What to Expect After Gallbladder Surgery

According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), upwards of 300,000 gallbladder surgery procedures (cholecystectomies) are performed every year in the U.S. Should a surgeon determine that a gallbladder requires removal, surgery recovery has thankfully improved tremendously with advancements in technology and surgical approaches. 

At General and Vascular Surgery, we receive some of the highest patient satisfaction ratings in the greater Michiana region. The innovative surgical techniques, comprehensive care, and personalized treatment offered by our board-certified surgical team is second to none! If you require a gallbladder surgery, you could not be in better hands.

How Long Can You Put Off Gallbladder Surgery?

Perhaps the better question is: Should you put off gallbladder surgery? The short answer is no. If a surgeon has recommended gallbladder surgery, delaying the removal of a diseased gallbladder can increase the risk of further complications and may even be fatal. 

If you experience any of the following symptoms, consult a physician as soon as possible:

  • A middle-aged man relaxes at home after minimally-invasive gallbladder surgery.Pain that feels sharp in the abdomen area, with or without nausea and vomiting
  • Fever accompanied by yellow skin

There is good news for patients in need of gallbladder surgery. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a minimally invasive procedure, means less pain after gallbladder surgery, reduced recovery time, and smaller incisions. 

What to Expect After Gallbladder Surgery

With the advancement in surgical approaches, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is often performed as an outpatient procedure. This often enables patients to return home the same day as their surgery. 

If a traditional “open cholecystectomy” takes place, a hospital stay of two to three days may be required. 

Whereas full recovery only lasts a week for post-laparoscopic gallbladder surgery patients, those who undergo open cholecystectomy may experience a longer recovery of four to six weeks. 

How Long Does Pain Last After Gallbladder Surgery?

The answer depends on the type of gallbladder surgery. Following minimally invasive surgery, patients will likely have pain that only lasts a matter of a day or two. Recipients of open surgery may experience longer periods of pain. 

Gallbladder Surgery Recovery Tips

One of the best ways to encourage a safe recovery from gallbladder surgery is to:

  • Consult with an expert who is practiced and skilled in gallbladder removal
  • Follow pre-surgery instructions, including any gallbladder surgery diet restrictions 
  • Observe the post-surgery guidelines and recommendations of your surgeon

Find out more about gallbladder surgery with the compassionate experts at GVS, or request a visit now. Call us any time for questions 574-236-1888—GVS is here for you!

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