Gastroparesis after gall bladder surgery

I'm wondering if anyone has the same situation as me. I was healthy before my gall bladder surgery two years ago and basically woke up from my surgery with gastroparesis. I do not think the vagus nerve was cut. My dr says she has never heard of a connection between gall bladder and gastro. I told her i just know I was perfectly healthy pre-surgery and sick ever since I woke up from the surgery. Has anyone else acquired gastroparesis after a gall bladder surgery?

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I have not but that seems to be a VERY common thread on here!

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Did you have gallstones that triggered the surgery? Some of us had abnormal HIDA scans (a functional test of the gallbladder) but no stones. That issue does have a frequent link with GP, although it is not necessarily a cause and effect.
Are you seeing a motility specialist? He/she would be more familiar with the link of gallbladder surgery and GP.

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I had gallstones and scarring from multiple attacks. I just moved to Iowa and have an appointment with the gastro doc next week

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Yes, I have noticed a connection. I was talking to a nurse about it when I was in the hospital having more tests. She told me that during the gallbladder surgery the vagus nerve is banged around alot. I think for some there is a connection.I also had stones btw.

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Mine is also from having my gallbladder out. The week following the surgery I ended up in the hospital again for rehydration from vomiting. It took a while to figure out what had happened and then we tried to sue the surgeon with no success. That was 6 years ago and now I am pretty adjusted and have let go of the anger. I am one of the people that has been tremendously helped by domperidone - it works really well and as long as I stay within the confines of the low fat/low fiber small portions I do fine.

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You are not alone, I've read on these forums a lot of people seem to get gasroparesis from gallbladder surgery. I had gastroparesis first, and during the initial phase of tests to determine what was causing my problems I had an ultrasound that showed my gallbladder full of stones and sludge balls. So I was told that it had to come out, it was an emergency waiting to happen. I had read on a forum post that one person was cured of her gastroparesis after her diseased gallbladder was removed so I was hopeful that would happen to me, no such luck. My surgeon said that they don't go near the vagus nerve when doing Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery so he's unsure how the surgery can cause gastroparesis. My GI doc had told me that there is some evidence that a bad gallbladder can cause gastroparesis however, they're unsure how it does.

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My surgeon husband (specifically surgeries such as gall bladder) also told me in a lap coly they go no where near the vagus nerve.

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Was told by a highly regarded Motility expert which stated that it is very likely that my GP was a result of my GB surgery. there were a ton of adhesions that he had to manuver around. My GI doc, and Lawyer are convinced that it was the cause.. Like someone else said on this thread. The vagus gets bangged around and such during surgeey. Plus it dont take much. Also, myself, and alot of others on here are in the same exact prediciment that you are. Docs stick up for other docs. Of course there gonna tell you it aint possible. Well, it is possible, and I'm living proof of that. My lawyer has just found out from many so-called "experts" that a vagul injury can be a risk of a lap GB. And you are right. It doesnt go near the GB. So, then hore is it a DAMN risk if your not even in tgat area?? I an extremly frustrated right now with Dr s, Surgeons, Lawyers, hell, all of em!! Buch of corrupt, greedy,people that have ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY!! Dont let then tell you its not possible..

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And also annie, ask your husband surgeon this. Why do soooo many people that have that surgery, end up with GP.? He certantly cannot dispute the 1000's of people that get GP right after this surgery. And, if its not the Vagus that was injured, then what is it? What causes GP especially right after this type of surgery?? It just seems.very.strange that GP happens after a surgery like a GB removal. According to my GI/ Motilty Dr., I should have had an open surgery because of the severe Adhesions from a prior stomach surgery that were found, plus I WAS considered obese. 2 huge factors dictating that the surgeon should have converted from LAP to an open.. Like I.had said previosly. These.docs have zero accountability for their carelessness, anddont give a sh#t about us as patients. Something is DRASTICALLY WRONG HERE, and we are the ones paying for it.

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I also got sick with GP after having my gallbladder removed. I had many gall stones and had it removed lapriscopically in an emergency surgery (it almost burst) and after the next few years I gradually got sicker and sicker until I was diagnosed with GP. None of my doctors have confirmed that it was because of the surgery but I know it had something to do with it. Otherwise, why am I sick?

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The pain really escalated after my gall bladder surgery. I'm convinced that surgery exacerbated or caused my gp. I think you should pursue this w/your doctor. It wouldn't be surprising.

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Ummmm annie I do appologize bout my 1st post to u... "smart phone" being stupid lol sorry

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I had galbladder surgery and then endometrial cancer surgery and woke up in recovery with the worst stomache pain of my life. I'm wondering if we got it from being tubed? I just don't know. I have many small scars all over me from both surgeries, but. I'll swear it was from the cancer surgery. It really stinks!

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Both my neice and myself had the same problem.We had our gallbladders out and ended up with gastroparesis,i don't care what the doctors are saying there has to be a connection.

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I agree, the anecdotal evidence is highly suspicious that gallbladder surgery is a cause of GP in many people. The disconnect that I see is the belief that vagus nerve damage is the only cause of GP. My research and others here shows it is not, it is but one of many possible causes. Perhaps some damage to the enteric nervous system, which is embedded in the lining of the gastrointestinal system, happens during some surgeries. "The enteric nervous system (ENS) or Intrinsic nervous system is a subdivision of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) that directly controls the gastrointestinal system in vertebrates." "Vertebrate studies show that when the vagus nerve is severed, the enteric nervous system continues to function." Wikipedia.

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Photo-dave. Are you a Dr. , or Surgeon? what experience do you have with GP? OR the connection with surgery and GP? IT IS HIGHLY suspicous that the occurance of GP happens right after GB surgery. Myself, and others can attest to the likelyhood that.there.is a connection.

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m9spencer

Re-read my post, I'm agreeing with you!

I'm just saying that gastroparesis after gallbladder surgery may not be from the surgeon injuring the vagus nerve. I'm surmising it may be from some other nerve damage during surgery because a number of surgeons are saying that during laparoscopic gallbladder surgery they don't go near the vagus nerve. When I was hospitalized recently, one of the team members asked me if my gastorparesis started after my gallbladder surgery suggesting he's aware of the connection.

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Ok, I got ya... Theres definatly a correlation between the 2. My lawyer is trying his damn'st to prove negligence and he is coming up short. We all know that something happened during surgery, just what happened. And my wife and I saw exactly what your talking about, and its very possible.

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