The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ present on the right side of the abdomen. Gallstones are the hardened deposits or solid masses formed from the bile, which is the digestive fluid. The presence of gallstones in the gallbladder is called cholelithiasis, and their presence in bile ducts is called choledocholithiasis. If left untreated, gallstones can obstruct the bile duct and can lead to a severe life-threatening condition.
Gallstones usually cause intensifying pain in the upper right of the abdomen. The doctor will recommend the treatment for gallstones based on the results of the diagnosis. If the symptoms are persistent and severe, the doctor would recommend surgical removal of the gallbladder, known as cholecystectomy. Traditional surgery or laparoscopic surgery can treat gallstones.
Recovery from traditional/open surgery
After the surgery, you will have two drainage tubes in your belly. One tube is to drain the fluid or blood left out, while the other one drains the remaining bile. Usually, after the open gallbladder surgery, you will have to stay for 3 to 5 days in the hospital. It takes 2 weeks to resume the routine activities post-open gallbladder surgery. The recovery from open gallbladder surgery takes around 6 to 8 weeks.
You may experience the following symptoms during the recovery phase:
- Pain in the incision site for a few days after the surgery
- Bruising around that wound that gets better each day
- Nausea and vomiting sensation
- Loose stools for about 4 to 8 weeks
- Redness of the skin around the wound
Recovery from laparoscopic surgery
After laparoscopic cholecystectomy, it would take up to six weeks to recover completely. However, those who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy can get back to doing their routines within 1 to 2 weeks.
While you recover, you might experience the following symptoms:
- Pain in your belly that usually eases within a week
- Sore throat resulting from a breathing tube used during the procedure
- Loose stools that might last for up to 4 to 8 weeks
- Bruising and redness around the wound that gets better gradually
Care after gallbladder surgery
- Avoid doing a strenuous activity until you are completely recovered from surgery
- Do not lift heavy objects or weights that can cause pain in your abdomen
- Avoid straining yourself. However, you can do minimum household work and take short walks.
- Ensure that the wound area is clean to avoid infections
Diet after gallbladder surgery
After gallbladder surgery, the doctor will recommend a liquid or bland diet for a few days. It is advisable to start taking fruits, vegetables, and simple foods that are not spicy or too sweet and fatty. Ensure to drink an adequate amount of water as it helps to ease the bowel movements.
Include fiber: Ensure that you include fiber in your diet as it helps to promote good digestion after surgery.
Avoid high-fat foods: Fatty foods are hard to digest; hence it is better to avoid them if you have bloating, gas, or diarrhea problems. Avoid non-vegetarian foods, cream, butter, whole milk, full-fat cheese, and processed foods like cakes and pastries.
Avoid spicy foods: Avoid taking foods that irritate the stomach lining, like hot peppers. Such foods can cause nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Limit foods that cause gas: Limit the intake of foods that cause gas, such as cabbage, onions, lentils, sprouts, etc. These foods can also increase bloating.
Avoid fried foods: Do not take deep-fried foods in oils, such as French fries, samosa, cheese sticks, and any other deep-fried snacks.
Consult our doctor today
If you are looking for a hassle-free treatment process and minimally invasive treatment options for gallbladder surgery, Ayu Health Hospitals is the right place for you to approach. Our doctors hold high experience in performing general surgical procedures and guide you in all aspects of treatment until you are completely recovered.
Dial us at +91 6366100800 to book a consultation with our doctor and get all your queries answered regarding gallbladder surgery. Ayu Health Hospitals provide advanced laparoscopic procedures for gallstones, which enables faster recovery and a quick get back to your routines.