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How long will it take to recover after laproscopic gall bladder removal?

Still in hospital 4 days after laproscopic gall bladder removal. 1st 2 days bloated and severe pain until given 2 shots of neostigmine. now have dark urine, small amounts of blood in urine, pain in upper abdomen, no jaundice, still have iv in, have had no food or water yet. am out of bed and walking 400 feet at a time multiple times a day. 78yo. male, excellent health, ride a bike 15 miles a day, still working a fairly physical job and flying my airplane on a regular basis. Should recovery take this long. shouldn't I be getting water by mouth by now?
Mon, 21 Mar 2016
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hi.

noted history of gallbladder surgery thru laparoscopic cholecystectomy. recovery of patient from any surgery or procedure is relative or case to case basis. if you have other co-morbidities or diseases, the higher the risk of complications. also, depending on the severity of your case, your surgeon might want to observe you longer than expected, hence, the longer hospital stay. a laparoscopic cholecystectomy may be an ambulatory procedure in some institutions. on average, hospital stay is usually 2-3days. but as i've mentioned earlier, recovery of a patient is multifactorial as well. you could ask/discuss with your surgeon re your current status/plan of management. am sure, he or she is willing to answer any of your questions related to the operation performed. early ambulation and deep breathing exercises are highly encouraged. low fat diet post-surgery will be advised accordingly.

hope this helps.

good day!!

~dr.kaye
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