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Doctor insights on: Bile Duct Stones After Gallbladder Removal

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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. Suzanne Galli
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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?

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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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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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?

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

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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. Sheila Smith
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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