If you are working, most of the companies offer Annual Physical Check-up for free. We all know that APE is not cheap so this is a nice employee’s benefit that you can take advantage because you can monitor your health. I stopped having this when I resigned from my work.
Anyway, since my husband is an employee, he has yearly check-up. In the year 2014, he learned that he has gallstones. The hospital staff said “Sir, lumiit po yung gallstones niyo”. My husband was surprised because he didn’t know that he has gallstones. The staff said, yes po sir, last year po ito yung result.
Imagine, year 2013 pa pala yung gallstones and hindi niya alam. So we checked his past health records and we saw the cholelithiasis. Malay ba naman namin na cholelithiasis = gallstones. Sometimes, it really pays to read and research your test result, hindi yung feeling ok kasi wala ka nararamdaman.
Cholelithiasis is the medical term for gallstone disease. Your gallbladder may have one or more gallstones inside. My husband has gallstones since 2013 which he didn’t know because he is not reading his test result. (skim and scan lang siguro) There are no signs or symptoms so we are just thankful that he has annual physical check-up so nalaman namin.
His cholelithiasis is called silent or asymptomatic gallstones. It is very common but since there are no symptoms, people have no idea that they have it. My husband has silent stones and since he doesn’t feel anything, he did not mind it. Sino ba naman ang gusto maoperahan?
But in the year 2015, after his APE, the doctor advised him to undergo Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. Don’t wait for any symptoms before considering the surgery at baka magkacomplications pa. Maybe because of the nature of my husband’s job, he is always out of the country and his gallstone is so big too, more or less 2 inches in size.
According to medscape.com, here are the patients that need cholecystectomy.
Who Needs Cholecystectomy?
1. Patients with diabetes mellitus.
2. Patients who have a solitary large gallstone.
3. Patients who are going to be living or traveling for a long period of time in a location that is far from the basic medical care.
So after few months, my husband finally decided to undergo Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy at St Lukes BGC. We went to the hospital last February 4, my husband underwent surgery on February 5, and we went home February 6. He was back to work on February 9, 2016. The doctor did not give him any sick leave, good thing that February 8 was holiday so at least nakapahings pa siya. (CNY)
I was so nervous that time because I was informed that it will only take 2 hours but more than 4 hours na sa operating room husband ko, so imagine my stress. I’ve kept on calling kung nakalabas na ba sa OR asawa ko. When the doctor visited my husband, we learned na natagalan lang kasi hindi mailabas yung stone. As I mentioned before, malaki yung gallstones niya and hindi mailusot sa pusod.
Well, I don’t know how they did it but one big gallstone turned into several pieces. Do you have gallstones?
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