Recovering From Gallbladder Surgery: Post-op visit with surgeon

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Paraganglion of Gallbladder
(This is not my gallbladder.)

I’ve been feeling a lot better. I still have pain, but I’ve dramatically cut down my pain meds and only take 800mg ibuprofen. Usually I can make it through the day and just take one at bedtime. Even though it hasn’t been quite two weeks since the surgery, the surgeon only had available times yesterday afternoon or in another two weeks. I had questions and wanted answers. Immediately.

Questions I asked:

  1. What caused this? Any indication of sudden onset of anything? Since there were no gallstones present, why would my gallbladder just stop working?
  2. What caused the scar tissue?
  3. Why did it take me so long to recover from anesthesia?

Answers:

  1. Not sure. Gallbladder wasn’t contracting correctly to drain bile. Could be smooth muscles. Since I’m not diabetic, not sure if it’s neuropathic or a muscle problem. Verdict: Not sure.
  2. Dyskinesia.
  3. This was likely my first true general anesthesia. For my cornea transplant I was not all the way under. The first 24 hours is bumpy for everyone.

The surgeon also gave me a copy of my pathology report: mo stones, no sign of cancer, no sign of any other damage. Just a tweaked gallbladder. The language on the report was counterintuitive and confusing. I’m sure somebody could translate it, but basically it said no presence of gallstones, malignant tumors, etc. etc.

I wasn’t sure I was going to share this, but here’s a sweet video showing a Cholecystectomy:

Just about barfed watching this, but I couldn’t look away.

  • bre bolivar

    As a medical student, I would love it if you posted your pathology report.
    I’m glad you’re feeling better! Continue to take good care of yourself.

  • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

    Lol so not watching that. But glad to hear that you’re doing better!

  • http://twitter.com/mlsokoloff mlsokoloff

    I’ve got some floating staples in my gut now that are permanent. You?

  • Liesal Hoffman

    Glad that you’re starting to feel better.  I had my gallbladder taken out last August and it felt like I was hit by a truck and didn’t feel relatively normal for about a month.  Are you able to stand up straight yet? That was really tough for me for a while. Even now I still have some incision pain if something’s pressed on the main one just right.

  • Melinda W

    I did the YouTube search after mine as well. I found it fascinating! My surgeon actually gave me some photos “from the inside”. I love it. I figured: might as well take advantage of seeing something new, since I had the opportunity! Glad you are feeling better. My energy (5 days ahead of you) is starting to get back to normal, and almost no pain either. Whew!

  • Melinda W

    I did the YouTube search after mine as well. I found it fascinating! My surgeon actually gave me some photos “from the inside”. I love it. I figured: might as well take advantage of seeing something new, since I had the opportunity! Glad you are feeling better. My energy (5 days ahead of you) is starting to get back to normal, and almost no pain either. Whew!

  • Anonymous

    thanks for the awesome timing on this post.  i just had my gallbladder removed yesterday and i found the video really interesting.

    • http://blurbomat.com/wordpress blurb

      How are you holding up? I hope you feel better soon!

      • Anonymous

        i seem to be doing pretty well, actually. the belly button incision & getting up from a supine position is painful but I don’t seem to have any of that residual gas pain and I’m starting to get hungry, which I think is a good sign.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DUXADXE4OGLMABCYGC6BJKOMK4 kdwk

    I’m glad the pathology report looks good.  I’m not satisfied with the explanation of why it took so long to recover from anesthesia, though.  I took 8 hours to be ready to leave the hospital after mine, though they had said it would be something like 1-3 hours. (I had a laparoscopic oophorectomy, similar to your surgery but I suspect easier. My incisions were smaller than yours, at least.)  Lately I’ve been having pain in what I suspect is my gallbladder (I’m waiting for a call from the doctor as I type, sigh)  and I’m really hoping not to have to go through another surgery.  But there are worse things.

  • http://www.absentmindedhousewife.com/ Absent Minded Housewife

    Wanna see photos from my tubal ligation?

  • Shannon Smith

    Eek!  I have been diagnosed with biliary dyskinesia (no stones, but did the hida scan and had a really low ejection fraction).  This is Day 22 of pain that also came out of nowhere.  Right now I am trying to make the decision of having the surgery or not.  This is the first time I have read that dyskinesia can cause scar tissue.  That’s scary.  I also have 2 small children and cannot imagine recovering from surgery in a house with them in it!  How did you come to the decision to get the surgery- were you ever presented with any other options like controlling it with diet?