I think anyone who has their first experience in surgery will feel nervous. With hubby's support I try to think about what more positive things I will have after the surgery. Because there is no way to keep the gallstone forever in my body and I don't want to live with that pain in my life. Not anymore.

All the procedures that required have been done and now just waiting the day of the surgery.

Oh, I forgot to mention that my doctors both from Singapore and Jakarta advised me to have low fat diet. As I had been doing that so it wasn't problem for me to do it.
We came to the hospital early morning. By 8am we were already there for check in. They suggested two days staying and we booked for VIP room.

As we arrived early and the surgery was at 1pm so we had a lot of time relaxing and watching TV.

They gave me steam for my asthma, about 15 minutes then handed a new surgery  uniform  as well as its antiseptic that need to be wiped all over my body.

Every hospital is different. They're going to give you a suggestion according to your needs (or maybe). My advise is do what you think is fit your situation or the best to you.

I can't remember how long was the surgery but thank God it went well. On the same day after the surgery I was able to walk by myself to the toilet. No feel pain yet as the painkiller was still injected but the day after the surgery I started to feel the pain from the surgery.

My doctor said the stich look fine and nothing to worry about. I was told that I can eat anything I want but I chose to eat something soft like soup or juice. Also, I try to move my body, not lying on the bed all the time.

The second day after the surgery the doctor allowed me to go home.

I felt a bit pain in the surgery area when walking for a week but it's normal. I have no problem going to toilet: maybe because I chose to eat soft food instead for nearly two weeks, and my recovery the doctor said was quite fast.

On the twelfth after the surgery I was able doing exercise like treadmill (doing this very slowly) and yoga (was able doing the Kutkutasana!)

The bottom line
Everyone has different condition in recovery. I think what makes my recovery is so fast because I change my lifestyle long before the surgery and after the surgery. I think no doctors would tell you what to eat or do and no to do after the surgery. It's all up to you. So you decide what goods for your body.

I started doing body pump class after two months of surgery. Of course I did  with light weight and gradually doing other exercise as well. Not to mention I do yoga as well.

After the surgery I feel stronger than ever. That's right. Before the surgery, there was no way for me to do the body pump, that would kill me right away on the spot. Even after yoga sometime I could get so painful in my chest.

If you have any question about gallbladder or my surgery experience feel free to contact me personally.

Jkt, 21.11-13102017


Gallstone has two types: one is cholesterol and pigment stone. And I had no idea what type of gallstone I had. I heard that the cholesterol stone can be treated orally but it takes years to get properly heal.

Anyway. They gave us information all the surgery cost of the hospital. The surgery will take one night stay in hospital if everything goes well and of course they told us the possible risks of the surgery.

So, husband and I preferred to discuss about going to have surgery in that hospital (my husband almost made appointment for the surgery straight away that day).

We finally decided to go back to Jakarta and think of what best to do.

8 years ago

My lifestyle has been healthy enough since I was younger till now. I don't smoke and I exercise regularly. I drink occasionally.
However, my eating might be the problem which I thought it was okay.

I loved chilli. My meals had to be spicy. If possible I wanted very very spicy! I often cook foods in deep fried.

My foods: Spicy and oily.

So that where the minor problem started.
Starting with mild cramping on my stomach. I would get this cramping right away after eating spicy foods.

Happened one day when I crave for Thai food. I order chicken Pad Thai and I added a lot of dry chilly. It took only two minutes after finishing my meal I threw up.

Since the trouble with the cramps I started to reduce eating chilli. But the cramps didn't stop me from eating chilli.

Other symptom was I felt nausea in the morning, that happened if my stomach empty in the morning.

I didn't think the cramp was serious so I never been to doctor to check up. My medicine that time was Colpermin. It helped me to stop the cramp.

10 months before the surgery: Exercise, Healthy diet

Since having gallbladder symptoms I started to change my eating habit and in the exercise specially. I did exercise 3 to 4 times a week. Sometimes I exercise all week.

I tried to mix up the exercise style and I make sure I love the exercise.

My exercise that I had regularly before surgery is Body Pump, Yoga, Zumba and RPM.

√ The body pump was my favourite one. It the exercise that requires lifting on your body. Normally I did three times a week.
√ Yoga was a must. I had to have this exercise at least once a week. It's very good for body and mind relaxation.
√ Zumba or dance class. I did it for fun, Monday and Wednesday.
√ RPM pumping my heart. Felt great afterward.

While regularly doing the exercise I also changed my eating habits.

√ No sugar or caffeine
√ More fruits and veggies everyday
√ Less oil in my cooking, often just grilled 
√ Less carbohydrate
√ More protein, often eggs in the morning
√ Small portion of meals (4-5 times/day)

My bed time became early (went bed at 9pm) because I felt tired from the exercise. 

I did that lifestyle with all the pains come and go.

The procedure of Surgery

We finally decided to have the surgery in Jakarta. The hospital where near us. This the best thing to do for us. I need to be closed to my family and friends. It was easy for them if they want to visit me. This surgery was my first surgery in my life, I wanted to be home.

