How long is the recovery process after gallbladder surgery?

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Bryan A. Shouse, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
The recovery process after gallbladder surgery is between a week to two weeks depending on your day-to-day activities. Watch Bryan Shouse, MD, of Frankfort Regional Medical Center, explain the side effects of gallbladder surgery.
It typically takes patients one week to recover from gallbaldder removal surgery, says Matthew Couch, MD, in general surgery at St. Petersburg General Hospital.
The recovery time from gallbladder surgery depends on a few things, including the type of surgery and the degree to which the gallbladder is diseased. More severely infected or diseased gallbladders can delay healing time. Also, open procedures typically take more time to recover from than laparoscopic procedures. In general, a patient can expect to be in the hospital one to three days depending on the factors listed above. Your surgeon will the likely place you on a heavy lifting restriction for four to six weeks after the surgery while your abdomen heals.

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