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Gallbladder - Cholecystectomy (laparoscopic)

Posted On: 2011-12-19

*Be sure to read your discharge papers for more detailed information!


  • Avoid eating greasy, fried, highly spiced foods and overeating for several weeks.
  • Aviod eating “problem foods" and beverages too soon.  This can the same symptoms you had prior to surgery.


  • Resume any regular medications unless otherwise instructed.
  • If needed, a prescription for pain will be provided.


  • Due to the nature of this surgery, there is less restriction on your activity post-operatively.
  • The chances of having pain where the gallbladder was removed are minimal.  Also development of a hernia is minimal since the muscles were “punctured only” and no “incisions” were made.
  • You may resume driving, yard work, sports, lifting, exercising and all your normal activities as soon as you feel able.
  • You may drive when pain free and off prescription pain medicine.
  • You may return to work in 3 - 4 days.
  • Unless there are unusual circumstances due to lifting restrictions at your job, you will not be off work more than 7 - 10 days.


  • You will go home with band-aids and steristrips covering your abdominal wounds.
  • The band-aids may be removed when you first shower, but the steristrips should remain in place until your follow-up appointment.
  • Keep the wounds as clean and dry as possible.
  • No swimming, hot tubs or soaking in bath tub until incisions are healed.
  • Shower daily to clean with soap and water.
  • Cover the areas only if you notice any drainage.
  • There will be no stitches to remove.
  • Avoid constipation by consuming a high fiber diet with plenty of water to prevent straining against the incision.
  • Use a laxative (i.e. 1-2 oz of Milk of Magnesia) if constipation occurs.


  • Temporary pain in one or both shoulders related to retention of small amounts of gas. This will go away on its own within a few days, which is why being physically active is very important!
  • Minimal pain associated with abdominal wounds can be controlled by oral pain medication.
  • Little or no drainage from abdominal wounds.
  • Loose stools may be expected temporarily until the body adjusts to the bile emptying directly into the small intestine.


  • Evidence of bleeding or unusual drainage is noted.
  • Swelling or redness of abdominal wounds.
  • Temperature over 101 degrees.
  • Unusual pain, nausea and/or vomiting, severe abdominal bloating with no passage of gas.
  • Appearance of jaundice/yellow skin color.

IF OFFICE IS CLOSED and an EMERGENCY arises, please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department.  

A MISA surgeon can be reached by calling the office answering service at (309) 677-6019

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