Gallbladder surgery recovery time

If you ask about the recovery time for gallbladder surgery, you may be told by your surgeon it will take until your surgical incisions are healed.

Prior to the 1980s, gallbladder removal surgery was both extremely uncomfortable and complex in nature. A sizeable incision would be made in the right side of the abdominal area, through which the gallbladder was removed. Due to the size of the incision, the time spent recovering was quite lengthly. In addition, intestinal recovery time was longer due to inflammation and pain in the abdominal area. Patients spent more time bedridden and experienced more difficulty walking unassisted.

While this sounds frightening, don’t worry. Innovations in modern surgery have led to the development of Laparoscopic technology. In Laparoscopic surgery, tiny abdominal incisions are made in the abdominal region. A microscopic camera will then be inserted into the abdomen and the gallbladder removed with the use of delicate surgical tools. This prevents any other organs from being touched during the surgery. This means the tissues that require healing are fewer. In addition, the white blood cells work faster and more efficiently after the pain and side effects of gallbladder problems are relieved.

Hospital recovery time is usually only one or two days. Patients with no other medical issues such as diabetes or hypertension are typically released in a day or two. Surgeons usually choose to operate on healthy patients early in the morning and send them home the following day. For example, a soldier friend of mine had surgery around 9 am and left the hospital around 8 pm that day.

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