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If the gallbladder has been removed, office visits to the general surgeon are required to check the operation sites one to three times following the operation. No other follow-up or long-term care is required.
Gallstones Prevention Diet
A low-fat, low-cholesterol diet can prevent symptoms of gallstones but cannot prevent formation of stones. It is not known why some people form stones and others do not.
If gallstones block one of the biliary ducts, the result is inflammation and swelling of the organs "upstream" of the blocked duct.
If a patient has surgery, you should know the following:
If a person chooses not to have their gallbladder removed, it is likely they will have recurring abdominal pain and possibly complications.
Medically reviewed by a John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care
Last Reviewed 11/17/2017
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