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what will it be like to get your gallbladder removed?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Feeling better: The main reason for cholecystectomy is acute cholecystitis. When stones pass they produce pain and with an impacted stone in the bottom of the gallbladder it can impinge of the cystic artery and cause severe inflammation. Removal relieves symptoms. When done laparoscopically symptoms post op are minimal.

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A 50-year-old female asked:

What are the problems having the gallbladder removed?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Benefits v. Risks: Most people do very, very well after having their gallbladder removed. Like any operation, there are risks associated with the surgery, yet these are rare. App. 20% may develop diarrhea after surgery, especially with fatty foods; however, this usually resolves in time. More importantly, the pain from gallbladder attacks that prompted the need for surgery will never return.
A 53-year-old member asked:

Gallbladder removed can u live without it and what is its function?

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Dr. Lisa Hogan
General Surgery 35 years experience
Life OK without GB: The gall bladder's job is to store bile, from the liver, & release it into the small intestine to digest fats. Without the gb, the liver still makes bile & directs it into the small intestine. People with gallstones have painful episodes of cholecystitis (inflammation of the gb) & do better without the gb. After gb removal 10-15% have irritation of the stomach/esophagus or diarrhea/colicky pain.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Should I have my gallbladder removed if I am 60?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Removal Gall Bladder: I dont know why you want your gall bladder removed because you are sixty.There are certain medical indication for removal of gall bladder.You have to have symtomatic gall stones, or non functioning gall bladder due to other reasons, tumors, cancer etc.I f you do not have disease of the gall bladder you do not need to have gall bladder removed.Discuss it with your doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Am I allowed to drink wine after my gallbladder has been removed?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Drinking alcohol in moderation after surgery should be fine, not to excess.
A 43-year-old member asked:

If you have your gallbladder removed, should you avoid certain foods?

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Dr. Greg Sexton
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Maybe: You will be able to determine what you can and cannot eat when you try them. Some fatty foods may give you abdominal pain, or diarrhea. If so you will learn which foods do that, and then try to avoid them.

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