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Gall bladder Surgery: Myths and Facts

Gallbladder stone formation is common and the standard treatment for symptomatic gallbladder stone is Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). Gall bladder is an important organ of our body but a body can still function well in its absence.

Myth: Lifelong we have to avoid fatty food

Fact: Liver produces bile and stored in the gallbladder and the function of bile is the digestion of fat, so when we eat a meal that is high in fat content, bile is released from gallbladder to duodenum for fat digestion, but after surgery when gallbladder is removed bile produced in the liver is released in a continuous slow trickle into the intestine. Thus the adequate amount of bile may not be there in the intestine initially for the normal absorption process and a patient may develop diarrhea and bloat but with time body get streamline; so we need to consume after surgery low-fat diet for few weeks till our body gets used to the new situation of gall bladder absence.

Myth: Gall bladder removal only removes gallstones

Fact: Stones formation in the gallbladder reflect a poor and abnormal function of the gall . So, there is no way of keeping the gall bladder because it is inflamed and function improperly and its removal will avoid subsequent stones formation and complications.

Myth: Scarring at the surgical site

Fact: Nowadays surgery is done laparoscopically which requires only 3-4 small cuts in the abdomen and the gall bladder is removed through this small hole so scarring will be almost nil. Patients typically have less post-operative pain and experience a faster recovery period than open surgery.

Obesity Causes Liver Damage Equivalent to Alcohol Abuse

These are two very different health issues, but both cause liver damage in a similar fashion. Fatty Liver disease is a condition which develops when fat is deposit in the liver. Both Obesity and Alcohol abuse can lead to fatty liver. When fatty liver occurs in those who do not take alcohol like obesity, it is called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD.

When there is too much fat deposition in the liver, it leads to an inflammatory process in the liver and the liver cells get damaged, this severe form is called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH, and this continuous liver cell damage can lead to cirrhosis and ultimately liver failure