Posted 11/5/2019 7:30 PM (GMT -6)
I had my gallbladder taken out, probably unnecessarily since I didn’t have symptoms. Like you, they said it had to go because of the stones. Back then I trusted doctors more, and let them do it. The surgery and recovery were both pretty easy to deal with (unlike my surgical hernia repair, which was a nightmare to recover from). I was lucky and didn’t have chronic complications (like never ending horrible diarrhea). Personally, I would read up on the symptoms of a gallbladder attack, so you’ll know what to expect should an attack happen to you. I’d also read up on the complications a person can have after gallbladder removal, because the gallbladder is not as “unnecessary” as doctors like to lead you to believe. Gather all the pro / con info you can before making a final decision. If I had done my research, I would have declined the surgery since all the tests they ran (like the HIDA scan) were fine. I always wondered why they bothered to run a battery of tests if their plan was to do surgery regardless of the results.