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It is looking like I am going to have to have my gallbladder removed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Not something I am looking forward to. I have an appointment at the end of January to talk with a surgeon about my options.<br><br>
What I am looking for here are others who have had the surgery and what it really entails...not just what the surgeon tells me it does.<br><br>
TIA!
 

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There have been a few threads on the topic here, do a search for them.<br><br><br>
I had mine out about 13 yrs ago, laser surgery. It was a breeze, and Ive never had complications since. Ive read here about other options of cleansing and such, but at the time I was going to lose my health benefits soon, and wanted the whole thing taken care of while I could afford it. The surgeon gave me a copy of the surgery afterwards, since they use a camera to locate everything inside. I watched it years later, very fascinating. I dont regret having it done.......I was in alot of pain because of it......<br><br>
Good luck....I HTHs!
 

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My dad had his removed about 2 years ago and it was horrible for him. He started turning balck and blue and went to the doctors a couple days after returning home from the surgery and they told him he was fine and to go back home but he decided to go to the E.R. and it was a good thing he did, becuase they said he only had about an hour left to live becase one of the doctors who worked on him forgot to tie off one of his veins. So he was bleeding internally and he had lost 2/3's of his blood. Its hard to explain but he only had a 1/3 of the blood you need to survive so he was lucky he lived. He went back and showed the doctors that originally told him he was fine, and i guess it was the first case any of them had ever seen with the type of bleeding he had. Im glad my dad is stubborn and decided not to listen to the doctor because he obviously didnt know what he was talking about. He just wanted to go on his vacation and let my dad bleed. I dont really like doctors know and i hate hospitals. Sorry but it just makes me angry to think how some people are so ignorant when you could tell something was majorly wrong with my dad.<br><br>
Anyways, good luck with your surgery.
 

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I had my gallbladder taken out at the same time as my Gastric Bypass. If they do your surgery laproscopically it will be fine. Find a good surgeon. One who has done the surgery at least 100 times. That is my advice. Good luck, I'll be thinking of you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I had mine out when DD was about 6 months old. She could have nursed later that night, but we didn't know that. so she had to wait until morning. It was pretty much treated as an emergency because the doctor did not want to mess around with antibiotics while I was nursing. I don't regret having it out, but wish I'd known a bit more, like that it didn't have to come out the next day.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> OTOH, the anticipation for my September thyroid surgery was worse than the surgery itself, so maybe there's something to be said for such "emergencies".<br><br>
Mine was laproscopic surgery and I had little if any pain that I recall. I ended up on antibiotics 2 weeks later anyway for a post-op infection of one of the incisions though. The oncall surgeon prescribed one he knew to be safe while BF; the ER staff took it upon themselves to scare the daylights out of me with the "need" to not nurse DD while on this lest she have an allergic reaction. They were so completely wrong.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> Fortunately our ped knew better and allayed my fears in the morning when I called her.<br><br>
More useful to you: be prepared for some intestinal weirdness until you figure out what works best for your body regarding the timing of meals and what foods help. I went for years needing to GO within an hour of any large meal until I started this diet and was forcing myself to eat more salads. Whether it was the roughage or just a coincidence of timing, I don't know. I'm not much for salads again, but the problems have not returned.
 

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Thanks so much folks.<br><br>
Meiri, thanks for your story. DS will be about 8 months old when I have my surgery and I was really worried about nursing him and taking care of him afterward.
 

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What I suggest you do is to talk to the anesthesiologist beforehand and ask that they use the types of anesthesia they'd use on a woman getting a c-section and expecting to nurse asap afterwards. From what I understand, with what they use now-a-days, once you're awake the drug is out of your system.<br><br>
You should be able to nurse him as soon as you can safely hold him.<br><br>
What also happened to me is I needed an additional pain shot while in recovery. I'd've gone home that evening--and nursed DD--except that that shot made the room seriously spin. At that point they had to keep me as I couldn't safely stand. I probably still could've nursed DD, but hadn't had time to find out, they weren't going to "allow it", and I hadn't known I'd need the extra shot. So find out what they'll give if you have a pain reaction like I did too, and ask that the med be breastfeeding compatible.
 
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