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Gallbladder surgery 9/12/18

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I had a terribly painful gallbladder attack last week, likened to pains of childbirth. After much morphine, they got it settled down and sent me home on antibiotics then return 9/12 for the surgery. I was very pleased that so far in all the excitement, no afib. I would appreciate any of your thoughts and prayers on 9/12 that my ticker behaves. I havent had any known a fib in 5 months or so and hoping I slide thru this without any. Thankyou💜

Addendum: It’s wed here, surgery over, so far so good🌟🌟🌟

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That sounds awful. Fingers crossed for the AFib free time ahead.

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Hi Hoski. I have had permanent a-fib for 3 years now and had my gallbladder out (a day stay/mini lap procedure last Feb (2017). I was in a -fib the whole time. All went well. My gallbladder surgeon was in contact with my electrophysiologist and the entire event-pre-op, surgery, and recovery went smooth as glass. Handling surgery on a -fib patients is very common and the surgeons and anesthesiologists are well-prepared for any eventuality. I hope your surgery goes well and, as is the case with so many things, our anxiety before the fact often turns out to be worse than the actual event. Take care. irina

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You are right about the anxiety, my worst enemy! Thanks for the encouragement

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You're very welcome. For me, my anxiety is often my worst enemy. I call them my "what ifs?" !

Good luck with the surgery. I had mine taken out years ago. Didn’t even know I had surgery by the next day. Painless for me. Lap. Quick.

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Sounds good

Hi Hoski, had my gallbladder removed on holiday (not planned!) in Portugal 10 years ago, was in hospital for 2 days before flying back, no problems since, eat pretty much everything. Re AF my tip would be don't worry about it leading up to or during the procedure but be wary afterwards when you relax i.e. don't just collapse at home once 'let out' but actually have something on, obviously not strenuous, which lets the adrenaline in your system down slowly rather than a big drop all at once. Good luck!

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Great advice, Thankyou!

Hi Hoski, I had my gall bladder out in February this year. Yes the pain is indescribable. I have svt and af and was concerned about my heart playing up. My EP and gall bladder surgeon were in contact with each other as was the pre op team and the anaesthetist. As my EP said theatre staff are dealing with arrhythmia patients constantly and know how to deal with eventualities.

I was booked in for an over night stay rather than day surgery in case my heart caused any issues. I recall coming round from the anaesthetic and hearing the anaesthetist say my heart had behaved but had a bit of atrial tachycardia my heart beating at 140 beats per minute which I could also hear on the monitor but as I came around it settled back to normal. Hope this helps. Best wishes, you will be fine. X

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That’s good to hear,l am due to have knee surgery, l am seeing the Anaesthetist and Pre opp tomorrow, l needed some reassuring words thanks x

Ooh feel for you,had mine out 15 years ago and still remember the pain! Will be wishing you well! Xx

All the very best, hope your AF will not return, don’t worry too much,

Gall stones and Gall bladder problems need sorting if they are causing a lot of pain, it’s a case of pain over AF

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Wishing you well Hoski. You've had some very encouraging replies .Haven't had it myself (yet!) but have heard how terribly painful it is.

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Try not to worry. I had my gall bladder removed when I was 27 and am now 74 and it was the old fashioned long scar, tubes everywhere. Now apparently it is so easy and lots of people have heart problems. Your surgeon will know exactly what to do and he would have been in touch with your cardiologist and EP consultants anyway.

I still remember the pain of those gall stones. Awful. Mine started would you believe when I was 16 and "they" said it was O levels nerves, then engagement nerves, wedding nerves, having babies nerves - rubbish, but they didn't have the scans and technology of nowadays. After I had had the operation I went on holiday with friends and ate, drank very merrily and never looked back.

I'm sure you will be the same and wishing you all the best. Just think what a wonderful Christmas you will be able to enjoy with no pain.

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Will be sending you good thoughts tomorrow, Hoski. Take care. irina

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Thankyou so much💜

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Good morning Hoski and good luck for your surgery on 9/12.

Two weeks ago today I had a 7 1/2 Whipple Procedure op and like you I was worried it would set off my Afib, but I'm glad to report all went well and apart from a few ectopics the heart behaved impeccably.

All the best

Tim

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Day 2 post surgery, so far all is well👍🏻

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