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Royals manager Ned Yost back at work after surgery to remove gallbladder

Feb 20, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Ned Yost was away from Royals camp yesterday for an undisclosed reason, but today the manager returned and explained why: He underwent surgery to remove his gallbladder.

Missing just one day of work for a gallbladder removal seems insane to me, but according to WebMD it’s a laparoscopic surgery under general anesthesia and often done as an outpatient. If his recovery is typical Yost will be “sore for about a week” and can return to “normal activities in 7-10 days.”

And here’s the part where you may want to stop reading this post:

After surgery, bile flows from the liver (where it is made) through the common bile duct and into the small intestine. Because the gallbladder has been removed, the body can no longer store bile between meals. In most people, this has little or no effect on digestion.

Ned Yost: Now without bile.

  1. hk62 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Interesting from the standpoint that I couldn’t get a release back to work for 10 days (came back in 5 though). Of course my gallbladder was really screwed up causing liver issues but the next day – dude is tough. And “outpatient” means you do not stay in the hospital for 24 hours after you leave recovery – I know this because they discharged me at 23 hours – gotta love insurance companies!

  2. El Bravo - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure he’s still has bile as he still owns his liver.

  3. umrguy42 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    My wife had hers removed last summer in this way. He should avoid shagging flies, throwing BP, or too much strenuous stuff like that. Also, there’s a weight restriction on lifting things. But if he’s mainly sitting or standing out there, watching and talking, or working in his office, yeah, not really a major problem. Day after is a little close, but within a couple days, certainly.

  4. sportsdrenched - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    That might explain why he’s been a little surly with the media during the early part of ST.

    Hopefully, while they were in there they also removed his ability to order a bunt in the 2nd inning.

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