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Old 11-04-2012, 05:06 PM   #1
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Disney in 21 days gallbladder surgery 1 week ago ...

Please tell me I can do this! I was in such good shape; walking about 21 miles a week and then I had emergency gallbladder surgery after pancreasititus attack on 10/25! Leaving for WDW on 11/25! Should we use our trip insurance?
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:17 PM   #2
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You sound like a very health person. Take a week to see how you do with the surgery and then decide. Walking was easy for me after mine, but bending over to tie shoes did not happen. Thank heavens for crocs.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:54 AM   #3
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I have no advice for you, but lots of healing coming your way.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:31 PM   #4
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a week

I have had numerous surgeries in my life including Gall Bladder surgery. Not sure if they made an incision for yours or if they did it Laproscopically, but if they did it Laproscopically the recovery should be one week or so.

With no incision and the Gall Bladder gone, the only thing there is TO HURT is the puncture wounds from where they went into you to get your Gall Bladder out. There is very minimal pain, compared to other surgeries I have had.

I had my Gall Bladder surgery on a Tuesday and was back at work the following Monday with no restrictions (as a nurse) and probably could have gone back sooner.

I definitely would not cancel the trip especially since you have several weeks to go before your trip.

I have had 3 C-Sections and I was up and about after one week even with those. Not sure I could walk ALL DAY after a C-Section, but 3 weeks after, absolutely.

I have had about 12 surgeries in my life, including 4 abdominal surgeries and I have never had it take 3 weeks to recover from anything, including a Hysterectomy.

Now I know everybody is different and some ppl have a very low tolerance for pain and take the pain of recovery harder than others, but most average ppl heal pretty quickly unless it is something like Brain surgery or open heart surgery.

If they had to actually cut you open (make an incision) to get your Gall Bladder out I would give yourself closer to 2 weeks before I would attempt all that walking. But even when you have surgery IN THE HOSPITAL they usually get you up walking that day or the next morning and tell you, walking helps you heal faster.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:42 AM   #5
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you can always get a wheelchair to limit the amount of walking in the park.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:59 AM   #6
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@mspeggysue!!! You are awe inspiring!!!! Thank you!
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:20 AM   #7
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If ur a fast healer u should b fine, had mine out a year ago, and I am not a fast healer, and I definitely agree with the tying shoes comment. Watch your twists and bends as well. I was back to campus and walking fine two days after surgery, just not able to do the other things. Have a great, safe journey. For speedier healing!!!
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Everyone heals at a different rate...but Gall Bladder surgery is one of the easiest ones I have ever had. My age plays against me... but I would not cancel my trip due to the surgery. In fact, three weeks ago when it needed to be done, I had a similar conversation with my surgeon. I told him Disney was set in stone...if we could work the surgery and healing around it I would do it then, if not it would have to wait until I got back. He assured me I would be fine.

Well, we leave in a little less than a week, and he was right!


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Old 11-28-2012, 09:43 AM   #9
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It took me a few weeks to recover from my gallbladder surgery in 2011, but then my gall bladder was in really bad condition when I had it removed. I was lucky that the surgeon was able to do the minor invasive surgery because he didn't think that he would be able to because it was in such bad condition. I know that for me personally, if I had been travelling a month after my surgery I probably would have rented an ECV just in case and to give me the opportunity to rest without having to return to the hotel. Also, you may have to be more aware of what and how much you're eating. I know it took me a good six months to get back to eating normally.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:12 AM   #10
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:18 AM   #11
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I did great everybody!!! I just made sure to take a 2 to 3 hour break every day and I stayed off the roller coaster! I was walking so fast that my DS16 said "you are booking Mom! Slow down so WE can keep up!" So thanks for the encouragement ALL!
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:05 PM   #12
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Glad you are doing well. Please tell us all about the trip.
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I know the original poster is back and all went well I just thought I would throw in my two cents if others read these like I do when something catches my eye. I too had GB surgery about 2 months ago. Non invasive it was the hardest week of my life! I have had two c-sections and a knee surgery by far this was the hardest to recover I even told my DR. I was sorry I had had the surgery ! But ,saying that, my recovery was only 6 days by the 7th I was feeling almost normal. Two weeks after mine I also headed on vacation to WDW. I wore a long dress on the plane as my tummy was still very sensitive and swollen but other than that no issues. I still have a few diet issues but not enough to really make any changes. (I had heard some horror stories).
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