Question: Had gallbladder surgery – Feel I still have it – Surgeon says encountered problems…
Had gallbladder removed 4 years ago. All tests prior to surgery showed nothing but final diagnosis was Chronic Cholecystitis.
It was adhesed to intestines and duodenum.
After surgery I seemed to do ok for a while but then the nagging rib and mid back pain started up again. Felt like I still had gallbladder.
Finally this year I got the surgeons report from surgery and noted an introperative cholangiogram was done.
It says the surgeon had difficulty getting the dye in and made 3 attempts and noted a filling defect was seen in the mid common bile duct. I was never told this. The radiology report also makes not of the filling defect.
My question is
Is it possible to have a stone stay in the duct for this long?
Is the cholangiongram considered abnormal?
Wouldn’t I be jaundiced if this was causing the pain? I read about Sphincter of Oddi and wondered if that could cause this but I don’t vomit so I’m not sure.
I also woneed if it is a bile duct injury that could cause this pain. It’s like havin a constant stich in your side and it radiates to my back and makes my back hurt and it hurts to move
filling defect on a cholangiogram is definitely abnormal and it indicates that there was a obstruction in the path of bile duct. you should have been informed about this for sure. i dont see any reason why they must have hidden this fact from you..
at present, the obstruction or the sphincter of oddi.per se wont cause you any symptoms.
i personally feel,that there might be some remnant remaining inside, or a adhesion, not removed.
other possibility is any intra operative trauma to the surrounding structures will cause such pain, as this is quite common in such complicated cases.
Thank you so much for the reply. I am scheduled for MRCP on Oct. 3rd.
Hoping that shows something.
Adhesion have crossed my mind and when I had the surgery the surgeon said the adhesions were quite bad in the area of the gallbladder. I actually have pictures and the adhesions look like a drape of fabric over the gallbladder.