April 2010 it is now the end of June and I still have right shoulder and right side pains. I was wondering if antone else has had these pains and this long. It is painful to take a deep breath or walk of steps.

June 29, 2010 at 7:24 pm
(290) Anne says:

Hey, this is Anne from a couple of weeks ago. It’s now been 22 days since I had my gall bladder removed, and I feel great! My digestion is normal for the first time in months. My energy is back to normal. I’m sleeping much better. I just finished removing my bandages, and the incisions are so small, I am amazed. I’m 50 and in pretty good health generally. I had shortness of breath for about 1.5 weeks after the surgery, but I feel really great now. So, I hope that eases some fears for other people. Good luck!

July 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm
(291) Susie says:

I am 40 and had a gallbladder attack in Nov ’09. After ultrasounds and advice from Gastroentorologist & Surgeon, they recommended I have it out via lap surgery. I had my gallbladder out on 29 June, so it will be 3 weeks tomorrow. My recovery time has been much slower than anyone ever explained. I spent two days in hospital and in retrospect, should have had two more. I spent the first 2.5 weeks in bed or on couch. A walk up the street and a shop put me backwards at the 2 week mark. The other major complication was constipation from a few days before surgery til only three days ago ie: 2.5 weeks. Despite prune juice, coloxil, apples etc, my GP eventually put me on Movicol, as I was so unbelieveably chocked-up and was experiencing severe back pains, heart palpitations, sweats at night, malaise and nausea. I also started having pear juice. I started Movicol Thursday and by Saturday, was going every half an hour all day – I was exhausted by Sat night and sat up til 3am, as I could’nt lie down. Seems I upset the electrolytes as I spent a painful night last night with cramps, headaches etc. I was hoping to go back to work today but am not up to it, so it will have been 3 weeks off work !! arrrrgh I still have pains around my incisions but am told this is the dissolving stitches and still have a piercing to dull pain in my right back between shoulder blades (had this before surgery too). Hoping for a rapid recovery this week …. it’s not much fun and so much worse than my Surgeon explained ie: a few days, then back at work.

August 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm
(292) nichole says:

I had my surgery 9 days ago. My Gallbladder was very infected had no other option but to remove it. The pain from the gasses were horrible and I had a very hard time breathing. those pains went away after two days but i had to stay up and moving for them to work out of my body. I have been sick for over 7 months now with this problem, couldnt hold food down for 2 months at all and was always sick to my stomach and throwing up. My pain is going away, still is uncomfortable to sit or lay but not bad. I had to take a laxative 3 days after surgery to help me go to the bathroom but now food just goes right through me with pain nausea and runny stools. Just went back to the doc because the nausea and vomiting hasnt stopped. I have no strength or energy left, beyond miserable. the next step if my patholigy of the gallbladder comes back cancer free is to have my sphincter removed which is part of the bililary tree and can be killed of by a diseased gallbladder and will cause all the same symptoms if not taken care of. I have read a lot of what people have to say and it really concerns me that this all will just continue. I have lost tons of weight and am getting to the point of being unable to push myself to do normal things because of being so sick. I am constantly onlie trying toeducate myself and know what questions to ask doctors, but it gets very frustrating. I am on my 5th surgery because of prior problems, and the thought of doing more just makes me sick.

August 19, 2010 at 9:12 pm
(293) Chantele says:

I’m a mother of 4 all ages 4, 3, 2, 1. I had my last baby girl on April 20, 2009 then had my tube tied in my belly button area the next day. May 2010 I had my gallbladder removed in the same belly button they tied and gave me 3 holes down my belly looking like connect a dot. When I was experiencing trouble breathing at nite I told my husband that I had to drive to the hospital. Didnt want to call 911 because I knew I wouldnt have a Sign language in present and didnt want to wake all 4 kids and have my husband drive me to the ER so I drove in extreamlly pain difficulty breathing vomiting on the way driving and in front of the nurses. When they told me that it has to be removed I cried worried that it was my first major surgery and that my husband may be stressed with the babies. My mother drove from Indina to Ohio to help with the babies and stay with me through the surgury. I still feel pain when I eat greassy food so I stop eatting them and tried diet food and avoid all fast food. the worse part i dont understand is why do i still feel real bad shoulder pain or neck too COULD ANY ONE EXPLAIN?

August 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm
(294) kelly says:

Is there anything I can take to help digest food, so I wont get sick and have to go to the bathroom?

August 28, 2010 at 9:43 am
(295) cheryl powless says:

Had my surgery yesterday…got home and felt fine just had to take it easy…the shoulder pain was the worst omg i had to take the pain pills exactly every 4 hours!!!!!…woke up this morning and feels like i did about 1000 crunches….just a little bit sore…doing good so far….this pain is nothing compared to the attacks i was having glad i had it done!

September 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm
(296) Ivette says:

I had my surgery yesterday and left the hospital today. I feel sore and it is hard sitting and standing up, but it worth it if I won’t be having an attack again. I had one attack, which sent me to the hospital, it felt like I was being stabbed in the stomach repeatedly. Wouldn’t recommend this pain on my worst enemy.

September 14, 2010 at 10:02 pm
(297) Ray says:

I had my gallbladder removed on 3rd September. Was sore for 2-3 days making it difficult to get up and down from a lying position but returned to work after a week off and feel pretty good now. No shoulder pain and wounds are healing well. The worse thing for me has been the worse sore throat I’ve ever had from the General anaesthetic tube, which is just getting better now. I’m 55 but reasonably fit, as I do a lot of cycling so I think that has helped my recovery time. I’m hoping the doctor will give me the go ahead to complete a 200km cycling event I have planned in 4 weeks time.

September 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm
(298) Fran says:

Had traditional GB surgery 9/1/10. Lap was attempted but due to adhesions a ten inch diagonal scar from my side to just under the breast bone.
Severe nausea equal to bowel peritonitis. Improvement by day 15.
Continued neck and side pain. Stabbing side or wound pains on occ.
Severe weakness and difficulty walking.
Age 56 and female.

September 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm
(299) Shanyn says:

I am a 24 year old female. I had lap surgery for gallbladder removal last Monday (5 days ago). Surgery at 7:30 AM, out of surgery at 8:45 AM, left the hospital at 2:30 PM. Pain right after surgery was an 8 out of 10 for me, so they gave me morphine and vicodin, and prescribed vicodin for at-home pain.

Next few days I stayed on top of my vicodin and slept a lot. Walked small laps around my house, ate bland foods and also food with fiber to help my digestion start going.

Constipation is normal – the anesthetics and painkillers do this to your body. I had a bowel movement on the third day.

No shoulder/back pain – my stomach is uncomfortable – belly button is most uncomfortable. Also can’t lie down flat on a bed very well, have been sleeping in a recliner – can sleep most of the night. Have nausea on and off, very annoying. Threw up bile my first night home (was all pure bile, no food) but have not since. Showering on the 3rd day was a horrible experience, had to put a chair in the shower and sit down most of the time due to not feeling well when standing up for too long. Be careful when removing bandages (band aids) – you will automatically clench your stomach muscles and that hurts! Also would suggest a pillow to hold over your stomach for the ride home from the hospital – bumps in the road are very uncomfortable!

September 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm
(300) Shanyn says:

(Continued from post above)

Today, fifth day after surgery, I’m feeling pretty good. Can walk up and down stairs without a problem, haven’t taken any painkillers. Stomach still sore, but starting to get itchy (healing). Showered today with no problem. Nausea is still around but I expect that for awhile as my body adjusts. Starting to introduce foods back into my diet with not much problem – no diarrhea so far :)

As it has been said – everyone heals differently. Please do not schedule a vacation or other big event a few days after your surgery – you need to let yourself heal and the pressure of knowing you need to be ready to go by a certain day will be too much! Lap surgery or not, you are still getting an organ removed!

