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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Gallbladder Removal (Overview)

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 the most common operations.


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Is a gallbladder removal simple?

Is a gallbladder removal simple?

Can be: Usually an outpatient procedure of laparoscopic surgery to remove the gallbladder. Is commonly a one hour or shorter surgery with 1-4 small incisions and minimal discomfort after surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Gallbladder Removal (Overview)

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 the most common operations.


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How common is gallbladder removal?

How common is gallbladder removal?

Very common.: Approximately 500, 000 gallbladder surgeries or cholecystectomies are performed each year in the United States. The most common reason for cholecystectomies is gallbladder pain (biliary colic) due to blockage of the cystic or bile duct by gallstones. Approximately 20 million adults in the U.S. Have gallstones and an estimated one million people are newly diagnosed with gallstones each year. ...Read more

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Gallbladder removal (Tip)

Avoid fatty, greasy foods that make the gallbladder contract. Seek help if pain last more than hour. ...See more

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Is gallbladder removal hederitary ?

Is gallbladder removal hederitary ?

Some cases: Most common causes of gallstone formation include supersaturation of bile with cholesterol and changes in cholesterol metabolism. This occurs in patients who are overweight, pregnant or lose a weight quickly. Diet is a bigger issue than genetics. Since families often gave similar dietary habits gallstones can be seen in multiple family members. See research on pima indians for heredity issues. ...Read more

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What is a gallbladder removal like?

What is a gallbladder removal like?

Usually: A fairly minor outpatient surgical procedure under general anesthsis. Usually done all laparoscopic now with 1-4 small incisions. Usually go home same day of surgery, mild discomfort for a few days, no heavy work for 2-4 weeks. Eat smaller light foods early after surgery. ...Read more

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Gallbladder removal (Tip)

Without symptoms associated- leave them alone. When symptoms occur get the gallbladder out early. ...See more

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What to expect for gallbladder removal?

What to expect for gallbladder removal?

Surgery these days: Is laparoscopic, so you should have little pain. You should take off from work for a few days, depending on how physical your work is, up to a week. You might get some intermittent food related pain for few weeks, up to two months. But after that you should be near 100% normal. More importantly, you will get no further gallstone attacks. ...Read more

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How long is recovery from a gallbladder removal?

How long is recovery from a gallbladder removal?

"Days": Following laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, most people go home the same day; narcotic pain medication is typically used for 2-3 days; most people may return to a desk-job in 7-10 days and full activity in 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of gallbladder removal?

Surgery: In the aoporpiate setting of abdominal symptoms from gallstones, the "pros" of surgery would be pain relief ; eating normally again. The "cons" of surgery would be the usually low risks of bleeding, infection, or needing to perform a larger open surgery instead of laparoscopic. Also risk of not feeling better or having more digestion problems after gallbladder surgery if there is a different issue. ...Read more

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What warning symptoms go with gallbladder removal?

Concerns: After gallbladder surgery may be repeated vomiting, increasing abdominal pain, recurrent fevers, yellow jaundice, signs of wound infection with wound redness. Call your surgeon if you have questions or concerns. ...Read more

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What changes need people make after a gallbladder removal?

Diet: Most people feel much better after having their gallbladder removed. They can usually return to a normal diet . Sometimes they notice more frequent bowel movements after eating this can be relieved by a medication and if this is a problem you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if i had gallbladder removal now weird symptoms?

What to do if i had gallbladder removal now weird symptoms?

??: Your question is too vague. What are weird symptoms? See your surgeon. ...Read more

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How much pain should I be in to warrant gallbladder removal?

How much pain should I be in to warrant gallbladder removal?

Why suffer?: While i never have had a gallbladder attack, I have spoken to 100's who have. If we can offer you a minimally-invasive way to prevent ever having another attack (and you are otherwise healthy), the benefits far outweigh the risks. The effects of gb disease can be cumulative, making subsequent surgery more difficult if left untreated. Please see a gb surgeon to get all the facts. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me about gallbladder removal experiences please?

Can you tell me about gallbladder removal experiences please?

Not bad: Usually an outpatient procedure. The surgeons will use the laproscope through several small puncture wounds. Recovery is fairly quick - within a week you are feeling pretty normal. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: gallbladder removal?

What is the definition or description of: gallbladder removal?

Cholecystectomy: 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 the most common operations. ...Read more

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Gallbladder removal and still having the same spasms as before the removal ?

Not unusual: I would advise you to talk things over with the surgeon who removed your gall bladder or ask him/her to recommend a gastroenterologist for you to see. ...Read more

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Still in pain after gallbladder removal?

Still in pain after gallbladder removal?

How long?: I suspect it was done by laporoscopy. Pain should not be present after several weeks. If that long, then see your surgeon or gastroenterologist! ...Read more

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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


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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