We met the doctor surgery and having a discussion about surgery. After meeting the doctor my husband convinced me that  to have the surgery with this doctor. 

So everything was arranged included another two appointment with specialists.

First specialist was to check my lungs. As I had a little but asthma, they wanted to check if my lungs were okay. 

The outcome was I had tolerant bronchitis. I asked the specialist if that okay for me with the surgery. They said fine. They suggested for steaming before the surgery.

The second specialist was for general anaesthetic. Things went well with this checking.

I was required to fast (at least) 10 hours before the surgery. 

All checks went smoothly. But there was a problem:

I was so nervous thinking about the surgery: what if everything goes wrong?

Hubby convinced me that everything was going to be fine (even I knew he was nervous too).


Starting my 2017 in the hospital was not  bad at all. In fact, I thank for what happened to me. The surgery needs to be done soon anyway so I had no choice to delay it.

Anyway. The gallbladder and cyst surgery ware done on last Saturday in a hospital in South Jakarta by a specialist doctor surgery. I'm now in the first week of recovery and looking forward to go back to my normal activity although it will take time to recovery.

After knowing that I have gallstone I read a lot of information about the gallbladder disease. Surprisingly I find so many people experience with this disease.

I decided to write my experience before and after I have gallstone surgery on this blog. I'm thinking this might help those who looking for gallbladder information. But remember, everyone is different. What works for me it might not work for other people.

However, my life maybe change this year and maybe for the rest of my life. Yep, the surgery gives me a little different thought of lifestyle changing :).

Began with the symptoms

Everyone with Gallbladder disease has different symptoms and might not even at all. That's right.

My symptoms began in May 2016. One evening I felt pain on my chest. The pain increased and moved to my upper and lower back. I decided to go to emergency unit.

The symptoms became increase from once to twice a week and I had to be sent to a hospital most of the time.

My symptoms included chest pain, upper and lower back pain, nausea, vomiting.

When vomiting it has yellow color and bitter taste in my mouth. The vomit keep coming several times together with other symptoms.

I remember first time I was sent to hospital with these symptoms the doctor did the urine test that eventually came up with the positive result: I was pregnant. But then I find it was just from the effect of the chemistry from the triggered shoots that I had two days before.

The very long way process of gallstone analysis

The symptoms came back again anyway. On the second time, I changed the hospital. With just a very quick check the doctor straight away analysed my symptoms as gastric acid. He gave me a lot of medicine. I was fine for two weeks but the pains came back again.

I came back to the same doctor and he suggested me to have the endescopy test and I did it. The results came back with everything normal except for mild fatty liver and gastric acid according to the doctor. He said I was fine and can be treated in two months. More medicines were prescribed for me.

The symptoms kept coming, in fact too often. 

I changed my doctor but with the same hospital. Again, the new doctor had the same opinion (that it was only gastric acid that cause me pain), but this time he suggested me to have the ultrasound. I had the ultrasound but again, the result came back normal. "Nothing to worry about" said the doctor.

After few months I got frustrated from the pain and not knowing what illness I had. They had also done the blood tests for me so many times but none were satisfying with the outcomes.

Tired of going to hospital all the time without knowing what it was, husband and I decided to go to Singapore instead for the check up. We chose Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

I made appointment to meet a specialist for gastric acid in this hospital. The appointment was arranged by HCM Medika in Jakarta. The lady was very helpful with the information about the hospitals in Singapore. She also gave the detail if each hospital and estimation cost. 

I highly recommend her if you plan for medical trip to Singapore. Here is the contact numbers for HCM Medika (+62) 813-2025-2525.

Medical trip to Singapore
First day in Singapore was just relaxing. I had the appointment on the following day. Appointment was made around 11am so I had a lot of time to hang around in Singapore.

What I love most from Singapore is it has good public transportations that fast and always on time, and for that nobody needs to worry about being late.

My first impression with the doctor that I met in Mount Elizabeth Hospital was I loved him straight away. He asked me in details any information relating to my illness. Our meeting was done approximately over half hour.

Based on my information and the medical records from Jakarta, he finally told me that I might have gallstone but to prove it I need to have blood test and ultrasound.

So I had my first ultrasound test for the first time in Singapore.

We were back on the following with the 'good' result. Husband and I were "happy" for the outcomes. Well, I mean this what I need for - we know what cause the pains.

They eventually found multiple stones in my gallbladder and a small cyst on my liver. I'm not sure if the cyst cause me the pain though.

As soon as they find out the result the doctor suggest me to have a surgery. These multiple stones in my gallbladder could do damage to my other organs if not taken out soon. The stones can be pushed out anytime and moving to liver and that would add more health problems.

So I was arranged for another doctor straight away that day for a specialist surgery.

The surgery doctor explained to us briefly about gallstone, the cause, symptoms and the risk if I keep it for too long. He also showed us different type of stones from the previous patients that he had surgery.
We, specially me got a lot of knowledge that day about the gallstone from doctors in Singapore.

The only thing they didn't know what types of the stones in my gallbladder.

JKT, 20012017-17.57

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