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   Posted 9/10/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Since I have been dx with Crohn's I have asked many drs to check my gallbladder. None of them would check and said I was in denial of my Crohn's dx. I'm not in denial I just thought there was more going on then just Crohn's. I was right!
After 3 months I went to my reg, dr for some other things. She said she wanted to check my gallbladder, finally! She called me only a few hours after the ultrasound and said they gallbladder needs to come out.
I have never had a surgery so I'm a little scared, well a lot. Has anyone had this done before? (I don't know anyone that has) What can I expect? Does recovery time take longer since I have Crohn's?

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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there is nothing to be afraid of. My doctors did it just backwards they took out my gallbladder and then said I had crohn's. eyes I did have two stones, but no pain or anything. Its a very easy surgery, My 15 year old daughter had it and was out of school for 5 days, and you only stay overnight,or it can be same day. turn so don't worry... But you will still most likely still have crohn's sorry !!! cry

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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I had it done several years ago, so the exact recovery time is a bit sketchy. Mine was doen laporoscopically. There were 4 tiny incisions. It was painful, but as I recall, I was up and around within 3-4 days. It still hurt, but I could function. It really is not a huge deal, in comparison with a resection anyway! I wouldn't worry too much about it. I'd worry more about your gastro drs!
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Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Several bulging discs, Bone spurs, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Reflux, Stenosis, Strictures, Dengenerating facet joints
2 resections
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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I had mine out last March. Mine was removed lapriscopically and the recovery was pretty quick (about 2 weeks as I recall.) I was pretty sore for the first couple of days after it was removed. Nothing too bad though (pain pills.) It only left a few small scars on my abdomen. Pretty common surgery. Just plan on being in la-la land after surgery and have someone available to help you out.
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   Posted 9/10/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine surgery was a breeze - I had an attack. The surgery was laproscopic. They thought they might have to cut me open because of scar tissue from CD surgeries, but they didn't. I was told I could stay out of work 4-6 weeks, but I only took two.
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   Posted 9/10/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I had mine out 4 years ago. Severe pains that lead to nausea and skyrocketing blood pressure. I really watched what I ate so I did not have an attack before the surgery - that makes surgery even easier. I was very nervous because they thought they would have to open me up completely due to the amount of scar tissue abdomenally from my CD surgeries.
I was in and out in a few hours. The easiest procedure I ever had. They did it lap with no problems and I have never regretted it.
Go very low fat (no dairy, no lunch meat & no sauces were the hard part for me) to keep from having an attack before you go in. I swear by that as what helped make the process easier
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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   Posted 9/10/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Had mine out at the same time as my double resection. They even threw in the appendectomy while they were at it. One-stop shopping.

Boy, was I ever a mess.

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   Posted 9/10/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I had mine out about 6-7 years ago, laparoscopically.  I previously had a bowel resection and this was a piece of cake.  I went in early in the a.m. and was sent home @2:00.  I recall not being able to lift anything heavy, no vacuuming : ), etc. for a short while, but it was not bad at all.  Good luck!
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