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what are the complications of gallbladder removal?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Diarrhea, etc.: App. 20% of people may develop diarrhea after gallbladder removal, esp. After eating fatty foods. This will resolve in most people within weeks after the surgery. If it doesn't, it can be treated with medication. Of course, like any operation, there are very low risks of bleeding, infection, blood clots, etc. A unique risk of this surgery is a bile leak, which can require further surgery.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Usually few: But leakage, bleeding, infection, common duct injury, jaundice, bowel obstruction rarely sepsis and death.

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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 43-year-old member asked:

What are normal complications after gallbladder removal?

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
General Surgery 43 years experience
Long list: There is a long list of a potential complication from gallbladder surgery do you mean what would you expect your body will do or complication that could happen during surgery and you might be feeling it now after surgery patient will feel tired, drained, fatigue some might not tolerate specific food some will have diarrhea some will have constipation some will have more pain than others ?

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