Having one or two clips left in that area after the surgery is fairly standard. They're there to close off the cystic duct at it's entry to the common bile duct. They typically get covered with connective tissue after the surgery and pose no problems.
I have experienced swelling, localized fever, pain, intermittent swelling, several hospital stays related to sudden pain in the area of the gall bladder, since the removal about 8 years ago. I have also experienced 1 case of pancreatitis 1 year after the surgery.
I believe these clips may get infected from time to time, limiting my workout. It has begun to cause changes from my water aerobic workout due to sensitivity in the gall bladder area while working out in the water. I also was not informed of there exisitance and although discovered by a physician, never considered as the source of recurrent infections and illness.
How often is it recommended that these clips be removed and what are the general complications. I am diabetic and the constant inflamation has further comprimised my diabetes.
Hi. I also am having pain from clips. When ever so slight pressure is placed on hard area aka "clips" or bending or moving certain ways or God forbid sleeping on my right side HURTS!!! I'm also haing upper right side back pain. I was unaware at first what these "hard" spots were and why they were hurting me. About the 3rd week after surgery...I ened up in the emergency room with the worst pain I've ever endured! I've been through labor and other surgeries so it wasn't a case that I'm intolerant of pain. I was not informed that thse clips were going to be used. Too bad for I would have done the research and discovered all these other people in this nightmare! I certainly would have demanded good old stiches....what ever happen to those?? All thses folks, including myself can't be mistaken about the same symptoms regarding pain. Has any doctor under gone this proceedure with clips? I hope soon that the medial world stops using this proceedure and stop inflicting pain. At this time, I want them removed so that I may get back to my life! Wendylk7 @ hotmail
I have personally removed 3500 gallbladders using titanium clips to secure the cystic duct and artery without any clip related problems. In the US, there have been between 500,000 and 700,000 gallbladders removed annually for the past 22 years laparoscopically using titanium clips. I can find less than 50 patients described in the literature with clip related problems such as migration into a duct. I am confused as to what you are describing when you comment about a "hard area". These clips are located between 3 and 6 inches below the skin surface making it impossible to feel them from the surface. Can you describe what it is that you are blaming on the clips more accurately?
in the case of a proven titanium allergy...is it possible for these clips to be removed surgically 4 to 5 years after surgery? is this ever done?
You have me interested. I have never heard of a titanium allergy. Nickle is the metal that has the highest incidence of reactions. Have you actually been shown to have a titanium allergy? The other metal that can be problematic is the copper in copper clad bullets.
The short answer is yes. I had a case where another surgeon had caught a nerve root in a few clips while doing a colon resection. I had to remove the clips which finally relieved her pain. I also had a patient who had had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy elsewhere and developed an aneurysm of the cystic artery where the clip was placed. I had to remove the clip and ligate the vessel.