Symptoms of Gallbladder disease
* Abdominal fullness or gas
* Abdominal pain that is:
# Located on the right side (right upper quadrant) or in the upper middle of the abdomen (epigastric)
# Decreased over 12 to 18 hours in uncomplicated cases
# Recurrent or similar to pain in past
# Occurring after meals
# Worse during deep intake of breath
# Radiating to back or below the right shoulder blade
# Worse after eating or drinking fatty foods or fluids
* Nausea and vomiting
* Chills and shaking
* Chest pain under the breastbone
A gallbladder operation is absolutely necessary:
(1) When an acute inflammation is present. This can be diagnosed by elevated temperature, pain and tenderness in the vicinity of the gallbladder, an elevated white blood cell count, and x-ray evidence of a diseased organ.
(2) When the patient is having recurrent attacks of severe, colicky pain due to the presence of gallstones.
(3) When, in the presence of positive proof of gallbladder malfunction, the patient is suffering from chronic indigestion, nausea, flatulence, and pain in the right upper part of the abdomen.
(4) When jaundice, caused by an obstructing stone, is present.
Approximately 10 percent of patients who have been operated upon for gallbladder disease will continue to have symptoms after surgery. These symptoms are thought to be caused by spasms of the lower end of the common bile duct (biliary dyskinesia). However, they are rarely severe or disabling. Most postoperative symptoms can be adequately relieved by antispasmodic medication.
The bile ducts take over the duties of the gallbladder. This may take three to four months before it works smoothly, and during this interval the patient may suffer from mild indigestion or pains caused by spasm of the common bile duct.
The patient should stay the same kind of diet he followed before surgery, that is, a bland low-fat diet.
If gallbladder has been removed, they cannot re-form stones in the gallbladder. However, a very small percentage of patients may re-form stones in the common bile duct or in the stump of the cystic duct which has been left behind.
Please see the web pages for more details on Gallbladder,
Gallbladder disease, Cholelithiasis and Cholecystitis.