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What happens when you get your gallbladder out?
i have to get mine out,
does anyone know how the procedure works?
                     





♥Miranda♥
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Are you sure you are getting yours out? I heard of people getting it stretched out. My friend had to get it because she would always get bladder infections.


Inescia
Before your gallbladder operation
When you go into hospital for your operation, your surgeon, anaesthetist, physiotherapist, nurse and dietician, will all come to talk to you about what will happen. Your surgeon will explain what is going to be done and what to expect when you come round from the anaesthetic. Ask as many questions as you need to. It may help to make a list of questions before you go into hospital for your operation. There are some suggestions for questions at the end of this section. The more you know about what is going to happen, the less frightening it will seem. Don’t worry if you think of more questions later. Just speak to your nurses. If they can't answer your questions, they can contact the doctor to come and talk to you again.

If you smoke, it is best to try and stop before such major surgery. If you stop for at least 3 weeks beforehand, you will lower your risk of getting a chest infection after your operation and increase your chances of a good recovery.

You will have

Blood tests to check your general health, liver and kidney function
A chest X-ray to check that your lungs are healthy
An ECG to check your heart is healthy
You may have had some of these tests while your cancer was being diagnosed. If so, you may not have to repeat them. You may also be asked to have

Breathing tests (called lung function tests)
An ECG while you are exercising
These tests are just to make sure that you are fit enough to make a good recovery from your surgery.

If you have been finding eating and drinking difficult, you may have a drip (intravenous infusion) put into your arm before your surgery so that you can be given fluids. This helps to make sure you are not dehydrated before your operation.

A physiotherapist will teach breathing and leg exercises to you. You can help yourself to get better by doing these exercises after your operation. You should do them as often as you are told you need to. Breathing exercises help to stop you getting a chest infection. And leg exercises help to stop clots forming in your legs. Both these complications of surgery can happen if you are not able to move around as much as you would normally. Your nurses will encourage you to get up and about as soon as possible after your operation. But some of these operations are major surgery and you may have to stay in bed for the first day or so.


Immediately after your operation
If you have had a big operation you may wake up in intensive care or a high dependency recovery unit. This is nothing to worry about. These are places where you can have one to one nursing care. And your surgeon and anaesthetist can keep a close eye on you. As soon as they are sure you are recovering well, you can move back to the ward.

When you wake up, depending on the operation that you have had, you may have several different tubes in your body. This can be a bit frightening. But it helps to know what they are all for. You will have

Drips (intravenous infusions) to give you blood transfusions and fluids until you are eating and drinking again
A tube down your nose and into your stomach (nasogastric tube) to drain fluid from your stomach and stop you feeling sick
One or more tubes, called wound drains, coming out of your tummy (abdomen) near your wound
A tube into your bladder (catheter) so that your urine output can be measured
The wound drains stop blood and tissue fluid collecting around the operation site. This allows your wound to heal and helps to stop infection. The wound drains are connected to suction bottles, which are emptied every day. They can be taken out once the fluid has stopped draining.

You may also have a very thin tube into your neck or arm to measure your blood pressure in the veins that go into your heart. It is called a central venous pressure or CVP line. It will be connected to a screen.

When you first wake up, you will have a little clip on your finger to measure your pulse, blood oxygen levels and blood pressure. This is called a pulse oximeter. You may also have an oxygen mask on for a while. Your blood pressure will be measured quite often for the first few hours after you wake up from the anaesthetic. If you have had very major surgery, your blood pressure will be measured more often and for longer. At first it will be monitored through the tubes that go into your neck or arms. These go directly into a main blood vessel and give your doctors a more accurate measurement than a blood pressure cuff on your arm. You may hear these readings called 'central venous pressure' or CVP. Your urine output will also be monitored because it can help show whether you have too much fluid in your body or are getting dehydrated.

You may have a couple of electronic pumps attached to your drips. These are for controlling any medicines you have through your drip. If you have had major surgery to your pancreas, you may have an extra pump containing insulin. It is important that your insulin levels are kept within normal range. Your nurse will test your blood insulin every hour or two at first. The pump will be set to give you just the amount of insulin you need.

Because you have had major surgery and an anaesthetic, you may feel a bit lost and confused when you wake up on the ward. This can be frightening and may make you feel as if you have no control over things. Staff will be very aware of this and visit you often to see if you need anything. You will have a call bell close by, so that you can call for help whenever you need it.


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♥Rose♥
From what I've heard, you'll just have a tiny incision made on your upper right side of your stomach. It will just be a very small scar. They take it out and sew you up. I've heard that it is a very easy surgery. Good luck!


Camazing
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In some cases, the gallbladder must be removed. The surgery to remove the gallbladder is called a cholecystectomy (pronounced co-lee-sist-eck-toe-mee). In a cholecystectomy, the gallbladder is removed through a 5- to 8-inch long cut in your abdomen. Once the gallbladder is removed, bile is delivered directly from the liver ducts to the upper part of the intestine


KyledKat
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If I remember correctly, the Gall bladder makes bile for the liver which has something to do with digestion... You might have more indigestion that usual, but that's probably it...


Amusing...But pointless!
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Yes, it is not a complicated surgery. It is done via laproscopic surgery. Four very small incisions are made into your right side of the abdominal area, a camera is inserted and the cholesysectomy (removal of the gall bladder) is performed...research this... Laparoscopic Cholesysectomy. Reading some of the other answers, they are sort of right, but the 5-8 inch incisions are a thing of the past, make certain you get Laparoscopic Cholesysectomy. This will make very small incisions.


♥Im the mashiz! Cuz thas waz up♥
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my mom got hers out a while ago.... all i know is that it hurts there for a while!!!! :D


Melanie L
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http://www.bodyandfitness.com/Information/Health/gallbladder.htm


Eggchick
The removal of the gall bladder will result in a lack of smooth flow between the Liver and the individuals fat digestion. You will need to watch your fat intake after it is removed. Nowadays they do the surgery arthroscopically - make four holes in your side and take it out through them. Shorter recovery time, less scarring.


curtisports2
Whoever said you get a 5-8 inch incision - that's only if your gall bladder blows up on you and you have emergency surgery. I had mine out in 1996, and even then, the four small incisions - they were each less than an inch long and required only self-dissolving sutures (except for my navel, but that's because I had an umbilical hernia that was repaired at the same time) were how the surgery is done.

Today's surgery is probably more refined and less intrusive. You do have to watch your fat intake, but I've had no problems otherwise.


texasfire01
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UGH! I had my gallbladder out when I was 17 which was three years ago. I know a few others that have had it out and everyone reacts to it differently. I have had to learn to eat very very healthy, otherwise I get really sick at my stomach whenever I eat. I have never been overweight nor have I ever had a bad diet, but I have had to learn to exclude all fat from my diet to keep from feeling bad. It doesn't affect much other then maybe your eating habits, but some people have no problems at all. It really just depends on the person. There is medicationt that you can take though also to help your stomach so you don't need to regulate your eating habits.


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