Gallbladder Question

on 11/19/19 7:17 pm

Can someone help me understand the role the gallbladder plays in Gastric Bypass and why it normally needs to be removed?

I'm 3 months post surgery and having gallbladder removed in a month. Not sure why as I haven't had any issues.

Gallbladder was supposed to be removed during my bypass but because the surgery took so long my doctor elected to hold off.

Your info/feedback is greatly appreciated.


on 11/20/19 4:13 am
RNY on 08/21/12

Gallbladder issues arise after massive weight loss, either with surgery or without.

Back in the day, some surgeons advocated taking it out during WLS. Very few do that anymire, questioning the ethics of removing something that works just fine.

I dont know the percentage of those who need their gallbladder removed. Its not uncommon, but I would guess it's 5 or 10 percent, maybe. I lost a ton of weight and have never had a days trouble with mine.

The choice is yours. If you are experiencing no problems with your gallbladder, I would absolutely not have it removed.

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.

White Dove
on 11/20/19 5:41 am, edited 11/19/19 9:41 pm

I had surgery in 2007 and my gallbladder removed in 2017. The same surgeon did both and said there was some sludge and a small stone. I had not had problems with it, but the surgeon who said it was perfectly fine ten years earlier told me it was just a matter of time until I would have had an attack.

It is a judgement call of your surgeon.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

Citizen Kim
on 11/20/19 5:56 am - Castle Rock, CO

15 years out and still in possession of all my organs.

It sounds a bit insurance fraudy to be having something removed that's not a problem.

Proud Feminist, Atheist, LGBT friend, and Democratic Socialist

H.A.L.A B.
on 11/20/19 9:43 am

Unless there is problem with it - I would not remove it.

GB plays many roles in our system, not only bile storage. Some people had side effects after the GB is removed, some get runs, while others can get constipated.

In the past they would take appendix out, because the medical society did not understand tits significant role in our system. Now they treat GB as a spare part we don't need.

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

(deactivated member)
on 11/29/19 6:43 am

Agreed ! We obviously have our organs cuz we need them - they manufacture hormones they play a role in regulating various body processes ... why mess with a good thing ?

i own all my organs and all my teeth 8 years post op lol not a single issue .