4 Tips to Recover from Gallbladder Stones Removal Surgery

Symptoms during Recovery Phase | Care after Surgery | Recovery Diet

The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ present on the right side of the abdomen. Gallbladder stones are the hardened deposits or solid masses formed from the bile, which is the digestive fluid. Gallbladder surgery is essential when medications cannot cure gallstones. 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.  

Gallbladder stones 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. However, most of the hospitals are currently practicing laparoscopic procedures for gallstones treatment.

Recovery Tips for Traditional/Open Gallbladder Stones 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 Tips for Laparoscopic Gallbladder 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 stones 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 

Gallbladder Recovery Diet

After gallbladder stones 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 a 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 form gallstones, which enables faster recovery and a quick get back to your routines. 

Choosing the right General Surgeon for your treatment

Choosing a general surgeon is quite an overwhelming task as you put your health in somebody’s hand with the hope that everything goes well. 

But to get comfort with any surgeon, there are specific parameters that help you make the right selection of the general surgeon paving the way to a healthier lifestyle and faster recovery.

Keep reading to know which factors and steps can help you make the right selection of the general surgeons.

How to research for the right general surgeon?

  • Thorough research about surgeons

Start with enlisting all the general surgeons nearby so that you can select the one who stands out on your checklist. Try to have a comprehensive understanding of surgery so that you come up with every and any question during your consultation with the surgeon.

Your prime care doctor and the online portals can help with getting your list prepared, and then you need to make a calculative decision of selecting the right surgeon.

Even though your physician might have referred you to a specific surgeon, it’s always useful to get a second opinion from another surgeon. 

  • Start with referrals and patient testimonials 

Referrals are an excellent way to start your selection process. Start seeking referrals and patient testimonials from your primary care doctor, friends, relatives about the enlisted surgeons to cut short them for further screening.

Hearing about the experience of other patients who have been operated upon by the doctor is one of the best ways to get confidence in the surgeon. Good surgeons often encourage patients to speak with their existing patients.

Some hospitals also organize camps / interactive sessions which involve both the surgeon and recovered patients.

You can count in the online ratings and reviews to simplify your selection process. 

  • Evaluate their experience

Success stories can be delusional sometimes, but what helps in evaluating the surgeon is the accuracy of diagnosis and suggestion of well-thought and tailored treatment plan depending on your condition.

Try to get insights by asking questions regarding your health issue and recovery from the surgeon. 

  • Surgical certification and credentials

You need to gain an insight into certifications, credentials, education, and expertise of the surgeon.  You need to know about the speciality of the surgeon, and this includes knowing about their education, certification, and their history with surgeries. Years of experience, research publications, universities they have graduated from are all strong indicators of expertise. 

  • Hospital’s information 

After you are done getting crisp information about the surgeon’s experience and skills, you should evaluate the hospital where they work. 

The evaluation includes the examination of the hospital’s infrastructure, technology, instrumentation, dedicated laboratories, well-equipped operation theatres, and environmental control features.

Hospitals with an excellence of performing laser surgeries and well equipped with the modern laser technology should be preferred. 

Accreditation by NABH, National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers, is a good sign in terms of evaluating all the parameters listed above.

You need to pay close attention to the little details that can hinder the treatment process if not considered.

  • Cost of treatment/ Insurance coverage

Surgeries have often been considered quite expensive, and people usually avoid it because of the medical expenses that are accompanied with it. So, it’s critical to always check medical expenses or surgery costs to get the treatment. If you have a health insurance policy, you want to make sure about what is covered and to what extent. As much as possible, choose a network hospital to avail of cashless hospitalization.

To enjoy several health benefits and reclaim your health by not spending much from your pocket, include this parameter in your checklist as well. 

A word from Ayu Health

Ayu Health is India’s most trusted network of hospitals. Our general surgeons have an average experience of 10-15 years and have been trained at India’s premier institutes. Most have significant academic and global experience. 

Ayu Health hospitals offer all advanced general surgery procedures. Be it laser surgeries for anorectal diseases or laparoscopic procedures for hernia or gallstones, Ayu Health hospitals are equipped with the latest technology.

We not only have a skilful doctor’s team but also carry mandatory certifications from the government authorities. NABH, India’s premier hospital accreditation authority, recognizes all the AyuHealth hospitals.

Also, our fixed-price policy and complete cashless insurance coverage ensuring you do not have to worry about a rising medical bill.  

