What They Don’t Tell You When They Remove Gallbladder? – Dr.Berg

There are two main surgical approaches for gallbladder removal:Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: This is a minimally invasive procedure where several small incisions are made in your abdomen. Surgical instruments and a camera are inserted through these incisions to remove the gallbladder. This is the most common approach.
Open cholecystectomy: This is a more traditional surgery that involves a larger incision in your upper right abdomen to access and remove the gallbladder. It’s usually only used if laparoscopic surgery is not possible due to scar tissue or other complications.
After Surgery:
Once the surgery is complete, you’ll be monitored in a recovery room until the anesthesia wears off. You might experience some soreness or pain in your abdomen and shoulder (due to the gas used during laparoscopic surgery). Pain medication will be provided to manage discomfort.
You’ll typically be able to start sipping fluids soon after surgery and gradually progress to a regular diet.
Most people can go home within 1-2 days after laparoscopic surgery and within a few days after open surgery.
Recovery time can vary depending on the type of surgery you had and your individual healing process.
For laparoscopic surgery, expect to return to normal activities within 2 weeks. You might feel tired for several weeks after surgery and should avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting.
Open surgery usually requires a longer recovery period, with restrictions on activity for several weeks.
Your body can adjust to life without a gallbladder. The liver will continue to produce bile, but instead of storing it in the gallbladder, it will continuously release it directly into your small intestine.
Some people experience temporary digestive issues like diarrhea, constipation, gas, or bloating after surgery, especially if they eat fatty or greasy foods. These issues usually improve within a few weeks or months as your body adjusts.
You generally don’t need to follow a special diet after gallbladder removal, but it’s recommended to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and introduce fatty foods back into your diet gradually to see how you tolerate them.
Here are some additional points to consider:
Gallbladder removal is a safe and common surgery, but like any surgery, there are potential risks involved. Talk to your doctor about the potential risks and benefits before undergoing surgery.
If you experience any concerning symptoms after surgery, such as severe pain, fever, or persistent vomiting, be sure to contact your doctor right away.