How Do You Know If You Have A Bile Leak After Gallbladder Surgery?

Why do I still have stomach pain after gallbladder removed?

Key points about sphincter of Oddi dysfunction The sphincter of Oddi helps move bile and juices from your pancreas into your small intestine.

You are more at risk for SOD if you have your gallbladder removed or have gastric bypass weight-loss surgery.

The main symptom of SOD is severe stomach pain that comes and goes..

Can I use a heating pad on my stomach after gallbladder surgery?

This is caused by the gas used to inflate your abdomen during surgery. This should only last for 1-2 days. Heating pads will help relieve this. Please use heat on the lowest setting, for no more than 15 minutes at a time.

How serious is a bile leak?

Bile leaks are a rare but serious complication of gallbladder surgery. If a bile duct is damaged during surgery, bile may leak into the abdominal cavity, causing extreme pain. Bile leaks are often corrected by placing a stent (narrow tube) in the duct to keep bile from escaping while the duct heals.

How common is bile leak after gallbladder surgery?

Some estimate that bile duct injuries occur in 1 in 1,000 cases of laparoscopic gallbladder surgery.

How long does it take for a bile leak to heal?

The median time for resolution of the leak was 3 days (range 1–39 days) [5]. Kaffes and colleagues [5] reported that stent insertion alone for postcholecystectomy bile leak is superior to sphincterotomy alone, because fewer patients required additional intervention (particularly surgery) to control the leak.

What happens when bile leaks into your system?

The biliary system—which includes the gallbladder and bile ducts—produces and transports bile into the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) to aid in digestion. A bile duct leak can cause pain, inflammation and infection in the abdominal cavity where the bile has leaked.

How long does it take to heal internally after gallbladder surgery?

Most people can return to their normal activities in 7 to 10 days. People who have laparoscopic gallbladder surgery are sore for about a week. But in 2 to 3 weeks they have much less discomfort than people who have open surgery. No special diets or other precautions are needed after surgery.

What are the signs of infection after gallbladder surgery?

Call your provider if you have any of the following:Fever or chills.Redness, swelling, bleeding, or other drainage from the incision site.More pain around the incision site.Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes (jaundice)Belly or abdominal pain, cramping, or swelling.No bowel movement or gas for 3 days.More items…

What bile leak feels like?

Symptoms of a bile leak include tummy pain, feeling sick, a fever and a swollen tummy. Sometimes this fluid can be drained off. Occasionally, an operation is required to drain the bile and wash out the inside of your tummy.