October 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm
(301) Dawn says:

Had mine removed on Tuesday, had my dressings changed today, a little sore, still got the pain in my sholders and still feel very bloated, as most of you have said its blumin difficult getting out of bed!! cuts still quite tender but all to be expected after what they need to do to get the gallbladder out!! i’m not planning to go back to work for at least another 2 or 3 weeks, just hope the sholder pain goes away quite quickly as this blumin hurts :0(

October 7, 2010 at 11:42 pm
(302) Carlyn says:

I had a lap coly 10/04/10 (Canada). My first experience with surgery/hospitalization aside from my birth 35 years ago.

Pre-op was a big, efficient blur. I was at the hospital by 6:30 am, properly garbed and had met very briefly with the anesthetist by 7:45. When surgeon arrived, he said hello, and let’s get started. He’d been patient in answering my questions beforehand during our office visits, but I was still very nervous.

In the OR, the anesthetist asked what my favorite alcoholic beverage was, and two nurses told me they needed to take my arms out of the gown. Next recollection is waking up in extreme pain in the surgery recovery room, and being given meds. The surgeon was near the end of my bed, but I only remember him smiling, thankfully.

I was moved to the general preparatory/recovery area sometime between 11-12 noon. I initially had much pain, and vitals, dressings, and pain levels were monitored regularly. I was highly medicated, and after 1-2 hours the pain was generally under control unless I moved. I didn’t do much but sleep and drink for the first 3-4 hours. Could not keep my eyes open, or focus.

Finally felt up to sitting in the hour before they discharged me, and my head wasn’t spinning quite so much. Once seated, I had intense pain in my right shoulder. Nurses said likely a gas bubble. I wasn’t told how surgery had gone, and didn’t think to ask, because I was in such a medication and pain fog. I was given two sheets of post-operative instructions to read later.
…(continued)

October 7, 2010 at 11:58 pm
(303) Carlyn says:

(….continued from above)

I was surpised that:

1) nurses didn’t demonstrate or encourage exercises that post-operative sheets said I would do in hospital and should continue at home (arm and leg movements, deep breathing and coughing).

2) my digestive system was so affected … I didn’t realise the anesthetic would affect urination and defacation. A prescription for Tylenol 3 and a laxative appeared on my bedside table, though I wasn’t told why (T3 is constipating). I’m not hungry, and when I do eat, it feels like food stays forever in my belly, though trying to eat high fibre, easily digested food.

Gas pains were so intensely painful at right lung and shoulder once I was sitting/standing that I was gasping for air, even when freshly medicated. When I read post-surgery instructions and saw there were recommended exercises, I tried deep breathing while hugging a pillow. It is counter-intuitive to breathe deeper when shallow breathing causes pain, but it provided relief. I believe that conscious deep breathing, and continued efforts to stay mobile (even short, slow walks) have helped me to overcome the worst of the gas pain.

It has been nearly four days since surgery, and I am limited in activity and energy. I can walk slowly around the block, though it is exhausting and I sometimes have to hold my tummy where the incisions are. The navel area is my main source of discomfort/pain. As healing begins, incisions are slowly becoming more irritating and itchy than painful.

How getting in and out of bed and chairs post-operatively is important. Support the core, and move slowly.

Best advice I have been given is to rest when my body needs it, and not to overdo it, even if I feel well enough. Some of my friends know the perils of overextending themselves post-surgically and ripping sutures, and I will learn from their experience.

October 13, 2010 at 10:15 am
(304) David Sheppard says:

I’m supposed to have gal-bladder surgery, having really bad symptoms of bloating, constipation and discomfort in side when eating [somtimes even the foods i think are 'gal-stone friendly']. For some of you complaining about consipation and other things, I’M NOT A DOCTOR BUT, i read where some people use Bovine Cow Bile to aid in digestion – specifically Cholacol II [which has some other stuff in it]. I’ve been using this PRIOR to gal-bladder surgery to aid in digestion and am having much better luck with constipation. I have to mention that i’m not sure its wise to use PRIOR to surgery or even after but i have read that some people have had some luck with it.

October 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm
(305) c says:

I had my surgery on 10/11/10 went home on the same day. the pain was moderate took meds. Sore throat last a couple of days, could not eat the first 2 days but after that everything seems fine. I’m recovering good not in too much pain today. can walk, drive but not trying to do too much too fast. I took 2 weeks off from work, hoping I can go back by then.

October 16, 2010 at 2:39 am
(306) Carlyn says:

Follow-up with surgeon: they had a terrible time getting my gallbladder out because it was enlarged and full of stones. They had to remove some stones piecemeal through an enlarged hole, and then remove the intact gallbladder.

Incisions are healing nicely, and two should barely leave a scar. I apply aloe regularly to speed healing and keep them from crusting over now that steri-strips are off.

I am used to being very busy, and struggling with boredom and activity restrictions. I have to remind myself that it’s only been 11 days since surgery, and to remember to rest regularly. The worst pain passed within 3 or 4 days, including gas pain, which in my opinion was the most painful. Pains are lower grade and transient if I limit activity and get adequate rest and nutrition. I rarely take pain killers now. Mainly at night to help with sleep.

Things I highly recommend to help speed recovery:
- Drink lots of clear fluids and eat healthfully (when hungry…). Avoid contaminating habits like smoking, alcohol and junk food.
- Walk, walk, walk
- Deep breathing helps to move gas pains (hug a pillow)
- While riding in a vehicle, bumps in the road can cause a lot of pain in the first few days. Hugging a pillow helps. Avoid driving for the first week if at all possible.
- Loads of rest. Give yourself permission to do nothing for the first few days, and little for the first week, with gradual ease into normal activity after that. Don’t plan significant activities for at least two weeks after surgery.

My surgeon highly recommended walking to boost energy levels. He has restricted lifting to 15 lbs, and no activity specifically targeting abdominal muscles for a full month post-surgery. After that, a gradual ease back into both.

Don’t let the size of the incisions fool you! This is minor surgery compared to full incision method, but it’s still significant.

October 19, 2010 at 11:05 am
(307) kath says:

had gallbladder removal three weeks ago brill hosp and surgen, no problems just very tired eating okay, bowels fine eating anything but small amounts, keep having a rest then i feel fine,I would have the op again no problem i hung on to my gallstones for 9 years and i felt sick alot and hot what a fool i was, no sickness now i feel good , I am 67 years old still working doctor has give me six weeks to recover.

October 21, 2010 at 5:34 pm
(308) Linda says:

This is all crazy. I have my gallbladder removed tomorrow and my Dr. assured me I can be back to work by Monday.. If this is possible why isnt everyone else recovering that fast? Im starting to wonder if this is such a good idea. I cant miss a week of work.

October 24, 2010 at 1:29 am
(309) Kim says:

I am 51 years old and on the 9th day since lap surgery. I had 7 stones and my gall was mildly infected which was cleared with IV antibiotics before the op. I still have stomach pain and side pain and I am soooo tired. I have to go to the toilet within 10 mins of eating “anything” which is normally diorreah. I was hoping to return to work this week but cant shake this tiredness. I feel like Ive been cheated cause I feel worse now than before the op. People tell me to push through but its very debilitating!

October 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm
(310) Carlyn says:

I’m now at 3 weeks post-op. Still some sensitivity at incisions (mainly irritation from waistbands on clothing, etc.) and twinges in abdomen, but not as much.

