gall bladder and appendix surgery

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poco
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   Posted 9/6/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
 I am having my gall bladder and appendix removed on Monday. I don't know much about either surgeries. If you have had yours removed could you tell me what the recovery is and the scar is like. How is the pain with it after its removed? I figure its going to be done lapascopic (sp?) and hopefully no large insicion. If anyone could help me out with this I would appreciate it.
Thanks
poco
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Sarita
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   Posted 9/6/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Poco, good luck on your surgery! They will surely do it laparoscopically, provided you don't have any complications...you'll have 3-4 very small incisions, like less than an inch wide. The recovery should be pretty quick. After my gallbladder surgery I was back to normal within a week. My appendix came out 20 years ago after it ruptured and that was a very long recovery, unfortunately, but yours should be much easier. Let us know how it goes!
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Marsky
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   Posted 9/7/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
If both surgeries are done via laparoscopy, you'll recover in no time.

My husband had an urgent appendectomy with an incision 10 years ago and it was a painful recovery, at least several weeks. He had a one night stay in the hospital and really should have two full days/nights. The first few days he was home were rough. We had two little kids at the time and I remember being on call - day and night. We put our old baby monitor near his bedside. Anyway, it was a trying time in our family.

But 10 years later, they are doing appendectomies with the tiny incisions and patients are recovering quickly.

Same with gall bladder removals.

I had my GB removed laparoscopically, during my colon resection for rectal cancer in 1999. I have no personal idea how minimal this simple GB removal can be. But I'm told I should be grateful I didn't have a big incision to have that removed, in addition to my 6 inch vertical incision for my resection. So I guess I'm grateful......I do recall having 4 tiny incisions where the GB was taken out. I still have very faint scars there.

One thing we should point out, is when the GB is removed you could experience diarrhea. If this happens, come back to this forum. Many on this forum suffer from bile salts D, a direct result from having their GB removed. Not all that have it taken out, have this side effect from losing their GB. I don't experience this yellow bile salt diarrhea but rather have IBS like symptoms and multiple bm's each day from having part of my colon/sigmoid removed.

Wishing you a speeding recovery!

Mary

poco
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   Posted 9/7/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for the replies and well wishes! I am getting nervous with the surgery coming up tomorrow but I know everything will be ok.

poco


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Provigil, zyrtec, klonipin 1mg 4 1/2 a day, seroquel, geodon, soma, lortab, remeron, zorcor, lidoderm patches, hyoscyamine, topomax, phenergran as needed, actonel 
 


Sarita
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   Posted 9/7/2008 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
You will be good to go! Best of luck! You will feel better in no time :)
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poco
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   Posted 9/9/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   

I appreciate all your support that you guys have gave me. I had my surgery yesterday and all went well. I spent the night at hospital and came home today. I am pretty tired so im going to take a nap but I just wanted to thank you all for everything!

poco


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Provigil, zyrtec, klonipin 1mg 4 1/2 a day, seroquel, geodon, soma, lortab, remeron, zorcor, lidoderm patches, hyoscyamine, topomax, phenergran as needed, actonel 
 


jana123
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   Posted 9/10/2010 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. Sorry for my bad english.
I need some help. My bf had appendectomy 10 days ago and he had catheter for 1 day. Now he does not have blood in urine but we noticed some small pale-red dots on his underwear. They usualy show up when he is trying to get up. Is it possible that catheter caused that???

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   Posted 9/14/2010 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
jana123

That's something you need to talk to the doctor about.
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jana123
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   Posted 9/17/2010 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
he did visit doctor, two of them. first one said that it is caused by catheter, but the the other doctor today said that it is an infection and gave him antibiotics. I'm really worried. even more when I see that doctors dissagree and don't really now what's happening...

shawn12
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   Posted 9/17/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
The catheter might have caused an infection and that is why they put him on the antibiotics.

