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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
i went for my pre op today and im just reading the booklets they gave me, it says something about a drain being in, can anyone tell me what it is and how it comes out, im getting so nervous about it now, i feel like cancelling it but i know it will be worth it in the end, also how much pain are you in after it. ive never been put to sleep and thats what scares me the most incase i never wake up lol also i was told it was day surgery and now ive been told i will have to stay over night which im not looking forward to.
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
You'll be fine.

Don't cancel. You could Wiki it, very likely to have the answers.

You'll wake up afterwards.
banned#2
You will be ok.

Don't worry x x
#3
drains usually stay in 24-48 hours. think of the thickness of an inside of a biro pen but more flexible. just had my pre-op today and was told all about them
#4
I had my gall bladder out a couple of years ago. I didn't have a drain :? It was ok though, nothing to worry about at all.:thumbsup:
#5
xena_morph
drains usually stay in 24-48 hours. think of the thickness of an inside of a biro pen but more flexible. just had my pre-op today and was told all about them


does that mean i might end up staying in longer than one night?
banned#6
drain arent always used, it will be dependant on you bleeding and your surgeon and there is always a risk you will stay in longer, with any op
#7
pink-ka;7952130
does that mean i might end up staying in longer than one night?


doubt it if it's keyhole, I had a drain whilst in recovery and removed within a few hours then allowed home

I was worried too but apparently I was smiling like a Cheshire cat coming out of the anaesthetic :oops:
banned#8
choc1969
doubt it if it's keyhole, I had a drain whilst in recovery and removed within a few hours then allowed home

I was worried too but apparently I was smiling like a Cheshire cat coming out of the anaesthetic :oops:


You having hot dreams again.

I had a nightmare last night :-(
#9
pink-ka
does that mean i might end up staying in longer than one night?


Dont think so,my ex had this done and it was routine 1nt stay.
She was in great pain before & it took them an age to diagnose it correctly,
but once they did it was all quite swift. She used to be up all night with it.
Dont cancell....You'll be fine.:thumbsup:
#10
DLM;7952193
You having hot dreams again.

I had a nightmare last night :-(


oh no babes, whats up ? :?

I went out on a school night and am hanging :oops:
#11
they want you out as quick as but wont let you out with a drain in. depends on how much you bleed, heal and swell
#12
I Had my op last January........im 35 and I had never had a general before then. When I woke up I was shivering because I felt really cold.....its a side affect from the anasthesia......nothing major!!
I had mine done by keyhole and after wards I felt bruised for a few days but that was about it. I didn't have any drain left in but was also told that I might have to stay in over night in the pre op...............apparently they have to tell you the worst case scenario.........but that is a 1 in 20 case and the drain and having to stay in hospital over night are very unlikely.
I was discharged 3 hours after having my op..........once they had made sure blood pressure was fine and I was around from the anasthesia ok plus had my Prescription written up for Tramodine(its a tablet form of morphine for the pain) works a treat and I felt alot better after a couple of days on it. I can honestly say that my health has been alot better since I had my gallbladder removed no more run down feeling,catching every cold going and the pain and sickness I had before never had since........and now I can eat a bag of crisps or a slice of Pizza when ever I like again.........please don't cancel you will really regret it when you have another attack!!
#13
Floravada
I Had my op last January........im 35 and I had never had a general before then. When I woke up I was shivering because I felt really cold.....its a side affect from the anasthesia......nothing major!!
I had mine done by keyhole and after wards I felt bruised for a few days but that was about it. I didn't have any drain left in but was also told that I might have to stay in over night in the pre op...............apparently they have to tell you the worst case scenario.........but that is a 1 in 20 case and the drain and having to stay in hospital over night are very unlikely.
I was discharged 3 hours after having my op..........once they had made sure blood pressure was fine and I was around from the anasthesia ok plus had my Prescription written up for Tramodine(its a tablet form of morphine for the pain) works a treat and I felt alot better after a couple of days on it. I can honestly say that my health has been alot better since I had my gallbladder removed no more run down feeling,catching every cold going and the pain and sickness I had before never had since........and now I can eat a bag of crisps or a slice of Pizza when ever I like again.........please don't cancel you will really regret it when you have another attack!!


thanks for the info, ive not had an attack for a few months thank god, i think i got the gallstones from pregnancy, the last attack i had was horrible i thought i was having a heart attack as i didnt know it was gallstones then, im such a wimp but i suppose if i can give birth then i will be ok with this lol
#14
I wish i could get mine out! The doctor wont even put me on the waiting list till im in constant pain for some reason. Evil so and so he is
banned#15
choc1969
oh no babes, whats up ? :?

