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Gallbladder removal - anyone had theirs out?

Discussion in 'No Golf For You!' started by Rockford35, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. Rockford35

    Rockford35 Shark skin shoes Staff Member Admin

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    After a couple months of brutal gall stone attacks, I'm now fast tracked for surgery and currently awaiting the knife.

    Anyone here had theirs out or is close to someone that had? Seems pretty straight forward and not the invasive.

    Spending your weekends doubled over in pain connected to a morphine IV is not cool, contrary to popular belief. I can't wait to get this mofo out.

    R35
     
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    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    Good luck Rock.
     
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    From what I gather it's all routine stuff these days, keyhole etc. You'll be a new man in no time. Good luck with it.

    Oh and make sure they don't wheel you into the transgender surgery ward by "mistake"!
     
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    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    Good luck bud!
     
  5. eclark53520

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    Shoot...lady at work here just had her hip replaced about 3 weeks ago and she's in here walking around like nothign happened...you're worried about a little gall bladder getting removed?

    But seriously...it's minimal...never had it done, but they have this down pat.
     
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    Had my removed 10/6. At the follow up the Dr said I had 29 stones max diameter of 12mm. The recovery is pretty easy. I worked from home the first 4 days after surgery and was back in the office the following Monday.

    Kept a bland diet the first couple of weeks after surgery and haven't had any issues since.
     
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    MCDavis The Plaid Duffer Staff Member Moderator

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    Good luck, my friend!

    If things don't go well, I get your clubs!!!:D
     
  8. Rockford35

    Rockford35 Shark skin shoes Staff Member Admin

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    Thanks guys. I'm not super worried about it, I'm just researching at this point. As some have mentioned, it's pretty inevasive. Doc says it's 5 days rest, and a week of easy diet, and then Arby's galore. (Funny, as I mentioned to him about Arby's as a joke and his response was "Yes, that's no problem. You can eat at Arby's. Although, I wouldn't recommend eating Arby's. At all." LOL.

    No transgender surgery for me. I'm pretty happy with my proportionately sized unit. Although, some nice chesticles might be nice....

    Gall Bladder stones are a weird thing. Typically speaking, if you're a big fat mofo, you're likely using the gall bladder more often than a skinny dude. So, you don't sludge up and get stones. And, if you're fat, and you decide to get skinny, that can cause the onset of an attack as you're overdoing it with your fat burn.

    So, basically, you should just be a big fat mofo, because you won't get gall stones. :D

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    Well, at least my pecker won't get gall stones. :D
     
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    xamilo Right Curving Driver.... Supporting Member

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    I've been in at least 100 laparoscopic gall bladder removals and I can assure you it's one of the safest procedures to be performed in expert hands. It's a very easy operation and recovery is quite fast. The only thing you have to take care of its your diet. High fat foods will kill you (not literally, they will just give you the worst ache possible and make you throw up), but with a regular diet your life will continue just as normal as it was before
     
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    Interesting. Both doctors that I have spoken to about this have told me otherwise. After a month or so of easing back into it, you're basically fine. Just need to give the body time to realize that it's not getting bile at the rate that it was post-surgery, just a slow drip. And my understanding is that higher fat meals result in softer stools and can borderline on diarrhea.

    Am I to believe otherwise? Obviously, your mileage may vary, but your comments from the information that I have gathered is to the contrary. Not saying I don't believe you, just curious is all.

    I have a pretty solid gut, or at least I used to.

    R35
     
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    Your liver is in charge of cutting down fats. The gall bladder helps as it accumulates bile pigments to act when you consume high levels of fat. Without the bladder the rate at which fats are cut down into tri-acyl-glycerols is much slower since the liver is "left alone" on this task. That means with higher fat content your liver will take much longer to cut it down, giving you a feeling of extreme fullness (which can cause discomfort) for a longer while.

    It is true Your body adapts to it with time, but in my experience (it can be different with some people I guess) patients tend to end up with more "delicate" stomachs after surgery

    Water and fiber content make stools softer. The "hardness" is related with the amount of time the stool stays in the intestines, since water is absorbed all the time. The more fiber the less time the less water loose. the more water, well, that's self explanatory hehehe
     
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    Thanks X. I appreciate the notes. I'm a pretty healthy eater on the whole, but I do like ribs, pizza, and that sort of crap from time to time. Moderation is key, and likely moreso going forward. Which sucks, but I am willing to make that compromise. I mean, I can still indulge, I just can't eat an entire pizza now if I wanted (and not that anyone should for that matter.)

    I got the call this morning for my consult with the surgeon. The admin woman said I must know someone or have pictures to be put up the list like I did. I head in Dec 1, then it's any time I can get in after that.

    Can't wait to get this done. I don't want to ever have an attack like I did last weekend ever again.

    R35
     
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    Are there early warning signs to this issue or is it jus extreme pain one day and an ER visit?
     
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    I think it's basically like when you joined ST: no warning, just sudden, gut-wrenching pain. Rock can confirm this I'm sure.
     
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    The onset of it for me is chest pains, followed by back pain. It starts on my right side and extends towards my heart (up high, not down low by your appendix).

    Then, the pain gets worse until standing, sitting, lying down in any configuration, breathing and doing anything physical are nearly impossible. I equate the pain to two 300lb'ers kneeling on my chest and back at the same time.

    I had my first experience on September 6th, maybe a 7 out of 10 on the pain scale. I started an exercise regime and was losing weight at a good clip. Apparently, this is a common kick starter for gall bladder issues - you eat like a fatty and you work out your gall bladder. When you're in decent shape, you rarely need the big bile push to digest huge amounts of fats, so it sits more idle and sludges up, creates stones. Then, when you do need it (see: exercise), it try to flush itself and can't because of the stones, etc.

    I had one more attack in September. It was mild.

    Last week, I had a mild attack, controlled it with some meds and anti-spasmatic drugs. Then a larger one on the Wednesday, and a colossal one on Saturday night.

    I'll have you all know, that I did win my Ebay auction while in the hospital and paid via Paypal. I don't remember doing it, but my son is gonna love his Xmas present. I hope he likes Star Wars figurines.

    R35
     
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    Here's to you not having anymore attacks between now and surgery! [​IMG]
     
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    Passing this looks like fun.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Wow. Is that a Gall stone?

    If so, that is large. Most are around a cm in size, I am told. But, they can get as big as a golf ball (ironic) I am told.

    If you Wiki gall stones, there's some pretty incredible imagery of stones in situ that is quite telling about how screwed up the body is. LOL.

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    Got the call, heading in on the 18th. Hopefully, with any luck, I can eat Xmas dinner and not feel like I am going to expire.

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