For the past few years I had been having pain in the upper right quadrant of my tummy and at one point the pain was so bad that it sent me to the doctor’s office. My doctor sent me for an ultrasound right away and within a few days I was back in his office listening to him tell me what the ultrasound revealed.
There appeared to be multiple stones in my gallbladder and every time I had pain it was a stone being lodged in the bile duct. He explained to me that I had had a gallbladder attack, and presence of the stones meant that the condition was getting worse and my gallbladder had to be removed as soon as possible. He explained that the condition, if left untreated, could cause more intense pain, digestive issues, and infection. He referred me to a specialist and encouraged me to have the surgery right away.
Well, if you are anything like me, you want a second opinion. I went home and immediately researched the symptoms, causes, and complications of gallbladder removal surgery. Then, I sat in front of the computer reading countless reviews and experiences of people who had gone through it. I decided to wait until the appointment with the specialist to decide what to do.
It was a few weeks before my appointment and by that time I had spoken with several people on the issue. I believe that the more info you have the better to make an informed decision. By the time I arrived at my appointment, I had already made up my mind to get the surgery. When the doctor explained to me the advantages of getting the surgery, he made the appointment on the spot, and within a month I was lying on the operating table telling the nurse how beautiful she was and how I loved her so.
When I woke up, the nurse told me that there were no complications and I could go home within a few hours. I was still a bit groggy, but feeling fine. My husband was there to take me home. It took at least a week before I was able to get in and out of bed without any help, but that was because my bed was so high. My entire tummy area felt very strange, as it had been blown up so that the surgeon could manipulate his robotic arms to cut and remove the gallbladder. I didn’t have that much pain, and I felt very positive about the whole thing. I knew I had done something good for my body. In two weeks I was back to work, being very careful not to strain, stretch, or overdo it. I was only a part-time worker—five hours a day—so it was easy to do.
The most advantageous part of getting the surgery was that my digestion had seemed to become more efficient. Within a few months, I had lost about twenty pounds, I didn’t have any bloating after eating, no gas, and no nausea after eating—symptoms I had had for the past ten years. I prepared my digestive tract before surgery and followed doctor’s orders about how to reintroduce foods back into my diet. That meant small meals, low fat and low salt, high fiber.
My biggest fear was that I would suffer from diarrhea for the rest of my life. I had read countless reviews that people who had had their gallbladders removed suffered from diarrhea. I believe that because I was diligent about eating the right foods that my body accepted my new diet and adapted. It’s just common sense, really. After all, the adage goes: You are what you eat!
A small scar just below my sternum is all that remains.