im having gallbladder surgery on the 30th n im completely scared of it.
i hate the fact of knowing about the operation.
can anyone tell me what happens?
- Anonymous1 decade agoBest Answer
Since you have some time before your surgery...
Unless you are very symptomatic, you might consider lifestyle changes and non-surgical methods of getting rid of gallstones instead of surgery.
Here is a 3D animation of gallbladder removal.
Don't believe it when a doctor tells you that you don't really need your gallbladder. While it's possible to live without one, the gallbladder performs an important function in your gastrointestinal tract and many people who have theirs removed find that they are still having old symptoms and often accompanied by new ones, including chronic diarrhea. Gallbladder removal also puts you at increased risk for certain cancers.
Read, read, read. (I hope my links are helpful)
Get an opinion from a holistic MD.
Eliminate sugar from your diet including fruit juice, soda and all sweetened products. Sugar contributes to gallstone formation. High blood sugar, as in diabetes, may also predispose you to gallstones.
Start taking vitamin C and magnesium. Both have been shown to prevent and possibly to treat gallstones. Lecithin is another nutrient that may be protective.
Consider taking one of the drugs that dissolves gallstones over a period of time rather than gallbladder removal.
Investigate gallstone flushes using epsom salts, lemon juice, malic acid (from apples) and olive oil.
Discontinue oral contraceptives or estrogen replacement, as this is known to contribute to gallstone formation in many cases. Pregnancy can cause them as well.
Lose weight slowly by increasing the good foods like green leafy vegetables. A diet high in vegetables is known to be preventive and should help in recovery. Being obese increases gallstone formation.
Don't skip breakfast or starve yourself. Lowfat dieting and skipping meals contributes to gallstone formation and impaired gallbladder emptying. Your gallbladder relies on fat in the diet to signal it to empty.
Start an exercise program.
Make sure you get enough Vitamin D from sunshine and supplements year round because it helps the body deal with inflammation among other things and gallstone formation interferes with absorption of Vitamin D.
Also, getting enough Vitamin D prevents excess PTH. Hyperparathyroidism may contribute to gallstone formation.
Here are some links that just tell you what to expect:
Hope this helps some!
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- 1 decade ago
I just had my gallbladder out on Friday, the 12th and I completely understand the nerves. But believe me when I say that the waiting is the hardest part.
For the first two or three days you're going to feel like you got hit in the gut with a baseball bat, but you're given very nice painkillers like percocet or vicoden to help manage the pain. And to be perfectly honest, I pretty much slept through the weekend.
As of today, I'm just really sore. My right side still gives me a few problems when I take deep breaths, but it's getting better every day and the doctor told me that it's just the gas they had to inject.
The only real problem I'm still having is constipation. The pain medicine tends to stop you up, so take a stool softener every day you're on the pain medication.
I was really worried about the whole situation. I have real anxiety about surgery, and am a total wimp when it comes to pain. But it really hasn't been that bad. I'm glad I made the decision to have it removed.
Don't let your nerves stop you from getting it done, because believe me the longer you wait the worse your symptoms are going to get. The sooner the better.
If you have any more questions you can email me if you want.
I hope this helped, good luck!
- 1 decade ago
I agree with the two who replied above me that there's nothing to worry about. It's a simple procedure these days and it's performed laprascopically through 2-3 small incisions. The procedure is very quick and you go home the same day as long as there's no complcations (generally there are not). You might have a little discomfort and gas following the procedure, but you'll do fine.
- dadnbobLv 71 decade ago
These days it's quick and simple. Done thru a very small incision so recovery is quick too. You have nothing to worry about.
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- peaches6Lv 71 decade ago
I recovered in a week and feel so much better! You'll be fine. Good Luck!