Fatigue is slowly fading, and I’m back to work tomorrow. I’ve found it very helpful to stay as active as possible, eat as well as possible, get enough rest, and drink lots of clear fluids. Varied activity and rest was most helpful, with no long periods of either. I noticed that when I eat dairy or have too much caffeine (coffee) fatigue is heightened.

Kim: I had some bowel issues in the first two weeks, and am pretty close to normal right now, though I “move” more frequently than I used to. If I eat too much at once, or foods I’m sensitive to, I get diarrhea (or urgent movement followed by diarrhea) in the next 1/2 day.

My surgeon said that there’s a recognized condition called bile salt diarrhea that can occasionally present after gallbladder removal, where a person has to move urgently within a few minutes of a meal. You might want to research or talk to your surgeon about it.

Linda, I seriously question that you’d be able to be back at work today. The effect of the anesthetic alone takes a while to wear off. Perhaps the surgeon has an alternate method that allows for quicker recovery? Or your job allows rest periods, and is not overly active? Pls update us when possible. I’m very curious.

My grandmother, who is in her 80s, had a lap chole about 1.5 years ago. She is generally a healthy, active person. She was eager to get out of hospital within a couple hours of surgery, and pain was not a big deal for her. Of course, she has had 9 kids, and popped them all out very quickly with little pain. She’s an amazing woman… ;) I did not fare quite so well, but am still impressed with my recovery to date.

October 30, 2010 at 12:47 pm
(311) Diane says:

Hi – Thank you for all your posts. Your information is fantastic. I’m scheduled for preop apt. on Nov. 15 and plan on having my surgery at the beginning of December. I suffered from nausea and vomiting for seven months, lost 70 pounds, had a colonoscopy, endoscopy, ultrasound, upper GI, and Hida scan which showed my gallbladder was working at 7.5 percent. The scan showed gallstones as well. My worry is that I live alone and wonder if I can take care of myself post op. I have great neighbors who can check on me but will be on my own the majority of the day. Did you all need someone to help you? Or were you able to cope on your own? Please respond with your suggestions. Thank you again for sharing your stories.

November 2, 2010 at 3:43 am
(312) Nicky says:

I am on day 15 after having an emergency lap chol. I was aware i possibly had gallstones after being taken to a and e in late september with excruciating pains, but the nhs being what it is sent me home saying they would send me an appt for an ultrasound. I was due to go on holiday on 13/10/10, i went not realising how serious the situation could get and within 24hrs of being there i was being admitted to icu where i was put on iv antibiotics and operated on within 48hs.
Upon coming round from the anaesthesia, the surgeon was telling my husband i had a gangreneous gallbladder (didnt even know you could get this) and lots of stones!!!!!.
The first few days they kept me in bed and cathatarised, it was difficult and painful to get from lying down to sitting up, best bit of advice i can give is to roll rather than try to sit or stand up. Once the drain and catheter were removed it was much easier. I did suffer from the light headedness others have mentioned and in all i didn’t eat for 6 days, but up to now i have not had any problems with food bothering me but a lot of it does come out as quick as it went in!! but i am sure this will settle with time.
I think the worst thing now is he tiredness i still feel and the pain still in my shoulder blade – this has reduced me to tears on one occasion but all things considered i am happy. I can eat anything and not have that god awful pain and vomitting, all but one of my incisions have healed well and i am on the road to recovery. I am due back in work tomorrow which will be interesting as up to now i have been having a nap every afternoon so maybe i should take my pillow tomorrow and snooze at my desk!! :)

Would be interested to hear from people who too had a gangrenous gall.

November 10, 2010 at 11:43 am
(313) Cara says:

I had a lap chole for biliary dyskinesia (malfunctioning gall bladder, no stones). My symptoms included fever/chills, pain, and nausea/vomiting after eating fatty foods. I followed a mostly vegan diet for the months leading up to my surgery, which helped control but didn’t eliminate all of my symptoms. Post-surgery, my best advice for you is to get up, even if it’s only for a few minutes of walking, each hour after you get home until you go to bed. Keep doing that every day. Also, you don’t want to be flat on your back; stay upright. I slept in a chair the first night and that helped a lot. When you are flat on your back the gas can more easily move into your back and shoulders, causing more pain. A heating pad has been incredibly helpful with the gas pain; I recommend placing one on your back/shoulders. Keep chaging positions to help absorb/pass the gas. Schedule your pain meds per doctor’s instructions so you always stay ahead of the pain & it doesn’t get out of control. I was able to eat without pain the day after my surgery for the first time in 5 months. Good luck to all of you!

November 11, 2010 at 2:31 pm
(314) Victoria says:

I had gallbladder surgery and was able to return to work within 2 weeks. It seemed as if everything was pretty much back to normal about 7 days after the surgery. My surgery was completed laproscopically (sp?) so I only have 4 small incisions.

November 13, 2010 at 2:44 am
(315) Nicky says:

******UPDATE******* Well i went back to work and it was just too much – the pain of trying to sit up was unbelievable. I have since been to see the GP who tells me apparently i came as close to death as it gets where the gallbladder is concerned!!!!!!! frightening. I am left with a fair bit of pain on my right side which i am hoping will get better..soon and still can’t do much of anything without it leaving me very uncomfortable. Most things i eat come out one way or another very quickly….so all in all feeling a bit low with it all at the moment.

November 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm
(316) lorna says:

Hi, had my lap col op last week and i have to say when they woke me from the op I have never experienced anything more painful in my life. (i have 3 kids all delivered with gas & air) so my pain thresh hold is very good. I was in recovery for over 3 hours as they couldn’t control the pain I was in. after approx 4 hours they transferred me to the ward. What a joke that was..no one came near me the whole time I was there and I had to ask an auxilliary if she would help me to go to the toilet at 6 o clock the next morning. In retrospect I would not recommend this OP unless you are left with no other alternative. 4 days after and my stomach is so bloated that I look 6 months pregnant. My pain is still severe in my back and I honestly wish I hadn’t got it done. Maybe im just unlucky………

November 23, 2010 at 2:27 am
(317) Nicky says:

Hi Lorna, Sorry to hear of your pain, but things will get better. i am now 4 weeks post op and am starting to feel like my old self again. i spent the day in hospital last week having tests which showed i have an infection – so more antibiotics. I am still taking Tramadol as night otherwise i do wake up frequently with pain. But like i said on the whole i am feeling better.
Why did you have yours removed?, was it stones?

November 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm
(318) Kori says:

I had emergency gallbladder removal surgery 4 days ago and have had an amazing recovery. I was released the same day, have had no gas pains and have not taken anything for pain except some tylenol the first day. I believe doing the deep breathing exercises (even though painful at first) and drinking lots of water, light walking and rest has helped me through this. Yes the incision sites are sore, but I feel great overall. I know many people read these sites before and after surgery and believe me, I was so scared to do this, but I am so relieved and grateful now. Best wishes to all.

December 7, 2010 at 8:16 am
(319) Carlyn says:

I’m now 2 months post-op. Incisions have healed nicely. Did a round of antibiotics because I had puss coming out of a couple of them a few weeks ago.

I still get low-grade pain in general liver area, and in the abdomen, near two of the incisions (not the outside incision, something internal). Surgeon is so focused on surgery that it’s impossible to get in to see him for a follow up, and my GP says he’s the one I need to go see.

My pre-existing depression has gotten worse. Not sure if that’s related. It is winter, and winter tends to set it off. There are good days and bad days, both with pain and with depression. Staying active, eating right, and sleeping adequately is helpful.

