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Gallbladder Removal (Definition)

Gallbladder removal is just that. Surgical removal of the gallbladder. Technically known as a cholecystectomy, it is usually done laparoscopically with small incisions and is one of ...Read more


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Before and after my gallbladder removal my bile duct has been dilated even still a year later, this causes a lot of pain, will this go away itself?

Before and after my gallbladder removal my bile duct has been dilated even still a year later, this causes a lot of pain, will this go away itself?

Depends: Ask your doctor how dilated the bile duct is. After gallbladder removal, it is normal to have a slightly enlarged bile duct. Additionally, as you age, your bile duct usually enlarges a bit, usually about 1 mm per 10 years. If you have stones in your bile duct, you certainly need to have this addressed. Finally, proving that your pain is from the dilated bile duct is quite difficult. ...Read more

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I was told i would not need digestive enzymes/bile salts after gallbladder removal...Why then do naturopaths promote taking them? What is best?

I was told i would not need digestive enzymes/bile salts after gallbladder removal...Why then do naturopaths promote taking them? What is best?

Training: You do not need them. Naturopaths are trained differently and so are thought the you do, though there is no scientific evidence to back that. The gallbadder is like a reservoir only. It only is a storage site. The salts , etc, are still produced and released whether there or not. ...Read more

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Recommendation regarding using ox bile after gallbladder removal for omega 3 absorption as well as vitamin a d, k. ?

Recommendation regarding using ox bile after gallbladder removal for omega 3 absorption as well as vitamin a d, k.
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Not needed: Your liver makes plenty of bile. The gallbladder just stores it. When your gallbladder is removed the bile your liver makes drips into the intestines continuosly and is still there to help digest fats (and fat soluble vitamins) adding bovine bile salts will not be helpful and may lead to diarrhea. ...Read more

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Bile induced IBS after gallbladder removal?? True?? Best med for diarrhea cholestyramine after gb removal ?

Bile induced IBS after gallbladder removal?? True?? Best med for diarrhea cholestyramine after gb removal ?

Yes but will resolve: After gallbladder surgery, some people have ongoing abdominal symptoms, such as pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea (postcholecystectomy syndrome). Following cholecystectomy, bile which was once stored in the gallbladder and released only after meals, now flows continuously into the intestines and cause irritation. Cholestyramine absorbs bile, but these symptoms will often resolve over time. ...Read more

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F, 63, what is the alternative to remove stone instead of removing gallbladder?(remove 1 stone from bile duct through ercp) any risk?

F, 63, what is the alternative to remove stone instead of removing gallbladder?(remove 1 stone from bile duct through ercp) any risk?

Gallbladder: The stone removed from the bile duct came from your gallbladder. If you don't get your gallbladder removed you will be at risk of having the same problem again. ...Read more

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My 89 year old mother had her gallbladder removed 10 years ago. She has a gallstone that is 8 CM in her bile duct. What is the best way to remove it?

My 89 year old mother had her gallbladder removed 10 years ago. She has a gallstone that is 8 CM in her bile duct. What is the best way to remove it?

Size?: It is very important to know if this is correct; is it 8 cm or 8 mm in size? If it is 8 cm it is very unsusual and likely would need open surgery.If it is 8 mm then a gastroenterologist should be able to remove it with ercp. Is it causing symptoms or problems? Does she have other underlying medical issues or risks that need to be considered? ...Read more

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Gall bladder removed 7 years ago coz of gallstones. Can I still have bile duct disease? GGT 124. Other liver enzymes all normal.

Gall bladder removed 7 years ago coz of gallstones. Can I still have bile duct disease? GGT 124. Other liver enzymes all normal.

Possible, Unlikely: Some patient develop stones in the bile duct without a gallbladder. This is a pretty rare thing to happen, but it is possible. If all other liver enzymes are normal it's pretty unlikely this is what is going on. The bilirubin should be elevated. ...Read more

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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more


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Biliary (Definition)

Biliary means anything related to the production, storage, secretion, or flow of bile, whether in the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, ...Read more


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