Gallbladder surgery.

Anonymous

Gallbladder surgery.

Do any of you IMs regret having your gallbladder removed?
After countless trips to the ER with excruciating abdominal pain, I've been diagnosed with having gallstones (multiple at 1cm minimum).
I've gotten the referral to see a surgeon for a consultation.
I've been researching the pros and cons, and there seem to be quite a few who regret getting it done.
What are your pros vs cons?
How long was your wait before surgery?
Did it cost you anything?
(Will be getting surgery in Singleton or the John Hunter).
Thanks.

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Anonymous

I put off having mine out for 8 years. Had numerous trips to the ER and lived off Panadiene Extra when I had flare ups. Like you I was referred to a surgeon in 2012 who went through the pros and cons. The wait time was 3-6 months. I decided against the surgery and just dealt with the pain every few months. Then last year nearly to the day I had the worst attack ever. The pain was worse than childbirth. Off to the ER again who refused to let me go home. 24 hrs later my gallbladder was gone. I live on the Sunshine Coast and because the public hospital was full I was admitted to the private hospital as a public patient. Classed as an emergency. It cost me nothing. It was keyhole surgery and I was home within 24 hours. Pain lasted a couple of days and stitches desolved within a week. Within 4 weeks I was feeling better than I had in 8 years. I have no issues whatsoever. I had no idea how much a gallbladder filled with gallstones effected my everyday life even when I had no pain. My advice, have it removed! You will notice the difference within a few weeks how much better you feel. My diet hasn't changed all that much. Apart from removing dairy (milk, yoghurt (which I had every morning for the past 20 years) and ice cream I have no issues with eating anything else. In hindsight, I wish I had it removed years ago.

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Anonymous

Nope i do not regret it at all. Only took my 6 months for my surgery. I was getting pancreatis a lot though and only have had 1 attck since getting it out and that was well over 10 years ago. I was public and didnt cost anything. And my diet hadnt changed at all until recently when ive decided to change my lifestyle. Get it removed

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Anonymous

I've got rellies who've been through this, the only thing they regret is not having the surgery sooner!

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Anonymous

I don't know why anyone would regret it. Maybe they don't understand the consequences of Not having the surgery.
The ongoing pain from not having the surgery is excruciating. Not to me mention the effect it has on your liver, leaving you exhausted and jaundiced.

Having mine removed was bloody smart. I'm healthier for it over all and definitely decreased pain etc.

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Anonymous

I don't know how anyone would regret having the surgery. The pain off gall bladder attacks were far worst than labour and pushing out a 10lbs baby drug free!
The only side effect I have since having mine removed 6 years ago is dairy and fatty products will often go right through me resulting in diarrhea.

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Anonymous

I didn't wait long, only a few months maximum. My liver started to shut down. I couldn't eat anything at all without pain, I couldn't stay awake. My skin and eyes went a funny colour.
I was admitted through the emergency department, placed on a drip and surgery done.

The minor inconvenience of not being able to eat a lot of fatty food in one sitting is a huge improvement and something I'll happily live with over how sick I was.

You might not be that bad yet, but eventually that's how bad it gets. Having the surgery in a plane way is much safer than doing emergency surgery.

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Anonymous

In and out of hospital for 2 months with excruciating pain, sickness and having to live off a drip, I don't regret having the gall bladder removal surgery. It has also helped me lose a little weight as I now eat healthier. I can still eat pretty much what ever but I try not to eat overly fatty foods to often or it goes straight through me.
After a week after the surgery I was able to feel good again and my scars aren't to visible
It didn't cost me anything at the public hospital.

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Anonymous

I had major issues with mine and to top it off was pregnant with our second child so everything would set off an attack...as I'm allergic to all the good painkillers I lived on pethadine 😭 It got so bad that the drs decided to take my gall bladder out there and then at 28.5 weeks pregnant. Breezed through the surgery but had placenta previa later that night so was rushed back into surgery. (Kid is now a teen) while I will always regret it because of my kids birth, I don't regret it fully because of my health since (does that make any sense?) I did have a rouge gall stone attack about 3 years later but nothing since. My only issue now is greasy food goes straight through me 😂

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Kat Smitheram

Had mine out at 28 in 2011.

I was treated privately and was an emergency presentation. I was in surgery within 24 hours, out of hospital in 5 all up.

I am SO glad I had it done. They are EXCRUCIATING during an attack and it turns out that a lot of symptoms that had been put down to other things (nausea, gastro upset, Lactose intolerance) were all down to the fact that my gall bladder was full to bursting and was slowing rotting.

I was totally healed within 3 weeks and have had no more issues at all. All I paid was the $500 gap for my health fund and $300 emergency room fee as I went straight to a private hospital ER.

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