My next follow-up appointment with surgeon is mid-January… I’m glad it’s not a serious complication, but not looking forward to continual discomfort for the next month (or more, depending on what he says).

I wish there had been an alternative to the surgery. I didn’t realize how much it would take out of me, and how long the recovery process would be.

December 9, 2010 at 7:55 pm
(320) Gypsy Lady says:

So many people have written about their bad experience…I am one who has had a possitive one! I had lapo surgery about 2 months ago to remove my 0% functioning gallbladder. It was totally full of stones and had actually started to atrophy. The surgery took a total of about 45 min. I had an abdominal hysterectomy previously (cutting thru my abdominal wall) and compared to that, this was a breeze. It took about 6 wks for me to feel healed. If you watch a video of gallbladder removal, you will understand why it takes more than a week to heal. It is not a minor thing. The gallbladder is attached longways to your liver and the dr will be punching through 6 layers of stomach muscle.

As far as my symptoms, I had stomach pain every morning when I got up for at least 20 years (I am 44). The pain was bad enough that I didn’t eat until I’d been up for about 3 hrs. After the surgery it went away. I had a car accident back in 2003 and the x-ray showed that I had a fully impacted gallbladder full of stones. It didn’t bother me enough to do anything, so I left it alone.

About a month before I had the surgery, I had a couple of really bad attacks. This happened after eating some Indian food that had turmeric in it and then after eating some lamb chops that were greasy. The pain was pretty intense. It was in the center of my chest and the upper right quadrant of my abdomen and also underneath my right shoulder blade. It was the chest pain that scared me enough to go to the doctor. I figured since we have insurance and it was starting to cause me more problems, I would go ahead and have it out.

I have been shocked at how much better I feel. I used to get carsick, too and now I don’t. I have not had a low blood sugar episode since the surgery, either. I’m not sure how it’s all connected, but I sure am glad that it seemed to fix the problem! I do have diarrhea some mornings, but I won’t complain about that. My only regret is that I didn’t do this years ago.

December 10, 2010 at 6:13 am
(321) Diane says:

I had my surgery on Tuesday at 8 AM. The worst part was the nausea I felt when I woke up from the anesthesia but they pumped me full of antinausea meds and that helped immensely. Moving slow and still feel sore but as a wimp when it comes to pain, this was not a major issue. Thank you all for sharing your experiences, it really helped me to know what to expect. God Bless you all, Diane

December 11, 2010 at 12:46 am
(322) jim says:

59 year old male. Had my gallbladder removed July 8. At home around 4pm, and made myself walk around our block (very slowly) for 20 minutes that pm. Next day walked 3 miles, and felt much improved. I would certainly recommend light physical activity as quickly as you can tolerate it. Surgeon told me I could play golf next day, but that would have been impossible with soreness. So, 5 months later, I still get diarrhea every 3 to 4 days which is accompanied by GI cramping. My question: How long before my system normalizes? Jim

December 16, 2010 at 2:27 am
(323) Nicky says:

Following on from my earlier posts, im now 8 weeks post op mostly back to normal but im wondering if anyone has had any problems with alcohol.

Have tried a glass of wine and a g and t and on each occasion have not been able to finish it due to a gut wrenching sickly feeling so much so had to sit with gritted teeth taking deep breaths!!!!

December 16, 2010 at 10:45 pm
(324) angelica says:

drinking liquid multivitimins to build a stronger immune system and 2 days before surgery(12/09/2010 drank senna tea cleans me out good.

pain was slightly discomfort , but mangaged take care of my 3yr old son day after surgery, drinking 2 cups of tea a day worked for me.

December 22, 2010 at 10:26 pm
(325) Lisa says:

I had my laproscopic surgery on Weds 15th December 2010 and had an overnight stay in hospital – not that I got any sleep as the pain was quite severe. I was wandering around the ward from midnight until 4am as standing and walking was more bearable than laying or sitting. 7 days on and I have found that by day 4 I was feeling great in my recovery and then seemed to take a step back. I haven’t had a full nights sleep yet and I struggle to find a comfortable position to sleep in; I never could sleep on my back and this seems the only option. It’s 3.18am and I am up and awake and gave found so much comfort and reassurance after Reading all these comments. My main concern right now is the pain under my right breast, in the ribcage area – I can’t take a deep breath or cough without feeling a sharp stabbing pain. At least now I know this is common and will get better. I’m 36 years old and not recovering as fast as I’d like, but am just going to take each day as it comes. Good luck to all having the op – as bad as it’s been and still continues to be, it’s nothing compared to a major gallstone arrack that lands you in A&E, only able to get pain relief after morphine. I had at least 7 of these very frightening, painful episodes and when the post op pain gets very bad I remind myself that those attacks, along with constant heartburn & indegestion are now a thing of the past.
Sorry for any spelling errors, btw. I’m tired; it’s late and my iPhone is tiny!
Take care everyone! Feel better those who have had it and good luck to those about to x

December 23, 2010 at 8:07 pm
(326) Jin says:

I had my gallbladder removed on the 17th. It has been 5 days since the surgery and i returned to work yesterday.

The operation itself took about an hour. I was in quite a bit of pain right after, but was able to get through it thanks to all the pain killers. I was pretty much on pain killers the entire time and slept most of the day.

The most frustrating part of getting the surgery was it really limited movement. I couldn’t sleep on my side or tummy, nor could i get up and down without someone helping me. AND the tube. my god. having the tube removed was the most uncomfortable and quite painful.

I’ve also noticed that i get tired very quickly, and get short of breath after short activities. It’s still kind of a pain to sit for long periods of times, so i make sure to get up and walk around throughout work. i can however, finally sleep in a different position!

Eating habits have also changed. I’ve lost a bit of weight, and have been sticking to a relatively low fat diet, as anything greasy, or high in fat seems to hit me right away. I’ve also been experiencing yeast infection type symptoms. i thought perhaps it was because i was in the hospital for 5 days, often time sleeping in sweat, but read that all the antibiotics and weakened immune system can be the culprit. has anyone else experienced this?

January 1, 2011 at 3:48 am
(327) Nicky says:

Jin,
yeast infections (thrush) is very common whilst taking or following a course of antibiotics – it’s the only time i ever suffer with it – i had to have antibiotics a few weeks after my op as for some reason i had a water infection and because of that i ended up with thrush.
Hope this helps and you are now on the road to recovery.

January 7, 2011 at 11:09 am
(328) Alex says:

Good day! Thank God mine was a scheduled cholecystectomy. I was admitted on December 15 and was operated at 7:30 in the morning of December 16, 2010.

My tolerance with pain wasn’t that high since my first gall bladder attack. But slowly I was able to bear it. I had to, especially when they say I have to try to sit and walk to allow my internal organs to move and function normally again. A patient who had undergone operation has to fart in order to start a soft diet. On the fourth day, I was discharged from the hospital.

My doctor prescribed an antibiotic for three days and pain reliever. I only took the pain reliever whenever I would go out or attended our Christmas reunion last year. I did not take any after that. But yes, it was tough when coughing. I try to tolerate the pain though. It is true with this kind of operation, I only last for about 4-6 hours doing some menial jobs.

I think eating the same foods isn’t a good idea especially meat and fatty foods even after being completely healed. After knowing they cost me one of my organ, I wouldn’t trade my other organs for a delicious meat and the likes. There are many evidences that animal foods and dairy products are the main causes of cancer, heart attack and many diseases.

So, I decided to slowly introduce fruits and veggies into my ‘living’ body’s diet. Taking 2 glasses of carrot juice each day is a good start. Since I left the hospital this has become my goal in order to stay healthy. I know this is a tough challenge to face, for some, but it will be worth it in the end. Living a life worth living.
(.^_^.)

