Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Surgery Recovery Tips

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Going through any type of surgical procedure is scary. But because technology has gone a long way, recovery from a surgery isn’t as difficult as it used to.  Case to point: Cholecystectomy or Laparoscopic Gallbladder.

The gallbladder is an organ that sits just under the liver. This organ stores a greenish-brown alkaline fluid called bile. Bile breaks down fat. When the gallbladder is ridden with stones or it’s diseased, it needs to be removed. Fortunately, you can live a relatively normal life without your gallbladder.

Cholecystectomy or laparoscopic gallbladder removal is a surgical procedure to treat symptomatic gallstones and other gallbladder disorders. There are two types of surgery options: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy and open cholecystectomy. Between the two, laparoscopic offers the fastest recovery time. This option isn’t as invasive. Four small incisions will be made near the abdomen to perform the surgery. During the operation, you will be sedated. If you are concerned with recovery, you can always discuss it with your surgeon before surgery.

Recovering from Surgery

After surgery, you will feel woozy. This is caused by the anesthetic. As the anesthesia wears off, you feel sharp, throbbing pain in your abdomen. Your shoulders and throat will be sore because you were hooked on various machines. Sneezing and coughing will also be painful because of the incisions. You won’t be able to sit straight up for several days and don’t try to! You might pop a stitch!

Eventually, the pain and swelling will go down. You will also experience bouts of diarrhea. This is normal. Your doctor will probably inspect your stool after surgery.

You’re not allowed to fuss with your wounds either. Do not try to scratch it, touch it or explore the stitches. As you heal, new skin tissues will fuse together the open wounds. During this period, limit your movement. Do not try to lift anything heavy or engage in any strenuous movements.

Foods To Eat

There are certain types of foods that you cannot eat as you recover from surgery. For one thing, solid food is not allowed at all. This helps prevent blood clotting. If you get hungry, munch on ice chips and nothing more. Three days after surgery, you will be introduced to a liquid diet.

Greasy, fatty foods are complete no-nos. Fried foods, sweet treats, and rich, creamy soups and dishes should be avoided too. High fiber foods could cause discomfort to a person recovering from gallbladder removal surgery. This means no cereals, no whole grains and no fibrous veggies and fruits.

Spicy food may cause an upset stomach and accumulation of gas in the digestive tract. This will cause pain in the freshly operated wounds. You want to eat mild foods that won’t cause stomach pains or foods that will cause you to bloat.

When to Call Your Doctor

Usually, once the incisions are healed, you can gradually go back to normal activities. But you still need to avoid activities that will cause your abdominal muscles to contract. But if the pain never went away or you feel severely nauseous, call your doctor. Get medical help if you’re experiencing unusual eating or digestive problems.


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