Roughly 20 million Americans suffer from gallstones, and 750,000 of them have their gallbladders removed each year. There are 800,000 hospitalizations and 2 billion dollars spent annually on gallbladder disease.
For most people the pain of a malfunctioning gallbladder eventually becomes unbearable. After several trips to the emergency room the mention of surgery is met with certain approval. Unfortunately this seemingly simple solution may or may not end the pain and discomfort of gallbladder disease. The probable after-effects of gallbladder surgery are never discussed with the patient which leaves the patient with the impression that all will be back-to-normal after surgery. But it doesn’t take long to realize that all is “not well” and the patient soon begins to feel very betrayed by their surgeon and doctor who did not prepare them for “life without a gallbladder.”
Things to consider BEFORE having gallbladder surgery:
- Gallbladder surgery will not remove stones from liver (intrahepatic bile ducts), so it will not solve all the problems associated with intrahepatic stones.
- You will loose one important organ that GOD included in your body for a reason.
- There is a huge probability that you will still suffer attacks, even after your gallbladder is removed.
- High chances of developing chronic diarrhea after eating. It is estimated that at least 15-20% of people without gallbladder endup with chronic diarrhea or with IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome). Many experience “dumping syndrome” which means diarrhea immediately after eating a meal.
- Slightly higher chances of colon cancer.
- Higher chances of developing heart related illness as the liver feeds the heart.
- Higher chances of developing cholesterol concerns.
- Higher chances of developing other chronic illness that are associated with poor liver function such as FMS, CFS, Cancer, Allergies, Depression, MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s.
- If you do not have a gallbladder, the liver must work twice as hard and can thus accumulate twice as many stones. Liver cleansing is highly recommended to help support individuals without gallbladders.
Contrary to medical opinion the gallbladder is of use to the body. The gallbladder is a small sac underneath your liver that stores and secretes bile, a digestive fluid that breaks down fats. Gallstones form when the chemical compounds in bile become unbalanced — no one’s sure exactly why this happens, but a diet high in fat often makes the problem worse. Since bile is actually produced by the liver, it’s possible to survive without a gallbladder, but often not without unpleasant digestive tract complications. The gallbladder is like a pump. Without it, the liver can’t secrete enough bile to properly digest a full meal. Many people experience symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, abdominal pain, bloating, indigestion, constipation, increased allergies, liver congestion, itchy skin and autoimmune diseases. Some patients suffer from dumping syndrome, in which food is “dumped” too quickly into the intestines from the stomach.
Exercise daily for 30 minutes. Walking is highly suggested.
Sunshine – Get 30 minutes of sunshine on as much of your body as is legal, everyday. Necessary for adequate Vitamin D production.
Following the above suggestions will ensure that your digestive system operates to its fullest and will help to alleviate many of the side-effects from gallbladder removal.
So your gallbladder is gone…that’s the past. It’s time to move on and educate yourself in getting healthy and feeling better. Following the above suggestions will ensure that your digestive system operates to its fullest and will help to alleviate many of the side-effect from gallbladder removal. You can feel good again after gallbladder surgery, but for most it will mean committing to a total lifestyle change…one that will also be beneficial in keeping the whole body healthy.
As with most diseases, prevention is always the best solution, but when a disease happens remember that there are always solutions and always hope.