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CAET  ·  23 Jan 2013

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.

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.



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Paces  ·  21 Jan 2013

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?


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Anonymous  ·  19 Dec 2007
Anon you are being a bit misleading.
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.

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Anon  ·  19 Dec 2007
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.

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Anonymous  ·  19 Dec 2007
Re:a fat free diet, I doubt a lot of people adhere to this after the initiula healign but it must be taken intoi accout that certian vitamins are only fat soluable.
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

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Anon  ·  18 Dec 2007
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.

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Anonymous  ·  18 Dec 2007
kris, I take it that you attended initially with some problems / symptoms - what were these?
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.

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kris24  ·  14 Dec 2007
hi there!! im due to get my gall bladder out nxt thursday,all the doc told me was he was taking it out, never explained why??? and never explained what happenes after. i know everybody is different, but i've read alot of horrible stories about after affects and weight gain and i'd rather do without either of them. especially the weight as i've a hard time with keepin it down!
id be delighted to hear from anyone with advice for me.

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VeraH  ·  29 Oct 2007
I had my galbladder removed over a year ago and it has not affected me in any way, despite the fact that i have other medical conditions to contend with. I was out of hospital four days later and back in work without any difficulty. I must add that I am a very fit person who always kept to a healthy diet. So I did not have to change my diet in any way. Basically I never eat any rubbish - chips, crisps, burgers that sort of thing. The only thing I have changed is alcohol intake. I haven't drunk much in the last 10 years or so, since being diagnosed with hiatus hernia, GERD and ulcer (despite having a very healthy lifestyle!!!) but I did enjoy wine. I reduced intake to a glass of wine at weekends with my evening meal, and of late not at all. I do miss that, but because I have cut back I feel that even one glass of wine has an effect on me and I end up not being on par the next day so it's not worth it. I would rather feel 100% for the weekend and enjoy my break from work than waste it feeling our of sorts. But that's my choice. Good luck and mind that body!

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michelle (year2000)  ·  23 Oct 2007
i was due to have my gallbladder removed 22nd october but i was rushed into hospital with appendix which were removed on 10th october via keyhole, the surgeon also removed a lot of old scar tissue from previous surgeries, and also found ovarian cysts which were not removed. I now have a new app daate of 5th dec for my gallbladder removed, i know what to expect re the pain of keyhole and this site has put my mind to rest regarding the gallbladder, keep up the good work people.

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VeraH  ·  04 May 2006
I was admitted to hospital with acute pancreatitis recently, and after numerous tests/xrays/scans when my pancreas inflamation had gone down, I was told I must have my gall bladder removed very soon. No gallstones showed up in the tests, and now I am home I am a little confused and realise I should have asked more questions while in hospital. Can anyone please advise why I must have my gallbladder removed. What are the consequenses if I don't have the operation? (I also suffer with GERD and hiatius hernia - could there be a connection?)

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Anonymous  ·  28 Oct 2003
Can you please tell me what sort of diet I should follow after the removal of my Gallbladder. I lost weight some years ago very successfully. I am 11 and a half stone and find it very difficult to loose weight now. I walk a lot and have just recently joined a Gym. I would like to get down to 10 stone.
Is is because my Gallbladder has been removed that my metalbolism is different. I am 53 years old.

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Joseph (Enforcer)  ·  27 Oct 2003
I had keyhole surgery in Jan 01. I was operated @ 5pm on Fri, walking the hospital corridor @ 10am Sat and home on Sunday. Back to work on the following Thurs. No problem with diet and minimal scars. I was 43 years old and very fit (RHR 48bpm) Plenty of exercise and good diet helps. Good luck with the op.

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Anonymous  ·  10 Sep 2003
tHE website no longer exists!
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

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emer (od1636)  ·  02 Sep 2003
I had my gall bladder removed four months ago. It wasnt a walk in the park as you must remember any surgery is'nt. I had keyhole done and was out of hospital in four days. I was sore for about a week and tender for about five more weeks and had no other complications. Scars are quite minimal.So dont worry about it too much, just talk it over with your surgeon beforehand if you have any major worries. Good luck.

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Ann Marie (annmh)  ·  02 Sep 2003
I had my gall bladder removed by surgery 16 years ago and everything was fine. Good luck with the operation and speedy recovery. Ann Marie

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Anonymous  ·  06 Dec 2002
You can have complications. I did and was out of action for a month at least. I was told I could be back at work within the week. On the plus side scars are minimal and I have no problems with diet etc.

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Anonymous  ·  06 Dec 2002
I had my gallbladder removed via keyhole surgery about 4 years ago. I was told that many people were back in work within a number of days. This was not the case. I had internal bleeding, chose not to have a transfusion and was off work for the next 3 weeks. I was very weak for quite some time. So don't underestimate the surgery. On the plus side the scars are minimal and I have no problems eating anything.

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Brendan (bertfar)  ·  05 Dec 2002
Advances in Keyhole surgery now mean that some patients can under go Gallbladder removal (lap Cholestectomy) as a day case. Tallaght certainly offers day case surgery e.g Tallaght Hospital

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Anonymous  ·  05 Dec 2002
I'm 52 years of age and use a wheelchair and have MD. I had key-hole surgery last year for removal of gall stones and gall bladder. I underwent surgery on Monday and home on Friday. I can only speak for myself; pain - none, just discomfort, side affects - none. I don't thoink it's worth getting too hiped up about it. I put up with the pain for years and I was stupid!

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Jim (seawolf36)  ·  04 Dec 2002
See this site for an alternative view abpout surgical removal of the gall bladder:

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Jim (seawolf36)  ·  04 Dec 2002
Despite the increasing frequency of this procedure, it is not a walk in the park. There are frequently reported after effects: i.e. diarrhea, greasy stools, increased intestinal gas, bloating, etc. Most are contollable with diet, though. Just don't believe the "normal diet" propaganda! Good luck and G-d speed your return to normal living.

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Anonymous  ·  04 Dec 2002
This web site looks good, hope it helps and good luck!

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Anonymous  ·  27 Nov 2002
I am due to have my gallbladdder removed in the New Year. I would like to hear from anyone who may have had this operation, how long recovery was how diet affected you and especially how your health was afterwards.
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