Gallbladder surgery

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Gallbladder surgery

Postby creech81 » Sat Nov 15, 2008 7:06 pm

My husband had his gallbladder removed laproscopically 4 days ago. He has been experiencing muscle spasms in his abdomen that are painful. This makes it where he can barely move without pain. Is this normal?

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Re: Gallbladder surgery

Postby Dr. Safaa Mahmoud » Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:14 pm

Common side effects that are expected post-laparoscopic removal of the gall bladder are:

- Shoulder and abdominal pain usually for 72 hours or maximum a week (the abdomen is inflated with gas during surgery). It may last as long as a week.
- Generalized muscle pain.
- GIT disturbances like nausea, anorexia and diarrhoea.
- Mild inflammation at the surgical wound sites.

Abdominal pain should be improving with time and with medications.

So, if the pain is worsening or he has fever, persistent GIT symptoms, or redness at the incision site, you should follow up with his surgeon to avoid serious complications.

Follow up with his doctor and direct clinical examination is essential.
Please keep us updated.
Best regards.
This answer does not substitute for direct medical consultation.

Dr. Safaa Mahmoud.
MB BCh, MSc Internal Medicine. MD Medical Oncology.
PhD Experimental Medicine and Biochemical Science.

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