Long term effects of gallbladder removal

Experiencing long-term effects after a laparoscopic cholecystectomy is rare, but some individuals may develop post-cholecystectomy syndrome (PCS). PCS can lead to symptoms like diarrhea, gas, heartburn, and abdominal pain, significantly impacting one’s quality of life. While uncommon, it’s crucial for those who have undergone gallbladder surgery to be aware of these potential effects and seek help if they experience concerning symptoms. For those dealing with PCS, treatment options are available to manage symptoms. These may include dietary changes, digestive medications, or further medical interventions, depending on symptom severity. Although uncommon, damage to a bile duct can cause blockages or leaks days or even months after surgery. It’s essential for individuals to communicate any persistent issues to their healthcare providers to develop an appropriate treatment plan and improve overall well-being.  

Pain in the right side after gallbladder removal

Experiencing right-side pain after gallbladder removal is uncommon but can occur, leading to ongoing discomfort and frustration. Symptoms like stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, and indigestion can persist long after surgery. Several reasons could contribute to this pain, including bile duct stones, issues with the sphincter of Oddi, surgical complications, or underlying health conditions. Seeking medical attention and further evaluation is crucial for managing PCS and finding relief from these symptoms.  

Liver problems after gallbladder removal

There is an association between cholecystectomy and the risk of liver disease, but it’s rare. Strict surgical indications should be followed to reduce unnecessary cholecystectomies, and routine liver disease assessment is necessary for patients with a history of cholecystectomy.  

Can gallbladder removal cause IBS?

A retrospective study conducted suggested a link between gallbladder removal surgery and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), especially IBS with diarrhoea (IBS-D), it’s crucial to note that the occurrence of diarrhoea after surgery is common. Persistent diarrhoea could lead to an IBS-D diagnosis, but it could also be linked to other complications of gallbladder removal, such as bile acid malabsorption. Additionally, the study’s findings did not reach statistical significance.

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