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The Official Gallbladder Thread

Old 09-17-08, 05:26 PM
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The Official Gallbladder Thread

It looks like I get to have my gallbladder laporascopically removed next week. I wound up in the emergency room last Saturday night with a gallbladder attack. It is inflamed with sludge in it. Apparently, there is some relationship between large amounts of weight lost and the gallbladder developing sludge and/or stones.

Has anyone else had this experience? If you had surgery to remove your gallbladder, how soon were you back on the bike? I had 2 rides (including my first metric century) and my first duathlon scheduled over the next 5 weeks. It doesn't look like I am going to be making any of those.
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Old 09-17-08, 06:17 PM
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Oh don't be a sissy! Gina had a kidney removed (donation) without the lapro whatever it is. She did 2 miles on the bike after one month. About 3 months, she did 40 miles. About 6 months after the kidney op, it was done lapro whatever it is too! So she's sportin' a 10 inch scar!

She also had the gallbladder thing done. Only off work for a week and maybe off the bike 2 weeks.


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Old 09-17-08, 07:11 PM
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Had mine done by scope in 2002. 3 little scars and a week with the drain in, then 2 weeks no lifting then back to normal. Just go easy on the bike for a week or 2 then you should be fine.
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Old 09-17-08, 11:49 PM
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I had mine taken out at the end of April of this year. I was in terrible shape fitness wise before the surgery, so I may not have recovered as fast as I could have. I was in the gym within 2 weeks after the surgery on the tread mill (no lifting). It was my wake up call and motivation to get on the bike. I did my first metric at the first part of August. I just mention that for a time reference of being totally out of shape, having surgery, to doing a metric. If you are in good shape now, you should able to recover much faster then I did.

Just I side question for those who have had theirs out too. Have you had a "phantom" gallbladder attack after the surgery? I have had several since then and was wondering if it was a common occurrence.
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Old 09-18-08, 06:29 AM
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Been 6 years for me and nothing even close to cramps.

By the way, that is a wicked cool scar!!!!!
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Old 09-18-08, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by BadKarma62 View Post
By the way, that is a wicked cool scar!!!!!
Gina has had phantom kidney pains, mostly on the bike!...and once or twice with the gbladder. She was worried that they might have left part of it in!

The scar with stitches story:
About a week after the kidney surgery, I was stopped by a cop for diriving too slow. He asked if I had been drinking. "Nope, driving slow cause she just donated a kidney" I said. The I told her to flash him the scar/stitches! He was reallys shocked! Then he said, "Great! Be on our way guys!".
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Like any other surgery, a lap/coly can have complications. A friend had one done and was in and out the same day. I had one and was in surgery for 6 hours then in the hospital for another two weeks. Even if things go well (they usually do) you'll still be pretty tired for the next couple of weeks while the body heals itself. Just do what you're comfortable doing and try not to be disappointed if you're not as strong as you want to be as soon as you want to be.
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Just do what you're comfortable doing and try not to be disappointed if you're not as strong as you want to be as soon as you want to be.

I think that would describe my entire exercise program.
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I had mine removed about 10 years ago, but I wasn't riding bikes then (I weighed about 315 or so at the time.) Recovery wasn't too bad. It mainly felt like you'd been doing too many situps for a week or so. Ask you doctor, but I bet you could get back on the bike within 3-4 weeks.
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Old 09-18-08, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
Oh don't be a sissy!
My family has already told me that I have to have my gallbladder weighed after it is removed so that I cannot count it as part of my weight loss for our Biggest Loser contest.
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Old 09-18-08, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by racethenation View Post
My family has already told me that I have to have my gallbladder weighed after it is removed so that I cannot count it as part of my weight loss for our Biggest Loser contest.

Hahahaha!.........I remember countless night of Gina sitting up sick crying in the middle of the night cause her GB hurt so bad! So I know it must be painful! But she did think she was going to be way lighter after the kidney!
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Old 09-18-08, 10:23 AM
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I think that would describe my entire exercise program.
It's good they are leaving your sense of humor alone. You'll need it.
 
Old 09-18-08, 10:30 AM
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I had my removed in August of 06 from exactly what you described in the original post. I ended up missing my best friends wedding that I supposed to be in because of it. Most painful damn thing I've ever gone through. I was off work for about a week or so and it took a good couple of weeks to recover. It completely caught me off gaurd, I thought I was just having cramps, but it took 2 visits to an emergency room for doctors to figure out what was wrong...ugh. Turned out the gallbladder outlet duct was plugged off with a stone(s) and basically died and became infected. Doc told me I was lucky to catch it when I did, cause the infection was spreading to more vital organs.

