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Gall Bladder Surgery

All about gall bladder surgery

If you are getting gallstones, or your gall bladder is not performing properly, you may require gall bladder surgery. Some of the symptoms that you might experience include nausea, vomiting, and a pain in the upper part of your back. Gall bladder surgery can be performed by making a six inch incision in the upper right area of your stomach, just below the ribs. The gall bladder will be cut from the bile duct and blood vessels that lead to it. This open gall bladder surgery can be done in about an hour.

It is more common for gall bladder surgery to be done using a laparoscope. This involves cutting three or four small incisions in the belly. The laparoscope goes in one, and it allows the surgeon to see what is going on inside the belly. Other medical instruments go into the other incisions that allow the surgeon to cut the gall bladder from the bile duct and remove it.

After Gall Bladder Surgery

For a week or two after gall bladder surgery, some of the side effects of the surgery will be felt. It is quite common to have diarrhea. Also, if the surgeon used a laparoscope, it is quite possible that air was blown into your belly to make more room for the instruments to move around. This means that you will probably have a lot of gas in your system for the first little while after surgery.

Since the job of the gall bladder is to assist the liver in breaking down fats, it is important to follow a specific diet after gall bladder surgery. This gall bladder surgery diet should be low in fat, including low fat meats, cheeses and milks. It is also good to start out with a bland diet, avoiding greasy and spicy foods. Soups and salads are also good. It is important to avoid alcohol and caffeine. Eating several smaller meals, instead of three large ones can help, so the liver is not doing so much extra work in digestion.

If a person receives open gall bladder surgery, then recovery from gall bladder surgery can take anywhere from six to eight weeks. This is due to fact that there was a large incision and there is risk of further bleeding and other complications. A person who receives laparoscopic gall bladder surgery will recover much faster. The stay in hospital is often just one day, and they can return to office work as soon as a week later. If their work requires heavy lifting, they may have to take longer off before being able to fully do their job. Overall, recovery from gall bladder surgery is most successful if you follow the advice of your surgeon about how to spend your recovery time.

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