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dolphinluv053
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   Posted 6/18/2007 1:01 AM (GMT -7)   
i'm having trouble with my gall bladder there talking surgery. But i'm scared.  do you have any idea to help me thur this. PLEASE HELP ME!!! confused

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   Posted 6/18/2007 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi dolphinluv, Welcome to Healing Well :-)

We have many members here who have undergone gallbladder surgery who I'm sure will be here shortly to ease your fears. I have not gone through the surgery but my husband has and it wasn't too bad for him. I understand how scary surgery can sound. Please be patient and we'll have some people here to respond.

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Keriamon
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   Posted 6/18/2007 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
What sort of help do you need? Are you worried about the surgery itself or living without it afterwards? Ask me some specific questions and I can help you out (I had mine taken out a little over 4 years ago).

dolphinluv053
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   Posted 6/19/2007 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
i'm worried about the surgry. what kinds of  food i can have.   how much pain i'm going to have. someone told me that later i can get stomch cancer. and living without it.

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   Posted 6/19/2007 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   

I don't know if I'm just an easy case or what, but after I had my gallbladder out I had no problems.  The only thing different was that I didn't have any more pain in my right upper quadrant and I no longer felt the urge to vomit all over everyone anymore.  I had really bad diarrhea for years and they told me this probably wouldn't change the frequency of my diarrhea; they were right.  It might take a few weeks for your system to work out the kinks, but it's one of the most-performed surgeries in the U.S. and is considered pretty minor.

My surgery was quick; I was out of the hospital within five hours and stayed at home from work for a week.  You won't be limited as to what foods you can eat, except you might have a hard time with really greasy stuff (but doesn't everyone, even with a normal digestive system?).  Some people notice they have increased diarrhea after their gallbladder surgeries because more bile is being pumped directly into your small intestine from the liver, but it usually clears up.  Some people do take medication to control the diarrhea afterwards, such as Welchol or Questran, and some control it with simple calcium citrate supplements.

But like I said...you likely won't have a lot of problems.  I have never heard of an increased risk of stomach cancer after gallbladder surgery.  Anyone who lives long enough will get cancer anyway (not sure if that's a comfort to you, but it's true!).  If your gallbladder is causing you pain and nausea and other problems, it will improve your quality of life to get it out.  You should always feel free to get a second opinion from another surgeon before you go under the knife.  Most doctors actually encourage this.


dolphinluv053
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   Posted 6/19/2007 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue  thank you that help me alot tongue

Keriamon
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   Posted 6/19/2007 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I think there is a miniscule increased chance of cancer AFTER you've lived without a gall bladder for years and years and years, but like Sarita said, you'll be old by then anyways, and cancer is frequently a problem among old people. It's just an old people's disease, so if you don't get it in the digestive tract, you could get it somewhere else for no particular reason. The increased chance of cancer is so small that it would never be worth living with a painful gall bladder for all those years. I mean, are't you trying to avoid all that pain when you try to avoid cancer? What's the point of avoiding old-age cancer if you spend the next 5 decades in pain all the time?

I too didn't have any problems with my surgery. I had to eat pretty bland and avoid beef and pork for several weeks, but after that, I resumed a fairly normal diet. I have to still be careful with too much fat or too much grease, and I still can't have caffeine (couldn't have it when my GB was bad), but I'm better off than a lot of people on here. I have less D now than before, and it's more manageable. I also don't hurt like before and I'm not nauseated.
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