If your gallbladder is removed where is the bile stored?  Does your body work without it?

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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

On a personal note, I have had my gallbladder removed and I can tell you that having it removed causes no major side effects. A person can live a normal lifestyle without it. I had many gall stones in mine that caused a great deal of pain because they were blocking the ducts.

The function of the gallbladder is to store bile. Bile is important for a couple of different reasons. First of all, bile breaks down fats so that our bodies can use them. Secondly, bile helps to remove toxins from the liver that can be very damaging. Not only is bile stored in the gallbladder but it is also directly released into the small intestines, where our bodies use it effectively. So basically when the gallbladder is removed it means that the "storage facility" for the bile no longer exists but our body still makes and uses bile as it is needed.

kleseure | Student

What would cause bile to collect in the stomach? I recently had a procedure and requested the surgical report which said by the doctor, "I suctioned a large amount of bile from the patients stomach". The doctor did not mention this after the procedure.

giorgiana1976 | Student

The removal of gallbladder does not cause long term problems. After surgery, the liver continues to produce bile, but the bile passes through the common bile duct it flows directly into the small intestine.

The patient continues to eat normally. Because bile is secreted more frequently than normal, the faeces can become liquid. If the problem persists, the diet have to be changed. The first step is the avoiding of fatty foods. Also, an additional dietary fiber intake could be beneficial.

In addition, cholestyramine helps the bile to be absorbed by the intestine and it reduces unpleasant symptoms.

Forbidden foods after gallbladder removal:

Meat - pork, lamb, duck, goose, oily fish, canned meat and fish.

Dairy - fatty cheese, fermented cheese.

Eggs - fried eggs, large amounts of egg yolk.

Fat - fried in any way, lard, tallow.

Bread - black or very fresh bread.

Vegetables - cucumber, radishes, kale, cabbage, dried bean, raw vegetables, dried vegetables.

Dessert - prepared with more fats and butter, those prepared with nuts, chocolate, cocoa.

Spices - pepper, irritating.

arnabh1234 | Student

In a healthy person the bile produced in the liver is stored in the gall bladder where it becomes more concentrated. This concentrated bile is then released into the intestines to help in the digestive process.

In the absence of a gall bladder the bile directly goes into the intestine from the liver. It doesn’t need to be stored anywhere. The removal of the gall bladder does not affect digestion. Around 15% of patients, who have had their gall bladders removed, face small problems like loose motion and a watery stool. This usually gets cured within a few weeks of the operation.

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