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The cost of gallstone removal surgery varies from one person to another. The actual cost of laparoscopic surgery differs from one case to another. The final cost is decided by the general surgeon after careful consideration of factors such as- type of disease the patient was suffering from, the severity of the problem, additional procedure the patient is undergoing, medicines prescribed by the doctor, etc.
Diet plays an important role after gallstones removal surgery. As there is no more gallbladder, it becomes difficult for the body to digest food. Surgeons prescribe patients to cut down on fatty food itemes such as fatty meats, processed or fried food items. Rather after the surgery, the patient should consider including lean proteins such as baked chicken, fish, etc. Make a healthier choice of consuming low-fat dairy products. Also, make sure that you stay hydrated throughout the recovery.
After one week of gallstones removal surgery, avoid consuming high-fat food, greasy and fried food items, processed food items and sauces and gravies with high content of fat. The patient should also avoid pizza, chocolate, cheesy food items, high-fat dairy products such as ice cream, cream whole milk,etc., high-fat meats such as sausage, beef, ribs, etc., creamy soups and sauces, lard and butter, food prepared in coconut oil etc.
Prior to the procedure, the surgeon allows patients to have a normal diet barring a few food items. Some of the items that surgeons ask patients to avoid so that the condition doesn’t worsen include high-fat food, high-fat dairy products, chocolates, greasy and fried food items such as pizzas, processed food items and sauces and gravies with high content of fat.
The surgical procedure to remove gallstones or gallbladder totally is known as gallstone removal surgery. The other name for this surgical procedure is known as cholecystectomy. When the surgery is performed using the laparoscopic technique, it is known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
Yes. Most of the medical insurance plans provide coverage for the gallstone or gallbladder removal surgery. A couple of times corporate insurance plans also cover the cost. The waiting period for the surgery is around 30 days. Having a health insurance plan that covers the cost of the procedure can prove to be beneficial for the patient.You can clear all your doubts regarding the same from a representative of the medical insurance plan that you have.
Some of the precautions that surgeons ask patients to take prior to the procedure include- being on an empty stomach for atleast 4 hours of the surgery, not eating anything on the night before the procedure, adjusting medications and supplements after discussing with the surgeon, and taking medications with only a sip of water.
Surgeons prescribe patients to prepare for gallstone removal surgery in the following ways- Complete all the necessary diagnostic tests such as ultrasound tests, blood, urine tests, and any other imaging tests. Stop or adjust regular medications such as blood thinners after proper consultation with the doctor. Additonally, make proper arrangements for yourself, be on an empty stomach for atleast 4 hours of the procedure, etc.
After the gallstone removal surgery, the patient is discharged on the same day after being kept under observation for a couple of hours. The patient should ensure that the wounds are cleaned and dried regularly and take the prescribed medicines at regular intervals. Moreover, the patient should pay special attention to their diet and avoid food items that have content of fat such as high-fat meat, high-fat dairy products, pizza, etc. Rather than skipping meals, eat in small portions throughout the day. Do not perform any strenous activities during the initial days of the recovery.
It is recommended that patients should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages during the entire duration when they are taking prescribed medicines. The reaction between alcohol and the medicines can result in complications that can prove to be fatal and hamper the recovery period. Therefore, patients should resume consuming alcohol only after proper consultation with the doctor.
Within a day or two of the recovery, patients can take bath. There is no particular instruction the patient needs to take while showering or taking a bath. As the wound may not have completely healed after the procedure, make sure it doesn’t get wet. Otherwise, there can be a high chance of an infection occuring. Within a week, your wound will be completely healed and you are allowed to bathe or shower without any restrictions.
A patient who has undergone laparoscopic gallstone removal surgery usually recovers within 2-3 days, provided the procedure was completed without any complications. In case the patient underwent an open gallstone removal surgery, the recovery completes within 4-6 weeks.This duration can vary depending on several factors such as patient’s physique, size of gallstones, any other chronic medical condition that the patient has been suffering from, etc.
Generally, it takes almost a week for a patient to recover completely after gallstone removal surgery. The patient is able to resume their daily routine within 2-3 days of the procedure. The entire recovery time after gallstone removal surgery varies from one person to another depending on a couple of factors such as type of surgery undergone, physical condition of the patient, size of gallstones, etc.
Some of the common side effects that patients should be aware of after gallstones treatment are- reactions to anesthesia, swelling, bleeding, infection, leaking of bile, damage to bile duct, injury to neighboring organs such as intestine, blood vessels, etc., deep vein thrombosis. There’s nothing to worry about as these side effects and complications are easily curable with proper aftercare tips and prescribed medications.
It is quite possible. Although laparoscopic cholecystectomy is one of the treatment options that is effective and safe to consider for removing gallstones, it is possible that some of the gallstones may remain in the bile duct. These gallstones can enlarge and restrict the bile duct from draining properly. Delaying the treatment can lead to cholecystitis which can hamper the digestive system negatively.
Although very rare, the chances of complications occuring after gallstone removal surgery increases when patients fail to follow proper post-operative instructions. One such complication is post-cholecystectomy syndrome. Patients with this syndorme experiences symptoms such as indigestion, stomach ache and diarrhea, yellowing of the eyes and skin, increased body temperature, etc. The syndrome can hamper the patient for months if not addressed properly.There is a possibility of side effects such as swelling, pain, infections, etc. developing if patient don’t pay heed to proper aftercare tips suggested by the surgeon.
Yes. It is important to remove the stones from the gallbladder or else, it can lead to cholecystitis. Cholecystitis is the inflammation of the gallbladder. If gallstones are not removed, these can obstruct the bile duct which results in the inflammation of the gallbladder. This condition can potentially be fatal when appropriate treatment is delayed.
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