My GB was removed 12 years ago after a 4 month period of severe abd pain and D. It turned out that my real problem was CD, but that wasn't suspected until 3 years later, when I got really sick again.
I had no real problems with the surgery. Although my GB was relatively healthy, I did get relief from the awful CD flare as a result of the surgery. I had intended to ask my surgeon to remove my appendix, but everything happened so fast and I didn't bring a list of questions/issues, so I forgot. During the surgery, they always take a good look around and when they tried to find my appendix, it was hidden behind a massive pile of adhesions. The incision from my belly button had to be extended so they could cut the adhesions loose to make sure that I didn't have appendicitis too. Once they could see it, the appendix looked nice and healthy and since there was technically no consent for an appendectomy and no acute reason to remove it emergently, they left it in.
The surgeon was convinced that I had previously had appendicitis and warned me that eventually it would recur and I'd need surgery. When I went to the ER 3 years later, the OR was all booked to remove it. There was however enough time to get a CT scan done and that's when they found that my appendix was still healthy and my pain was caused by an inflammed terminal ileum. Huh! That was almost 10 years ago and the Docs are still arguing about
whether or not I really do have CD. Thank Goodness they still giv eme Humira for my joints or I'd be in real trouble!
Oh yeah, I have never had any real problem with Bile Salt Diarrhea even though that can be a problem for people who have had GB removal. In the event that this should happen there are meds available which can stop it. Truth be told, I'm glad mine is gone. At least I'll never have to worry about
a stone blocking the GB off and abscessing, like my Dad did. His bad GB nearly killed him and caused a whole lot of pain both before and after. I also prefer my 4 small scars to his 12 inch long scar!
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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