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A 31-year-old female asked:

Having anxiety reading posts on net about effects of gallbladder removal...will it cause weight gain, change my metabolism, vitamin deficiencies, ibs?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
None are common: Bloggers and posts indicate the unusual experience of someone who is not satisfied. Stick with the larger, medically reviewed websites if you are going to seek wisdom from the internet.
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
Dr. Mark Kuhnke commented
General Surgery 41 years experience
I agree with Dr. Alves. The belief that gallbladder removal changes the digestion of foods or causes vitamin problems is just wrong. The gallbladder is a storage vessel, not vital, especially in first world countries.You cannot "flush" gallstones from the gallbladder, but the gb should not be removed unless the stones are symptomatic.GB removal by an experienced surgeon is safe and effective.
Sep 16, 2013
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Good alternatives: You are right to be concerned about the effects of removing gallbladders; i believe this should be the last resort rather than initial treatment. I've had many patients have great success with natural therapies to dissolve gallstones & flush them out of the liver/gallbladder. See http://www.Townsendletter.Com/july2011/momiracles0711.Html & the amazing liver and gallbladder flush by andreas moritz.
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