Cholecystectomy

Cholecystectomy

Recovery and Discharge

You may have a feeling of fatigue or may have difficulty with memory 2 to 3 days after the surgery. This is due to the after effects of anesthesia and pain medications.

During this time, you should not drive, drink alcohol, or make big decision.

Nutrition

Once you wake up from the anesthesia you should be able to drink small amounts of fluid. The moment you do not feel sick, you can start eating regular foods.

Keep drinking about 8 to 10 glasses of water per day.

Consume a high-fiber diet so you don’t strain during bowel movement.

Activity

Gradually increase you activity. Remember to get up and walk every hour or so to prevent blood clot formation.

Generally, patients take 2 to 3 weeks to get back comfortably to normal activity.

If you have undergone a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, you may go home the same day as the surgery. However, if you have other health issues or complications like nausea, vomiting, bleeding, or difficulty passing urine, you may stay longer.

Sexual activity can resume after two weeks.

Work

Work can resume after one week from the surgery (laparoscopic or open) provided you do not do any heavy lifting.

It is in your best interest no to lift items heavier than 10 pounds or engage in strenuous activity for at least 4 to 6 weeks.

Wound Care

Wash your hands before and after in contact with the surgical site.

No soaking in a bathtub until your stiches, steri-strips or staples are removed. You can take a shower on the third day after surgery unless you are told not to.

Comply with your surgeon’s instructions on when to change your bandages.

A little amount of discharge from the incision is normal. In case the dressing is soaked with blood, see your surgeon as soon as possible.

Avoid tight clothing. It can rub your incisions making it harder for them to heal.

Your scars will heal in about 4-6 weeks and will gradually become softer until it fades over time.

Bowel Movement

By adding fiber in your diet, you reduce the risk of constipation. Anesthesia and pain medications can contribute to constipation. If necessary, your surgeon can prescribe a stool softener.

Pain

The amount of pain differs from one person to another and your surgeon will prescribe medicines for pain control.

When to Contact Your Surgeon

Contact your surgeon if you have:

  • Pain that will not go away
  • Pain that gets worse
  • A fever of more than 38.3°C
  • Continuous vomiting
  • Swelling, redness, bleeding, or bad-smelling drainage from your wound site
  • Strong or continuous abdominal pain or swelling of your abdomen
  • No bowel movement 2 to 3 days after the operation

Schedule your appointment now or email our team for any questions you may have.