God bless everyone! Remember God will stay with you and protect you whenever and wherever you are. Do not fear. Trust God will take care of you.

January 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm
(329) sally says:

Had my gallbladder removed 11/02/10. (gallstones) Still have this back pain and sides which can get very uncomfortable during the day but no problem sleeping.have to watch my diet like i did before surgery.sometimes feel tightness around my ribcage all the way to the back.it’s been nine wks now. feeling frustrated!

January 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm
(330) claire says:

i had my gallbladder out friday 21/01/11 i am still in quite abit of pain but i dnt handle pain well anyway i was able to get up and about after the operation and only had to stay in hospital the one night. Getting up and walking about is painful and i hope this doesnt last too long i was given co-codamol which works sometimes and doesnt other times. i have been signed off work till the 4th feb n hoping i will be back to normal then. having the operation was the best thing because the pains i was having with it was terrible.

January 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm
(331) irene says:

i had my gallblader removed on monday 24/01 at 11am and i was home tue morning. there are some pains but nothing to worry about, with right medicine the pain is under control.
i had the operation in private hospital, all the staff fantastic, they did not let me to suffer for pain and the cuts are very small.
hope i will be better and better day by day.

January 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm
(332) Phyllis says:

I had my gallbladder removed on 1/26/11. I arrived at the hospital at 7:30am and headed for home by 12:45pm. My pain was rough the next day. By the third day I realized that most of it was due to gas. I had a virus the day before surgery so my digestive system had not recovered from the distress before the surgery so that added to the gas pains. I have not had any shoulder pain since surgery and like others have preferred a light diet. I do have more tenderness in my belly than I expected and I have had 2 c sections. I tire easier than I thought I would but I guess that comes with age.

February 17, 2011 at 8:00 am
(333) Cindy says:

I had a lap surgery on Monday (today is Thursday). Pain in the shoulders is quite uncomfortable (they didn’t tell me about that!) My daughter is 6 weeks old and I had stones in one of my ducts (many small stones). I had a postpartum hemmorage after the birth of my daughter, lost a lot of blood and took about a month to feel half way normal. Then, gallbladder attack and now the surgery. Argh. I’m finding it difficult to heal emotionally after all of these medical procedures and being just 6 weeks postpartum. I’m not typically someone who reaches out (or only to a few people) but I hear that postpartum gallbladder issues are not uncommon so maybe someone else out there struggled with this as well? I too am amazed at those of you who recovered so quickly! I hope I can hold my daughter by next week! For now, I’m pumping breast milk and holding her next to me. :)

February 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm
(334) Cindy W says:

I feel everyone’s pain. I had my GB surgery on 02/14/2011 (Happy Valentines Day). Surgery was done at 9:30am. It took 35 minutes for surgery, 45 minutes in recovery and I was home by 1:30pm. I did really good with the pain the first few hours, but of course I was given Fentinol and vicodin before I left the hospital. Later in the evening was a whole different scenerio. I was in sooo much pain, having trouble taking deep breathes, etc., then the gas in the shoulders started and just ended comfortably 02/19/2011. I am totally miserable. I feel so weak, can eat very little (yogurt, crackers, soup, bland foods) before I start bloating. I have went from 155 lbs to 136 lbs all in about 6 weeks. This was from the time doctors diagnosed what was going on until surgery. This I have to say is the worst surgery I have ever had. I hope I feel better soon as I can’t stand sitting and doing nothing and feeling like crap. This is getting very depressing. HELP!!!

March 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm
(335) Carol W says:

Hi all, Its now just over 3 years since my surgery. I have no problems at all now. It took about 6 months for everything to settle down properly but i have no regrets. I was worried and scared before I had the op but it was quick and after about 3 weeks I was feeling very well and have never had to endure the pain I had before the op since. So just wanted to say don’t worry, its wonderful to be pain free and to enjoy my food again. Best of luck everyone. x

March 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm
(336) christine says:

I had single incision lap chole yesterday. The surgeon I work for did it. I’m sore and very bloated. I am having my boyfriend go get me milk of magnesium which we tell our patients to take. I hope it works. I also had a hemorrhoidectomy at the same time. So very uncomfortable. We tell our patients it takes about 2 weeks to start feeling good but 6 weeks to feel normal. I am having a hard time sleeping or getting in a good position to sleep. I have pillows tucked all around me. But as I have worked for Dr for 8 years I will reassure everyone it does get better. Mine was taken out for dyskinesia not stones so recovery seems to be a little longer for that. My main problem is I’m getting the shakes from the pain. I am at a normal diet though. Feels good to eat food without pain in my gallbladder.

March 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm
(337) Marcie says:

Hello everybody, I have a gallstone . I need to go to the consoltation, and im scared to go, im in alot of pain now, Please tell me i will be ok and no worries. I am a stay at home mom to my 3 little boys 7,5, and 8 mo. I have help with my Aunt what a blessing, Im just worried and scared, to have the surgery.

March 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm
(338) Anne says:

Marcie, don’t worry! I am 9 months past the surgery, and I feel great. The scars are almost invisible (all but one), and I’ve lost 15 pounds. I don’t have any more pain. Good luck to you. God bless.
Anne

March 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm
(339) marcie says:

please tell me about your pain before your surgery?? I have back pain leg pain like the flu symptoms not fever though, very tired are those some of the symptoms you had?

March 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm
(340) kath bore says:

Hi this is kath from above october 19th 2010 six months on and I feel realy good so healthy can eat anything no sickly feeling and most of all no pain anyone out there thinking of having the op go for it even now six months on I think yes worth every moment no more pain

March 27, 2011 at 11:04 am
(341) Sim says:

Hi,
I had my Gall Bladder removed on Monday, March 21st 2011. This website was great and prepared me for the operation and the post Op. The Operation was OK and I was home next day. I had the gas pain in my shoulder the day after the operation.
The main problem I am now having is the bloated stomach and gas pain in my stomach. One wound is infected, but going back to doctor on Monday to have my weekly check up. I am walking *slowly” hoping this will help the gas/bloating in my stomach. Got Milk of Magnesius to help also. Eating low fat foods at the moment and small meals often during the day. Drinking lots of water and feel OK.
I will be off work at least 2 weeks, as the insides need to heal. Back driving car, but not long journeys.
Overall I feel OK… Tired in the morning and sleeping on my left side.
I am hoping to make a full recovery, but need lots of patience and slow down.
Doctor said if I over do it, I will be back in hospital with ahernia…. :(
Thanks to everyone who shared their experience on this site..
Hope you all make a full recovery….

March 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm
(342) Slim says:

I just had gallbladder surgery on Friday March 25th 7 am and discharged just before noon the same day. I woke up woozy and nauseous and in extreme pain. Went home and slept most of the day woke up hungry and had a bagel w/cream cheese. Became very sleepy and went back to sleep. Getting up is painful to the incision area and it hurts to cough, yell (at my dogs to shut up) or laugh. It is now Monday I’m getting around but still in pain, I would like to take a walk to check my mail and then take another nap. Overall I guess I’m doing great I’ve heard worst stories of recovery.

March 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm
(343) Tina says:

I had mine removed March 24th. Dr cut a vein……oops, so had to stay overnight. Horrible upper shoulder pain. Walking around helped to get the gas out with belching (the pain is from the harmless air they fill you with during surgery). Stayed a second night for pain management and more tests – white blood cell count elevated. Put on antibiotics. All tests normal 2nd day, except liver a bit abnormal, which is normal for this procedure. Now walk bent over like an old lady (I am 45), as hard to stretch stomach muscles to stand up straight. Off Vicodin and taking Tylonol now. Wake up with belching gas. Still a little bloated. Main issue is tiredness and weakness. Trying to get a lot of rest. Going back to work on Monday. May go half days first week back. Oh and left hand a little pink bump from where IV was – also normal I am told.

