Health Tip: What to Expect From Gallbladder Surgery

You'll probably be back on your feet in a few days

(HealthDay News) -- The gallbladder collects bile produced by the liver, and releases it into the small intestine. When problems such as gallstones occur, surgery often is the most effective remedy.

If your doctor has recommended surgery, here are a few things pointers, courtesy of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons:

  • You should not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your operation. Your doctor may even recommend that you drink only clear liquids for one or several days before surgery.
  • Talk to your doctor about any medications and supplements you are taking. Certain drugs, like aspirin, blood thinners, arthritis medications or vitamin E, should not be taken in the days before surgery.
  • You may experience nausea or vomiting after surgery.
  • Once you are able to eat and drink, you should be able to leave the hospital.
  • Activity levels vary from person to person, but within a week you should resume normal activities and be able to drive, climb stairs and lift light objects.
  • Depending on your job, you should be able to return to work within seven days of surgery.
Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on April 19, 2006

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