Nobody LIKES the idea of having surgery, but sometimes you get to the point of needing to have it done to preserve your quality of life, or even preserve your life! I had my gall bladder removed years ago, before the advent of laparoscopic surgery. I had several mild attacks (aching, nausea) before the big, excruciating attack when the gallbladder came close to rupturing. The surgery was an emergency when I was away from home at a conference in a city 250 miles away. (I don’t recommend emergency surgery away from home, LOL.) It was nasty and very painful: the incision was from sternum to navel. These days, it’s done through three little poke holes, and it’s day surgery. Any surgery has complications and risks, though, so it’s not something to undertake lightly. Your surgeon will brief you on that.
After I recovered from the surgery, I realized that my gall bladder had caused me much more grief than two mild and one excruciating attack. My energy level improved, I no longer had what I thought was a “sensitive tummy” and everyone commented on how well I looked. I think the thing had been festering under the radar for quite some time.
Weight gain? I don’t see why a gall bladder removal would cause you to gain weight. But if you’ve been eating low fat and sparingly to control symptoms, then when you feel good after the surgery and start ordering fish and chips again, yes, you might pack on a few pounds.
I’ve also had two knee replacements and a hip replacement. The other hip will be replaced, but not certain when yet. All that has been compliments of my Psoriatic Arthritis. Oh yes, and then there was the carpal tunnel release, and a deviated nasal septum repair.
You are very wise to learn as much as you can before seeing the surgeon so that you can have a well-informed discussion. Every surgery has its risks, and its potential benefits. When one outweighs the other, that’s your decision made much simpler.
There are lots of resources on the internet for learning about the procedure, as well as discussion groups. And if you have any other questions, this is probably a great place to ask: this is a kind, generous and supportive group!
All the best to you. Let us know what happens at the consult!
Seenie from Moderator Support