April 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm
(344) Anne says:

Hi, Marcie. Sorry, I don’t check back here very often. I had what felt like bad gas pains at the top of my stomach a few times, and finally went to the ER and was diagnosed. After that, I had to be VERY careful what I ate. A couple of times, about once a week, I was up all night with a churning and churning in my stomach, and I took a lot of Pepto Bismol. It was tough and scary. I did that for 2-3 months. After the surgery, I feel so much better. My digestion is normal. I stay away from fried foods, but it’s just because I want to be healthier. I never have problems now, even if I eat fatty foods.

April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm
(345) Sarah says:

——————-HI ALL—————-

**********FACEBOOK GROUP???*****************

Anyone want to put their hand up and make a facebook group cos i’ve come back and forth on here since 2008 to get information and it’s just getting bigger and bigger and not many ppl are getting any responses.

From seeing less than 100 responses back then to now over 300 its impossible for everyone to help eachother with their queries.

If someone makes one write what it is called on here so everyone can join. :)

Cheers and all the best to everyone pre and post surgery.
xoxo

April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm
(346) Sarah says:

test test – hello did my last post work???

April 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm
(347) Loressa Pease says:

Hi Sarah, I agree that we all needed a facebook group, I created one here…
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_107481706004792

Friday, April 8th, 4 days ago, I had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy that turned into an open cholecystectomy because my gb was too swollen & too full of stones to come out through the small laparoscopic hole so I ended up with a 2″ incision under my right breast. I had surgery at 1:15 p.m. & left the hospital at 9:30 that night. For the first 3 days I suffered with nausea & actually vomited on the 2nd day after surgery, I thought I was going to die, it was SO painful! I also have the severe gas pains in my abdomen & chest & haven’t had a BM yet, took a stool softener last night & I’m hoping I can get that done really soon cause that may be why my stomach’s still so swollen & I feel so full. I thought my recovery was going to be a lot easier than this & I’m very discouraged that it hasn’t been. I heard from several of my friends who had it done, they all had different stories on how it affected them & after reading people’s stories on here, I’ve come to the conclusion that we all deal with it in different ways & that unfortunately we can’t judge our experience/recovery off of anyone else’s because it affects us all differently.

April 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm
(348) shanika says:

I have had my gallbaddler remove and i can tell anyone that never had it done that it hurts every much it gives of alot of pain for the first few days there would be days that you can’t even get out of bed to do nothing for yourself the pain is very heavy when you do this kind of surgery you need someone by your side at all times, you need not to be alone at anytime.

April 28, 2011 at 4:58 am
(349) Robin says:

Iím amazed at how informed I was about my surgery, but not the recovery. Perhaps because the surgery itself has become so routine, Surgeons are a bit desensitized to the fact that while the operation is short, the recovery period isnít. We all seem so surprised at the amount of pain and discomfort; but when we think about it, we were just blown up like a balloon and had an organ pulled out of our body. Yes, itís going to hurt. What I find most helpful on this site are the recovery tips no one at the surgical center felt compelled to share. I think more information on how to relieve the gas pressure, what to eat that keeps our body/bowels regular and better or worse positions or exercises for stretching and moving. While yes, pain medication is inevitable, are there other more natural remedies people use to counter diarrhea or constipation? I remember reading somewhere about how to better sit to relieve some of the gas pressure and how to try and move your body as one, rather than twisting or turning, while changing positions. While there are many factors contributing to how one will recover i.e. current state of health at the time of procedure, the quality of the surgeon and anesthesiologist and what your recovery environment is like, it is a given that you should allow for no less than 2 weeks. For those of you with children, you need to plan for their care and your own. Moving is difficult, chasing toddlers isnít realistic and you neednít feel guilty. Give yourself time to heal; listen to your body. A common complaint Iíve read is that as soon as we start to feel a bit better we push ourselves, which actually sets us back in our recovery. Listen to your body; itís not going to say quick run out and grab me a tub of fried chicken, so donít do it. I had my surgery done two days ago and know its ok to allow myself to heal. Our bodies need time to figure out how to compensate for the new changes. I look forward to reading more tips on what worked for your recovery.

April 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm
(350) Susie says:

I had a horrible gall bladder attack (my fourth one) and I thought I was having a heart attack. I went to ER and the attack impacted connected organs because the bile backed up into the liver.
I waited a week for my body to recover before I went in for surgery and ate a super bland diet no milk products, no fat, no meat. It really helped my surgery go terrific! I did not need any pain meds afterwards and used the ice pack for 2 days on the incisions. I only took Ibuprofen twice for the pain in my shoulders so I could sleep at night.
It took a week for me to feel back to normal. I am so glad I had that thing taken out!
Not being able to lift things is a real hassle more than I realized but necessary to avoid any healing problems. Good thing I had others around to help me.

May 4, 2011 at 11:18 am
(351) lucy says:

i ad my gulebladder removed on the 2nd may 2011 n my surgery went reali well but i cant say the same for my recovery. i ad key hole surgery n my only major issues are the pains im gettin whn breathin , i cnt cough or cry cuz it hurt me to much. also my belly button is in bits im to scared to move about to much as i scared i mite pull the stitches out i cnt rest as im a single mother of two. im reali scared just in case im infected cuz it stings so much im only 21 n i wish i neva ad the op cuz the pains r just out of this world

May 6, 2011 at 12:48 am
(352) Anna says:

I had been having gallbladder attacks for three years before I finally gave in and went to the doctor. They had started as sort of minor attacks with some discomfort for 15-20 minutes. By the end, the attacks were lasting 4-6 hours and involved intense pain and vomitting.
I had my gallbladder out on April 29th 2011. I had a lap chole and so far the recovery has gone ok. I’ve had some bloating and gas pain. The worst has been the bruising. My navel is so bruised it’s hard to move around.
The good news is that the pain has subsided. I still need at least one nap per day and need pain meds to sleep.
All in all though, it hasn’t been as bad as I was expecting. Best of luck to everyone else!

May 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm
(353) Shannon says:

I just had my gall bladder removed two days ago. The day i got it out i was ok. Just out of it from the iv. The anesteshia made me real tired. Than i woke up at 4 am, having extreme muscle spasm pain. I tried to move and could not get up. So i got stressed. Im not sure why but the pain was extreme. I believe it was from all the anasteshia that was still in my stomache. I had fainted and had to go to the hospital. Now its day 2 and im starting to be able to get up and walk around. Im still sore of course. I think im healing pretty well. Like one week i should be back to normal. They say it takes 2 weeks to be 100 percent ok. Dont expect to be up doing normal activities for at least one week. I think it depends on age and health. Im 26 so i believe i will heal quicker than someone in there 50′s.
I was having horrible gall bladder pain for about a year before the surgery and it just kept gettin worse and worse. I would definately suggest surgery because it could get so bad it might kill you. I was very nervous of course but i think now that its done and over with im gettin over it.
Good luck to anyone who had surgery or who needs it.

