If you’re having a laparoscopic procedure, you still need to plan on more like three to four days off. Really- you’re having an organ removed while under anesthetic; your body’s going to be rather insulted by the procedure.
Firstly, you wouldn’t be having a cholecystectomy if everything inside your digestive tract was hunky-dory. There’s a problem or you’d not need to have an organ removed. This problem has affected ALL of your digestive systems to some extent, which means it’s affected, well, ALL of you. Believe it, or not.
Secondly, a general anesthetic isn’t kind to your body and brain (heart, lungs, blood pressure, either, now that we mention it). It’s safe, sure, to a given definition of safe, but you are going to be rendered unconscious by, probably, a dual approach of both injected and inhaled anesthetics which lastly clear through the lungs and, even though you’re now “awake”, you feel rather hungover. This can last days, but generally about 24 to 36 hours.
Thirdly, while laparoscopic procedures are “easiest” on the patient, what the surgical team is going to do is pump you full of gas through one of those little slits they cut into your peritoneum (that’s all the way into your innards- through skin, fat, muscle, more fat, and then into the sac that holds your guts in place). They need room to see what they’re doing in there, so they fill you up with gas which expands the viewing field. What they don’t do is attach a vacuum to the last-closed incision and suck all that gas back out. Trust me, you’re that bit bloated for a couple of days. It’s uncomfortable, and if you are upright too soon/too much, that gas rises in your body and lodges in your shoulder and neck- feels like broken glass in your joints. Hurts- and lasts a few days if it happens.
Fourthly, your digestive system is now going to have to learn how to compensate for not having a gall bladder. The gall bladder isn’t like the appendix which is just whacked out with few to no changes indigestion; no, the gall bladder plays a specific role in digestion, and you’re not going to have one. Sure, you can live- and eat- well without one, but it takes your body some time to adjust to its absence. No to very low fats for a few weeks and expect some strange rumblings and discomfort.
Fifthly, if the idea of not working for a few days is so uncomfortable you can’t even imagine it, I suggest you learn to let go of work for a while. Honestly, work will always be there, and people who are so tightly bound up in their work they cannot see themselves taking the time to recover from major surgery are working themselves into an early grave. There’s more to life than work- find out what it is before its lack kills you.
Just because laparoscopic surgery is “same-day” surgery- in and out with no admission- doesn’t mean it isn’t major surgery, it is. You are anesthetized, your body is cut into, you are pumped full of gasses and important bits of you are cut out, your body and brain are insulted by this. Give yourself enough time to recover before you take off hard-charging again.
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