I'm a 24-year-old graduate student (male) who was recently diagnosed with gallstones (my doctor said that it appeared that my gall bladder was full of them). I was promptly ushered to a surgeon who seemed quite eager to take it out. In a flurry of events, I'm now scheduled for the surgery on Friday morning.
I'm very anxious, because I have been reading horror stories online and don't know what to think about post-op. I have a few questions below and would greatly appreciate any responses
1) Does anyone know the percentage of people who have real, actual problems post-op???? There is so much conflicting information that I have absolutely no idea what to expect, and it seems like a lot of people don't trust their doctors.
2) Is it okay to drink alcohol after surgery? I've been reading that this is a death sentence. I really don't want to give this up.
3) Can I still exercise after and retain muscle mass?? I've read about people losing excessive amounts of weight after surgery...
And foremost...why wouldn't my doctors even BRUSH on these potential life-altering side effects??? Is it because the effects are uncommon? Or are my physicians being negligent???
Sorry if I seem a bit antsy...it just hit me that I will be going under the knife soon and realized that I don't have much information...thank you everyone for your input.