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Had my gallbladder removed 4 years ago, is it normal to still have 'attacks'?

Had my gallbladder removed 4 years ago, is it normal to still have 'attacks'?

Something else: There are several other conditions that can be similar to your previous gallbladder attacks, bile reflux, ulcers, spasms of esophagus, hernia, GERD and more. EGD may and TECH HIDA may help you. Bile binder such as questran (cholestyramine) is a simple first test. Be well. Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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I had my gallbladder removed ten years ago, could problems arise from that still?

I had my gallbladder removed ten years ago, could problems arise from that still?

Not from GB,: Once the gallbladder is out it is not the problem. It is possible to form stones in the common bile duct (primary gallstones) but this is rare. Complications from survey, like duct stricture causing jaundice, are possible months after surgery but not usually years later. Read more

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I still have fatty diarea I had my gallbladder removed over 2 weeks ago. When should it stop and when should I seek help?

I still have fatty diarea I had my gallbladder removed over 2 weeks ago. When should it stop and when should I seek help?

A month or two: You can have diarrhea after a fatty meal when the gallbladder has been removed. This should resolve as the body adjusts to not having a gallbladder, a few months at most. If still having symptoms after that time interval would see your internist. Read more

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Iv had my gallbladder removed but still get pain like I did when it was still there. No scans are confirming what's causing it. Please help?

Iv had my gallbladder removed but still get pain like I did when it was still there. No scans are confirming what's causing it. Please help?

See GI Doctor: Postcholecystectomy syndrome is the persistence or return of RUQ abd pain following gallbladder removal. This is due to non-biliary causes (irritable bowel, ulcer dz, gerd, etc), organic biliary dz (common duct stones/stricture/cancer), or functional biliary disease (sphincter of oddi dysfunction). I advise GI work up to include labs, ultrasound+/-ercp, depending on above results. Read more

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I had gallbladder removed in 2013. I still get pain in my side as if my gallbladder is still there but the pain is not as bad. What could this be?

I had gallbladder removed in 2013. I still get pain in my side as if my gallbladder is still there but the pain is not as bad. What could this be?

GB pain?: When does the pain occur? Immediately or about an hour after eating greasy food? Did the pain start recently or was it present short after your operation and didn't resolve? It can be a retained gall stone or a primary biliary stone, or gastritis or peptic ulcer. Better go check with the surgeon who operated on you. Read more

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I would like to take Alli but I have had my gallbladder removed. Can I still use it?

Yes, Alli is a drug: That works by blocking the action of a fat digesting enzyme called lipase. Lipase is made in the pancreas, so previous gallbladder removal will have no effect. The side effects also remain the same: greasy stools diarrhea, soiling, vitamin absorption problems. This is, because fat stays in the stool instead of being absorbed from the intestine. And weight loss is modest. Read more

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After gallbladder removed, I still have discomfort on left side by the top of the colon, why?

Recovery support: Constipation in recovery is very common and causes multiple abdominal complaints/symptoms. Use laxatives to get your bowels moving, twice daily. Check out bowel regimens. Okay to discuss with your surgeon. Be well. Read more

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Just had my gallbladder removed about a month ago should I still be having nausea and gagging?

Just had my gallbladder removed about a month ago should I still be having nausea and gagging?

Not unusual: To have a bit of gallbladder attack-like symptoms for a month or so after surgery. It takes a while for your bile system to adjust to absence of storage organ. If it persists, consult with your surgeon or GI specialist. And make sure you are not pregnant. Read more

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Had my gallbladder removed mon., it is now sat., still feeling nausea. How long before nausea goes away?

Had my gallbladder removed mon., it is now sat., still feeling nausea. How long before nausea goes away?

Up to 2 weeks: In general, after your gallbladder is removed it may take as long as two weeks for things to get back to normal. You should also make sure that any pain medicine you take is not the culprit for your nausea as narcotics can also cause nausea. Read more

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Got my gallbladder removed yesterday. Prescribed 2 percoset 5/325 every 4H.Still in Agony pain. What should I do? Pain med isn't helping.

Got my gallbladder removed yesterday. Prescribed 2 percoset 5/325 every 4H.Still in Agony pain. What should I do? Pain med isn't helping.

Call your surgeon: In the case of severe pain right after a surgery, you should call your surgeon and discuss it. They may want to see you to make sure everything is healing well and there are no complications. If this is not an option, please go to the ER to be checked. Best of luck! Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed about a month ago, ever since then I've been having "attacks" still but on my left side & worse when I'm constipated???

I had my gallbladder removed about a month ago, ever since then I've been having "attacks" still but on my left side & worse when I'm constipated???

Do you have IBS: What was the reason you had to have your GB removed if it was stone or not working well patient will sometime continue to have problems after GB surgery either the body still adjusting or the GB was not the only problem you might have IBS you need to eat multiple small meals avoid greasy food and spicy food and keep bowel regular and exercise by walking and minimize stress as much as you can Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed 1 week ago today. I still sleep a lot and get very winded if I stand for more than 5 minutes at a time. Is this normal?

I had my gallbladder removed 1 week ago today. I still sleep a lot and get very winded if I stand for more than 5 minutes at a time. Is this normal?

Deep breaths: After abdominal surgery sometimes it's hard take a deep breath -it can cause lung collapse, or pneumonia. I recommend taking deep breath and hold him as long as you can, to promote some coughing every hours. If you notice fevers or chills, notify your doctor immediately. Walk more, and check for swelling in legs (blood clots in lungs can do this too) Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed on Monday. It was only working @ 22%. I am still having spasms under right rib cage. Could this be something more serious?

I had my gallbladder removed on Monday. It was only working @ 22%. I am still having spasms under right rib cage. Could this be something more serious?

Too soon: It is too soon to tell if your pain is related to surgery or to other digestive problems. Stay on light diet, keep your vowel moving, and make sure that you are well hydrated. With dysfunctional gallbladder you do have 30-40% that you might have other digestive problems. Read more

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Been experiencing nausea for a month. Had gallbladder removed in March and still have pain. Could this be a new problem or my body still healing.?

Been experiencing nausea for a month. Had gallbladder removed in March and still have pain. Could this be a new problem or my body still healing.?

May be different: 3 months after removal of your gallbladder, your symptoms may be due to something else. See your doctor for a complete re-evaluation which may include additional tests such as labs, ultrasound and/or CT scan, or referral to a gastroenterologist. Read more

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After my gallbladder removed can I still drink alcohol?

After my gallbladder removed can I still drink alcohol?

I don't think: Alcohol in moderate amounts will be harmful after cholecystectomy, unless you have other conditions. Consult your surgeon just to make sure. Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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. Bernard Seif
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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