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.

Possible complications

  • 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

~ by marigold on March 13, 2010.

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  4. what are the causes after removal of gallbladder? is this organ really important in our body?

    • It is difficult to pin point the cause of any cancer. Doctors can suggest some precautions to avoid this disease but then that also depends on the kind of cancer and hence is difficult to presume before you or any of your love is actually into it.


      Gallbladder cancer is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the tissues of the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that lies just under the liver in the upper abdomen. The gallbladder stores bile, a fluid made by the liver to digest fat. When food is being broken down in the stomach and intestines, bile is released from the gallbladder through a tube called the common bile duct, which connects the gallbladder and liver to the first part of the small intestine.

      The wall of the gallbladder has 3 main layers of tissue – Mucosal (innermost) layer. Muscularis (middle, muscle) layer. Serosal (outer) layer. Between these layers is supporting connective tissue. Primary gallbladder cancer starts in the innermost layer and spreads through the outer layers as it grows.

      Most doctors studying the subject think that chronic inflammation is the major cause of gallbladder cancer. When gallstones are present, the gallbladder may release bile more slowly. This means that gallbladder tissue is exposed to the bile for longer than usual. This may lead to irritation and inflammation. Scientists also suspect that this longer exposure to possible cancer-causing substances in the bile could also be responsible. Certain abnormalities in the ducts that carry fluids from the gallbladder and pancreas to the small intestine can cause juices from the pancreas to flow backward into the gallbladder and bile ducts. Researchers suspect that this reflux (backward flow) of pancreatic juices may irritate the cells lining the gallbladder and bile ducts in a way that causes irritation and inflammation. This may stimulate their growth and perhaps make them more sensitive to cancer-causing substances.

  5. I recently had by lap cholecystectomy and adhesiolysis past 15 days. I was suppose to recover but yet I feel weak, nausea, dizzyness, headaches, numbness and swollen pain in left thigh. Sometimes even my body temp get high. Apart from that i’ve even got severe pain in rib along with rare abdomen pain. I do have uti infection so its adding up to my situation but is it normal or i should consult my surgeon once again about this?

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