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Previous Entry Surgery help? Apr. 24th, 2012 @ 06:20 pm
I have an appointment with the surgeon in a few days but wanted to ask a few questions here.

I had no idea I had gallstones and have had 0 pain. I have to get blood work every 3 months to get my iron and vitamin D and I have to get blood sugar and cholesterol tested every 6 months because I am on the drug seroquel. When my doctor orders the blood sugar/cholesterol test, she runs a full panel and my liver enzymes came back elevated.

I went through a fairly traumatic hepatitis test with a lab corp rep and they found gallstones on my liver ultrasound.

I THOUGHT I was waiting on a call from a gastro doctor since they are not actually bothering me, but apparently they scheduled me with a surgeon. I have noticed my sleep has been off the past few months despite taking seroquel for insomnia and I have been super bloated, but no pain.

I had a few questions about recovery and location of the incisions. My boss and coworker both had theirs out and are telling me things like I'm going to be out of both of my jobs for a month and have to go on disability. My father had his out last May and said he had his out on Friday, drove to my music recital the next day and was back to work Monday.

I also have a small tattoo on my stomach I'm hoping does not get cut into, so I was hoping someone could tell me where the incisions are. it's above my hip to the left of my belly button.

I have both my manager at my week day job waiting for this appointment to find out how long I'm going to be out because we have a ton of deadlines coming up and I can't set my schedule for my weekend job for June till I talk to the surgeon. My weekend job involves being on my feet 4 hours
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Date:April 24th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Hi :) Can't really answer a lot of this... but incision sites for me were belly button, one to the right of my bellybutton, and one in the top of my abdomen.

My advice is... don't walk too far, or for too long in the first two days. I didn't do that with my gallbladder op (I went up and down our stairs several times on day two) and wound up in 'unnecessary pain' for the next 10 or so days (district nurse's words). I remembered to rest for a couple of days after a different abdominal operation, and the recovery time was faster.

Oh and don't pick up children or anything heavy like that in the first month. That's how one busts stitches.......
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Date:April 24th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
I think that should leave the tattoo safe. I was hoping to get it done a weekend I'm not allowed to work, then go back then next week and just tell people to lift their own damned bag of dog food.

Also what kind of pain medication do they give you? I am bipolar and there are a ton of them I don't think I can take. My gp will not prescribe me decongestants, muscle relaxers, etc. i think the only pain med she will give me is tramadol
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Date:April 25th, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
I think you could definitely manage that, so long as you're not lifting anything and are able to take breaks sitting down (and it's fun telling people to lift their own stuff - I had too much fun with that! lol).

In hospital I had some man-made morphine (I forget the name) on one of those self-using drips (but I don't think you'd end up staying overnight, typically most people are home the same day), as well as paracetamol every 4-6 hours. When they sent me home the next day, I had paracetamol and codeine for about 3 weeks (though after week 2 I didn't need the codeine any more, just the paracetamol).

I'm not sure if you'd be able to take codeine? Here it and paracetamol (either together in one tablet, or as seperate medications) is their go-to post-surgery pain relief.

You said you get to talk to the surgeon soon? Definitely bring the medication thing up with them. I had to as well, to be sure they didn't give me something I can't have (I have a big long list of pain meds I can't have as well, because of damage done to my gut by ibuprofen some years back), and they were really great about it.
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Date:April 25th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
I took a week off, but I was probably fine to go back within a couple days. I had my surgery on a Thursday morning and was up and walking around by monday. If your boss and coworker didn't have a laparoscopic surgery, I could see them being out for a while, but if you're going with minimally invasive, it's outpatient and you don't even stay overnight at the hospital.

I have five small scars from my surgery. One 'within' my belly button, one a couple inches above my belly button, and three off on my right side of my upper stomach in a triangle arrangement. The one in my belly button is the longest, the one above my belly button is the one that scarred the worst and can be seen through thin shirts.

I saw your other comment about pain meds. I was given generic vicodin (hydrocodone) and no refills. It was also recommended that I take a stool softener because the vicodin constipates you. I think I also had an anti-vomiting med, though that might have been from my attacks. Other than that... liquid diet for a few days, gradually work solids back in.
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