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    Quote Originally Posted by daddyzgirl View Post
    Has anyone had their gall bladder removed? I was recently diagnosed with gallstones and it appears surgery is the best option. Most of the info (in forums) I've found on the internet does not speak positively... people have had major problems. I hope they're a minority
    I had this done last year - Sept 2005. I also had gall stones and the doctor recommended surgery or live with the pain. I was scared to death as I'd never had any type of surgery or ever been under anesthesia of any type. It was the laproscopic surgery and I was in the hospital at 8:30AM and home by 2:00PM. My sister in law was my driver and nurse until my b/f (he just started a new job) got home. I was out of work / down for a about a week - surgery on Friday and off the entire next week. It hurt to get up out of bed but other than that, it was fine. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daddyzgirl View Post
    Has anyone had their gall bladder removed? I was recently diagnosed with gallstones and it appears surgery is the best option. Most of the info (in forums) I've found on the internet does not speak positively... people have had major problems. I hope they're a minority
    Well, you know how some people like to have us think that they've been snatched from the jaws of death by a miracle, or something. Don't even listen to, or read that stuff. I must know of a dozen people who have had the surgery and they are all alive and kicking. My husband had it about twenty five years ago and and has never had another problem. My girlfriend had it about twenty years ago, same outcome.

    Just go into it with a positive attitude and do the things that they suggest, to make your recovery easier. I'm sure that you'll be quite sore for a few days, but I'll bet you'll do just fine. Best of luck to you.
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    I had my gallbladder out in January 2004. Easy surgery and recovery. I was 35 at the time.

    My mom had the same surgery (laporoscopy), same surgeon this January - she is 77. In and out of the hospital for 3 months with constant pain and different issues. My cousins' MIL is in the hospital now with the same exact symptoms as my Mom. Major bowel issues - food isn't processed properly, etc.

    It's very routine for some, and very difficult for others. I think it could depend if you have ever had any abdominal surgery before and what your other stomach maladies might be.

    Good luck - I wish you well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daddyzgirl View Post
    Has anyone had their gall bladder removed? I was recently diagnosed with gallstones and it appears surgery is the best option. Most of the info (in forums) I've found on the internet does not speak positively... people have had major problems. I hope they're a minority
    My older sister had her gall bladder removed laporascopically (sp?) several years ago when she was in her late 40s. Other than having to make some changes in her diet, she had no problems.

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    Wow! I wasn't expecting so many responses.

    Thanks to everyone for the warm wishes and great info! It's greatly appreciated.

    I am scheduled to see the specialist on August 23rd however my family doctor was the one who told me I would more than likely have my gall bladder removed. As far as I know, the procedure is done laproscopically unless there are complications.

    I am aware that I need to change my diet. In fact, I've been a Weight Watcher since February and it's kind of the same thing (low-fat, fat-free) I've been doing except now I won't be cheating I've been lucky in that I've only had 3 attacks since May (including this afternoon) and only one was severe.

    Roses, PGM, Muduh, MaryBeth, and Veej - Thanks again for the postive comments. I will be sure to keep everyone updated once I find out what the specialist recommends.

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