May 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm
(354) Viktor says:

Male 48, I had my laparoscopic gallbladder surgery on Monday, May 16. It started at 11:00 a.m. with general anesthesia and woke up at about 2:30 p.m. in the waiting room. When they released me they told me to drink ginger ale and eat crackers. The only inconvenient for the first day was that I felt pain in the urethra when I was urinating. Second day was the worse, my chest was like burning inside where the biggest incision is (I got 4 small ones) I took hydrocodone which relieved some of the pain. I was also constipated, I wanted to go but my chest and stomach hurt. The doctorís office told me to take some mild laxative. I waited all day. At night I was in so much pain in my stomach, it seemed that I would explode. So I decided for Glycerin Suppositories, which worked in an hour. You can imagine I was soooo relieved. It is one week now, and I continued with my light diet (chicken soup that I make) blended most of the time, eating fruits, bowel movements are normal now, if I try to do my regular activities at home I still have some pain inside my chest where the biggest incision is. Also if I cough, sneeze, laugh, or move too fast the pain is there. Other than that I didnít have other problems. At the end of my second week I expect to go back to work. Good luck all of you!

May 24, 2011 at 9:32 am
(355) Lis says:

Had my surgery yesterday. I went in for surgery at 8 and went home at 12:45. Pain was there but manageable. Day 2 and I feel the pain. Stitches are sore, quite tired and trying to get up or down is very uncomfortable. I hope I feel better in the next few days. This isn’t fun, to say the least.

This was my first surgery. Did anyone else have the surgery done in the past week, too?

May 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm
(356) Anne says:

Had my op on Wednesday, 25May, came home on Thursday morning, am feeling fine a bit sore around the navel , but staying quiet and being spoiled by my husband.

May 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm
(357) kelly says:

thanks for this site, had my op two days ago, worried about the weight gain thing, i was 53 kgs before op, everything seems to be going textbook perfect (i so hope i don’t jinx myself!) don’t know why it happened…but i am looking forward and hope to improve my life in everyway, thanks again :)

June 3, 2011 at 11:19 am
(358) elena says:

about a week ago from today i had gallstones removed
and i feel like i got all beat up.
got this dry couph and i have flem that i have hard time
spitting out.
i dnt know what to eat cause i dont know how its going to sit in my belly i drinking tea and my nerves is running over time.

June 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm
(359) Shelly says:

I just found out I am getting my galbladder out in a few days. I’ve had pain for a few years, and they finally found whats wrong.
I’ve been reading up on comments about recovery, and weight gain after surgery. Recovery doesnt sound that bad, but the weight gain, I am not so sure about. Does anyone have advice to keep from gaining to much weight? I work out alot, and I am also a cardio kickboxing teacher. I am just curious what I have to look forward to.

June 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm
(360) Jenna says:

Had my GB out yesterday. I’m also 27 weeks pregnant. it was done laparoscopically and had no problems in surgery.. but I’ve had a very tough time keeping my pain manageable and also went into preterm labor and had to be admitted over night to be on medication to stop contractions. I am starving and keep eating.. and I find that my whole body is swollen. I wonder if thats normal. Doc told me that I had a gallstone blocking my bile duct completely and it probably was that way for the last 3 weeks, said I would of developed pancreatitis or some kind of infection had I not gotten it out when I did. It took alot of courage for me to do it and I still am dealing with my decision because surgery is such a risk for a fetus. I pray and pray and pray my son will be OK in the end, but its causing me so much anxiety and worry. I would die if anything happened to him. so far so good though and he’s kicking away as I type! Anyone who has GB issues I urge you to see a surgeon even if you dont want the surgery. you can be putting your life and other organs in danger by not seeking intervention asap. I had GB issues for 6 weeks before I had surgery and was in agonizing pain every week at first then every day and everytime I ate.. if you get pain that often consider surgery because really you could of ended up worse off then me! Good luck!

June 23, 2011 at 3:54 am
(361) Cara says:

Wow,thank you all for sharing! I am having my gallbladder out in 2 days and I am getting a little nervous. For me,knowing what to expect has really helped ease my anxiety. After all the great info you have shared on this page, I will be able to better prepare myself, my boyfriend,work and life in general on how to handle recovery. (Looks like I better go get some prune juice..)
I have enjoyed the benefits of my new gallbladder diet as my weight slowly reduces. The fear of another attack keeps me away from high fat foods. Post op I plan to continue my healthy new ways. Losing an organ at 33 because of my high fat diet and heredity has been a serious wake up call!
On another positive note,I have promised myself that if I end up with big scars I don’t like..I will get a pretty tattoo around them! ha ha
Making the best of a no fun weekend and trusting GOD :)

June 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm
(362) Eriedutchgirl says:

Had my gallbladder out yesterday. Already feel better than I have in a long time. Abdomen is tender and sore, as expected, but I just feel so much more alert and energized not dealing with the constant low-level discomfort I had with my gallbladder. Hope the weight loss many are experiencing will be my lot too! No gastric discomfort, but have had mostly apple juice, custard, and pancakes. Walked yhe fog around the block today. Not a problem, bit otherwise am resting. Hope for everyone yo experience the good vibes im getting!

July 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm
(363) Paula says:

I had my gall bladder out 7/12/11. I was diagnosed with a large gall stone during my pregnancy, even though I wasn’t have any symptoms of a problem. I was actually being tested for something completely unrelated and they found the stone. When they took the gall bladder out, apparently it was pretty inflamed, so I guess I made a good decision about having it out. I felt fine before surgery and was afraid of complications and not feeling fine afterwards. I have to say I have just been sore in the abdomen, but nothing untolerable. I have been taking percoset and advil which has helped. I have a 4 month old and am nursing, so it’s been an experience, but overall I really can’t complain. I had a hard time coming out of anesthesia, just some vomiting, but went home after a few hours. Just expect to take it easy for at least a week. I’m on day 5 and today was the first day not taking the percoset. I’m lifting the baby and not having much discomfort-basically at site of incisions, which are small. I was healthy prior to surgery so I’d like to think that helps my recovery. So far everything I’ve eaten has been OK, that was my other worry(mainly icecream!). I haven’t tried french fries or baked goods yet, hoping I’ll at least lose the last of my baby weight first!! Overall, I suggest researching your surgeon. I got a second opinion and found that my original doctor was going to leave a drain post-surgery, regardless of need. The surgeon I chose, said he would only put one in if necessary. I came home, drain free. Yay. I am glad i can never have a gall bladder problem again.

July 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm
(364) ozzie says:

I’m a 64-yr old male – in good shape, active but overweight. Had laperoscopic surgery of gallbladder. Pain has been very minor, some swelling and discomfort around belly button, where the main incision was – so far so good- i’m eating normally and sopped the vicodin 12 hrs after operation.So far so good

July 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm
(365) abz says:

had the gb removal on the 20th.went in to a+e due to severe pains in stomach and back and vomiting.test results showed inflamed and infected gb so doctors decided to take out.got discharged the next day with painkillers trammys ;) .pain has been about a 7 out of 10 since surgery but wearing off by the day as i have not took the painkillers today but have been getting the odd shoulder pain and a bit of gas. immediately after the surgery when i woke up i had a very painful neck right side any1 else experience this…..?.also today was the first day i had bowel movement since surgery as i was getting worried about it but i think the laxative laculose solution has helped wichh i have been taking since surgery.i think it is normal for no bm for 2/3 days because of the amount of painkillers and antibiotics the individual has been on.that was the case for me.since the surgery i have stuck to mostly low fat diet but have had the odd thing which usualy would have caused pain so i think it is getting beneficciery.i was on here checking for the shoulder and neck pain if anyone has experienced this and if it is temporary.thanks

August 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm
(366) AAA says:

I had my gb out laproscopically on Friday, July 15, 2011. Surgery was at 7 am and I was in the car on my way home at 10:15 am. I took a total of three precocets for pain. Saturday night and Sunday morning were the worst. I had no bm until Tuesday but I wasn’t eating anything solid. It is now almost three weeks since the surgery and I have good days and bad. Still have lots of gas and pain (which I had before the surgery). I have eaten only fresh fruits and veggies, tuna and grilled tilapia, and sherbert. No carbs like bread, pasta or potatoes. Just the thoguht alone of something that heavy in my stomach makes me nervous. I also have had two occasions of a low grade fever, chills and head and neck pain (almost flu like). I am hoping that has nothing to do with surgery or my lack of a gb and that I don’t experience that again. I also have been extremely tired – falling asleep at my desk job, as soon as I get home from work and then going to bed around 9:30. Again, I am hoping all of this is temporary while my body adjusts to not having a gb.

