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Personal stories about gallbladder surgery for gallstones

These stories are based on information gathered from health professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health decisions.

Kelly, age 43: I have had a couple of gallbladder attacks over the past few years. They weren't too bad, but I did take a sick day or two each time. Because I travel several times a month for work, I have decided to have my gallbladder removed. That way I won't have to worry about having an attack while I am away on business, possibly even out of the country.

Jackie, age 37: When I was pregnant, my doctor discovered that I have gallstones. We talked it over, and it turns out that it's possible that the stomach pain I had a couple of years ago might have been related to my gallstones. I haven't had any problems since then, so we agreed to wait and see if I have another attack. If I do, we can do some tests and find out if the pain is caused by the gallstones. I don't want to have surgery if there is no need.

Mike, age 50: My first gallstone attack was pretty painful. I know I could handle another attack if it happens, but I would just as soon have surgery and know that I won't have another one.

Carmen, age 50: My gallbladder attacks have been pretty mild so far, and I've only had two in the past 5 years. I'm not too concerned about it. My doctor told me the signs of a more serious problem, so I feel well-prepared for another one, if it happens. We agree that I don't need surgery now.

Author Monica Rhodes
Editor Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Associate Editor Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
Last Updated August 2, 2007

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Last Updated: August 02, 2007
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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