Living Life Without A Gallbladder

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Just over a month ago I started a total lifestyle change. I have been eating better and switching all of my household necessities to all natural products. The week that I decided to initiate these changes I also had my gallbladder removed. I have ultimately decided to share with you my journey of having a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery) because there is little to no information out there about it.

Now, clearly there are many medical sites with big words and scary symptoms. Yet, there is no “real” person information on the laparoscopic cholecystectomy so here is my take.

Somethings Not Right

I had absolutely no symptoms till everything went bad. I went from a deep sleep to waking up at 5 am in the worst pain I’ve ever had. The pain was so similar to having contractions, except the location is completely different. The pain radiated from the right side and down to my lower back. The only comfortable position was to be in the fetal position on my left side

My mom came to watch the kids and my hubby rushed me off to the ER. Once seen by a doctor, he immediately said its the gallbladder, but was waiting on the ultrasound for confirmation. The nurse administered me morphine for the pain and some nausea medication. I remember crying in pain as the ultrasound tech was getting the images of my right side, because it was THAT tender to the touch. I probably scarred that poor girl forever.

The doctor came in to inform me that I had multiple gallstones and my gallbladder needed to be removed asap. I was at risk for another attack or the gallstones moving. However, it wasn’t bad enough to have surgery right then and there.

The Surgery

It was four days later when I finally had surgery. Thankfully, I didn’t have another attack, but I was incredibly sore on my right side till the day of surgery.

I was placed under general anesthesia and that’s when the “lights went out” and I don’t remember a single thing. According to my husband, the surgery took under an hour. After the surgery the surgeon confirmed that my gallbladder was very inflamed, had multiple gallstones and taking it out was the best decision.

I woke up from surgery groggy and in a decent amount of pain, I also struggled to stay awake for the first hour. I was given hydrocodone for the pain.

My surgery was outpatient and they let me go home about two hours after the surgery.

My Recovery

I have four total incisions. Currently they are about a half inch long, with the exception of the one near my bellybutton, which is closer to an inch and a half. The bellybutton incision is larger, because that’s where the surgeon extracts the gallbladder. The dermabond that covered my incisions fell off after 2 weeks.

This recovery was very difficult. I had no idea how bad it would be. It took what felt like forever to finally feel semi okay. I was sore and my incision locations were tender. I didn’t feel normal till day 7. My doctor informed me I’d be feeling good by day 3 or 4 but that wasn’t my case. It took me about 2.5 weeks till I returned to a regular lifestyle with exercising and activities.

Life Post Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

I am currently a month post operation and feeling great.

It took me three weeks to wear pants that had a actual waist band. I lived life in dresses and sweat pants immediately after my surgery because of the incision on my bellybutton and how tender my stomach was.

I do have to monitor when I eat and what I eat post surgery. My body has to eat three meals a day. If I skip breakfast I will have a terrible stomachache after I eat lunch, which will probably leave me with cramps and diarrhea.

The upset stomach will also happen with some spicy foods or meal with a lot of fried foods.

All these things are forcing me into a healthier lifestyle, which I cant complain about.

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