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Post op Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

The following information is being provided to serve as guidelines for you to follow. Your doctor may alter these instructions to meet your specific needs.

Bandage and Incision

  1. Remove the outer bandages in 24 hours. Leave the steri-strips over the incisions

  2. OK to shower after you remove the bandages with a mild soap and water. NO tub baths, hot tubs, or swimming pools 2 weeks from your surgical date

  3. It is not necessary to cover your incision. You may use band-aids if you desire

  4. Check the incision daily for redness or swelling. Call the doctor if there are concerns

Pain and Medication

  1. Take the prescribed pain medications with food and as directed

  2. Place ice to incision for 20 minutes at a time. Place a barrier between the ice and your skin, not directly on the skin

  3. Chest or shoulder discomfort may occur, especially after sitting or walking. Lying down for short periods generally relieves this. A heating pad to the upper chest and shoulder for short intervals (20 minutes) may be helpful

  4. Bowel movements may be more frequent, looser, and lighter in color for several weeks. You may experience a lot of gas or belching

  5. If you become constipated, due to decreased mobility and prescribed pain medication, begin taking an over the counter stool softener daily to aid in bowel movements. (miralax or milk of magnesia)


  1. Start with a bland diet. Avoid fatty, spicy, or greasy foods. You may advance slowly to your normal diet as tolerated

  2. Maintain an adequate fluid intake. Drink 6-8 glasses of fluid daily


  1. Change positions slowly to prevent dizziness
  2. Rest quietly the day of surgery, gradually increasing your activity. Ambulate as tolerate
  3. No lifting anything greater than 10-15 pounds until your post operative visit
  4. Discuss returning to work and driving with your doctor
  5. NO DRIVING while taking prescribed pain narcotics

Notify your doctor if you have

  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Pain not relieved by your prescription
  • Increased tenderness, swelling, or drainage at the incision site
  • A temperature of 101 degrees or more over a 24 hour period
  • Calf swelling, pain, or tenderness
  • Skin and/or whites of your eyes appear yellow in color

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