A 33-year-old member asked:
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if you have gallstones do you have to get your whole gallbladder removed?

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Dr. George T Tsai
26 years experience General Surgery
Yes: You will have more stones if you don't.
Answered on Aug 6, 2012
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
If symptomatic. : The gallbladder is a gallstone "factory": if we just get rid of the stones and leave the gallbladder, new stones will form. Thankfully, most people have no change in their digestive function w/o the gallbladder. Btw-if you have stones found incidentally but have no symptoms, we do not recommend treatment.
Answered on Feb 19, 2020
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