Pain in old gallbladder surgery site

Posted by mikehow @mikehow, Jan 22, 2017

I had my gall bladder out 40 years ago, the old major abdominal surgery way, with an 8 inch scar and a 1 week hospital stay. I have had no problems for 40 years,but now, right along the scar line, I get occasional sharp pains, almost stabbing. It feels like it is right under the skin line. Could it be that the internal staples are shifting after all these years?

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Mike, I again will point to the phantom pain my surgeon suggested after I had part of my pancreas and spleen removed. That sounds like the craziest thing in the world, but the first person who said my missing left arm hurts was likely placed in a padded room for some period of time. I believe anything is possible until proven otherwise, but if you are having pain from the staples used 40 years ago, I want my next vehicle built out of that material. Have there been any unusual movements on your part in doing yard work, honey do’s, etc…If so, I would tend to place the blame with scar tissue, but…..there is a reason all of us have not hung out our shingle and gotten a huge malpractice policy. May be a good idea to see a doc who did not perform your surgery and let us know what the young whippersnapper has to say.

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@rosemarya

@dodgerblu818311, I want to welcome you to Connect. And thank you for the encouragement that you have offered.
I am sorry that you are experiencing some harsh pain. Has your pain recently developed, or has it been ongoing and gradually increasing?
Rosemary

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Well if am correct on when this pain started, then it’s been like maybe 3 or 4 months.

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@rosemarya

@dodgerblu818311, I want to welcome you to Connect. And thank you for the encouragement that you have offered.
I am sorry that you are experiencing some harsh pain. Has your pain recently developed, or has it been ongoing and gradually increasing?
Rosemary

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Hello @dodgerblu818311,

I’d like to welcome you to Connect as well; I can only imagine how stressful it must have been for you, with having a baby and then gallbladder surgery soon after!

We have a few past discussions on abdominal scar tissue or adhesions that can cause pain and discomfort; feel free to scroll through the conversations and tag members:

recurring abdominal adhesions: http://mayocl.in/2qWRN2R
Bowel obstructions caused by adhesions following abdominal surgery: http://mayocl.in/2nhtuhj
Scar tissue surrounding organs: http://mayocl.in/2o7g2LT

I’m also tagging @rdrdhap @giza @avocado1 @ginpene05 @kag13 @nonnie1@loriel59, with the hope that they, and other members on this discussion, will return with more insight for you.

@dodgerblu818311, have you seen a doctor for your symptoms? How do you manage the pain-episodes?

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@rosemarya

@dodgerblu818311, I want to welcome you to Connect. And thank you for the encouragement that you have offered.
I am sorry that you are experiencing some harsh pain. Has your pain recently developed, or has it been ongoing and gradually increasing?
Rosemary

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Thank You for welcoming me to this discussion. It was very streesfull and traumatic for me because I almost didn’t make it when they were doing the gall bladder surgery. I stopped breathing for a bit. Then as few days after the surgery I was informed by my doctor that I had developed a very bad infection called C.diff. So I was in the hospital for a month and I couldn’t even see my daughter.

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That must have been so scary!
Clostridium difficile or C. diff, is a bacteria that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to severe abdominal cramping and inflammation of the colon; it typically occurs after the use of antibiotics.
Here is some information from Mayo Clinic: http://mayocl.in/2dMcY4F, and I’m tagging @concernedmtnmom, @momochan @kyjeanne, @kathymeyers @tedjoanie, who may have some thoughts for you.

@dodgerblu818311, C. Diff. is notoriously difficult to get rid of; have you been tested for it recently?

