Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
A little back story first:
September of last year, I gained a lot of weight in a short amount of time with no real explanation. I went from 165lbs and a size 12/14 (depending on the clothing) at the beginning of September to 230lbs and a size 20 by my birthday at the end of October. I moved departments at work at the beginning of January (I work at a car dealership and started out as a salesperson...I now wash cars in the wash bay) and by Valentine's Day, I was 250lbs and a size 22 (even though my activity level increased dramatically).
Ok, so back in April, I decided that I was tired of how I was feeling and being as heavy as I am, so I made an appointment with my doctor. I needed my Well Woman checkup anyway, and since my doctor is a women's health doctor, I went ahead and made my appointment with her. She originally thought that the problem was either my hormones were out of whack or my thyroid was wonky. She ordered a battery of tests, including a full liver panel and a pelvic ultrasound. My thyroid and hormones came back normal, but my liver enzymes were a little high, so she ordered an abdominal ultrasound.
The results of my abdominal ultrasound showed that I have gallstones. I have two that are 2cm and 2.4cm, then several that are smaller. The problem is that they are partly blocking the common bile duct (especially when I lay down on my back) and, being that my gallbladder is unusually small to begin with, my doctor wants it to come out soon rather than later.
So, now I'm on a slightly restricted diet (I have identified quite a few foods that I love that I can't eat, like most dairy) and I have a consult appointment with my surgeon this Wednesday. It really isn't all that bad, or it wouldn't be if it wasn't coupled with borderline diabetes (also revealed by the battery of tests my doctor ordered) and a slightly fatty liver (which, after my surgery, I have to go see a gastroenterologist). So I'm on Metformin (500mg once a day) for the borderline diabetes.
Anyway, now that I've laid out what's going on...
Has anyone here had gallbladder surgery recently and had rather large stones removed? How was it done? I know it's usually done laparoscopically, but beyond that, I'm clueless. How long were you laid up? What questions should I ask my surgeon? Any tips or advice?
I'm not overly concerned about the surgery (I had arthroscopic knee surgery back in 2007 and arthroscopic shoulder/rotator cuff surgery last March), but I've never had "major" surgery (meaning on anything other than an extremity). I'm more concerned/curious about the recovery and also how they're going to get those rather large stones out the relatively small incisions they make.
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!
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