If you have gallstones or other gallbladder problems, your doctor will either tell you that you need not do anything about the problem especially if these are silent stones.
However, in cases where there is already extreme pain and the condition may possibly worsen if not addressed on time, your doctor may require you to undergo gallbladder removal surgery.
Before you go under the knife, it is best that you review some of the possible effects of having this type of surgery. Post Gallbladder Surgery Symptoms could range from mild, intermittent attacks or they could be chronic which could render you physically-impaired on occasion.
Possible Post Gallbladder Surgery Symptoms
There is no one determining factor as to why some people experience post-gallbladder surgery symptoms while others don’t.
Others can go about their usual routine after several weeks of recovery from the surgery while others experience discomforting, painful and sometimes life-altering symptoms after having their gallbladders removed.
A few of the possible post-cholecystectomy symptoms include:
• Diarrhea – This is the most common post-surgery symptom following a cholecystectomy procedure. The reasons are unclear but a few believe that it is because of a higher level of bile that passes through the intestine.
• Increased level of liver enzymes but this condition almost always corrects itself.
• Pain in the abdomen, particularly in the upper right portion of the abdominal area.
• Gas due to the gas pumped into the abdominal cavity to enlarge it for surgery. This will pass within twenty-four to seventy-two hours.
• Little or no appetite
• Nausea and vomiting
• Muscle pain from the anesthesia
These symptoms should correct themselves within the period of recovery following your cholecystectomy. However, if these are persistent, you may need to consult your gastroenterologist for possible cures for these symptoms.
Diet after Surgery
You may also be advised by your doctor to change your diet following your gallbladder surgery. A change in diet will help alleviate diarrhea plus other symptoms that you may be experiencing.
Decreasing or totally eliminating your intake of fatty and greasy foods can reduce diarrhea. Greasy foods can further elevate the risk of having diarrhea hence, foregoing or lessening your intake of these types of foods can alleviate diarrhea.
You may also consider foregoing or lessening other diarrhea inducers like caffeine, dairy foods and sweets. Medications may also be prescribed by your physician.
Medicines to alleviate diarrhea, relieve pain and discomfort or those that lessen your body’s ability to absorb bile acids may be recommended.
Discussing with your doctor all your options plus the risks involved should you need to undergo gallbladder surgery will help you prepare for the surgery as well as post-surgery effects.