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what happens to a person without a gallbladder?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Not much: Sometimes after people have their gallbladder removed they can have loose stools after eating fatty foods. This can occur in about 40% of people. It usually gets better in a few weeks after surgery.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Is the gallbladder necessary for my live?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
No: The gall bladder is a muscular sac that stores digestive enzymes (bile). Many individuals under go a procedure known as a cholecystectomy, which is a removal of the gall bladder due to gall bladder disease and live normal lives.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you please explain the function of the gallbladder?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Stores bile.: The gallbladder stores and concentrates the extra bile which is made by the liver and secreted into the intestines. Bile helps us absorb the fats that we eat as part of our diets.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Don't I need my gallbladder?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
No.: Since the gallbladder's function is mainly one of storage, it is not a necessary organ. Your life will go on normally without your gallbladder.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

Is an ejection fraction of 94% bad for a gall blader?

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Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Good: That is a good thing, works well...
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are systems that your gallbladder is not working right?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Gallbladder attacks: The gallbladder concentrates bile from the liver and mixes it with food to digest fats in your diet. When the gallbladder is sick, you may feel right sided abdominal and/or back pain with meals, and have tenderness in the right upper abdomen. Worst case is obstruction of the bile ducts when you may become jaundiced (yellow color), have dark urine, tan stools and/or the pancreas may inflame.

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