I'd been having "chest pains" since June of 2016. After repeated ER visits, a catherization was done to find a blockage of 80%. A stent was placed, but the pains continued. They were quite severe at times. After numerous GI tests, they found my gall bladder was "inflamed and dying." So this Friday, I am having surgery to remove it. My cardiologist, gastro doc, and my awesome surgeon (had her before!), are ALL on board for me to have the laparoscopic procedure while continuing the blood thinners. However, the Hospital Nurse said they wouldn't do it. Then she found the letter where all the surgeons were on board, so they agreed to do it. Has anyone faced this before, and would you be unduly nervous? (I panic very easy) Please let me know your thoughts, and experiences. It's been a long time since I've been here, but I always come back!
If they are all on board with it, trust them. I realise that it is not ideal but they have clearly weighed up the risk of a bleed during surgery against the risk of a heart attack while under anaesthetic and decided that the course they have chosen is the safest option for you. I would not be any more worried than I am before any surgery.
Tee; Just listen to the doctors and no reason to worry this is what is nice about Plavix is not to worry like the old blood thinners where you would have to stop them prior to any surgery. Anyway, they do a lot of surgeries with people on Plavix and the New Gallbladder surgery now days is a very simple surgery now with a very small incision and very little bleeding. You have no worries. Chuck1957
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