Do I need my gallbladder?

You can live without your gallbladder. If you are having problems caused by your gallbladder, you will feel better after having it removed. A small percentage of people experience nausea and diarrhea after gallbladder removal, but this generally improves over time.

You can live without your gallbladder because your body can digest food without it. Your gallbladder stores bile, which helps the body digest fat. Once your gallbladder is removed, bile flows directly from your liver, where it's produced, to the small intestine. A small percentage of people who have had gallbladders removed experience loose stools or diarrhea.

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