Post by softballdad on Nov 15, 2017 10:34:59 GMT -8
I went to get a 5 year checkup on my kidneys and bladder and had an ultrasound done on my bladder and X-ray of kidneys. Those all came back normal but they sent the film to my doctor because they said I have a 3 cm gallstone and some smaller ones around it. I do not have any feeling in that area so their recommendation is to have it removed before it becomes an emergency situation. If you've had your gallbladder removed what were your after affects?
Removal of the stones is normally carried out by key hole surgery and the after effects are generally minimal. Of course, there are the usual side effects of the anasthesia to consider-sickness and drowsiness but it is much better that you have them removed before they do become a serious problem.
Sometimes there is a drain fitted at the time of surgery but I know that they prefer to avoid this if possible.
Make sure that your 'routines' are kept up with in hospital and if you are sick, discuss with someone if this will affect your meds. Il try find more info.
If the surgery is laparoscopic, be prepared for discomfort and possibly some really janky AD because of the gas - the hole they make to remove the stones and/or gallbladder itself will be small, and so will the incisions they use to fill up your belly with gas so they can see the gallbladder.
All that gas, though? It has to get reabsorbed, and until it is, it will hurt and stretch out all your muscles. With AB folks they get them moving ASAP.
My bariatric procedure was laparoscopic and not only did the gas hurt, properly hurt, I had bad AD for about eight days. What helped the most was as much flopping around and wiggling as I could tolerate, massaging my belly and heating pad. Painkillers? Useless. Surgeon? Completely ignorant about AD.
Also, expect your bowels to be kind of wonky while your body sorts out what to do about changes in bile for digestion.
A friend of ours. He’s a compete C6, 18 years out. He says the first month was a nightmare (he lives alone and is very independent, but he spent the first month after surgery in a SNF), but he can’t articulate what was so awful - he says his pain was well-managed, he had no AD and that the colostomy really improved his bowel routine, so I don’t understand what was so horrible and suspect maybe it was being in the SNF. He says that managing the colostomy stuff - wafer (?) and bag - has been challenging but he thinks it’s the best choice he’s made since he was injured. Oh, and he uses a fiber supplement- fibercon - now to manage the consistency of his waste and finds that to be very helpful. Sorry I couldn’t get more detail from him. He lives in a very rural area and “won’t internet.”