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Gallbladder pain after gallbladder removal

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Why am I experiencing pain that feels like a gall bladder attack and I have no gall bladder...removed several years ago.

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replied June 9th, 2010
Gallbladder Disease Answer A12996
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know why you still experience pain like a gallbladder attack after removal of the gallbladder.

Gallstones are formed in the gallbladder due to absorbtion of the water from the bile that is stored in the gallbladder. They may cause obstruction of the common bile duct and cause a gallbladder attack. gallstones are usually diagnosed with ultrasound and are treated with medications or surgery. After laparoscopic surgery, in the first few days, local inflammation of the peritoneum may appear due to bile leakage. After gallbladder removal 5-40% of individuals experience the postcholecystectomy syndrome which is characterized with persistent pain in the upper right abdomen.

Given the data that you described, it is likely that you experience postcholecystectomy syndrome. See your doctor for further advice about treatment options for the pain that you experience. Avoid NSAIDs because they may cause gastritis or ulcers if used for longer periods of time.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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