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what are the pros and cons of gallbladder removal?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Surgery: In the aoporpiate setting of abdominal symptoms from gallstones, the "pros" of surgery would be pain relief ; eating normally again. The "cons" of surgery would be the usually low risks of bleeding, infection, or needing to perform a larger open surgery instead of laparoscopic. Also risk of not feeling better or having more digestion problems after gallbladder surgery if there is a different issue.

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Is gallbladder disease common in the us?

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How much time will I need to take off of work after my gallbladder surgery?

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7-10 days: In general, i advise my patients to take 7-10 days before returning to work. Most people can control their pain without narcotic medication after 1-2 days.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to take imodium (loperamide) following a cholecystectomy?

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Dr. John Edmison
Gastroenterology 19 years experience
Yes: Diarrhea is a common side effect of having your gallbladder removed. The fluid that is usually stored in the gallbladder can enter the bowel as bile acids and stimulate secretion of fluid resulting in diarrhea. Common treatments include Cholestyramine (binds the bile acids) or Imodium (loperamide) (slows down the bowel allowing for reabsorption of fluid).

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