Gall bladder removal anyone?

  1. Anyone had their gall bladder out? What's the recovery time really?:stone
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  3. by   Fonenurse
    Quote from fergus51
    Anyone had their gall bladder out? What's the recovery time really?:stone
    Depends which operation was used to remove it fergus51. I had my gallbladder removed just before Christmas and I am almost ready to go back to work - and I do a lot of driving (a 1000 miles per week) and my job is quite intense. I had a laparascopic op. However, if the op is performed as an open cholecystectomy the recovery can be months rather than weeks. It also depends on the level of fitness of the person prior to surgery.
  4. by   sirI
    Quote from fergus51
    Anyone had their gall bladder out? What's the recovery time really?:stone
    Like Fonenurse said, it really depends upon the individual, the severity of the problem at hand, the surgeon, many factors.

    I had mine out on a Wednesday morning via laparoscopy. Started bleeding shortly after returning to my room and they went back via laparoscopy. Two surgical procedures/intubations in one day.

    I taught an ACLS class 3 days later.

    Tough ole Southern gal here.
  5. by   fergus51
    I'm young and healthy (other than maybe needing my gall bladder taken out). I'm just concerned because I can't afford to take a whole bunch of time off work since I don't have sick pay, especially considering the fact that this would cost me around 5K.
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    I'm 46 and not in the best of health at all, but I had my GB out on a Friday, went to an all-day picnic on Sunday, was out in my garden yanking weeds on Tuesday, and went back to work Thursday feeling better than I had in a year.
  7. by   Jessy_RN
    Best wishes to you Fergus and a speedy recovery!
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Lapro typically has a quicker recovery time, but it all depends on the shape of your gallbladder.
  9. by   luvltc
    Like everyone has said, it depends on the type of sugery, condition of you, and type of work you do.

    I had mine out 8 year ago laparoscopically and was back to work within a week.

    Best wishes for a speedy recover. Keep us posted on how you are doing. :icon_hug:
  10. by   grimmy
    [font="book antiqua"]as was said open takes a long time. i know, i had one. (mine perf'ed back in the dark ages!) i was one sick woman, and it took nearly 2 months to get back to normal. lap chole's are so, so much nicer. as long as you don't wait, and the gall bladder hasn't perf'ed, you'll be fine within a week.
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    One hint, though, the longer you wait to get this done, the longer your recovery might be.
  12. by   Ted
    When Amy had her lap-chole done, she was discharged from the hospital with 18 hours of the surgery. She probably would have been discharged sooner except her operation was done in the mid-afternoon and had post-op pain issues that early evening. She was d/c'd the following morning.

    Recovery was somewhat slower for her, though. She had a post-op infection to one of the incision sites. Her belly-button incision opened up. Her surgeon, a week or so later, opened up a bit further to let it drain. Also was placed on a round of antibiotics.

    I guess anything can happen. . . .

    Good luck with your surgery, though. As someone point out, better out sooner than later.
  13. by   fluffwad
    Had mine out by laproscopy.....was up and feeling perfectly normal 2 days later. My DH waited until his was so bad that the GB went necrotic and he had the open procedure, was on medical leave for 6 weeks but felt OK by the end of 3 weeks.

    One thing they didn't remember to mention was that having your GB out can bring on changes in your bowels. I'll never be constipated again. 2 slices of bacon = a shot of MOM now.
    Last edit by fluffwad on Jan 7, '06
  14. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from fluffwad
    One thing they didn't remember to mention was that having your GB out can bring on changes in your bowels. I'll never be constipated again. 2 slices of bacon = a shot of MOM now.
    Ain't THAT the truth!! I'd forgotten about that.......of course, we really shouldn't be eating that fatty stuff anyway, it's what got us into the GB mess in the first place:uhoh21: Like fluffwad, I am so NOT constipated now, not that I ever really had that problem anyway, but ever since my lap chole it's been like 2 slices of bacon---or pizza, or a hamburger, or Mexican food, or a few pieces of fudge---goes through me slicker than grease through a goose. WhooooooEEEEEEEEE!!:chuckle

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