Can you live a normal life if you have your gallbladder removed?

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You can live a completely normal life after having your gallbladder removed. In this video, Gopal Grandhinge, MD, of Brandon Regional Hospital describes how long it takes to return to normal after gallbladder removal surgery.
You can live a normal life after having your gallbladder removed, and in fact, many people do. Each year close to half a million Americans have their gallbladders surgically removed. In normal digestion, your liver produces the digestive fluid bile and releases it into your gallbladder, a small, pear-shaped organ located just below your liver. Your gallbladder concentrates the bile and stores it. Then when you consume a meal, your gallbladder releases some bile into your intestine, where it helps digest food, especially the fat in food.

In people who have their gallbladders surgically removed, the liver can adjust to not being able to depend on the gallbladder for concentrating and storing bile. A month or so after gallbladder surgery, most people can go back to living just as they did before surgery.

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