Gallbladder Surgery: What Do I Need to Know?

Every year, around one million Americans have their gallbladder removed. This can be either due to inflammation or gallstones, both of which can cause excruciating pain. Fortunately, for the vast majority of people, gallbladder surgery (or, cholecystectomy) recovery is typically quick, surgery side effects are minimal, and there are no long-term effects of gallbladder removal. For residents of Elkhart, Mishawaka, and South Bend, General and Vascular Surgery (GVS) provides reputable, trustworthy, and skilled surgeons to complete your gallbladder surgery.

What Do I Need to Know About Gallbladder Surgery and Recovery?

Common symptoms of gallbladder issues include the following:

  • Sharp pain in your stomach
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of your eyes (jaundice)
  • Bloating, heartburn, or gas

How Long Does Gallbladder Surgery Recovery Take?

For laparoscopic surgery—the least invasive and most common procedure—you can often leave the next morning or even the same day. It is sometimes even performed as an outpatient procedure. You can normally get back to regular activity in around two weeks. For open surgery— which is more invasive, but necessary for patients with scar tissue or other issues—recovery generally lasts anywhere from three to five days, and it can be six to eight weeks before you can return to regular activity.

How Much Does Gallbladder Surgery Cost?

Gallbladder surgery costs can vary widely based on a number of factors including the following:

  • Location

This can include the state, region, or city where you live.

  • Severity of the Condition

Worse inflammation or larger blockages may result in a longer, more difficult procedure which could cost more.

  • Insurance Coverage

Most insurers cover medically necessary gallbladder surgery, though you may need to show proof you had gallstones or pancreatitis.  

  • Type of Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is considerably less expensive than open surgery. However, open surgery is medically necessary for patients with certain conditions. Of course, the best way to get an accurate idea of the cost for your procedure is to schedule a consultation with a GVS surgeon.

Are There Any Gallbladder Surgery Side Effects?

You might experience bloating or diarrhea after surgery, but this usually disappears after a few weeks. Your gallbladder surgery diet should mainly focus on eating healthy, balanced meals. Generally, it’s best to stay away from:

  • Caffeine
  • Fats
  • Spicy foods

Eating a lot of fibers, veggies, and lean meats are recommended. While typically safe and common—like any surgery—gallbladder removal can also come with complications. Your surgeon will discuss these with you beforehand. Problems after gallbladder removal should be minimal. For anything else, call your doctor immediately.

Don’t Wait to Take Control of Your Health. It’s Time.

If you are experiencing pain and believe you need gallbladder removal surgery, schedule a consultation or call us at 574-236-1888 for more information.

611 E. Douglas Rd, Suite 308
Mishawaka, IN 46545
South Bend
University Medical Plaza
6301 University Commons, Suite 340
South Bend, IN 46635
500 Arcade Ave., Suite 320
Elkhart, IN 46514