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Gallbladder removal and GERD

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 16, 2006
  • 10:32 AM


Can anyone help please?

I have been advised to have my gallbladder removed following six gallbladder attacks and a positive scan showing stones. My problem is this:

I have had acid reflux for 15 years, been on omeprazole for 10 years and have had the Nissen Fundoplications which eradicated the daytime reflux but I still have nighttime reflux (confirmed by pH test). Both my mother and her mother had oesophageal cancer so obviously I am worried about this. I have read so many articles saying that gallbladder removal can increase bile reflux and that bile reflux along with acid reflux is a bad combination for the oesophagus.

I feel that I am already at high risk of Barrets (or worse!) and to have this operation that may well add to the risk (with the bile reflux) is not a sensible option. I am to see the specialist soon who advocates the operation.

Does anyone have an opinion/advice on this?

Many thanks:confused:

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  • My first advice would be... make sure you have a good dr. There are a lot of gastroenterologist that are bad out there. There are also a lot that are good. Second opinions never heard anyone. If you don't have a good one, change Dr's. One morning I woke up with a severe gall bladder attach. I had had 2 previous attacks but didn't know what they were. I went to the ER and had to have same day surgery because my liver was starting to have problems. I had 4 dozen gall stones, a handful of which were blocking the common bile duct and making me very sick.I developed bile reflux 3 1/2 months later and have been fighting it for 7 1/2 months. I had my second endoscopy done yesterday and my gastritis is "horrible" I also get to be one of the lucky people that get sicker on PPI's and H2 blockers. To be honest, it's been ***l. But for me, getting my gall bladder removed was the only option. Eventually I would have had serious liver problems that could have led to serious problems.The reality is that you have to do what's best for your body. Yes you could possibly get bile reflux, but there is a chance you won't. You didn't say if you had seen a specialist before for all your other problems. If you have been on the same medicine for 10 years, you really might want to consider other drugs. Please make sure a specialist is treating you. It doesn't sound like all your problems are fixed and if you find a good specialist they can help. Have you had an endoscopy lately? They are very important as well.Sorry, I'm probably not very helpful. Bottomline, do the best for you and make sure the treatment you are getting is the best you can get.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 29, 2006
    • 09:50 PM
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  • My mother was diagnosed with sludge in the gallbladder which seems to give similar symptoms. She was waiting for treatment and had about 4 attacks over period of 4 months . Last week she had an attack which was more painfull than others. She was hospitalised after 4 days in her local small hospital. it is another 3 days since then and she is being flown by helicopter today and has septicemia and liver function (gamma gt)of 1087. She may even need a liver transplant as her organs are poisoned. I would have a faulty gall bladder out as quick as i could as there are possible further complications possible and you could have other treatment for reflux.
    letisha 1 Replies
    • October 18, 2006
    • 02:30 AM
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  • I would seriously consider having your gall bladder out, because I had to have mine out after 20 gall bladder attacks in 4 months. Since then I have had absolutely no problems at all.It is so easy to recover from, and worst of all i'm only 19. It has been 6 months since the operation now, and nothing bad has happened, not even reflux.hope that helps.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 11, 2006
    • 01:53 PM
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  • I have the same conditions as you. I was just told about two hours ago that having my gallbladder removed would most likely enable me to go off protonix and resolve my GERD issues
    sagewy 13 Replies
    • October 31, 2007
    • 11:37 PM
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  • Some food for thought, been through all of this and during the entire time I had asked several doctors why my stomach looked like I has swallowed a basket ball. After all the meds for reflux, gall bladder removal (was necessary) and continued reflux, I was talking to the surgeron about fixing my hernia and found out the procedure was the same to fix the reflux.I thought great, this is just the ticket. Wrong!Problem 1, you cannot throw up after the surgery so having the stomach flu right now is really a pain.Problem 2, you cannot get rid of gas by beltching so here comes severe gas pains (requiring pain shots just to make it through the day)Problem 3, since the original problem was not diagnoised (remember the basketball?) the problem just moved to the other end. I had diareha for 5 solid months and lost 60 pounds. Good news was no more problems with chlorestoral, diabetes and weight. All returned to normal after the stomach wrap.Finally when I was about ready to update my will, my stomach doctor decided to scope me from both ends, looking for an allergy to glutin which can be triggered by surgery. What he finally discovered was my stomach was not emptying in the normal 2-4 hours. Instead he found my stomach full of food I had ate 36 hours earlier.His solution was to put me on reglean which I cannot take so we settled on a pink antibotic (sorry I don't remember the name but we all had it as kids - tastes like bubble gum) that I take before each meal.End result, severe stomach pains are gone, diareaha is gone, blood sugar is staying normal, no new weight gain - just holding where I fell to, no acid reflux and no bloated stomach.Moral of the story, stick to your guns. If something seems wrong to you, it just might be. Look for the simplest solutions first and stop trying to block the acid production.To the person who had the stomach wrap and still has reflux laying down, have them do a stomach emptying study, you might just have a problem that your stomach does not empty in 2 hours and the food sits there until it starts producing gas. This will push the acid out of your stomach when laying down and give you the indications of GERD when it is really stomach muscles that are not working anymore.Good luck....
    MikeMc 2 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
    • 02:30 AM
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