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@dodgerblu818311 Let me add my welcome to those that have already been expressed. We are glad that you have joined our online patient support group at Mayo Connect. This is a great place to share your experiences and most of all your feelings. I am so sorry to hear of your difficult surgery experience the the infection that took you away from your daughter for a month, that must have been very hard on you both! Keep sharing with us. Here at Mayo Connect we seek to support and encourage our members. Teresa

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@kanaazpereira

That must have been so scary!
Clostridium difficile or C. diff, is a bacteria that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to severe abdominal cramping and inflammation of the colon; it typically occurs after the use of antibiotics.
Here is some information from Mayo Clinic: http://mayocl.in/2dMcY4F, and I’m tagging @concernedmtnmom, @momochan @kyjeanne, @kathymeyers @tedjoanie, who may have some thoughts for you.

@dodgerblu818311, C. Diff. is notoriously difficult to get rid of; have you been tested for it recently?

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@dodgerblu818311, I have no gall bladder, but I do not have the usual incision site, since mine was removed during process of liver transplant surgery. I do, however, experience some sudden pains I the abdomen. I have realized that these are due to change in my eating habits, for example, if I allow myself to eat fried foods (not often) I know I will suffer later. I was also diagnosed with mild diverticulosis, as a result of my early inquiries to my doctors.
So I wonder if you have made any dietary changes, recently.
Having said that, I would encourage a phone call to your doctor, to be sure. If this is being caused by something that requires treatment, you are best to get it diagnosed early.
I hope you can find a resolution, soon.
Keep in touch.
Rosemary

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I too have started feeling EXACTLY what you have been experiencing, my surgery was 32 years ago, 3 weeks after emergency C-section. I was worried about my internal “zipper” had come undone and was poking me. I have no other symptoms other then that sharp little pain, that brings back all the horrible memories of my gall-bladder operation. I do have a TEETER Hang-up, maybe I over stretched, not sure. It is nice to see I am not alone, will see what happens, and if it get worse. I am hoping for better………So glad this site is here, THANK YOU!!

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Hello @angryblonde. Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! This community has so much to offer- it’s a place of sharing, learning, connecting and most important- support. If you have questions on navigating connect- just let us know and we can help!

Can you tell us a little more about yourself? Have you noticed any activity that makes your pain worse or anything that makes it better? I look forward to hearing an update from you to let us know how you’re doing. Wishing you peace and a pain free holiday! 🙂

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@dawn_giacabazi

@mikehow
Sorry for the disconnected response.
With my gallbladder I develope Abdominal Adhesions which are bands of scar tissue that form between organs. Adhesions cause pain by pulling nerves, either within an organ tied down by an adhesion or within the adhesion itself. Some people have no symptoms.

If symptoms don’t go away quickly might be time to see the doc!
Dawn

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Hi Dawn, I know it’s been awhile since your post so hopefully you get this message. I had my gallbladder out almost 4 months ago and have developed pain and it gets severe in my side under the ribs and the pain goes across my abdomen and can be on the left under the ribs too. It has been a constant pain for 3 weeks. The pain developed 3 months after surgery. I’ve several tests all come back normal. Thinking it could be adhesions. I had laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. If you don’t me asking what was your experience with adhesions? Where was your pain, when did it start, was the pain constant? Any information you can give would be helpful. I hope you are feeling better now.

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@dawn_giacabazi

@mikehow
Sorry for the disconnected response.
With my gallbladder I develope Abdominal Adhesions which are bands of scar tissue that form between organs. Adhesions cause pain by pulling nerves, either within an organ tied down by an adhesion or within the adhesion itself. Some people have no symptoms.

If symptoms don’t go away quickly might be time to see the doc!
Dawn

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Hi. I’ve been suffering from right sided pain where my ribs are and upper abdominal pain 3 months after having my gallbladder was removed. I’ve also had a loss of appetite and nausea. I’ve had all sorts of tests and everything is coming back ok. If you wouldn’t mind sharing what was your experience with adhesions after having your gallbladder removed and what were your symptoms?

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MY gall bladder surgery was 63 years ago. I have had six pregnancies and only now am experiencing adhesion type pain in the scar. It was an open cholecystectomy. I have severe IBS. Is there a relationship?

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