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Experiencing post cholecystectomy syndrome

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I had my gall bladder removed laparoscopically over two years ago, and in recent months I am having internal pain in the area where the gall bladder used to be, and am periodically even having sharp back pains similar to when I had a gall bladder attack. No nausea or other problems. Bowel movements are normal.
Is it possible that some kind of scarring or irritation has caused new problems?


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replied April 26th, 2010
Gallbladder Disease Answer A11500
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know the cause of the symptoms that you experience.

During laparoscopic surgery the complications are rarer compared to open gallbladder surgeries. In certain cases the clips, that are put on the cystic duct before the duct is cut and the gallbladder separated, may be a little loose and a small amount of bile may leak in the peritoneal cavity causing irritation of the peritoneum. Individuals who had their gallbladder removed may develop chronic diarrhea in twenty percent of patients. Forty percent of the patients may develop a condition called postcholecystectomy syndrome, a condition that is characterized with gastrointestinal distress and persistent pain in the upper right abdomen.

Given the data that you described, you may or may not be experiencing postcholecystectomy syndrome. See a gastroenterologist or abdominal surgeon to confirm or rule out this condition.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as a gastroenterologist or abdominal surgeon for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.


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