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Long Term Effects of Gall Bladder Surgery
Gall Bladder problems seem to run in my family.
Risk factors seem to be the 6-Fs - fat, forty, female, fertile, fair, and family risk factors.
I have never had a problem with my gall bladder - I am in my 60s and have children.
I have three younger sisters who lost their gall bladders after delivery of their children in their 20s. Their children have gall bladder problems also. I just realized that my sons have gall bladder problems but two of them got it under control with diet. This has been for five years for one son and one year for another. Another son has had four major attacks in the last three years.
My sister claims she has suffered with phantom gall bladder pain for the last 30 years. A nurse told me this is from the old techniques from 30 yrs ago, and this no longer happens.
Are there any long term side effects from gall bladder removal, cholecystectomy, that a persons should know about?
Doctors rarely discuss these problems until after the surgery is done. The only side effect discussed with my son is the lack of gall bladder attacks if it is removed.
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