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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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Why can't people who have had gallbladder problems use alli?

Why can't people who have had gallbladder problems use alli?

Risk of gallstones: Rapid weight loss increases the risk of gallstones. This is likely a reason for the recommendation against orlistat (alli or xenical) for weight loss in people with gallstones. There may be other reason also. ...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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I used to take Alli. I lost 67 pounds in 2 months. Recently, back in February this year, I had my gall bladder removed. Approximately 2-3 weeks later, I began taking the Alli again. Let me mention that when I took them before, it was in 2008 and I was 41

I used to take Alli. I lost 67 pounds in 2 months. Recently, back in February this year, I had my gall bladder removed. Approximately 2-3 weeks later, I began taking the Alli again. Let me mention that when I took them before, it was in 2008 and I was 41

Need more details: I am unsure of whether your question was cut off or if you have not posted a question. Please provide more information or request a consultation through Concierge or Prime so we can be able to answer all of your questions completely. ...Read more

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Will eating alot of corn tortillas cause constapation and crackers also I had my gallbladder out and was eating bland. I am not taking any meds?

Will eating alot of corn tortillas cause constapation and crackers also I had my gallbladder out and was eating bland. I am not taking any meds?

Eat healthy foods: Eat healthy feel better, with fresh vegetables, salads, fruits, plenty of fluids and be active You will be fine and stop eating junk food ...Read more

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What do they do in ER if I go in due to gallbladder attack? Will they demand taking gallbladder out? Mine is only functioning 15% but I don't want it out.

What do they do in ER if I go in due to gallbladder attack? Will they demand taking gallbladder out? Mine is only functioning 15% but I don't want it out.

Meds: There are meds that dissolve the gb stones. When you go to the er they will give you pain meds and recommend a gb study and refer you to a gb surgeon or a GI guy. They will tell you to avoid fatty foods as this squeezes the gb and causes pain. Good news about surgery-its done with scope and its pretty slick. Not like when I used to take em out the hard way. ...Read more

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How heavy is the gallbladder?

How heavy is the gallbladder?

See below: A normal gallbladder is about 3 to 4 inches long and about 1.5 to 2 inches wide. Normal capacity is up to 100 cc of bile so it is very light in weight. ...Read more

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What side is the gallbladder on?

Right: The gallbladder lies underneath the liver and is usually on the right side. Since the liver can have anomalies to it, the gb can lie more in the midline in some patients, making symptoms of gb disease overlap with symptoms of heartburn. ...Read more

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Is a gallbladder ok only at 53%?

Ans: Depend what symptoms you are experiencing. If you feel great then be sure to eT correct avoid fatty greasy foods etc. If you have discomfort go see your doctor ...Read more

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How to cure contracted gallbladder?

How to cure contracted gallbladder?

Normal: A contracted gallbladder without gallstones is a normal finding after eating ; needs no treatment or "cure." if you also have gallstones then ask your doctor for a referral to a surgeon for possible gallbladder surgery. ...Read more

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Is the gallbladder necessary for my live?

Is the gallbladder necessary for my live?

No: The gall bladder is a muscular sac that stores digestive enzymes (bile). Many individuals under go a procedure known as a cholecystectomy, which is a removal of the gall bladder due to gall bladder disease and live normal lives. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of gallbladder attacks?

What are symptoms of gallbladder attacks?

Pain and nausea: Upper abdominal pressure discomfort with gas and bloated feeling after eating, may get upper abdominal pain and nausea, sometimes vomiting. Worse after eating some fatty or greasy foods. Pain can go into the right upper abdomen. ...Read more

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Why would a gallbladder need to be removed?

Why would a gallbladder need to be removed?

When it is diseased: When it is diseased or not functioning properly. N you will have pain in your rt. Upper abdomin. ...Read more

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What happens to a person without a gallbladder?

Not much: Sometimes after people have their gallbladder removed they can have loose stools after eating fatty foods. This can occur in about 40% of people. It usually gets better in a few weeks after surgery. ...Read more

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My gallbladder is collapsed, Why did this happen?

My gallbladder is collapsed, Why did this happen?

This is normal: The GB stores bile that is made by the liver. In response to a fatty meal, the GB squeezes and empties the bile into the intestines to help digest your food. A collapsed GB just means that it has recently emptied, probably after a meal. Conversely, a distended or full GB is common when fasting. ...Read more

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What tests are there for examining the gallbladder?

See below: The most common and best tests are ultrasound for the diagnosis of gallstones, and to examine the surrounding bile ducts and pancreas, and HIDA scan, which is a nuclear medicine study to diagnose gallbladder dysfunction without stones (biliary dyskinesia) or gallbladder duct blockage. ...Read more

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What are the effects of a non-efficient gallbladder?

What are the effects of a non-efficient gallbladder?

Variable: I guess you are asking about a low gallbladder ejection fraction on a hida scale. Depends on your symptoms. Gallbladder surgery if there are gallstoes. If a lot of discomfort & nausea from biliary dyskinesia without stones, then may get relief with gallbladder surgery. Just leave alone if there are no gallstones & little or no symptoms. ...Read more

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I think I have gallbladder problem. What are symotoms?

I think I have gallbladder problem. What are symotoms?

Typically: Epigastric and right upper quadrant post prandial pain after heavy or fatty meals. If it progresses to complications, it can also cause fever, jaundice, peritonitis, or pancreatitis. Your doctor will probably order an abdominal ultrasound and blood tests to investigate this matter further. ...Read more

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What are the causes of your gallbladder to be inflamed?

What are the causes of your gallbladder to be inflamed?

Stasis: Problems with the gb emptying whether it is due to obstruction from stones or lack of inherent contractility, it is bile sitting in the gb and not draining properly that can set a patient up for inflammation. Stones sitting in the gb will also cause bile to build up in the gb and can contribute to stasis without causing overt obstruction. ...Read more

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What is a gallbladder attack?

What is a gallbladder attack?

Pain!: Right abdominal pain under your ribs, fevers, nausea bloating, vomiting. Tender to the touch. If concerned, see your doctor. If really bad, go to ER ...Read more

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Symptoms of a bad gallbladder?

Symptoms of a bad gallbladder?

Gall Bladder Attack: Pain in right upper quadrant of abdomen, worse after eating fatty food, low grade fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting. If symptoms are more than intermittent, you need to see your doctor right away, to prevent complications. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder cause gangrene?

Well...: Gangrene simply means dead tissue. An infected gallbladder can become gangrenous and perforate if not properly cared for. ...Read more

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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

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Can the gallbladder get infected?

Yes: Most inflammation of the gallbladder is not caused by infection, but by a curious process involving stones and the chemistry of bile itself. ...Read more

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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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Can gallbladder rupture killl you?

Can gallbladder rupture killl you?

Maybe but rarely: Gallbladders rarely "rupture." contrary to popular misconception, they don't pop like a balloon. They may become so inflamed that they become gangrenous and start leaking. It's not the leak per se that is the problem, but the associated extreme inflammation and damage to surrounding structures. Death is an uncommon occurrence, but may occur in older/sicker patients with other medical problems. ...Read 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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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