Why do people sometimes have their gall bladder removed?

 
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Posted on May. 25th, 2008

The Gallbladder is usually removed Laparoscopically If necessary-usually requiring no hospital stay. But people don't just get it removed for no reason, it stores bile which helps break down fats once they reach the small intestine. It's true that you can live without your gallbladder so it is safe to get it removed if needed. Lithotripsy (shock waves which break up the stones and allow you to pass them more easily in your urine) is used to remove kidney stones and thus saves your kidneys obviously, but that procedure isn't used for Gallstones so the gallbadder is just simply taken out. The four F's are a good indicator if someone comes into the ER with upper abdominal/right sided pain that they may have gallstones: Female, Fat, Forties, Fertile.

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Posted on May. 25th, 2008

Gallbladder removal is usually done to treat the following conditions:

- Gallbladder disease that may include gallstones, infection or inflammation, and gallballder cancer.

- Biliary dyskinesia AKA abnormal gallblalder function.




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Posted on May. 25th, 2008

Well, obviously, the gall bladder is kind of like a tonsil, or an appendix. It's not really necessary for your body to run smoothly.
But people don't just have it taken out because of that reason...some people have issues with gall stones which can cause pain and other problems, and that's why they can have it removed.

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