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Gall Bladder Surgery > What to expect after Gallbladder Surgery

Gallbladder removal is a major abdominal operation and a certain amount of postoperative pain occurs. Nausea and vomiting are not uncommon. Once liquids or a diet is tolerated, patients can leave the hospital the same day or the day following the laparoscopic gallbladder surgery.

Activity is dependent on how the patient feels. Walking is encouraged and patients can remove the dressings and shower the day after the operation. Most patients will probably be able to return to normal activities within a week's time, including driving, walking up stairs, light lifting and working.

In general, recovery should be progressive, once the patient is at home.

The onset of fever, yellow skin or eyes, worsening abdominal pain, distension, persistent nausea or vomiting, or drainage from the incision are indications that a complication may have occurred. Your surgeon should be contacted immediately in these instances.

Most patients who have a laparoscopic gallbladder removal go home from the hospital the day after surgery. Some may even go home the same day the operation is performed. Most patients can return to work within seven days following the laparoscopic procedure depending on the nature of your job. Patients with administrative or desk jobs usually return in a few days while those involved in manual labour or heavy lifting may require a bit more time. Patients undergoing the open procedure usually resume normal activities in four to six weeks.

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