Overall, it sucked. glad it's over.
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Old 09-18-08, 03:45 PM
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I Hope 4 A Quick Recovery 4 Ya, It Sounds Like Youre Gonna Be Ok To Ride. Listen To Your Body And Your Doc! I Had Surgery To Fix Multiple Inguinal Hernias Yesterday. Laproscopic Wasnt An Option So Im Gonna Miss 2 Rides For Sure. Let Us Know How Your Recovery Goes. Doc Wants To Do An Ultra Sound On My GB as soon as i recover here
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After loosing 100lbs in 7-8 months, my gallblader ruptured. The doc said it was partially due to my rapid weight loss. When it happened, I thought I was going to die the pain was so intense. After the surgery, I had 2 episodes of the same pain. The doc said it was the residual sludge that was leaving the system. No more issues since than though. Good luck with your surgery, I am glad I am past that phase of my bad health life.
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okay...
Now I'm freaked! I've lost about 70 in a year without changing diet. Does this just *happen*?? What the heck is going on? Any way to avoid it?
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okay...
Now I'm freaked! I've lost about 70 in a year without changing diet. Does this just *happen*?? What the heck is going on? Any way to avoid it?
I have heard different explanations from different sources about the relationship between weight loss and gallbladder problems. I have talked to several friends that had gallbladder problems after a significant weight loss event. However, there are a lot of people on this board who have lost a lot of weight with no gallbladder problems. It seems that all of the explanations point in some way to changing fat intake levels when dieting. However, that doesn't seem to apply to me because I have not changed what I eat at all. I have changed what I drink, and how much I eat, but the makeup of my diet has not changed much at all.

I do some family history of gallbladder problems. My Mom had hers removed because it was not functioning at all.
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spookily familiar to my family history. Guess I'll have to be careful and check to see if there are blood tests for indicators.
Thanks for the info, heal fast and well, eh?
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I am back at home after surgery now. Everything went extremely well. The surgery was yesterday at 2:00pm and I got home about 11:00 this morning. The surgeon said that my gallbladder was very inflamed, full of sludge, and generally angry looking. I am not sure what an angry gallbladder looks like, but apparently I had one. Other than some moderate pain in the abdomen, I already feel better than I have in the last week and a half. I should be back on the bike in less than two weeks.
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I hope that you feel better fast. I'm actually glad that you had a full-blown attack, and that they found it. I have a friend that had recurring digestive issues for over 20 years. After 4-5 different specialists looking at her over the years, the best that they could come up with is that she had border-line, or low-grade Chrohns disease. WRONG!

She had a gallbladder flair up a couple of years ago, and had to have it removed, and has not had a single digestive problem since.

Mostly do what the doctors tell you, and get better. Don't push it too hard over these next two weeks, especially. Take care.
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I am back at home after surgery now. Everything went extremely well. The surgery was yesterday at 2:00pm and I got home about 11:00 this morning. The surgeon said that my gallbladder was very inflamed, full of sludge, and generally angry looking. I am not sure what an angry gallbladder looks like, but apparently I had one. Other than some moderate pain in the abdomen, I already feel better than I have in the last week and a half. I should be back on the bike in less than two weeks.
The doctor probably meant it was inflamed and red-colored.

I'm glad to read it went well, and you will be 'racing the nation' soon enough.
 
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I forget what it is called... But did they use the balloon looking thing and clean the duct? Sludge gets in those cracks and crevasses and sludge hides in there as well.
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Glad everything went well. You should have asked the doc for it, then tied it under your saddle for a little danglin' deco!
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No Fair! Less Than 2 Weeks? Im Too Sore To Even Think About Riding! Get Well Soon! Now Back To My New Scooby Doo Boxed Set!
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I forget what it is called... But did they use the balloon looking thing and clean the duct? Sludge gets in those cracks and crevasses and sludge hides in there as well.
I am pretty sure that they did not. According to the surgeon there is never a time during this procedure that the duct is opened. The gallbladder and primary nerve bundle are clamped in two places where it empties into the common bile duct. It is then cut between the clamps. They actually leave the clamps in that closes off the bile duct and nerve bundles.

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Glad everything went well. You should have asked the doc for it, then tied it under your saddle for a little danglin' deco!
I think that might have helped me win Tom's Fred photo contest.

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No Fair! Less Than 2 Weeks? Im Too Sore To Even Think About Riding! Get Well Soon! Now Back To My New Scooby Doo Boxed Set!
I am really thankful that this surgery was able to be done laparoscopically. If it was conventional it would been a couple of months off the bike.

There are times over the last few days, when I have gotten the pain meds just right, that I think I could go ride a century, and there times that I cannot imagine getting off of this couch again. The soreness is gradually getting better. I am just not very patient. We have had some absolutely beautiful fall weather this week, and it is killing me to see my bike sitting in the garage. I had been training with a friend of mine to do a duathlon in late October. I am pretty sure at this point in time that I am going to be able to do the race, but I am definitely going to be the last place marker so that no one else has to be.
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