A very low fat diet buys you time- but it won't deal with the underlying problem. That's going to continue, unfortunately. And the gallstones tend to just get bigger. Plus you run the risk of having one slip into the common duct it shares with the pancreas and blocking that off. That will bring on an attack of not only the gallbladder, but pancreatitis as well. The gallbladder is nothing but a storage facility, so removing it isn't going to change anything about how you digest food. The laproscopic procedure is not that bad, and you go home the same day it's done. Inside about three, four days, you are back on your feet and eating normal food again. The only change afterwards is to lean to a lower fat diet, which you are already doing, but at least you won't suffer the gallbladder attacks anymore. Once you have an attack, you can fairly well guarantee there will be more. It will progress to a point that you essentially eat nothing to speak of. You can avoid the surgery for now if you like, but it's just buying time honestly. There is medicine that can dissolve the stones, but it's expensive and you have to take it for a year. During that time you have to have regular ultrasounds and liver function tests to monitor your progress. And unfortunately once you quit taking it, the stones tend to reform again- putting you back where you started from in about a year or so. I can understand not wanting surgery unless it's really necessary, but I truly think in this case it is your best option. It's not going to improve, it's only going to continue getting worse. And you generally recouperate from the surgery better if things are not all irritable from an ongoing attack. I don't think you will miss it when it's gone, really. I never met anyone who wanted the old one back, anyway. Good luck, dear- whatever you choose.