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my gallbladder surgery has been moved up to this Thursday and i have a few questions that i'm hoping members here might be able to answer.

first, are there stitches with the four small incisions? second, what is your diet like immediately afterwards (i.e., the next few days)? third, how long did it take to recover and feel "back to normal"?

i'm glad i'm getting this done now, but i'm a little nervous, too. :S
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From:juryrig
Date:June 28th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
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1) I had glue, not stitches.
2) I was not allowed to eat or drink anything for 48 hours after the surgery. Following that, I was told to gradually increase my diet from all liquid to liquid with soft pieces to solid food.
3) It took two weeks to recover.
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From:epione
Date:June 28th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
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Thanks for your reply. Have you had any issues since the surgery?
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From:juryrig
Date:June 28th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
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Well, I developed IBS after the surgery, but there's no saying that that was a result or something that would have happened anyway - I was already lactose intolerant so there was already a history of GI ick. Most irritating is that I still get phantom gallbladder attacks from time to time. They're not as severe as the actual gallbladder attacks, but they're in the same spot and generally happen if I overindulge on fattier foods.
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From:star13em
Date:June 28th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
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With my surgery I had inside stitched with steri-strips on the outside holding them closed. It looks like white tape and you can't remove them you have to wait for them to fall off. On one of my small side incisions a piece of the inside stitch started to poke through but it didn't hurt and it eventually fell off. (Don't pull steri strips or stitch pieces!) Some of my steri strips started to fall off and I wasn't thinking and ripped it off then freaked out bc the corner of the incision came open a little but the doctor said it was ok haha So as an fyi dont mess with the strips , they will be annoying once they start curling and looking dirty but let them go on their own.

It only took me a couple weeks to feel back to normal and my diet afterwards was normal food, just nothing too fatty or greasy. Like the day after my surgery I took it easy food wise (mashed potatoes, soup, jello) but then I went to solid regular food.

You will do fine and it will be over before you know it! Good luck :)
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From:epione
Date:June 28th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I know this is not major surgery or anything, but i still feel a little nervous.

Good to hear it's only about 2 weeks to feel back to normal. Have you had any problems since your surgery?
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From:star13em
Date:June 28th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
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No worries, I was terrified before mine too! haha Um..I haven't had any major problems..but I have had some digestive problems since my surgery (aka dumping syndrome). I know that everyone is different so you may not have any problems. It isn't a huge deal and it seems to be getting better as time goes on. I have kind of adjusted my life a little bit to accomodate it but it is better than the pain I was in with my gallstones.
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From:lilliew
Date:June 28th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
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There may be stitches or just the tape that they use. I think they lean toward not using stitches for small incisions anymore. Just ask them what you should do, whether you can shower and how soon, etc.

I think I ate a bland diet for the next week or so. I wasn't hungry for a few days but made myself eat what I could. I also had constipation issues due to the pain medication (very common) which was painful due to the abdomen being sore, so you may want to be ready for this.

I think it took me about 2 weeks, but honestly, in a few days, I was feeling pretty decent. I think I felt worse from the CO2 they pump you with rather from the incision points. It helps to walk around alot and massage the shoulders (where the CO2 headed for me) to help with this. Your torso may be sore and they may advise you to use a "log roll" when getting up out of bed and use your hands more when you get up from sitting.

I think it took me 4-6 weeks more to regain my energy fully but I also have fibromyalgia and it can take longer to recuperate due to this.

As for my diet afterward, I went back to my high fat, low carb diet (Atkins) and haven't had any issues. I think for my first year, I avoided my trigger foods (pork, nuts) but I can now eat them without issues.

Hope everything goes well. Having mine out helped me tremendously and hope you find the same.
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From:epione
Date:July 4th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
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thanks for your reply. i'm recovering now and it seems to be going okay. pretty stiff and store though!
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From:shadowkiss13
Date:June 30th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Well I had stitches- nylon and normal, they took the normal out but because the NHS referred me to this semi-private facility they forgot to take the nylons out and those they could remove were very painful after the skin grew back. The rest will dissolve in another year!

I was able to eat and drink straight away, they say normally but I mostly stuck to my low fat diet but had full fat yogurts and milk so it didn't upset my stomach and then after a week started on light fatty meals.

It took me a couple of weeks to get my energy back. Post op I still have problems with large, heavy meals as they don't go down very quickly and tend to build up and make my side painful, but the upside is that the weight stayed off!
Good luck!!
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From:epione
Date:July 4th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
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thanks - i think being forced into smaller, lower-fat meals can't be a completely bad thing, all things considered. :) i'm just looking forward to not worrying about everything little thing i eat!
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