had my gall bladder out 10 days ago

  1. Am making excellent recovery from lap surgery. When do you think surgeon will let me go to work?
    Last edit by oramar on Oct 20, '01
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    returned nurse


  3. by   P_RN
    Has the right shoulder pain stopped? (I had it about 3 days)

    How much sick leave do you have? How much do you want to take?

    Mine said whenever I wanted to go back.
    I wish I'd said I DIDN'T
  4. by   morghan
    Hi there!

    I had my lap chole right before Christmas two years ago.
    I had to do it over break. as I was in school. I think he told me
    I could go back after 5 days!! NOT!!! I think I went back right after my two week post-op check. It wasn't the funnest procedure, but it sure beats the 2 C-Sections I had. Hope you're
    up to speed in no time

    Morghan in Wichita
  5. by   oramar
    I am one of those lucky souls that did not get the shoulder pain. They worst pain for me was the phlebitis in my hand from the 20 meq of KCL in my IV. I am so sensitive to KCL. I ran out of pain pills the seventh day and that was kind of hard as I started to feel things I could not feel before but like I said I am fine. See the surgeon for my two week check up on Thursday. Promised my hubby I would not ride my bike until I see surgeon but I think I will sneak and take a little ride tomorrow since it is so warm out. Started walking again last Sunday, walked 2 miles on Sunday, Monday, walked 3 miles on Thursday, Friday and today. If you are from Western Pa you know that the weather on Tuesday and Wednesday was terrible so I stayed indoors.
  6. by   P_RN
    Oh my.

    The only reason I took ANY pain pills was for the shoulder ache.
    Of course getting rid of that impacted stone that chose right when I was eating ...(a SONIC #1 with extra pickles and a cherry lemonade)......to manifest. Ooooowwwwieeeeeee!

    I would have let the maintenance man do a choly with a can opener at that point.

    I hope you feel better really soon. Sorry didn't mean to be flip.

  7. by   oramar
    You did not sound flip Prn, just funny, you made me laugh.
  8. by   tillie1
    When my surgeon found out I am a staff nurse on an ortho/med-surge floor he said I had to be off two week minimum because "you girls work to hard wo enough staff". He would have been willing to extend that but I had only been at the job six months at the time and didn't have any more sick time available!
  9. by   Jen911
    I work ER.. I had my gall bladder taken out in April. Was admitted on Sunday, had surgery on Tuesday, discharged on Thursday, and went back to work the next Wednesday or Thursday and was just very careful and moved verrrrrrrrry sloowwwwwwwwly and had my very own tech to help me out. LOL
  10. by   hoolahan
    I wish you a speedy recovery, but not too speedy, take off all the time they will allow! And have a little fun!
  11. by   roud123
    I wish you a speedy recovery. I was in the Hospital for 2 weeks cause there was Bile leaking around my organs cause the doc ripped the (can't remeber the name of it) Bile duct? Anyway I did recover after they put a splint in there, but man it was painful. Wanted to kill that DR. he thought I was insane for feeling as much pain as I did, but then when they realized the bile was leaking, about 5 days after the surgery he comes in and says, well, i guess you wern't crazy.... and they had to put a stomach tube to drain the bile.
    ANyway my pain in the right shoulder lasted 6 days
    Thank God its all Over.

    One Q to the nurses, should I be worried that I have Diareah 5 days out of the week? (disgusting, i know, sorry) yellow, froathy liquid poop? I had my surgery back in Mar and its been that way ever since.
  12. by   oramar
    roud123, OUCH! That is what I told several people. A lap choly is a realitive simple thing, unless you are one of the 10% that experieces complications.
  13. by   P_RN
    The diarrhea comes from the bile dripping out continuously instead of on demand like from the gall bladder.

    It eventually gets better, but I found that I needed to stay near a BR for about 4 weeks after meals because of that. My surgeon said that he could prescribe Questran if it didn't stop. I never needed the prescription, though you may ask yours about that.
  14. by   nurse57
    I had a ventral laparoscopy hernia repair 6 weeks ago. It still aches, depending on what I do, I go back to work this week. It really hurt! It took a long time for the pain to get better. I am glad there were no staples like my c-section, but I think the pain held on longer. I ran out of pain pills! That never happened before!