What is Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)?

Category: Surgeries


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 139 23
Abdominal pain 103 31
Cholecystitis 46 8
General health 10 2
Gallbladder removal (Cholecystectomy) 4 0
Gallbladder problems 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
Severe 6
Moderate 14
Mild 16
None 19

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

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 9
Pain 4
Stomach pain 4
Soreness 2
Abdominal cramps 1
Abdominal pain 1

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Based on patients currently having Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

Dosage Patients
one time 4

Why patients stopped taking Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 2
Other 1
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Currently having Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped having Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 299
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 38
Usually 2
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 29
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 13
Not specified 34
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3 patient evaluations for Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

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Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: mild
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: mild
I am: g
I have:

See heidibug77's full Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) history

Feb 12, 2009 (Started Mar 23, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Fried Foods)
  • Adherence
  • 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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Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 62y
  • Duration: 49 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
Surgery type: Left Temporal Lobectomy, Selective Amygdalohippocampectomy, Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
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128 weeks ago
I am: n
I have:

See Tonialpha's full Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) history

Jan 4, 2013 (Started Jan 04, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Cholecystitis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Diarrhea after eating)
  • Adherence
  • 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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Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Unreported
Fatigue: Unreported
Sleep: Unreported
Stiffness: Unreported
Function: Unreported
External_stress: Unreported
Stickman: unreported
FM:24y Dx
I am: n
I have:

See bjrmeb's full Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) history

Apr 7, 2015 (Started Apr 07, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Abdominal pain)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • 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

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