Open Cholecystectomy

Care After

ExitCare ImageRefer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.


  • Change bandages (dressings) as directed by your caregiver.

  • Keep the wound dry and clean. The wound may be washed gently with soap and water. Gently blot or dab the wound dry.

  • It is okay to take showers 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Do not take baths or use swimming pools or hot tubs for 10 days, or as directed by your caregiver.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Continue your normal diet as directed by your caregiver.

  • Do not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds (5 kg), or as directed by your caregiver.

  • Do not play contact sports for 3 weeks, or as directed by your caregiver.


  • There is redness, swelling, or increasing pain in the wound.

  • There is yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from the wound.

  • There is drainage from the wound that lasts longer than 1 day.

  • You notice a bad smell coming from the wound or dressing.

  • The wound breaks open after the stitches (sutures) have been removed.

  • You notice increasing pain in the shoulders (shoulder strap areas).

  • You have dizzy episodes or faint while standing.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit).


  • You have a fever.

  • You develop a rash.

  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • You develop chest pain.

  • You develop a reaction or have side effects to medicines you were given.

  • You develop severe abdominal pain.

  • You develop leg pain.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.