How does gallbladder surgery affect people?

Most patients don't experience side effects after gallbladder surgery.

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Removing the gallbladder rarely has any side effects. Most people notice no change in their digestive function. A few people have mild diarrhea which tends to get better with time. Patients may have a few foods which don't "agree" with them. That's about it.

Gallbladder surgery is not complicated for most people. Gallbladder surgery is common in the United States. Today, most of these surgeries are performed with a laparoscope, which requires a small incision. After this type of gallbladder surgery, you'll probably only spend one night in a hospital. After a few days of rest, most people can get back to their normal activities. Having your gallbladder removed should not cause any major problems because you don't need it to digest food-or to live. Diarrhea can be a side effect, however.

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