Users' questions

Is it possible to still have gallstones after gallbladder removal?

Is it possible to still have gallstones after gallbladder removal?

Residual and recurrent gallstones Sometimes, stones may be left behind after the removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy). Typically, they are found within 3 years after a person has undergone the procedure. Recurrent gallstones continue to develop within the bile ducts after the gallbladder has been removed.

What happens if you don’t get a gallstone removed?

The risks of not treating gallstones may include: Unpredictable attacks of gallstone pain. Episodes of inflammation or serious infection of the gallbladder, bile ducts, or pancreas. Jaundice and other symptoms caused by blockage of the common bile duct.

Can a gall stone be removed from the gallbladder?

Treatment in the form of surgery is recommended only in symptomatic cases and the entire gallbladder is often removed. Gallstones may be asymptomatic. Symptoms arise if the gallstones become impacted in the gallbladder, block the outlet from gall bladder (cystic duct), or become lodged in the common bile duct.

When was the gallbladder removed and how did it feel?

Had the dreaded gallbladder removed last June after only 7 months of pain (so I’m pretty lucky). Everything went well, home the same day – took a good 4 weeks to feel totally better after the op but eating was ok and I don’t seem to be affected by bowel issues like some people.

Is it possible to have a gallbladder attack after surgery?

A patient with gallstones underwent gallbladder removal surgery only to experience the same gallstone pain 3 months later. Is it possible at all to have a gallbladder attack when there’s no more gallbladder to cause it in the first place? Well, yes and no.

Why do I have small stones in my gallbladder?

Gallbladder problems are usually caused due to the presence of small stones formed due to cholesterol and bile salts in the gallbladder or in the bile duct. These stones are called gallstones. Gallstones are more commonly seen in older people.

Treatment in the form of surgery is recommended only in symptomatic cases and the entire gallbladder is often removed. Gallstones may be asymptomatic. Symptoms arise if the gallstones become impacted in the gallbladder, block the outlet from gall bladder (cystic duct), or become lodged in the common bile duct.

Is there any treatment for asymptomatic gallstones?

Treatment of Gallstones. No treatment is required in the case of asymptomatic gallstone. Treatment options include : Surgery: open or laparoscopic to remove gallstones usually with the gallbladder removed as well. Drugs to dissolve gall stones are unreliable and can take months to years.

How long does it take for gallstones to dissolve?

Medications to dissolve gallstones. Medications you take by mouth may help dissolve gallstones. But it may take months or years of treatment to dissolve your gallstones in this way, and gallstones will likely form again if treatment is stopped.

Are there any side effects of gallbladder removal?

A serious potential complication of gallbladder removal or surgery is damage to the common bile duct. Especially with the most common, laparoscopic method, visibility of the major bile duct is limited and injury occurs in 0.33-0.5% of laparoscopic operations, compared with roughly 0.06% in open procedures.