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Anyone have gall bladder removal the old fashioned way

Anyone have gall bladder removal the old fashioned way

Postby Cindee5167 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:15 pm

Hi,

About 20 years ago, I had my gall bladder removed the old fashioned way. (I am sure you all noticed the scar in my pics). Anyway, becasue of this scar two PS refused to do sx. The other two (who btw have the better reputations), have no concerns. The big risk factor is necrosis. I was a smoke until 7 weeks ago, so I am a double risk!!

Has anyone had this and had a successful experience??
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Postby maylea » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:50 pm

I have no idea... however u deserve a reply....

I was worried about necrosis badly .... I smoked too.... I have seen more of it on people with tummy scars but my doctor didn't pull my tummy tight enough to kill the flesh... then she lipoed after I healed.... it looks good but it is a tehnique used to avoid necrosis.... I think jan5u2 is the woman to ask about tummy scars and sugery.... she had one scar down the center of her tummy... and yes she had problems... I bet she knows a lot of answers now ... good luck
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Postby Cindee5167 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:45 am

Thanks for your reply!!

One thing I know my doc is doing as a precaution is putting me in a hyper baric chamber ann hour before surgery. Has anyone heard of this?

I am terrified.
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Postby germaine94514 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 8:01 am

You PS is smart putting you in the HBOT. Is he going to do it right after the surgery? I had an old ab scar and I did get necrosis. i know some ladies on hre that had the old fashion gallbladder scar and did fine. But be prepared that you are a way higher risk for necrosis. Between that and being smoke free for only a couple of months. I know now my PS will not do surgery on someone with an old sympathicectomy scar or gallbladder scar and more due to my necrosis. I do under stand it. So remember going in your chances are higher. Even though I knew I had a 70% chance I do not regret doing it I only regret getting the stupid necrosis. But it's closed and revisions are next year. Chances of getting it again are very slim.
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Necrosis free and had second stage of revision. Still have one more too go.
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Postby KuddysMom » Fri Nov 16, 2007 8:56 am

I HAD a classic old fashioned gall bladder surgery scar. My PS was a bit concerned but went ahead with the inverted T extended TT. My old scar is now down next to my new belly button!! My old appendectomy scar is gone completely. I had absolutely no problem from the gall bladder scar. I did end up with a femoral hernia that needs repair but it had nothing to do with the gall bladder scar.
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Postby modine100 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:42 am

I had one twenty years ago also. The PS said he wouldn't pull me as tight as he normally would. I am still really flat though. I had no issues and healed well. I don't know how the smoking will effect things though. I think you should have no problem with the gallbladder.
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Postby Cindee5167 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:01 pm

Thanks for all of the answers. My ps said that he has operated on other patients with this scar and only one had necrosis.

tell me, other that it looking horrible, what are the other bad things that happen as a result. I am not sure that i really understand what revision surgery is. And does it prolong your recovery time? I mean can I still go back to work after 2-3 weeks?
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Postby henrysmom1 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:35 pm

I not only have an old-fashioned gallbladder scar, I have a scar down the front of my abdomen from a gastric bypass. My PS said the risk of necrosis is higher than people without scars, but it is in no way inevitable. Necrosis can be a big pain, in that you have to do dressing changes and healing is slower and the scar can either look pretty decent or pretty ugly, which would necessitate a revision. But..necrosis shouldn't affect the results of your tt. He said he's done many women with scars (esp women post-gastric bypass) and has had only two with necrosis from the scar. I think it's a risk worth taking...Kim
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Postby germaine94514 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:44 pm

personally I would stop worrying about it. There is nothing you can do to prevent it from happening if it does. If it does happen you will deal with it. But for now quit thinking about it. just relax and enjoy. your chances are very slim on getting it. :D
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Lipo 7/ 26/05 and 1/21/06
TT 9/21/06
Scar revisions from necrosis 4/3/07, 1/8/08
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Postby maylea » Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:55 pm

i agree... technically all of us could get necrocis! You have a higher chance! however... you get it, you get flat and you fix it! Not that simple but an answer!

GO FOR IT!
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