Consulted Dr. Venkata Mukunda M (General Surgeon) for Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
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I am a 36Y Male who seemed to have lived a healthy life without any issues/surgeries. One night (Wednesday), I had unbearable pain in my abdomen. I thought it to be a gastric issue and when it was not reducing, went to Emergency of a renowned hospital in Bangalore the next early morning (Thu). They gave painkillers, antacid, etc. and the pain reduced to some extent. During that time, my sugar level was detected to be around 300 units (it was normal when tested a year ago). So, I thought the Lockdown has brought upon this as well. Emergency Doctors sent me home asking me to revisit and get an ultrasound done if pain remains/increases.
Later in the evening, I called up Dr. Venkata Mukunda (who also happens to be my school friend) and upon listening to my case, he asked me to get Ultrasound/Sonography done as he suspected the acute pain could be from some other factor and not necessarily a gastric/acidity related issue.
The next day, I got my ultrasound test done and the radiologist found 3 large stones (1.3~1.7 cm) in my gallbladder, of which one was in the neck of the gallbladder. When I called up Dr. Mukunda to update him, he said he anticipated it and hence had asked me to get the Ultrasound done. Immediately he asked me to get a Liver Function Test (Blood test) done so that he can gauge the damage caused by the stones and if any stone(s) has/have moved out of the gallbladder, which requires further testing and procedures. The Liver Function Test results were normal and he started planning my surgery 5-6 days later.
As with any medical emergency, it was a shock for me and family that a seemingly perfect healthy person can get into such issues. Maybe reduced physical activities during the pandemic could be a major reason, however, the pain felt was too much to experience again. Had it been any other Doctor or Patient, there would have been another round of consultancy with other Doctors to see if surgery can be avoided and if any natural remedies/medicines can cure. However, since I knew Dr. Mukunda for a very long time and since he explained to me and my wife very patiently on why the surgery was required, we were convinced. No "Second Opinion" was taken and we agreed for the surgery on the next Wednesday.
Dr Mukunda prescribed a dose of anti-biotics and also to reduce my sugar levels we consulted another Diabetologist whose treatment ensured my sugar levels reached admissible limits. Moreover, due to ongoing Covid, I had to get my Covid test (RT-PCR) done for the surgery to take place.
Before the surgery, Dr. Mukunda used to check with me on a regular basis if my pain had reduced and through Pristyn Care, he ensured that I had a pleasant experience of pre-authorization of my mediclaim for the surgery. I got admitted to Apollo Spectra Hospital (Koramangala, Bangalore) on Tuesday. The pre-surgery checks/blood tests, ECGs, etc. were done. Sugar level was within range (110-160).
On the day of Surgery, Dr. Mukunda met me in the Pre-operative region of the hospital and very briefly discussed the procedure. He ensured that I was not afraid as it was my first surgery. He made me feel very comfortable and asked the support team to lead me to the Operation Theatre (OT). The anaesthetist and others made me feel very comfortable and within no time, I do not remember what happened.
Fast forward to 3-4 hours, I was in the post-operative care region and it was all hazy. When I regained partial consciousness, I could see Dr. Mukunda and my elder brother (who had accompanied me) discussing. Both of them came to me and told me the surgery was a success and showed me three stones (perfectly spherical I should say!) and my removed gallbladder organ in two different containers. Dr. Mukunda asked how I was feeling and ensured that I get good attention at the hospital. He allowed me to rest and then after shifting to my ward, he visited again to check on me. We had a good chat over the surgery and he explained the procedure along with post operative care I had to take for the night and next day, before he would again visit me. I had difficulty for the first night with pain and restricted movement.
However, the next day I was better in mobility and spirit and Dr. Mukunda explained further procedure, do's and don'ts very nicely. He also explained what would happen if I do not follow the set procedures. In the discharge summary, all these were also mentioned and we reached home.
Post surgery, I used to update Dr. Mukunda every morning for 1 week. He would acknowledge my message and also ask me specific questions. Luckily my sugar levels started dipping while taking diabetes medicines and with concurrence of the diabetologist, I gradually reduced medicine dosage and have finally stopped diabetes medicine. With good control over food and regular walking, I suppose my sugar levels have reduced and I have to continue doing the same.
A week after the surgery, I visited Dr. Mukunda and he investigated the incision ports. The cuts had healed and he removed the pins. Thereafter he asked me to follow a few important steps (no lifting of > 5kg, no major workouts/exercise, running, swimming, etc. for atleast 2-3 months).
Today, (12 days after surgery), I feel almost normal (except I should not strain too hard/lift weights) and I owe my present situation to Dr. Mukunda. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for helping me diagnose the issue correctly and taking utmost preference in getting my surgery planned and executed. Had I waited for 2nd/3rd opinion, it would have caused more harm than help.
1. Trust your Dr. He/She would have seen similar issues as yours.
2. Get all tests done as they mention.
3. Go with your intuition.
4. Follow the diet/steps told by the Dr.