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Old 05-11-2015, 09:38 PM   #1
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Gall stones

Anybody had their gallbladder removed due to stones? Are you glad you did? If you had a choice would you do it again or try to live with the stones? I am having surgery in two days and I'm worried about it.

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Old 05-11-2015, 09:43 PM   #2
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Easy Peasy

Very Common surgery and well worth it. With the gallbladder out, the bile has no place to hang out and form stones. If you leave it. the stones form and get caught trying to travel down the common bile duct.You never know when it will happen.

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Old 05-11-2015, 09:52 PM   #3
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Wife has gall bladder out. Went in early AM, one-inch incision in the navel, walked out and was home by mid-afternoon. Up and around the next day.

The alternative was to take a chance on a clogged duct (her stones were mobile), and the possibility of infection, gangrene, a big abdominal opening, days of hospitalization, weeks of recovery, huge doses of antibiotics, etc. Oh, and the possibility of death from infection or complications.

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Old 05-11-2015, 09:54 PM   #4
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I had my gallbladder removed 5 years ago the doctor was planning to do it lapricoply but discovered it was so bad needed to open my whole belly up I have had no problems since
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:03 AM   #5
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Had mine out 2 years ago. Was having attacks for years that I thought were heartburn. Last attack went on for hours, went to the ER, diagnosed and removed the same day. I had to stay overnight and had a drain in place which they removed before I went home (that was no fun AT ALL!). It took me a few days to recover (not a lot of pain, though) and had some digestive issues afterward, but they have settled out. My attacks were coming frequently enough that removal was inevitable, so I just did it rather than stress over it. This was my first surgery so I had plenty of apprehension, and I'm sure the morphine made me more brave than I might have been otherwise.
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Old 05-12-2015, 04:57 AM   #6
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Had mine out several years ago. Solved a lot of digestive problems. A late morning operation. Got me home late afternoon. Feel so much better. Best to get it done before a rupture or blockage. This can cause a lot of health problems.
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Old 05-12-2015, 07:33 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the encouragment. I don't understand why I am so apprehensive about this, I have had more serious surgery in the past and didn't fret at all. Love to you all.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:56 AM   #8
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Here's an alternative. Rowachol

Gallbladder and Gallstones etc: Rowachol Capsules 100 capsules by Rowa [amazon link]
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:26 AM   #9
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Had mine removed, no more pain.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:39 AM   #10
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Don't worry, I had mine out several years ago, I put up with it for years until I had an attack while on vacation that landed me in the hospital. They got me well enough to get home and had the surgery the next week. I have had many surgeries and by far this was the easiest in several ways. I was home the next day with relatively minor discomfort. Within two days I felt good enough to go out for short walks and trips to the store, and within a week I was back at work. The best part was that awful pain you get with an attack has never come back, they say that pain is the closest thing you will feel to a heart attack, and in the old days they often treated patients for heart attacks when it was actually a gall bladder attack. Get it done and you will be so happy you did. Good Luck
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Old 05-12-2015, 05:29 PM   #11
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Got mine out about 15 years ago now. Rates up there with "best things I ever did for myself". Went through the belly button and had two small holes. Went home same day as surgery and up and around the next day. Man, I felt so much better
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Old 05-12-2015, 06:08 PM   #12
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No problemo! Had mine done back in late 80's or 1990. They called it band-ade surgery then. 3 little holes and my belly button cut. It was a new type of surgery then. I was the 1st person this hospital did it on. Before me it was just pigs. Recovery was nothing. Went home same day. Would do it again in a heart beat. It is probably even easier today.

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Old 05-12-2015, 07:39 PM   #13
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Had my done 15years ago so glad i did
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Old 05-12-2015, 07:42 PM   #14
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Modern surgery methods make it simple. You will never regret it and the relief is tremendous. You will wonder why you did not have it done sooner.

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