Patient Comments: Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy - Complications

Question:

Have you suffered any complications from laparoscopic cholecystectomy? Please describe your experience. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: thoms, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 10

I had open cholecystectomy, and my bile duct was punctured in 2 places. Internal bleeding occurred, and I was on the operation table 3 times in 2 days to stop the bleed. My blood pressure was 60/40 in the intensive care. I have been ill since the operation for 10 years, and I am now waiting to go for CT Scan. I was a fit 147 pounds.

Comment from: Gin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I had my gallbladder removed through laparoscopic cholecystectomy 10 months ago. I have been in pain since and bloated. Doctors say I am fine over and over. Pain goes from my back right side to my stomach, belly button area. Feels on fire, bruised, stabbing. But I am fine the surgeon and the general physician say after CT scan and ultrasound. It also feels numb and now itchy. My stomach is huge. Wasn’t this big after multiple pregnancies. I will keep trying to find an answer. Can’t live this way. I regret having the surgery. Doctors sure promote it though. Please take care.

Comment from: ray4eyes, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 20

I had my gall bladder removed, which my surgeon described as 'packed full of stones.' Two days after my laparoscopic cholecystectomy, I began experiencing the most horrific pain, always after eating or drinking anything other than water. I finally went to the emergency room where they discovered I had developed a biloma. It seems one of the stones had dislodged as they were removing the gall bladder and lodged in the bile duct, not allowing the bile to make it to the intestine, but rather, flood the abdominal cavity. Fortunately, it was discovered in time, and they inserted a catheter to drain the bile, and then went back in to remove the stone. I had the catheter removed today, a week after it was placed, and am back on the road to health. My advice: stay in the hospital overnight after surgery, just to be sure.

Comment from: Donna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I had gallbladder and appendix out at the same time. I have a small abdominal opening that is 6 cm deep from the laparoscopic cholecystectomy. There is some discolored pus. Surgery was on January 4/18. It is getting deeper yet no doctor seems interested. I had bowel cancer in May 2017 and that's all they look at! I don’t know what is wrong with my tummy wound. I had an infected stitch but that is gone now, so can’t understand why the growing hole.

Comment from: lmcameron, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 07

My son had his gallbladder removed 17 days ago through laparoscopic cholecystectomy and is still experiencing pressure and pain in his abdomen. He ended up in the emergency room (ER) last Saturday and they told him his liver enzymes were elevated. He tried to contact his surgeon all week, and their response was an appointment on 4-4-17. When he went to the appointment today they did not do a follow up blood test to check his enzymes. They suggested that the pain might be due to kidney stones which he has in his left kidney. Both my sons and my husband all make kidney stones regularly. He knows the difference between kidney stones moving, and what feels like a gall bladder attack post-operation. I am worried about the elevated enzymes, and fear the surgeon may not have cleaned out the sludge and stones from his liver and bile ducts. I had my gallbladder out 15 years ago, and experienced much pain post-operation for about a month. So, I am hoping like mother like son, and that his system will dump the blocked up sludge possibly lodges in his ducts. He went back to work after 5 days off, which I think was too soon.

Comment from: Doodle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I have severe PTSD (posttraumatic stress¬†disorder) and any operations that require general anesthesia are not an option. To be cornered in a small pre-operative room for my laparoscopic cholecystectomy, by nurses, anesthesiologist and the doctor only increased my fear and anxiety. When the needle was inserted and I said “I do not want this,” and I was ignored. Everyone felt they were heroes only to leave me angry, hurt, suicidal. Surgery only created more problems. Staff need to listen better to their patients.

Comment from: bac, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

These testimonies on laparoscopic cholecystectomy all sound horrible. I probably will need my gallbladder removed because it is non-functioning and I have been to the emergency room twice in the last 3 months for extreme pain. These comments are not encouraging.

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