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How likely are you to have gallstones in the bile duct years after gallbladder removal?

How likely are you to have gallstones in the bile duct years after gallbladder removal?

Rare but can happen: It is not unheard of to have bile duct stones after removal of the gallbladder. Usually it occurs within two year of the operation, but can occur later. An ERCP can usually take care of it. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


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What is inflammation of the common bile duct & mucosal irregularity? Is it something to be concerned about? Can it heal itself after gallbladder removal

What is inflammation of the common bile duct & mucosal irregularity? Is it something to be concerned about? Can it heal itself after gallbladder removal

Yes you should: It depend on the circumstances around the inflammation and what symptoms you have. I will be concerned and I will check with my GI for proper evaluation. ...Read more

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I have an inflammed common bile duct with no stones determined during gallbladder removal. What can be the other reasons?

The stone passed: If you are otherwise recovering well from gallbladder removal surgery, you can rest assured the inflammation was part of the disease process and nothing more. If you have jaundice, yellow eyes and skin, losing weight, feeling poorly then get in to your doc, consider ERCP and biopsy. Be well. ...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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Is there a medication I can take to ease the frequency of my bile salts after gallbladder removal?

Is there a medication I can take to ease the frequency of my bile salts after gallbladder removal?

Not required: Even after removal of gall bladder bile salt metabolism will be same most bile salts are absorbed by gut and recirculated.. ...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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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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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.?

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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I got a stent install in biliary canal after gallbladder removal, I want to be asleep for my ERCP to remove it but it can take up 60 days. Dangerous?

I got a stent install in biliary canal after gallbladder removal, I want to be asleep for my ERCP to remove it but it can take up 60 days. Dangerous?

Straightforward: Don't worry. While any procedure can have complications, this one is low risk (not zero...). I would be more worried about the reason the stent is there, and whether or not a stricture (narrowing from scar) will develop afterwards. You may want to ask that. I'm sure they will give you adequate sedation for the procedure. Hope this helps! ...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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Gallbladder removed 9 wks ago. Clipped bile duct resulted in open procedure. Still exhausted all the time. Is this normal? How long will I be tired?

Gallbladder removed 9 wks ago. Clipped bile duct resulted in open procedure. Still exhausted all the time. Is this normal? How long will I be tired?

Post op tiredness: Hello, most people bounce back after 6 weeks but have your doc do a fingerprick Hemaglobin or get a blood count to exclude ANEMIA. If not then check TSH to see that thyroid is normal and check electrolyes, sodium and potasssium. Take a vitamin suppplement and Iron and get some exercise. It will get better.. ...Read more

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I haven't had a period in 45 days. I had my gallbladder removed and a gallstone taken out of my bile duct. Can this make my cycle stop?

I haven't had a period in 45 days. I had my gallbladder removed and a gallstone taken out of my bile duct. Can this make my cycle stop?

If no pregnancy risk: Any major stress - like having a cholecystectomy and stone retrieval - could impact your menstrual cycle. Do take a pregnancy test if there's any risk of pregnancy, though. Good luck. LGromkoMD ...Read more

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I have gastritis had gallbladder removed a year ago. Don't drink alcohol don't take any medicines. MRI show bile duct normal so what's the cause?

I have gastritis had gallbladder removed a year ago. Don't drink alcohol don't take any medicines. MRI show bile duct normal so what's the cause?

More info needed.: When you say "gastritis", what kind of symptoms are you actually referring to? Without more detail, it is hard to know what kind of advice is appropriate. If you give more detail, I'll be happy to try to help. Good luck. ...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?

Several options: An 8 cm stone in the common bile duct is extremely unusual but should be addressed quickly. There are two main ways of dealing with this, she could have an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and have the stone extracted thru the duodenum with an endoscope - she may need lithotripsy to break up the stone first; she could have surgery, probably open but possibly laparoscopic. ...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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Upper abdo pain & vomiting gettin worse been 10 days now ct scan shiwed dialated bile duct, had gall bladder removed 10 years ago what does this mean?

Upper abdo pain & vomiting gettin worse been 10 days now ct scan shiwed dialated bile duct, had gall bladder removed 10 years ago what does this mean?

? pancreas problem: Dilated bile duct suggests stone in distal duct obstructing duct to cause dilation. If no stone present may be obstruction as duct passes under head of pancreas. Yet not obstructed to produce jaundice. Abdominal pain and vomiting frequent in pancreatitis. One needs blood tests to confirm if pancreas a problem and possibly ERCP to look at ducts ...Read more

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How invasive is an ERCP endoscopy? If an EU was preformed but nothing of note showed up what are the chances of being scheduled an ERCP if issues with the liver gallbladder and bile ducts are suspected? Is gallbladder removal more common than ERCP?

It's invasive: It's not as invasive as surgery but it can have some significant complications therefore it's done only if indicated. MRCP is often used as first test in place of ERCP and is not an invasive test. Most of the patients with gallstones have gallbladder removed without a need for ERCP ...Read more

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What is a good diet after gallbladder removal?

What is a good diet after gallbladder removal?

Low fat: Low fat, high fiber, avoid greasy fried foods and excessive butter and drink plenty of caffeine free, alcohol free fluids. ...Read more

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What can I eat after gallbladder removal and which food should be avoided?

What can I eat after gallbladder removal and which food should be avoided?

Trial and error: After gallbladder removal, the bile from the liver constantly drains into the intestine (rather than being stored in the gallbladder between meals and squirted into the intestine after meals). Bile can be irritating and about 25% of patients may experience gastric irritation or diarrhea. This is called post-cholecystectomy syndrome. Avoid acid food and fatty food. Minimize alcohol and tobacco. ...Read more

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Could I still eat whatever I want after gallbladder removal can someone explai?

Could I still eat whatever I want after gallbladder removal can someone explai?

Yes: No special diet after gallbladder surgery some people will experience loose bowel after a rich or fatty meal
digestive system are not the same in all of us some tolerate food the others do not nothing to do with the surgery
listen to your body what it is trying to tell you
some food we like might not like us back. ...Read more

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How soon after gallbladder removal can I have wine?

How soon after gallbladder removal can I have wine?

A couple of weeks: Assuming you had an uneventful laparoscopic cholecystectomy, have resumed a normal diet, have no GI symptoms like anorexia or nausea, have no history of gastritis or liver disease, and are not taking any other new medications including narcotics, consult your surgeon during the post-op check, about a small amount of wine. If you tolerate this, like all good things, moderate the amount you drink. ...Read more

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Pain after gallbladder removal surgery. What can I take for this?

How long ago: Was your surgery? Was it laparoscopic? You can expect to have incisional pain while healing up from surgery. When this is over, you should feel better. Some patients get colicky pain for a few weeks until your system gets accustomed to absence of storage organ. Ask your surgeon what to expect at what point in time after surgery. Persistent pain, fever, vomiting, or jaundice are danger signs. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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


Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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