WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Cholelithiasis is the formation of stones in your gallbladder, also called gallstones. Your gallbladder is located on the right side of abdomen, near your liver. Your gallbladder stores bile, which helps break down the fat that you eat. Your gallbladder also helps remove certain chemicals from your body.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) how to take this medicine safely.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your PHP as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Eat a variety of healthy foods:
This may help you have more energy and heal faster. Healthy foods include fruit, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meat, and fish. Ask if you need to be on a special diet.
Exercise as directed:
Talk to your PHP about the best exercise plan for you. Exercise can help you lose weight and improve your health.
Contact your PHP if:
- You have nausea and are vomiting.
- Your urine is dark.
- You have clay-colored bowel movements.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have a fever and chills.
- Your skin or eyes turn yellow.
- You have severe pain in your upper abdomen, just below the right rib cage.
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Learn more about Cholelithiasis (Discharge Care)
Drugs associated with:
- Cholelithiasis w/ Acute Cholecystitis and Obstruction
- Cholelithiasis with Acute Cholecystitis
- Cholelithiasis with Obstruction
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