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Gallbladder Surgery


Updated June 25, 2014

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Recovering After Gallbladder Surgery

Most patients are able to go home within 24 hours of surgery to continue recovering from surgery and return to their normal daily activities in less than a week. More strenuous activity may require a longer healing time.

A small percentage of patients require a low-fat, high-fiber diet in the first few weeks after surgery to prevent discomfort and diarrhea after eating. If diarrhea persists despite dietary changes, the surgeon should be notified. This complication is not uncommon, but can pose serious issues if it continues after recovery.

The surgical incisions require minimal care and can be cleaned with soap and water during a shower. If the incision was closed with adhesive bandages, they will fall off on their own, or can be removed by the surgeon during an office visit. Any foul drainage or significant redness of the incisions should be reported.


Cholecystectomy Brochure. American College of Surgeons. 2006 http://www.facs.org/public_info/operation/cholesys.pdf

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