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Gallbladder - Cholecystectomy (open)

Posted On: 2011-12-19

Gallbladder Surgery Peoria

These are guidelines to follow gallbladder surgery post operatively.  Please refer to the hospital discharge instructions given to you for any additional information. 


  • Avoid eating greasy, fried, spicy foods. 
  •  Introduce "problem foods" back into your diet slowly and one at a time.
  • Fullness with meals is normal so do not force overeating.



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



  • Proper activity promotes healing, return of muscle tone and less pain with movement.
  • Walk indoor/outdoor as much as possible. 
  •  Take frequent rest periods.  Fatigue and tiring easily are normal following surgery.
  • Avoid driving, if possible, for about two (2) weeks.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and exercise, straining, heavy house or yard work for 4 to 6 weeks unless otherwise instructed by the doctor.
  • The doctor will discuss return to work and/or school dates.



  • Apply light gauze dressing if desired or if drainage is present.
  • You may shower daily but avoid sitting/soaking in the bathtub unless OK'd by the doctor.
  • Good mechanical cleansing with soap and water is sufficient.  Wash in the direction of the incision and dry well.
  • A “Jackson-Pratt” (wound) drain may be present after surgery but removed 2 - 3 days prior to going home.
  • If a "T-tube" is placed, it will remain for 1 to 4 weeks.  
  • Your surgeon will have a special x-ray done prior to the removal of the T-tube.  



4 to 6 weeks is generally required for healing.  During that time you may expect:

  • Mild to moderate pain controlled by oral pain medication.
  • Minimal swelling and redness. 
  • Minimal or no drainage, unless a drain was used then expect minimal to moderate drainage.
  • Loose stools may be expected temporarily until the body adjusts to the bile emptying directly into the small intestine.



  • Evidence of bleeding or infected drainage is noted. 
  • Swelling or redness at wound site.
  • Temperature over 101 degrees.
  • Unusual pain, nausea and/or vomiting, severe abdominal bloating   with no passage of gas.

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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