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A 23-year-old female asked:

why do doctors say that the gallbladder is an useless organ and wont have any effect if removed, but people are experiencing lots of problems after?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hector Dourron
Vascular Surgery 27 years experience
Not essential: Gallbladder is useful but not essential to live. There are digestive issues without it.
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Not true: Most people never have problems after gallbladder removal. Any post laparoscopic surgery pain resolves after a few days. A minority of patients have colicky pain for a few weeks after gallbladder removal, but even this pain also resolves after a few weeks when the body adjusts. Gallbladder is not really a useless organ, but it is a vestigial organ, much like the appendix.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Why would a gallbladder need to be removed?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
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Usually stones.: The gallbladder is most commonly removed because of gallstones, but it may also be removed if the gallbladder is inflamed or infected. Gallbladder removal will relieve pain, treat infection and - in most cases - stop gallstones from coming back. The risks of not having surgery are the possibilities of worsening symptoms, infection and gangrene of the gallbladder.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

My gallbladder wall measures 9ml do I need to have it removed?

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Consult your doctor: Nine millimeter gallbladder wall appears unusally thick. Pathology examination may be needed to determine the nature of your gallbladder condition.
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A 48-year-old female asked:

If your gallbladder is at 37 percent working would you recommend it to be removed?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Depends on SX!: Having gotten a hida scan of the gall bladder. But I am not a "numbers" person. If symptoms suggest gb disease, i would favor removal.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

My gallbladder is functioning at 37% does it need to be removed?

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Not a must: I don't know how you know that gall bladder is working 37 %.?If you have no stones , no sludge and no pain i would wait and watch.
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A 35-year-old female asked:

My gallbladder is workin at 29% if it has to be removed is it better to remove it or just keep it to at least have it?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Think twice: If it has no stones, then i'd not rush to have it removed, as there is no guarantee you will feel better after its removal. Some actually feel worse. There are some that improve, but that depends on your symptoms. I find that diet (staying away from greasy, fried foods) can control lots of symptoms.

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