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Old 02-28-2016, 03:35 PM   #21
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I had mine out at age of 21 in 1979. Also major surgery. Gall stones occurred at such a young age because I had hereditary spherocytosis (spherical blood cells) and had my spleen out at the age of 13. Fortunately, knock on wood, no major surgeries since then.

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Old 02-29-2016, 07:51 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by dixonge View Post
Many years ago I had a similar experience. Doctor asked how long we'd been together, then asked wife why she hadn't noticed me turning green! LOL

Everyone who visited was taken to the xray/MRI backlit panel outside the room to see the gallstones. Golf ball-sized, as I understand.

They tried cleaning things out via scope through the throat. That didn't work so the next day they did the normal -ectomy. Fixed a small hernia around the belly button while he was at it. Worst part was the gas in the abdominal cavity - ouch!
Funny you mentioned the hernia. I had my follow up appointment today and the surgeon (same office, not one who operated, he's on vacation) mentioned that I have a small umbilical hernia that will need addressing sooner or later. It would have been nice if they could have fixed that while they were 'under the hood'. Now I get to set aside yet more recovery time this summer for that procedure. Thank goodness for retirement!

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