Post-Operative instructions for Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (Removal of Gallbladder)

After your Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), please follow these recommendations from Advanced Surgical Associates:

  • Keep the dressing on for 48 hours then remove it. You may replace it with a smaller dressing such as band-aid or no dressing at all.
  • Do not remove the narrow, white strips of tape over the incision sites and under the dressing. These will fall off by themselves in 7-10 days.
  • Sutures are under the skin and will dissolve automatically.
  • Mild oozing or reddish, yellowish brownish drainage around the incision site during  the first few days is normal.
  • There may be swelling, bruising and tenderness around the incision sites, particularly around the umbilicus (belly button). This is normal. Put an ice pack around the incision sites for 15 minutes, 4 times a day for the first 24 hours to prevent further swelling.
  • If you have a drain, please empty it and record the drainage every day for the surgeon. The drain will be removed at the post-operative visit.
  • You can shower after 48 hours, but no baths or swimming are allowed until you are seen by the surgeon.
  • Keep the incision clean and dry.
  • No lifting, running or exercises until you are seen by the surgeon. Walking is okay and is encouraged.
  • Start with clear liquid (water, juices, tea, Jell-O, etc.). On the day following your surgery, gradually advance as tolerated to milk products, soup, noodles, eggs, and soft food thereafter. Avoid heavy meals, fatty food, and red meats until you are seen by the surgeon.
  • Take pain medications as prescribed. For mild or minor pain, take Tylenol. Resume all previous medications immediately after surgery.
  • Driving is okay but do not take medications that may affect your alertness or judgment.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your procedure or the progress of your recovery, please contact us. Your health and safe recovery are our primary concern.