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Old 01-24-2013, 01:04 AM   #1
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Surgery on Friday, Scared... please help :(

Hi everyone,

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.

 
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:38 AM   #2
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Re: Surgery on Friday, Scared...please help :(

Hi andym,
I had my gallbladder out when I was 29 and had no trouble at all. I had it done laparoscopically and was eating greasy food right after the surgery ... literally. That in hindsight probably wasn't a very good idea; however, I had no problems with it. I probably wouldn't suggest drinking right away, but I do drink and it has never bothered me. Also, my boyfriend's mother (70) just had gallbladder surgery with no problems except for pain. I don't know the actual statistics... just what I have experienced. I also definitely wasn't one who lost weight. Good luck. - goombay

 
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:13 AM   #3
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Re: Surgery on Friday, Scared...please help :(

I had mine out 8 years ago at age 59. No problems and I know tons of people from teenagers to some in their 80's and non have had any problems. I still drink alcohol and eat whatever I want. I jogged 2 miles a week after having mine out. I still work out also. You can lead a perfectly normal life after having it out - just like losing yout appendix, tonsils, etc.

Do try to eat as little fat as possible between now and about 2-3 weeks after surgery. It will help the bile duct they leave get "online" more easily. Good luck!

 
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:43 PM   #4
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Re: Surgery on Friday, Scared...please help :(

Try not to worry too much. If your gallbladder needs to come out, better to have it taken care of now when it's not an emergent situation. I had my gallbladder removed a week ago and so far, so good. I've had very little pain, no diarrhea yet and just a twinge of queasiness here and there, which I expected as everything adjusts. My physician advised a very low-fat diet until I see him in followup. Best of luck to you!

 
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:41 AM   #5
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good luck with the surgery, i had mine out a few weeks ago.

 
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:04 AM   #6
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Re: Surgery on Friday, Scared...please help :(

andy m,
try not to worry about the gall-bladder, better if lyposcopic, i left hosp. the next day!
What i wanted to mention is have them check out your Ampula Tube for any flow restrictions ( that is how they found a mass on my pancreas ).
I was 41 at time of discovery so your never too young! Good Luck man you'll be fine!

 
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