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Gall bladder op on 16th dec

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mummynumnum Mon 08-Nov-10 18:20:24

I was booked in for a gallbladder op on 16th dec. In good health and 35 and recovered really quickly after c section. Do you think I will be up and able to do stuff for Xmas the week after?

jalopy Mon 08-Nov-10 18:29:33

I'd take it easy. Even though it's keyhole surgery, you'll feel like you've been run over by truck.

NorkilyChallenged Mon 08-Nov-10 18:37:47

I did feel pretty tender and sore afterwards, think for about 2 and half weeks I couldn't really lift my dc. But pottering around doing stuff by Christmas, probably reasonable if not too much bending and no lifting.

Haven't had c-section but definitely found recovery harder than after 2 vaginal births.

mathanxiety Mon 08-Nov-10 18:38:31

Yes, based on my experience. I had laparascopic (sp?) surgery and a complication that meant the op took three hours instead of the short time they had told me (they moved a stone through my bile duct when they found it stuck there).

I took a transatlantic flight alone with DD1 who was 2 at the time, just under 4 weeks later. I took her to her gym and swim group a week later -- I was a bit tender and didn't carry her or do much to help her dress, but I was changing her nappies from the day I got home from the hosp (thanks to exMIL's aversion to this job). But every day brought a big improvement once I was out of the hospital.

I'd say you'll be up, but take it easy as you'll basically be only home a week. If you can, do all the Christmas prep now, and plan on not joining in the last minute shopping -- you don't want to be jostled or poked and you don't want to tire yourself out or catch a cold, cough, sneeze, with your scars still healing. Plan on staying home and having a little walk every day and some undemanding fun with your LO.

Undutchable Mon 08-Nov-10 18:41:20

I had mine removed when my DS1 was 3 months old (gallstones in late pregnancy was no joke). I walked, albeit carefully) out of hospital the next day, and was caring for DS by myself 5 days later. It took about 2 weeks to feel "right as rain" again.

If they do need to 'open you up' recovery is a lot longer. I am told this is rare!

Good luck for a swift recovery.

Lynli Mon 08-Nov-10 18:43:06

I had my gallbladder removed a month ago and recovered after 3 weeks.

I must admit recovery was much slower than I expected.

After two weeks I could cook a meal, but not lift a full pan or kettle with my right hand.

LilyPickle Mon 08-Nov-10 19:12:19

I think you will be up and about but don't expect too much - it took far longer for me to recover than I expected. And I was knackered for ages afterwards.

mummynumnum Mon 08-Nov-10 20:12:39

See now I am fretting thinking I should have booked in after xmas. Oh what to do, what to do????

mathanxiety Mon 08-Nov-10 20:46:58

Noooooo. You might have a flare up over Christmas (more than likely given the heavy Christmas fare) and there's nothing worse than an emergency admission over a major holiday, except maybe having the holiday ruined by gallstone pain.

Wilberoo Tue 09-Nov-10 11:41:44

I second Mathanxiety - don't put the op off. I found that after the first week after my gallbladder removal I was able to eat most things and I could cope with minor housework/cooking. Just make sure that you have lots of help xx

NorkilyChallenged Tue 09-Nov-10 17:54:22

I could eat anything from the day after the op, walked right out of hosp, all no problem. Coughing was sore, right enough wink

Just lifting or lots of bending/stretching would be hard but surely that's just an excuse to get lots of help with Christmas prep?

mummynumnum Tue 09-Nov-10 20:12:02

Great thanks for the advice. I will have it done on the 16th and not worry.

mathanxiety Wed 10-Nov-10 16:18:12

Good luck with the op -- I felt great afterwards without episodes of pain to look forward to, and I've never looked back. It was a huge relief to have it all over with.

NorkilyChallenged Fri 12-Nov-10 11:56:53

I agree with mathanxiety, I was so relieved to get it done and not live in fear of the horrible attacks of pain that left me scared to take my v young dc out in case I was left unable to drive or look after them properly while having an attack.

I have never ever regretted the op grin

DomesticG0ddess Fri 12-Nov-10 12:01:11

I felt hideous for about 4 days, but was running on the treadmill 2 weeks later, albeit slowly. Have never regretted op either, had it in Nov last year and had a MUCH better Xmas than the previous one!

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