Having an operation to remove my Gallbladder

Hi Am slightly worried I'm going in for a removal of my Gallbladder on 10th January 2017 Hopefully they will remove this by Keyhole, Hospital are aware of my APS and taking me of warfarin 4 days prior and starting me on clexine then obviously restarting me on my warfarin afterwards, Has anybody had this kind of operation with APS or a more serious operation and any worries about having surgery, I suffer from anxiety also so it's worrying me somewhat thanks for reading this post and would be grateful for some advice

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  • Ive had my gallbladder out, sucessfully keyhole, was on clexane anyway. Prof Hunt gave me my dose in the recovery room! Best surgery I had, instant symptom disapear. As long as they are all aware of your APS, I am sure it will go smoothly. Enjòy your Christmas & try not to worry (I know easier said than done).

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  • Hi, I see you have already had a pretty good reply, I am sure thing will be fine for you, and I am sure there are more people on here who have had the same procedure, with management of their various drug regimes. Wishing you all the best. MaryF

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  • Hi, I've also had my gallbladder removed by keyhole surgery. Was on warfarin before hospital admission, this was changed to Heparin once admitted while infections were cleared, INR stabilised and surgery carried out. Over next couple of days Heparin dose reduced and warfarin started again. I wasn't discharged until everyone was happy and my INR was stable again. You obviously feel groggy after and pain relief was needed but quickly reduced. And no further symptoms!

    Might be worth just reminding all relevant Haematologist/Surgical team about your APS so you know everyone is aware.

    Enjoy your Christmas!

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  • I've had mine removed and agree with above posts. I would remind everyone involved with your sx of your APS status, from nurses to surgeons to anesthesiologist ... better safe then sorry! Does your hospital provide wrist bands for allergies and if so can they give you a band stating "APS" too? Good health and successful cholecystectomy!

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  • Like the others, I too have had my gallbladder removed laproscopically without incident. In the states it's done as out patient but they kept me overnight to monitor me given my medical history. I strongly agree with Witty's suggestion of telling everyone who's involved in your care about your APS. I went off warfarin 5 days prior and was on Lovenox injections. I held all anticoagulation the night before the procedure and restarted with both the night of the procedure to bridge until therapeutic INR again. I've also had open heart surgery, tubal ligation, and an endometrial ablation done since APS diagnosis.

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