FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
— Is it possible to prevent gallstones?
Some patients have a higher risk of developing gallstones and there are certain steps they can take to reduce the risk including avoiding rapid weight loss or gain. A sensible, high-fibre, low-fat diet is the best way to prevent gallstones.
— What are the symptoms of gallbladder problems?
Pain from gallbladder problems is usually located in the upper righthand side of the abdomen. It often comes and goes and can range from mild to very severe and frequent. Pain can also be experienced in the chest and back.
You can also experience nausea, vomiting and a fever as gallbladder problems will often result in an infection. Changes in your bowel habits, appearance of your urine and the development of jaundice can signal a gallbladder problem.
— Is it safe to have the gallbladder removed?
The gallbladder’s function is to store bile that is produced by the liver. If the gallbladder has to be removed, it is possible to function without it as the body stores any excess bile in the ducts that transport it from the liver to the small intestine. Eating smaller amounts, more frequently, and avoiding very fatty and high-fibre meals are advised after surgery.