Patient came to the Emergency room due acute abdominal pain with spasms. This patient is diagnosed by the doctor for Gallstones.( Cholelithiasis) So the patient is transferred to your floor ,antibiotics ordered intravenously, and given as ordered.Surgery Consultation done. The general surgery doctor decided to do surgery in the morning. The name of the procedure is called laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. (Removal of the gallbladder)The procedure is done and was successfully completed and patient is ready to be discharge to go home the next day.Due the need for early discharges have lead to patients education to be important aspects of patients care.
PATIENT DISCHARGE EDUCATION.
Mrs Lopez you are going home today.The doctor performed a procedure on you known as laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. It is done to remove your gallbladder. With the procedure you will recover quickly and less pain than if you have open gallbladder surgery also known as “Open Cholecystectomy”. You can live a full normal life without your gallbladder. And you don’t need to be on a special diet. Eat regular meals but please stay away from spicy and rich greasy foods. Take your medications as ordered. It will take at least a week for you to get your strength back. Do not operate a machinery including driving while you are on painkillers. Let someone take you to your appointment. If you feel pain or discomfort in your shoulder or chest within 48hours after surgery,don’t panick it will disappear.Call and follow up with your appointment as scheduled. It is okay to shower the next day after surgery.Keep your incision site clean and dry.
YOU SHOULD CALL THE DOCTOR .
Immediately if there is increased in abdominal pain, fever above 100.4F.
Severe pain at the incision site because the pain should get better and not worse.
The yellowing of the skin or the eyes.
Clay stool instead of normal stool color brown soft stool.
Redness or swelling at the incision sites.Or there is a foul smell at the incision site. Tiredness, poor appetite, diarrhea or constipation. If condition worsens go to the emergency room.