Hopefully the antibiotics kick in and the infection clears.
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jana123
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   Posted 9/17/2010 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much for this quick answer. Thank you a lot!

shawn12
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   Posted 9/17/2010 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
This is out of my areas of knowledge here, which is why I say the doctors are really important. They may kindof agree actually on the cause. Again hopefully the antibiotics clears up the problem.
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jana123
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   Posted 10/9/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
It was an infection, antibiotics did their job, everything is allright now. Just wanted to write that in case someone sometime wants that kind of information. :)

shawn12
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   Posted 10/9/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Jane123, glad to hear the antibiotics cleared up the problem.
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   Posted 5/27/2011 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I gently and firmly encourage anyone having major surgery to obey the nurses. When they tell you it's time to sit up, walk down the hall, do these breathing exercises, do them. I resisted after my first surgery and my recovery was very painful and slow. After my second (ostomy reversal), I cooperated and recovered much more quickly. I still had pain, you will experience pain but once you begin to get moving again, you'll be glad in the long run. I packed a zip up robe and gym shoes for the hospital after my ostomy reversal surgery, I came prepared to walk and walk I did.

Decades ago, patients would recover in bed for 7 to 10 days, never walking. Now within 12-24 hours they have you sit up, swing your feet to the side of the bed and then venture out into the hall. I thought the nurses were just flat out crazy after my first surgery (the colon resection, gall bladder removal, creation of the ostomy) to get me moving. I even asked my surgeon if their advice was accurate, he had a laugh over that saying there are two rows of stitches, on internal, one external and there's no way you can pull a stitch loose (in case that idea pops in your head).

I just remember wanting to remain in that hospital bed for days after my first surgery and in hindsight that was the worst thing I could have done.

Good luck to you. Remember to check back with us and let us know how you did.

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   Posted 5/27/2011 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Allan, I wasn't sure which surgery you are having next week? Gallbladder or appendix? Either way, I would concur with Marsky, listen to your doctors and nurses! Your doctor will give you a sheet of instructions and feel free to ask them as many questions as possible!!

I am no doctor, but I have a little experience with gallbladder surgery and my sister says appendix is the same, walking is your best friend, it helps to get rid of the trapped gasses that can cause tremendous shoulder pains. As soon as possible after your surgery, try to walk, walk, walk...Also important, breathe deeply, try to do yoga breathing if you can. It was unbelievably hard to breathe deeply after surgery, your stomach muscles will be sore, but this is important to heal properly! Drink lots of water, take your pain meds on schedule with a stool softener, but get off the pain meds as soon as possible because they cause constipation! Best of luck to you and let us know how you're doing. Ruth

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   Posted 5/27/2011 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Ruth - good point, drink water. When the nurses bring you a pitcher filled with ice and water, drain it over several hours. In fact, pack a small pad of paper with you (small steno pad works well) and record how many glasses of water you drink per day, how many times you walk and when you do the breathing exercises each hour (I had a plastic device where I'd have to blow into a tube and force a small blue ball up the chamber, this would expand my lungs). You did this 10 times each hour I believe. I kept track of all this on my pad of paper (second surgery). First surgery I truly flunked as a post-op patient, those nurses I know dreaded checking on my room, they probably drew straws to see who had the fun job of waking me up and getting me moving. If you can predict when they're about to arrive and have your breathing exercises done, your shoes on and ready to walk, they'll LOVE you!

After my second surgery I was walking two full laps around the surgical floor. A nurse saw me one night, before I was about to retire (around 11 pm) and she gasped outloud, asking honey are you going for a world record? I said oh no, just want to feel better. She laughed and said - this is not your first surgery now is it dear? I laughed and said NO, it is not! I think she wanted to switch patients and take on my case.

But you do live and learn.

Must be why my surgeon kept asking me - you've never had surgery before? I said - sure, oral surgeries and two D and C's. Each time I'd say this, he'd shake his head as if they didn't count.

I learned the hard way those previous procedures did not count. Abdominal surgery is painful to recover from. But if you stay moving, sip water, and listen to docs/nurses you'll do fine.
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