Recovering from gallbladder surgery removal

The recovery period after gallbladder removal surgery, also known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy, is typically a relatively quick process for most patients. Many individuals can go home on the same day as their surgery, while others may need to stay in the hospital overnight for observation. Patients need to follow their doctor’s instructions for managing pain with prescribed painkillers and take proper care of their wound. This includes keeping the area clean and dry, changing dressings as advised, and avoiding activities that could put a strain on the surgical site.

As the wound from the gallbladder removal surgery heals, patients will notice small scars forming in the area where the incisions were made. Initially, these scars may appear pink or slightly raised, but over time they will gradually fade and become less noticeable. While these scars may take several months to fade fully, they often become barely visible with time. If you have any of the following symptoms, you need to reach out to your healthcare provider; Severe nausea or vomiting, Abdominal pain that doesn’t go away or gets worse, Inability to pass gas for more than 3 days after surgery, Inability to have a bowel movement for more than 3 days after surgery.


Resuming your daily activities

After undergoing surgery with general anaesthetic, it takes about 24 to 48 hours for the effects of the anaesthetic to wear off completely. During this recovery time, you do not need to stay in bed all day. Gently moving around can be beneficial as it helps to get rid of any gas trapped in your stomach from the surgery and also prevents blood clots from forming in your legs. It is recommended to avoid strenuous activity for at least 24 to 36 hours after the surgical procedure.

Returning to your usual activities after surgery can be a gradual process. It is important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard too soon. While it may be tempting to resume your normal routine quickly, it’s crucial to give your body the time it needs to heal properly. By following these guidelines and slowly reintroducing physical activities such as climbing stairs only when comfortable, you can ensure a smoother recovery process and reduce the risk of complications post-surgery. Remember that patience and self-care are key in allowing yourself to return to your usual activities safely and effectively.

Although there isn’t a special diet recommended after gallbladder removal surgery, it’s advisable to limit fatty and greasy foods and spicy foods. Excess fat can lead to fat indigestion, which may cause symptoms such as dyspepsia, bloating, and diarrhoea. Gradually reintroduce high-fibre foods such as brown rice, nuts and vegetables, It’s sometimes easier to keep track with a food diary.


Taking care of the wound

Taking care of your wound properly is crucial to ensure that it heals effectively and without any complications. When wounds are closed with stitches or glue, it is important to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider. In most cases, a special skin glue is used on top of the wound, which eliminates the need for an extra dressing. This allows you to have a shower or bath as soon as you like, as long as you gently pat the wounds dry afterwards. It is important not to pick at the glue, as this can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of infection. The skin glue typically flakes off on its own 5 to 10 days after surgery.

Proper wound care also includes keeping the area clean and dry, avoiding any activities that may cause stress on the wound, and following up with your healthcare provider for any necessary follow-up appointments or care instructions. By taking these steps, you can help promote optimal healing and reduce the likelihood of complications such as infection or scarring.

Overall, most individuals recover well from gallbladder removal surgery and can resume their normal activities within a few weeks after surgery.



Gallbladder removal

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
£ 5250
  • Pre-operative assessment
  • Pre and post-operative nursing calls
  • Clinic review
  • Unexpected cost cover
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