Before and After Gallbladder Surgery
Cholecystectomy surgery is important to know about if you or someone you know experience any gallbladder issues.
The gallbladder aids food digestion and the bile in it absorbs fat so it can be dissolved into one’s bloodstream and absorbed into the body. There are quite a few symptoms that can let you know if you are having any issues that are directly affecting your gallbladder.
Some of these are:
- Gray-colored stool
You might want to consult with a doctor for a diagnosis if you feel any pain on your gallbladder. However, if you do in fact need cholecystectomy surgery, here are a few tips to prepare you.
Avoid fatty foods prior to surgery. These fatty foods include anything that is greasy, oily or fried. Foods that are known for being allergens for others, such as nuts and dairy, should also be avoided. These foods are known to give you “gallbladder attacks”, which are highly painful. If there is a specific food item that you notice usually makes you feel bloated or gassy, stay away from those for the time being.
Cholecystectomy surgery is fairly simple, as most patients can go home within 24 hours of having had surgery. There should there be no complications. Patients should be back to doing everyday activities after a week of surgery. Your incisions during this time period require very little care but make sure you are cleaning them with soap and water to prevent accumulation of any bacteria. Sometimes doctors will recommend a high-fiber diet, with a low intake of fat. If any redness or swelling occurs in the area, make sure you set up an appointment with your doctor.