What is Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)?

Category: Surgeries

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When the formation of gallstones leads to attacks of pain and nausea, surgical removal of the gallbladder is the most frequently recommended treatment. The medical term for this operation is cholecystectomy. Post surgery need to eat foods high in protein and carbohydrates and low in fat.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Gallstones 176 43
Abdominal pain 122 43
Cholecystitis 69 18
General health 10 2
Stomach pain 3 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 11
Moderate 21
Mild 20
None 29

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 13
Pain 9
Stomach pain 3
Abdominal cramps 2
Abdominal pain 2
Bowel problems 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

Dosage Patients Percentage
one time 7

Why patients stopped taking Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 8
Other 5
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Duration

Currently having Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 2 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped having Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 382
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 24
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 56
Usually 5
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 42
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 7
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 19
Not specified 52
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3 patient evaluations for Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

Apr 7, 2015 (Started Apr 07, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for abdominal pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: Don't EVER go to Dr. Ryder for surgery in Racine Wisconsin! I had Gangrene Gallbladder. After he took the staples out, he cut me back open with a wooden Q-tip and it bled and was the worst pain I have ever felt! He used NO pain killer before doing this!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 4, 2013 (Started Jan 04, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for cholecystitis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (diarrhea after eating)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: eat less, let your body recover, don't eat fatty foods
Cost: $200+ monthly

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Feb 12, 2009 (Started Mar 23, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fried foods)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Can't tolerate greasy or fried foods very well
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: fried foods

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