August 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm
(367) Jen says:

I had my GB removed on 18th July. Stayed in overnight. Was in recovery for 3 hours. Had horrendous gas pains day 2-6, and over 3 weeks later still getting pain where gallbladder was. Hoping to feel normal soon!

August 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm
(368) Michele says:

Am glad I found this site. Had my gallbladder removed on August 8th and was released from the hospital later that afternoon. I feel like I was well-prepared for what to expect from my surgeon, so the shoulder pain, lack of bm’s, etc. wasn’t really a surprise. Had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics they gave me pre-op, so am a little concerned about redness and tenderness at the incision sites, but I don’t think it’s anything out of the ordinary. Had the shoulder pain for the first day or so, but that has dissipated. Am now 5 full days past surgery and definitely feeling deflated about not being able to sleep and having a large amount of localized pain, especially around the belly button area. Am truly grateful to have found this site and to read that I am not alone. I have good support at home but it is difficult to explain to people that haven’t been through it. Am going back to a full day of work on Monday and concerned that I am not going to be able to make it through the day due to general exhaustion and pain. Stopped taking the pain meds on Thursday (percocet) due to them making me foggy-headed and causing horrible nightmares, so yesterday was my first day pain-med free. Keep reminding myself to take it easy and not expect too much, too soon. As far as the bm’s, pain meds cause constipation, so I have been eating very little (not much of an appetite), but low-fat, and taking a fiber supplement. Have had solid bm’s once a day for the last 3 days, so it seems to be helping. Thank you for the support. Is nice to know I am not alone.

August 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm
(369) kylie says:

Hi had my lap chol done on 15th august and came home the following morning. im 27 and 3 children aged 7,5 and 1….wow….was not prepared at all!! expected to be in a bit of pain but up and about….how wrong was i?! could barely walk for 2days, couldnt pee ar poo ( sorry :-o ) properly for 2 days. the pain in my shoulder back and chest was ruthless and lasted about 5 days.im 10 days post op and back still aches but walking a lot better. still cant lift muchthi. woke up this morning to find my belly button incision ( which is grotesque btw) was full of goo?! it was leaking all day and developed a red patch aroud the wound. its burning and itchy and uncomfortable to touch. doctor thinks i have an infection and prescribed anti biotics but has said it could be more serious so if it worsens over next few days i’ll have to go back in for a drain or somethig……absolutley dreading it. x

August 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm
(370) Linda says:

I had my gallblader removed on July 22, I was told I would be off work a week and back to normal by 2, well not for me, I am 49 and I have had a hard time.
I went back to work 9 days later, only to be in pain and no energy to do any work.
I went back to the doctor at least 3 times,then had to go to the ER 1 month later still hurting from the surgery, they assured me no infection, but it was taking longer to heal.
Since I had this surgery I have been feeling wiped out,tired all the time no energy, thank God all my children are grown, I feel for the ones at home with little ones that have had a hard time with this surgery.
Its been around 36 days and I am just now feeling a little better. Still have lots of soreness and tired alot.

September 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm
(371) Rua3 says:

Well I just had my Surgery on August 26! i Entered Surgery Room at 10:48 AM When My eyes opened again It was 1:26 PM and I was in the Recovery Room then @ 2:20 PM they took me back to my Room were they told me I just needed to Rest it Out at 8 PM after Visitors hour I was still Dizzy and by 9 O Clock PM that same day just an Hour after I was feeling Dizzy Nurse told me you could Drink some Water and you may walk if you want so I was already walking that same Night after Surgery and by Saturday Noon the Doctor that did the Surgery on me told me you could Go home if you want to so I didn’t even Hesitate to go Home and tomorrow Friday September 9th would be exactly 2 Weeks since I did Surgery but still my Families around don’t want me doing too much I can Drive around but I still have to take things easy cause Inside it still needs to Heal so I’ll be careful and Use the 6 to 8 weeks to Full Recovery… I also Had the Shoulder Pain at First I thought it came because they Strapped me on the Bed but now that I saw this now I know were the pain came from… I do get tired quick if I am walking or just Moving around and My Doctor told me it’s good to just keep Moving and even Running but Don’t do Anything Hard or carry Heavy things but just keep moving and No Awkward Moves…

September 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm
(372) RUA3 says:

Btw the Pain I had Before Surgery is WORST then after surgery U should be Paranoid at all if Ur going to do this!! Oh normally everyone has one n.artery connected to the Gal bladder but I for some reason had 3!!! So I had a Lil bleeding but they fixed it and I did recover quick Like I said… About the pain before surgery again I felt it on 21 Saturday from 3 AM till 7 AM then Saturday Night from 9 PM till 1:35AM and then on Tuesday 1 AM till NOON that day when they took me for an Echo and saw the Stones and told me I should stay cause my Bladder infected my Blood so the day after my Blood was all good and Ready for Surgery on Friday Morning like I all ready said so that was my Whole Experience and well I feel better now for sure and also Eating Everything just Small portions at the time so well life goes on after all… Anyways Peace to all of you and to the once going to do it just go with positive Vibes and U should be alrite Take Care and JAH BLESS!!!

September 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm
(373) kelly says:

I had surgery on september 19, 2011. I am a single mom of 3,7,&8 year olds. I have had a lot of nausea which my doctor said was normal. My doctor said vomiting after the surgery was even normal. It is seven days later and i have vrry little pain but the pain i have is in my belly button and the very top incision. The nausea still comes and goes but i took gas x for the gas pain which worked like a miricle. I thought i was dying from the gas. I was so scared before the surgery, i stressed myself sick. Now i hope i can help someone by telling you the worst part of the surgery was how bad i stressed before hand. It is not that bad and over all i feel better. i am tired easily as discussed earlier in the post but i think it is normal from being put to sleep.

November 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm
(374) lee says:

i had surgery 25th october 2011, i had keyhole surgery, i came out of hospital the same day, i felt very nauseas, but managed to get home, its now one week later, i,m feeling great, i am going back to work in 7 days, i can now lift and my bruising is now gone, i,m still a little tender around one of my wounds, but thats it, i did get alot of pain in my right shoulder, but it went after 2 days, i,m eating ok and i,m not taking no pain killers, mine went very well and my surgeon had done in excess of 200, don,t be put of by the horror stories, yes your weak when you first come home and yes you are worried and its very painfull when you come out of surgery, but it lasts a couple of weeks, but hey theres a good side i will never have to wake up to that horrid pain of gallstones again, now that is pain, i,m male and in my 40,s

November 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm
(375) a1878583 says:

I’ve said that least 1878583 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

November 23, 2011 at 6:03 am
(376) s012m says:

i wanted know how to cure sweet urinaray

November 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm
(377) Si says:

Hi I am going to have my surgery on 15/12/2011 and I am very scared. Apart from the pain I have constant nausea and would like to know how long the nausea will last after the surgery

Thanks!

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