Trust Our Team for Your Gallbladder Surgery
With more than twenty years of experience Dr Harald Puhalla can provide you with the guidance you need to make this decision as well informed as possible. With extensive knowledge and the latest techniques you can resume the usual routine of your life as soon as possible after surgery.
What You Should Know About Gallbladder Removal Surgery
There are certain things that you should be aware of when you are preparing for gallbladder removal surgery. Dr Harald Puhalla will discuss the details and potential adverse events with you during your consultation. Please advise us of any medications you may have pause before the operation (e.g. Blood thinner like Plavix, Xarelto, Fish oil,…). While our team is always available to address any of your concerns, here are a few helpful tips that you can use before and after your surgery:
- Have support: The laparoscopic approach for surgery involving your gallbladder is a minimal invasive, but it is still surgery, nonetheless. When you are getting ready for surgery day, make sure that you have a person that can bring you to the hospital. Most patients would go home the day after surgery. You may organise someone to pick you up and try to have a friend or family member help you for the first few days so that you can avoid bending over or lifting. You should walk a little bit each day to boost blood flow to the area. It is frequent in patients after keyhole surgery to have gas pain in the shoulder for a day or two after the procedure. However, if you experience any abnormal pain or discomfort once you are home, reach out to our office immediately.
- Movement is a must: You must start working to get your body back to normal once you wake up from surgery. As soon as you feel comfortable, we will encourage you to walk around to get the circulation in your body back to normal again. Although our approach is less intrusive, patients will likely still experience discomfort from gas. If you have any questions or concerns once you are home, we strongly recommend that you reach out to us or after hours the ward where you have been discharged.
- Be conscious of your food choices after surgery: Removing your gallbladder can sometimes effect your food choices. Since the gallbladder is a storage of bile, which is emptied when you have a large heavy/fatty meal to help to digest it. After surgery, you must be careful with specific food that your body may struggle to digest. This type of food includes anything fried, high-fat dairy products such as ice cream or whole milk, and high-fat meat, for example, bacon or sausage. If you desire you may try to introduce small amount of these food some weeks after surgery to see if they cause indigestion and from than onwards, if tolerated well you can increase the portions.
You may also be interest to read through the “Patient info – postoperative instructions”
About Dr Harald Puhalla, General Surgeon
The team at Dr Harald Puhalla, General Surgeon, is well known for their caring and empathetic approach to each case. We understand that no two surgeries are alike and take the time to explain what you can expect before, during and after surgery.
For more information about our technique to gallbladder removal surgery, reach out to us through our contact page.