Patient Comments: Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy - Patient Experience


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Comment from: No More Pain, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I had gallbladder surgery 9 months ago using the laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Everything went well, I was only there a few hours and went home. I had pain for the first few days, and definitely when I laughed. As I moved around, it assisted with alleviating the pain and mine was nearly gone after 2 weeks, to the point I went on my planned vacation on the 3rd week. The only issue I have is, I can’t eat a lot of rich or greasy food, otherwise it goes right through.

Comment from: mlw1995, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 14

My husband had his gallbladder removed 4 weeks ago and I have to say that it has been somewhat of a nightmare for our family and I would not wish this on my worst enemy. It started out as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery and ended as an open gallbladder removal. Four days after surgery my husband came home with five holes and an eight inch incision under his right ribs. This wasn’t the worst for him. There was also a bile collection drain that to this day he still has, and is still collecting bile. Still waiting to heal.

Comment from: DT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I had a 2 hour laparoscopic cholecystectomy for gallbladder removal on the 5th. I don’t understand how people can say they recovered in 3 or less days. This is worse for me than my hysterectomy was. Today was the 9th (my fourth afternoon) and I still can barely bend over, get myself up off a squat, or sleep comfortably. I feel so bloated in the tummy area that a 3 ounce water this morning hit like a brick. Food is worse. I am calling the doctor tomorrow. I am 56 years old.

Comment from: Aash, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I had a gallbladder surgery using laparoscopic cholecystectomy five days ago. Now pain is reducing day by day. I started eating normal foods. Hope I should not have any trouble in future.

Comment from: scott, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 30

I had a nonworking gallbladder. I had the laparoscopic cholecystectomy, 4 stomach incisions. The two sides healed in a couple days. Belly button and sternum took a few weeks. It seemed like it took longer for me to feel like myself than others did. A reduced gluten diet has helped along with gas pills (feels like now gas gets trapped). I wish I still had my gallbladder but that was out of my control. After surgery take milk of magnesium as directed.

Comment from: None, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I had laparoscopic cholecystectomy 2 weeks ago and went home the same day. Five days after surgery I was having pain on my right side rib cage and I was told it was due to gas. As the days went by the pain went to my right shoulder blade. I started to move around more and the pain started to go away. Two weeks later I’m feeling great with little diarrhea.

Comment from: Tori, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 07

My 66 year old sister had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy last Friday and died during the night. On her death certificate it is listed this procedure as one of the causes of her death. It also listed cardiac arrhythmia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She passed away in her sleep.

Comment from: Pearl of Hope, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I was admitted on July 10, 2018 for removal of gallbladder using laparoscopic cholecystectomy. I am experiencing too much pain on my abdomen till now, nausea and vomiting too. I was afraid of the side effects because of what I have read and heard of those who have done the procedure, even after years have passed. I am regretting that I got this procedure done, I was very lively before. Maybe I am stressed thinking about everything. I had hypertension too.

Comment from: Sarah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I had my gallbladder removed on 17/5/18 using laparoscopic cholecystectomy. I came home the day after. A month later, after I thought I was getting better, I started to have pain near my tummy button. I have been given antibiotic treatment as they think I have infection. My stomach is still not right and I am having occasional diarrhea. I am not in lots of pain like I was before the operation; then I could hardly walk.

Comment from: Harry , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

After removal of my gallbladder using laparoscopic cholecystectomy, I was home the next day. Review was 1 week later and only 1 port was not fully healed. I only have soreness rather than pain after 8 days.


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Comment from: beaderbearcub, 65-74 (Patient) Published: July 10

I was in hospital, had a cardiac ablation and was very ill. The doctors decided I had an infected gall bladder and it needed to be removed immediately. I don't remember everything, but I do know my INR was 9 and the surgeon went to go ahead with a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. I nearly bled to death internally before anyone figured out why I was getting more and more unresponsive. They finally decided I needed transfusions. I took 8 units whole blood and 5 units of plasma. The cardiologist who did the ablation was extremely angry with me, I could have died on the operating table. All I could say was I didn't have a scalpel on me.

Comment from: merlyn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I had surgery for gallbladder removal using laparoscopic cholecystectomy just over three weeks ago and I am still warded at the hospital with a bag on the right side of my stomach where bile is still dripping. The surgeon told me that my gallbladder was very bad and after removing it they had to insert a clip to prevent long term leaking. However, it is still leaking. I was also informed by the surgeon that I will have to undergo another operation at a private institution in order seal the leak. I am so frustrated.

Comment from: Jtorres, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 20

I had my gallbladder removed about 8 years ago using laparoscopic cholecystectomy. I was in and out in a few hours and felt little to no pain until now! Now I have a huge baseball size hernia in one of my incisions and I look weird and I am in a lot of pain. I do not have insurance at this time so I don't know what to do. The hernia was small and tolerable years ago but now it's really growing fast!

Comment from: Catherine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I had my gallbladder removed in September 2008 by laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedure. At the time I was a healthy 54 year old woman. After the procedure when I awoke the pain was out of this world. I previously have had a tubal pregnancy and this pain was worse. Today I live with chronic pain and must take Percocet to help me have some quality of life. I am a nurse and don't really like taking medicine but it is medicine or quality of life. I have seen several doctors and the thought is muscle or nerve damage but no test can determine this. I continue to work full time but this is a challenge. Some days I wonder if I can go on, it feels like no one understands. They say it was a simple gallbladder removal and you should be better. I can't help or stop the constant aching pain and wish I could turn the clock back. So for others, think about the surgery beforehand and be aware things can go wrong.

Comment from: Brookeadams, 25-34 (Patient) Published: October 30

A month out from removal of gallbladder using laparoscopic cholecystectomy, I ate a couple of fried pickles (didn’t think 2 would be a big deal). My stomach is killing me, feels like food is stuck.

Comment from: Kamal, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

My doctor explained the procedure clearly. The bile hardened in my gall bladder and the doctor removed my gallbladder using laparoscopic cholecystectomy with numbing valium. I recovered in 3 weeks. My sister took care of me.

Comment from: Jodi, Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I was scheduled to have my gallbladder removed on a Thursday. I woke up the Monday before with pain in my upper right abdomen. I knew it was different from other pain and my husband took me to the emergency department. I had a fever and my liver enzymes were elevated. The ultrasound showed gallstones. I was admitted and had my laparoscopic cholecystectomy that afternoon. I had minimal pain and did not fill the prescription for the pain medication.

Comment from: june, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

Everything went great with my gallbladder removal using laparoscopic cholecystectomy. I had overnight stay, not much pain. Recovery was 1 to 3 days.

Comment from: yc, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I went in to have my gall bladder removed on 6/19/2014 as an outpatient procedure. I’m not sure that what I had was laparoscopic because when I got home I was still very much under anesthesia and in much pain. I had 10 staples on my torso one of which was about an inch and 1/4. The procedure agreed upon by my doctor and I was to be laparoscopic cholecystectomy and after surgery doctor told my husband everything went well without problems.


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