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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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. M. Hytham Beck
2 doctors shared insights

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

Dr. Louis Gallia
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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. John Landi
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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