I had my gall bladder removed on January 9th. The surgery went well. Because they now routinely do the surgery with the small incisions, recovery is generally much quicker. I have three incisions that are about 3/4 of an inch long, one that is about 1 1/2 inches long, and a puncture wound (that's for the camera--VERY important!)
The doctor was surprised at how awful my gall bladder was. She said that people who's gall bladders are in that kind of condition don't schedule surgery a couple of weeks in advance and then just walk calmly in to the hospital on the appointed day. They go to emergency room in massive pain and the doctors perform emergency surgery. She said I must have a really high pain tolerance. But I wasn't in pain. I had the one attack on December 16th (after having none for 2 1/2 years!), decided it was time to never have to feel that again, we scheduled the surgery and I didn't ever have another attack!! What a blessing!!! I'm so glad that it's out. The doctor said we're lucky it didn't rupture.
So that's my surgery story in a nutshell. I feel great--still some twinges and stuff and it hurts if I overdo, but I started exercising again yesterday (boy are my legs stiff!!!)
Life is good!