Why is gallbladder surgery necessary?
Why not remove the stones in some other way?
Well the gallbladder when it is inflamed (cholecystitis) doesn't contract properly. This is shown on tests quite clearly and is the basis for one of the tests for cholecystitis (a HIDA scan). If the stones are removed more stones will accumulate later on.
Many people have asymptomatic gallstones. Hepatic stones are rare, because the way the hepatic ducts widen as they go down. Gallstones
are far more likely to form in the gallbladder because the mucus from the gallbladder and the stagnation of bile cause stone formation. The problems that Gallstones
cause are: acute and chronic cholecystitis; pancreatitis; gallstone ileus.
Is gallbladder surgery safe?
Nothing is 100% safe, but gallbladder surgery is very safe. Surgery is not recommnded for asymptomatic gallstones generally tho.
Are there problems after gallbladder surgery?
Not very often. The gallbladder is not necessary - some people suffer slightly looser stools after having their gallbladder out but it is not a major problem.
Why should I believe you?
Don't - ask someone who has actually had their gallbladder out!