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just had lap removal of gallbladder after diagnosis of several small stones and chronic intermittent pain. but path report showed no stones present. did i have gallbladder removed for no reason?

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Dr. Mark Safford
34 years experience Critical Care
Surgery: Gallstones that are small can pass out of the gallbladder down into the GI tract. If there are multiple stones or a single large stone it may not allow the passage of bile after eating and this is what causes the pain. Once the gallbladder is removed this will never be a problem again.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Sometimes: An ultrasound is not correct, especially if describing very tiny findings. Maybe the ultrasound had seen small sludge or crystals in the gallbladder that would not be seen as gallstones in pathology. At this point only time will tell. If you feel improved after the surgery, then the right thing has been done.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013

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