Life after Cholecystectomy (Gall Bladder Removal)
The main function of gall bladder is to store bile but not many people know that removing the Gall Bladder does not stop the flow of bile directly into an intestine. Few say that life after having the Gall Bladder removed is pretty normal. However at the effect varies from individual to individual.
Post surgery tips
- Dissolvable stitches will usually disappear in around one to three weeks, and sometimes six weeks, depending on the type of stitches you have.
- Try to get some advice about caring for healing wounds before you go home with your nurse.
- You may be given special compression stockings to wear after surgery to decrease the possibility of blood clots forming in your legs.
- For extra insurance against blood clots, plastic boots or leggings are applied over pressure stockings or ace wraps and connected to an air pump machine. The pump rhythmically tightens and loosens different parts of the boots, helping to push the blood back up to the heart.
- To be on the safer side it is advisable to start on clear liquids post surgery, then full liquids and finally a regular diet.
- Should avoid too greasy and too spicy food.
- Food with red or black pepper may cause discomfort.
- Whole grain cereals and breads, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables should be included in his daily menu.
- Regular bowel movements can be difficult after surgery. Don’t strain if the stool is too hard. Walking will help to stimulate the bowels.
- Eating foods rich in fiber, such as fruit, bran, cereal, and beans, will also help restore regularity.
- Drink plenty of liquids; prune juice may help make the stool softer. Or, if your doctor approves, you can take an over-the-counter fiber laxative.
- Pain in your abdomen, bloating, wind and Diarrhea
- Acid Reflux, Nausea, Stomach Cramps and Spasm, Fullness, Burning in stomach
- Blockage of a blood vessel with a bubble of carbon dioxide gas may occur.
- In some cases during surgery Dr pumps small amount of air into tummy. They cannot remove all the air so some is left behind to come out on its own. The left behind air causes pain in the shoulders as well.
Call Doctor If…
- Pain gets worse.
- Your incision is swollen and red, or you see any pus. These are signs of infection.
- Your stitches or staples come apart.
- Your bandage becomes soaked with blood.
- You develop a high temperature.
- You see any of the following signs that too much bile is building up in your body: Yellow skin, Light brown or yellow stool, Dark yellow or light brown urine.
Seek Care Immediately If…
- You develop chest pain or sudden trouble breathing