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nonfunctioning gallbladder

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  • Posted By: maggiemae
  • March 3, 2010
  • 06:30 PM

My symptoms include extreme nausea, bloating, gas, excessive belching, and occasional vomiting after I eat. I have quit eating fatty/fried foods and dairy as they make my problems worse, but even when I eat rice with steamed veggies, I get sick afterward. I'm at the point now where I have a really hard time eating anything.

I've been seeing my primary care physician (PCP) about this. He gave me Omperzole, which has not helped any. I also had a couple of tests performed. An ultrasound showed that the wall of my gallbladder is too thick; otherwise everything is normal. A HIDA scan showed that my gallbladder has an ejection fraction of 3%. I understand that the normal EF ranges between 30% and 75%.

My PCP has referred me to a surgeon to have the gallbladder removed. I wanted to get a 2nd opinion on this from a GI doctor, but I need a referral from my PCP to do so. My PCP firmly believes that there is nothing a GI doctor can do for me and the only treatment is to have the surgery.

Does anyone have experience with this? I'd like to explore my other options before jumping into a surgery, and I have a hard time believing that there are no other options (as my PCP has informed me). Also, if this is true, what will happen if I elect not to have the gallbladder removed and just live with the symptoms? Does the gallbladder reach a point of failure, and if so, what happens at that time?

Thanks in advance.

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