Gall bladder surgery usually done by keyhole nowadays. The Mater hospital (public), is the centre for excellence for this procedure, and any ops that have gone wrong elsewhere in the state, are flown in there for emergency treatment. (This surgical procedure is not without it's dangers, a nicked bile duct for example). Visit this link for factual information. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Laparoscopiccholecystectomy/Pages/Riskspage.aspx
My personal experience was excruciating pain, with vomiting and sweating, far worse than childbirth (I have 3 children), and very frightening. The pain was also in my right shoulder. Starts off gradually and gets to the excruciating stage when you know you are in real trouble. Was admitted to the Mater in the acute stage, on a drip for 5 days with nil per mouth, had an MRI scan to confirm what we were dealing with. Had keyhole surgery (on waiting list only 3 months), went home next day, but my insides felt very bruised and sore for over a week.
Thought I had an old person's disease (I was turning 50 and felt too young for it)! There was a young woman in my ward of 20 with the same problem, and the consultant told me that patients as young as 14 and 15 are presenting with this problem!
Good recovery overall, and I thank God for the Mater and the staff there who knew what they were doing, could not have asked for better treatment.
I'm due to have my gallbladder removed at the end of feb, due to gallstones. I've been a bit lax about the whole thing and didnt see the specialist for about 4 months after the gallstones were discovered. The problem is I'm experiencing abdominal pain for the last week but not in the gallbladder area. I've also got shoulder pain and am constipated.
Im a bit doctor shy, should I see a doctor ASAP with these symptoms?
You said a fat free diet, you did not differentiate and a person still needs healthy fats - these are still fats.
Trans fats we do not need at all.
the poster was looking for advise for after the gallballer is removed - at which point they will not be in pain from eating fatty food as the source of the problem will be eliminated - which is why bile salts will be needed to replace the function which the gallbladder provided.
If you have a high cholesterol level then you will be advised to reduce your fatty food intake until it is reduced and thereafter modify your diet but it is most certainly not the only advice that will be given to you and to suggest so is utterly misleading. You will also be advised to exercise, reduce stress, alter your lifestyle, relax more and statins my be perscribed if suitable.
Do you understand the function of the gallbladder?
If you did, you would realise that if you have gallstones then the eating of fatty and fried foods aggravates the problem and causes pain.
Excruciating pain, in some instances.
If you don't have your gallbladder you need to keep fatty and fried foods out of your diet as much as possible.
You are mixing up fatty and fried foods with other constituents such as essential fatty acids which are a completely different component and are broken down by the body in totally different ways.
Yes, we all need some fat but there are some fats we do not need AT ALL.
You seem to be confusing saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and monosaturated fats.
If you have for example a high cholesterol level then you will be advised to reduce your fatty food intake for life. If people cannot do that, that is up to them but that is the only advice that will be given to you.
If you suffered from gallbladder problems and found yourself in terrible pain after eating fatty and fried foods, you would'nt think twice about eliminating them from your diet.
How does a person manage thre intake of these without some fats - supplements (which doctors will no doubt recommend) stil needs fats to metabolise.
Also, how will a person attain the good fats which are essential in their diet with a fat-free diet.
Finally given that most foods with the exception of most fruits and vegs are a combination of fats, carbs and proteains, I don't think this is wise advice or realistic
Why didn't you ask? You need to ask.
When they remove your gallbladder you will be told to have a fat free diet afterwards.
The op used to be a major one but not any more so don't worry about it.
BUT please DO ask, ask, ask.
Don't go for any medical intervention if you don't understand why you are having it.
You deserve more from your doc. - Why is it being removed, how is it connected to your symptoms, what are your other surgical and non*-surgical options, how long will you be in for, are they doing microsurgery (keyhole surgery) or not, what can you expect afterwards, what pain management techniques will be available to you, what medication will you be given - you will NEED bile salts, this is vital for all gallblader removal patients, and is there any food you must avoid (coffee, dsiry, fats) and for how long.
id be delighted to hear from anyone with advice for me.
Is is because my Gallbladder has been removed that my metalbolism is different. I am 53 years old.
My aunt had her gallbladder removed (by tradition surgery rather than keyhole) and had problems with diet. She had to reduce her fibre intake, take cellulose (a bulk filler) and drink a lot of water every day so you might like to watch out for that