Laparoscopic and open gallbladder surgeries are relatively common procedures that may – or may not – leave people with some enduring health issues.
In fact, some people can resume normal activities within 10 days of a gallbladder removal operation, and they may not experience any digestive (or other health) issues in the aftermath.
For others, though, there may be a range of complications that arise. Knowing what to expect and how to deal with these possible issues can be important to promoting optimal health and quality of life following gallbladder surgery.
Common Impacts & Minor Complications of Gallbladder Surgery
Examples of the more minor health issues that can arise after gallbladder surgery include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- Problems digesting fatty and fried foods
- More frequent bowel movements
- Cramping or stomachaches (especially after eating larger meals).
The following are some helpful tips for reducing or treating these minor gallbladder surgery complications:
- Limit fatty food intake and adopt a low-fat diet.
- Slowly reintroduce high-fiber foods back into your diet.
- Eat smaller meals (and consider adding snacks to your diet).
- Avoid eating large amounts later in the day/evening.
- Keep a recovery journal where you can record details about your diet and when/which foods may cause you problems.
If these measures don’t reduce the discomfort experienced after gallbladder removal surgery, it may be time to talk to a doctor about the symptoms and relief options. For some patients, starting a course of medication (or pursuing additional treatments) may be necessary or helpful.
When Serious Gallbladder Surgery Complications Arise
In some cases, patients may develop serious injuries and health complications – like infections – after undergoing gallbladder surgery.
High fever, severe abdominal pain and bloating, and nausea can all be red flags of more serious gallbladder surgery complications.
When these warning signs arise, it’s crucial that affected people:
- Seek emergency medical attention to prevent potentially life-threatening complications from developing.
- Meet with a medical malpractice lawyer (as soon as their health is no longer in grave danger) so they can find out if medical negligence may have played a role in causing their injuries. It is not uncommon that medical professionals’ mistakes cause or contribute to gallbladder surgery injuries.
Hurt in Gallbladder Surgery? Contact Buckingham & Vega Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been victimized by any gallbladder surgery errors, it’s time to contact Buckingham & Vega Law Firm. Committed to helping injured people reclaim and restore their lives, our trusted lawyers are ready to help you identify your options for recovery and justice.