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A 50-year-old member asked:

can you tell me about gallbladder removal still having problems?

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Dr. Timothy Mahoney
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: You could have stomach problems with gastritis or irritable bowel issues. A GI doctor should help you.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is the function of a gallbladder and is it related to my bladder?

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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
No: The gallbladder is involved with the digestion of fatty foods. The urinary bladder holds urine that has been filtered from the kidneys. The two structures are unrelated.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I have a tumor of the gallbladder?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: Both benign and malignant tumors can develop within the gallbladder. A tumor is often found as a polyp on ultrasound; although an overwhelming majority are benign, we recommend removing the gallbladder if the polyp is 1 CM or larger. Cancers typically present incidently during gallbladder removal or at advanced states, due to their propensity to spread to the liver.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Is the gallbladder necessary for digestion?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
No: The function of the gallbladder is to store and concentrate the bile that is created by the liver and secreted into your intestines. Its presence is not necessary for digestion.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can gallbladder cause gangrene?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Not cause, become.: A gallbladder cannot cause gangrene, however a gallbladder can become gangrenous as a result of severe infection if left untreated. This is called gangrenous cholecystitis, and is often seen in patients with diabetes.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the chances that I will have complications during my gallbladder operation?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Very low: Gallbladder removal is one of the most common operations performed in the US and is, thankfully, very safe. Like all abdominal operations, there are risks of bleeding, infection, blood clots, pneumonia, etc. This is somewhat dependent on the health of the patient, but generally less than 1%. A bile leak may occur less than 1% of the time after surgery; this can often be managed non-surgically.

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