Gallbladder removal and hernia operation

Read more about what to do after your gallbladder removal or hernia operation.

In this leaflet you can find information about what you must pay attention to after the operation.

The operation

In the operative notes you can find information about the exact type of operation that has been performed.

How do I prevent infection?

  • Avoid bathing in tub, swimming pool and seawater until the threads have been removed or the wound is healed.

Pain after the operation

  • The tablets you have bought at the pharmacy will be sufficient to relieve the pain in most cases.
  • At the next page you can read more about the pain-relieving tablets.
  • If you experience severe pain, you should see a doctor.

Bandage

If an adhesive plaster has been put on the wound you can remove it after 24 hours.

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Removal of threads

If the wound has been stitched together after surgery, you will have to book an appointment with your own doctor to have the threads removed. They must be removed after 8-10 days.

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After the operation

  • An adult person must be with you during the first night.
  • You are not allowed to drive a car the first 24 hours.
  • Immediately after the operation you can consume normal food and drinks.

When shall I take my medication?

The nurse has recommended that you take the first pain-relieving tablets at:

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We recommend that you take your medication at the following hours:

Take tablet Pamol (paracetamol) 500 mg, 2 tablets at:
08.00    12.00     16.00    22.00

Take tablet Ipren (ibuprofen) 200 mg, 2 tablets at:
08.00    15.00    22.00

Other medication:

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Name of contact nurse:

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Remarks:

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What do I do if I feel ill?

You should seek medical assistance, if:

  • You feel unwell.
  • You have a fever of more than 38 degrees C.
  • You have increasing pain.
  • Your operation wound becomes red, warm, swollen or sore.

If you experience problems within the first 24 hours you can contact:

  • The Day Surgery Department from 08:00 a.m. to 15:00 p.m. at telephone no. 38 62 10 41.

If you experience problems out of opening hours in the days after the operation, you can contact:

  • The Surgical Emergency Department at telephone no. 38 62 57 62.
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