If you are looking for a leading surgeon and doctor who can treat and perform effective surgery and suggest the best possible treatment for your health issue in India, you can call +91 – 6366 100 800 or visit us at https://www.ayu.health/

Gallstones- Do I really need to have my gallbladder removed?

Gallstones are an extremely common problem experienced especially by people aged 40 and above. The problem is more common in Indians as food high in cholesterol contributes significantly to developing gallstones. 

What are gallstones?

The gallbladder plays a major role in your digestion. It stores bile, a greenish liquid that is essential for breaking down your food. If you’ve been diagnosed with gallstones, you have tiny deposits of solid particles in the gallbladder which could turn dangerous if ignored.

Dangerous does not mean untreatable. Gallstones are so common that the treatment for them has progressed by leaps and bounds in the last 10 years. The surgery for gallstones takes a maximum of 30 minutes. Now that’s pretty fast, right?

Gallstones Treatment

Unless you experience severe pain in your abdomen caused by gallstones, you can ignore them. The symptoms may recur frequently, though. If you experience symptoms that cause you discomfort and hamper your day-to-day activities, it’s time to seek the right treatment for it. 

What happens if I leave gallstones untreated?

As long as you don’t have any discomfort or pain, you can ignore your gallstones. However, if the doctor has advised you to undergo surgery, it’s best you get it done at the earliest. 

Delaying surgery can bring in unnecessary complications. Some of the complications that may arise are:

Stones in Bile Duct: Gallstones if left untreated can move into the bile duct causing severe pain, nausea and vomiting. This can lead to blockage of both the gallbladder and pancreas. 

This can cause a life-threatening condition called pancreatitis. 

Inflammation of the bile duct: Due to gallstones, the bile duct sometimes gets swollen up. This can lead to high fever, chills and even jaundice

This inflammation can potentially spread to neighbouring organs causing severe problems. 

Inflammation of gallbladder: Gallstones can cause swelling in the gallbladder also. This can cause infection, formation of pus and may even lead to the death of the organ. All this causes unbearable pain in the abdomen. 

If the pus from the gallbladder passes on into the blood, it can lead to a disease called septicaemia which can cause organ failure and consequently, death. 

Cancer: Large gallstones when ignored, can also lead to the cancer of gallbladder or pancreas. 4 out of 5 people who are diagnosed with gallbladder cancer are diagnosed with gallstones early on. Alarming, right?

Hence, it’s always advisable to seek treatment as soon as you are diagnosed with gallstones. 

What are the available treatments?

Depending on the size of the stones and severity of your symptoms, the doctor will suggest the right treatment for you. Some of the treatments available are:  

Medication: If your symptoms are not really bothering you, the doctor might suggest some medication to break the gall stones. This treatment however, takes a long time, sometimes years to completely treat the gall stones.  

Lithroscopy: In this procedure, sound waves are sent to break large stones into smaller pieces which can pass out of the system naturally. However, this is rarely done as it has certain risks involved. 

Surgery: The most common treatment across the world for gallstones is gallbladder removal surgery. This is the shortest and the best way known to relieve discomfort caused by gallstones. 

Is it okay to have an entire organ removed?

Yes, absolutely. Removing the gallbladder does not really affect your life too much. The bile will directly flow from the liver into the small intestine. This can sometimes cause indigestion and loose stools. 

To avoid this, the only change you need to make after the surgery is changing your diet by decreasing the amount of oily, fatty and spicy food. 

In the first place, gallbladder stones can be avoided by maintaining a balanced diet right from the beginning. So, the next time think before you reach out for that extra jalebi! 😊

Thousands of people undergo gallbladder surgery every day in India. The doctors at Ayu Health themselves have years of experience in quick removal of gallbladder surgeries. Right from diagnosis to treatment to after surgery care, we will take care of all your needs and help you feel better right away!

Why Choose Ayu Health?

Ayu Health is India’s most trusted network of hospitals. Our in-house Gallstones experts are among the best in their field and will suggest the most optimal stone treatment (surgical or non-surgical) for the patients depending upon their case. We not only have a skilful doctor’s team but also carry mandatory certifications from the government authorities. NABH, India’s premier hospital accreditation authority, recognises all the Ayu Health hospitals.

In case the doctor thinks you do need surgery, Ayu Health hospitals offer Zero Pain Laparoscopic Procedure. The procedure involves the use of a laparoscope, a long, thin probe that allows for the surgery to be done with a very small incision. The procedure lasts for <30 minutes and patients are typically able to resume normal routine from the very next day!

You can call +91 – 6366 100 800 or visit us at https://www.ayu.health/surgery/Gallstones-5 to book a consultation today!