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expand iconHow much does gallstone removal surgery cost?

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.

expand iconWhat can you eat after gallstone surgery?

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.

expand iconWhat are the foods to avoid after gallstone surgery?
expand iconWhat foods to eat before gallstone surgery?
expand iconWhat is the other name of gallstone surgery?

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.

expand iconIs gallstone surgery covered by medical insurance?

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.

expand iconWhat are the precautions to take before gallstone surgery?

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.

expand iconHow to prepare for gallstone surgery?
expand iconWhat are the precautions to take after gallstone surgery?

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.

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expand iconWhat are the bathing instructions to follow after gallstones surgery?
expand iconHow many days does it take to recover from gallstone surgery?
expand iconWhat is the recovery time of gallstone surgery?

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.

expand iconWhat are the side effects that can occur after gallstone surgery?

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.

expand iconCan I get gallstones after gallstones removal surgery?
expand iconWhat are the complications that can occur after gallstones surgery?
expand iconIs surgery necessary for gallstones?

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.