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So I have 5+ 1.2cm gallstones so I need to have my gallbladder removed so was wondering if anyone can answer some questions?
- Did you have to stick to a special diet before the surgery? - How long where you in hospital for my GP said up to a week for keyhole? - Did you have to follow a special diet afterwards? Someone said a liquid diet but I don't like soup.. - Has it effected your day to day life?
I stayed overnight (keyhole here too) ... but only because a lovely nurse realised a two year old at home wasn't conducive to a good night's sleep!
I only had a week or so between diagnosis and operation so no time for a special diet such. I did go fat free during that time though.
I didn't go on any special diet afterwards. I was a bit sore for a few days afterwards so didn't really feel like eating much. They pump your tummy with gas to inflate it and that can take a couple of days to pass.
I've had no long term effects from the surgery. I'm just pleased I will never have pain from gallstones ever again. No regrets in the slightest.
I had mine out a couple of years back. It was very inflamed and eating any day at all caused pain so for the months leading up to the op I had a zero fat diet (or at least less than 9g/day, no more than 3g in any sitting otherwise I'd be in agony). Admitted to hospital at 11am, op at 1pm, stayed overnight (and felt rubbish, but that was mostly the anaesthetic) and back home mid morning the next day. No special diet afterwards, though it took a few weeks to reintroduce rich food again without it, um, passing through dramatically. Been totally fine since then. So glad it's gone.
Keyhole surgery will be daycase although at the end of the day I felt they were unbelievably mean making me go home. I needed my mum to look after me and barely moved for 2 days.
Although on day 5 I flew alone to Germany on Easyjet not recommended, I didn't ask because I knew they'd say no
They will give you a note for 2 weeks of work. I could have gone back after 10 but had no intention of doing so
No special diet afterwards but beford hand I was practically fat free to avoid attacks. I built up fat slowly after - I only have problems with fat now if I have a very heavy cream pudding eg homemade gooseberry fool doesn't stop me eating it though which is easily solved with some Gaviscon.
Be ready for being very constipated if you take co-codamol for pain relief after the operation.