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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

This is a common procedure done to remove a gall bladder with gallstones or other conditions. The operation is done under general anesthesia in the Grants Pass Surgery Center or Three Rivers Community Hospital. Many people are able to go home quickly after the procedure. However, there is always a possibility that your gall bladder cannot be removed safely via laparoscopy and will require a regular incision.

Activity After The Operation
After the operation, you can walk, climb stairs, and resume activities. It is advised that you not lift anything heavy. You may shower 24 hours after surgery, but do not soak in a tub, hot tub or swimming pool until your doctor gives permission

You can resume your regular diet. However, it is advisable that you eat smaller portions and drink plenty of water and other liquids. Some people experience loose stool, which can be lessened by avoiding fatty foods.

There will be some discomfort. You may take Tylenol or Ibuprofen for the mild or moderate pain. Or you can take your prescription for the more significant pain. However, these narcotics cause constipation, so use only as needed. For constipation, drink liquids and take Milk of Magnesia (one to two tablespoons) or Metamucil (one tablespoon in a glass or water) as needed. Do not drive or drink alcohol while on narcotic pain medication.

An elevated temperature is common. However, if you have a fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, call your doctor immediately.

It is normal to have some swelling, redness, bruising and discoloration at the incision. Ice may help. If an incision becomes intensely red or has foul smelling drainage, call the office immediately.

You may return to work when you feel comfortable and can perform your job without pain.

Please call the office to make an appointment for seven to 10 days following the operation.


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