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Frequently Asked Questions about EUS


Frequently Asked Questions About Gallstones


Frequently Asked Questions About Gallstones





1.    What are the consequences of losing my gallbladder?
One can lead a perfectly normal life without the gallbladder. Bile will still continue to flow into the duodenum for digestion without any interruption. Some patients may experience some looseness in their bowel but this looseness reverts back to normal within 1-2 months. Very rarely a patient may experience long term looseness in their bowel habit.

2.    How long does the operation take?
The operation time can vary depending on how inflammed or adherent the gallbladder is. On an average the operating time including the on-table cholangiogram is one hour. The anaesthetic time is 15 minutes.

3.    What happens after the operative procedure
The patient is taken to the recovery area in the operation suite and is monitored by the nurse. One has an oxygen mask, intravenous fluids and adequate pain killers are given After adequate recovery which is usually between 30 to 45 minutes the patient is transferred back to the ward. But this time can vary depending on the patient.

4.    What is my recovery thereafter like?
In the ward you will be closely monitored by the nurse. Your pulse, blood pressure oxygen saturation etc will be frequently checked. You will be quite sleepy and will want t be left undisturbed. If you feel sick as a result of the anaesthetic you will be given adequate injections to stop this feeling. Within 2-3 hours you will be encouraged to move and use the toilet. You will be give fluids orally and some light diet if you feel like it. Most patents retire to bed after having a light supper and can eat a normal breakfast the following morning.

5.    How long is the hospital stay?
Most patients are discharged on the following day. If however the patient has had a drain placed or if they are uncomfortable they may stay in hospital for an additional day.

6.    When can I return back to work?
Most patients can return to work within 10 -14 days. Those carrying out a desk job can do it even earlier.

7.    When can I drive?
It is quite possible to do so in 8-10 days, but it is important to check with the insurance company in case they have some stipulated period that they may not cover the patient for. Every patient is different and you should listen to what your body says.

8.    Wound care. The wounds are only tiny cuts. The stitches are dissolving. There are a few paper strips called steristrips applied over the sutures which should be left alone and will fall off with a weeks time. One can go into the shower after 24 hours. It will be fine to dab the wound dry with a clean towel and leave the steristrips exposed.

9.    What pain killers do I need after the operation?
Most patients are comfortable with over the counter paracetamol tablets that are to be taken 6 hourly (1gm every 6 hrs)

10. What are the follow-up arrangements?
Usually in 2-3 weeks time. To check all is well and to review the pathology report of the gallbladder.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2008 22:47

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