I went out on a school night and am hanging :oops:


I was mugged at the train station.

Then I got on a coach in manchester and bombs started going off all over the place.

We had to duck down on the coach to hope the windows didn't come through.

I am sure my first bf was in it also but I can't remember that bit x x
#16
Strange you mention pregnacy as the first time I had an attack was 3 months after giving birth to my daughter..........Well that was the first major attack any way. I had hyperemersis through my pregnancy and was throwing up all the time, couldnt even keep water down. I was in and out of hospital being rehydrated on a regualr basis for the best part of 4 months. Then I had a releif for th final 6 weeks of pregnancy apart from If I ate anything really fatty.....I just thought it was the hyperemersis still but I would feel really bad before I was sick and the pain in my back would be really bad........apparently that was all to do with my gall bladder and not the hyperemersis.
You will be fine.
#17
pinkkitty2007
I wish i could get mine out! The doctor wont even put me on the waiting list till im in constant pain for some reason. Evil so and so he is


the first couple of times i went to the doctor when i had the pain he said it was indegestion, but i knew myself it wasnt, i used to get it late evening and it would last half an hour max, then the last time i had it it wouldnt go away and i ended up in A n E at 2 in the morning and they just sent me away with painkillers, so i went to the gp again who then sent me for a ultrasound to confirm it was gallstones, within 2months ive got it sorted and have my op next tuesday. maybe just keep going back saying your having it every other night, i only has the pain about 6 times since september but its a horrible pain.
#18
It really depends when your taken and how you react to the anesthetic. I can honestly say I don't know anyone who was fit to go home the same day. Go for it. I had mine done and know about a dozen others who have had it done and non of us needed a drain. you might feel rough for a few days and the pain your in is nothing as bad as a sever attack so if ya can live through them yer laughing!!
#19
Floravada
Strange you mention pregnacy as the first time I had an attack was 3 months after giving birth to my daughter..........Well that was the first major attack any way. I had hyperemersis through my pregnancy and was throwing up all the time, couldnt even keep water down. I was in and out of hospital being rehydrated on a regualr basis for the best part of 4 months. Then I had a releif for th final 6 weeks of pregnancy apart from If I ate anything really fatty.....I just thought it was the hyperemersis still but I would feel really bad before I was sick and the pain in my back would be really bad........apparently that was all to do with my gall bladder and not the hyperemersis.
You will be fine.


its meant to be quite common in pregnancy i read. i had alot of back pain aswel.
#20
yep the only thing that makes it go away is ending up in A&E and the shot of morphine they give ou for the pain........Im sure you agree??
#21
pinkkitty2007
I wish i could get mine out! The doctor wont even put me on the waiting list till im in constant pain for some reason. Evil so and so he is


get a second opinion it can be really serious and affect your liver if its not treated!!
#22
Floravada
yep the only thing that makes it go away is ending up in A&E and the shot of morphine they give ou for the pain........Im sure you agree??


I got gas and air when taken to a&e 6 months after having my son :)

The pethadine they gave me for attacks was also quite good lol
#23
yep thats right you can end up with the infection spreading down the gall bladder to your erm.........can't remember the name of it, but yes then it is a bigger operation............ask for a ultrasound scan .....thaat will find out wether the gall bladder has collapsed and if it has thats because of the stones in it.
#24
i had work experience in a hospital last week and saw at least 5 patients in that time with gall bladders removed due to gall stones. most of the patients were over 65 and all of them recovered fine after it.

I managed to watch a operation were they removed a gall bladder from a patient and it was done by keyhole surgery and it seemed like a straight forward operation.

With keyhole surgery they jus make a 3 small holes around your belly button.
One hole is for the camera
the other two are for the instruments used to removed the gall bladder.

they just begin to cut around the gall bladder and remove it.

