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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does the gallbladder need to be removed if i have gallbladder disease?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes.: App. 80% of people with gallstones never develop symptoms and need not have their gallbladder removed. However, once attacks begin, the only way to prevent them from coming back is to remove the gallbladder. Of course, every operation involves a decision regarding the risks vs. Benefits; if the risks of surgery are too high, there are alternatives that may temporize matters.
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Dr. Keith Monson
General Surgery 24 years experience
Probably: If the true source of your symptoms is the gallbladder, surgery is probably inevitable. You could try to avoid fatty and greasy foods to reduce your symptoms, but at your age, sooner or later, it will probably get worse regardless, especially if you become pregnant.
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Dr. Michael Murray
Breast Surgery 34 years experience
Usually: Depends on what you mean by gallbladder disease. But if you have stones or chronic inflammation and biliary dyskensia the best course is to have it removed. After a serious gallbladder attack you will come to this conclusion on your own as it is very painful.
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