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Can gallstones return after surgery to remove the gallbladder?

Gallstones can return even after surgery to remove the gallbladder. Before removal, gallstones could have escaped out of the gallbladder into the tube or duct that carries bile from the gallbladder. These retained stones can cause problems even after the gallbladder is removed. New stones can also form in this duct after the gallbladder is removed.

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