What awaits the person after gallbladder removal?

Assoc. Prof. Didem Öncel Yakar

Dr Öncel Yakar’s comments

On the first day after laparoscopic cholecystectomy, complaints such as mild right shoulder, back pain, and bloating are experienced. Oral food intake is allowed approximately 4-6 hours after the operation, no movement restriction is required. Often patients are discharged 24-36 hours after surgery.

It is expected that the person will return to normal life within one week at the latest after surgery. In fact, one of the biggest factors in the standardization of laparoscopy is that the person recovers in a short time and provides the opportunity to return to his daily life-work early. It usually does not require long periods of rest. No permanent dietary restrictions are required after the recovery period. As standard procedure, all gallbladder specimens that are surgically removed are sent for pathological examination. Since it is possible to detect accidental gallbladder cancer very rarely, both the patient and the doctor should follow the pathology report. Depending on the clinical scenario and physician preference, some patients can be scheduled for a doctor appointment in the first week, while some patients do not even need to be followed-up after discharge.

The gallbladder, which has the task of storing and concentrating some of the bile produced by the liver which is required for fat digestion, is a sac-shaped organ located beneath the liver. Gallstones, which are formed by the imbalance of the chemical composition in the bile, are extremely common. It is reported to be found in approximately one out of every 10 people. Although the incidence is high, it does not always cause symptoms. Gallstones that do not cause complaints do not need to be treated. Gallbladder surgery is required only in case of symptoms or if the physician decides for a surgical procedure for other reasons. Successful results are obtained with laparoscopic cholecystectomy, that is, the method of removing the gallbladder with a minimally invasive method.

With more than 25 years of experience in the surgical treatment of liver-biliary tract-pancreatic diseases and laparoscopic cholecystectomy, in addition to liver transplantation, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Didem Öncel Yakar answers your questions.

With the experience of working in this field for many years and performing many surgeries, we are by your side for diagnosis, selection of appropriate treatment and management of surgical processes in our private practice in Ataşehir. May health be with us in every moment of our lives.