I dont think you need to worry about it. the surgeon i followed had done way over 400 operations were he removed gall bladders and it is a very successful procedure.
#25
Floravada
yep the only thing that makes it go away is ending up in A&E and the shot of morphine they give ou for the pain........Im sure you agree??


when i went to A n E they just sent me home with painkillers and ibs tablets lol thats before i knew it was gallstones, they said they couldnt scan me as they dont do scans at night, but you would of thought they would i was in agony.
#26
ALICOM007
i had work experience in a hospital last week and saw at least 5 patients in that time with gall bladders removed due to gall stones. most of the patients were over 65 and all of them recovered fine after it.

I managed to watch a operation were they removed a gall bladder from a patient and it was done by keyhole surgery and it seemed like a straight forward operation.

With keyhole surgery they jus make a 3 small holes around your belly button.
One hole is for the camera
the other two are for the instruments used to removed the gall bladder.

they just begin to cut around the gall bladder and remove it.

I dont think you need to worry about it. the surgeon i followed had done way over 400 operations were he removed gall bladders and it is a very successful procedure.


it makes me feel sick just thinking about it, i watched an animated clip of gallbladder removal and that was bad enough lol i hate blood and guts, thankfully i will be asleep.
#27
pink-ka
when i went to A n E they just sent me home with painkillers and ibs tablets lol thats before i knew it was gallstones, they said they couldnt scan me as they dont do scans at night, but you would of thought they would i was in agony.


Jeez, pink ka, I don't fancy living in Bolton. I went to A&E in agony with my first attack, they kept me in for 5 days until they worked out what was wrong, then straight on the waiting list and gall bladder removed about 4 months later.

It's a really straight forward OP and you'll feel lots better once it's done. I didn't have a drain and went home the same day, OP at about 7am and home by about 9pm
#28
I was in pain for 5 years with mine, in the end the attacks were lasting days. I took myself to A&E and refused to be discharged, they kept me in and removed it 3 days later, I did have a drain and was in four 4 days afterwards but the surgeon did say my complications were very rare as my gallbladder had swollen so much and attached itself to my liver, surgery took over 4 hours. As I said I was very unlucky, you will be fine I'm sure, go for it, I'd go through the op again rather than have the pain of an attack again!
Good luck, let us know how it goes xxx
#29
I must be one sick cookie as before I went to have mine done I went on youtube and watched the op. I did the same when other half went in for his vasectomy and asked him if he wanted to sit and watch it with me.........he said no by the way just in case you were wondering lol !!
#30
Floravada
I must be one sick cookie as before I went to have mine done I went on youtube and watched the op. I did the same when other half went in for his vasectomy and asked him if he wanted to sit and watch it with me.........he said no by the way just in case you were wondering lol !!


I just watched one on youtube too, thanks, hadn't occured to me before lol, facinating.
#31
mrsmaido
I just watched one on youtube too, thanks, hadn't occured to me before lol, facinating.


i think if i did that then it would definatley put me off having it done, i watched a cartoon style one, wasnt a cartoon but cant think of proper word, and that was bad enough made me feel sick.
#32
pink-ka
the first couple of times i went to the doctor when i had the pain he said it was indegestion, but i knew myself it wasnt, i used to get it late evening and it would last half an hour max, then the last time i had it it wouldnt go away and i ended up in A n E at 2 in the morning and they just sent me away with painkillers, so i went to the gp again who then sent me for a ultrasound to confirm it was gallstones, within 2months ive got it sorted and have my op next tuesday. maybe just keep going back saying your having it every other night, i only has the pain about 6 times since september but its a horrible pain.


Ive been to the docs loads with it and once had to get emergency doc out in the night for painkilling injections. Also had the scan which confirmed i have loads of gall stones yet he still wont put me on the waiting list. He said unless the pain lasts days at a time instead of hours then i cant get the operation:x
#33
pinkkitty2007
Ive been to the docs loads with it and once had to get emergency doc out in the night for painkilling injections. Also had the scan which confirmed i have loads of gall stones yet he still wont put me on the waiting list. He said unless the pain lasts days at a time instead of hours then i cant get the operation:x


Your doc is talking pure rubbish and putting your health at risk. Get another doctor and report this one!

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