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What is status post-cholecystectomy?

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The term "status post-cholecystectomy" refers to the patient's state after a surgery to remove the gallbladder, a cholecystectomy, which can be an open surgery or a laparoscopic procedure, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. After the surgery, a patient's vital signs, such as blood pressure and pulse, are monitored in a recovery room.

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Once vital signs are normal, a patient is transferred to a room. Draining may come from the incision site if the procedure was an open surgery. Depending on whether the procedure was an open or laparoscopic procedure, a patient is discharged the same day or the day after, accordingly. Discharge instructions on incision care, bathing and limits on certain activity are given upon check out.

Even with a successful cholecystectomy, mild diarrhea is a possibility in some patients, notes Mayo Clinic. Recovery time at home is dependent on the type of surgery. Recovery time for a laparoscopic procedure is shorter than for open surgery. After open surgery, a return to work in approximately 1 week may be possible. However, patients are advised to check for signs of complications, which may include fever and pain or inflammation at the surgical site, reports Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The gallbladder is located on the right side of the abdomen, under the liver. A cholecystectomy is performed for different reasons, including when gallstones form in the gallbladder and to alleviate severe pain, notes Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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