While recovering after a gallbladder removal surgery, avoid swimming or soaking in a bathtub or hot tub unless approved by a doctor, and avoid strenuous activities, especially lifting heavy objects, instructs MedlinePlus. A normal diet is allowed, but do not eat greasy and spicy foods during the recovery period.
Gallbladder removal, also called a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, involves making one to three tiny incisions in the belly and inserting a laparoscope to remove the gallbladder, explains MedlinePlus. It typically takes one to three weeks for patients to recover from the surgery.
Resume walking and other daily activities when you feel comfortable to do so after surgery. However, refrain from doing strenuous actions that cause pain, advises MedlinePlus. Lift objects weighing no more than 15 pounds. Start driving after two or three days if the doctor did not prescribe strong pain medications. It may be possible to return to a desk job in a week if approved by your doctor.
Remove wound dressings for staples, sutures or glue, and have a shower on the day after the surgery, suggests MedlinePlus. If the doctors used tape strips, protect the wounds with plastic wrap while taking a shower within the first week of recovery. Never remove or wash off the strips. See the doctor for a checkup one to two weeks after the surgery.