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November 2018
Do I Have to Change the Way I Eat After Gallbladder Surgery?

Do I Have to Change the Way I Eat After Gallbladder Surgery?

Most people who have their gallbladders removed do not have to alter their diet at all. Perhaps this is not always a good thing however?
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What Causes Gallstones?

What Causes Gallstones?

This is not a new question! People have suffered and wondered about the causes of gallstones for more than a thousand years. Egyptian mummies have been found with gallstones. 10-20% of people will develop gallstones at some point in their lives. Gallstones are either cholesterol gallstones or pigmented gallstones. The pigmented stones are created by crystallization of bilirubin, which is a substance in our bile. Cholesterol stones develop when there is abnormal metabolism of cholesterol for some...
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October 2018
Do You Need Your Gallbladder?

Do You Need Your Gallbladder?

The gallbladder does have a function within our body. Unlike the appendix, which has only been theorized to have had a function in the past, the gallbladder does aid in digestion. The gallbladder mostly serves as a reservoir. It reserves some of the bile that is made within the liver. Our bile is a greenish yellow fluid that flows from the liver down the bile ducts and into the intestine. Bile is necessary in order for us to digest any fat which we eat.
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March 2017
Don't Ignore Your Gallbladder

Don't Ignore Your Gallbladder

Emergency surgery is risky business. Once health issues reach a point of urgency, they often involve complications that can be life-threatening. Gallbladder problems are sometimes easy to ignore altogether or attribute to indigestion.
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The Benefits of Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery

The Benefits of Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery

If your doctor has told you that you need cholecystectomy, also known as gallbladder removal surgery, one of the best options is laparoscopy. Thanks to advancements in technology, the procedure can be done using the DaVinci robot.
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January 2017
Is Your Pain Gallstones?

Is Your Pain Gallstones?

Gallstones are simply hard deposits that settle in the gallbladder. Sometimes, you don't even know that they are there, but at other times, one can become dislodged and try to travel through the duct, which can cause severe pain.
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November 2016
The 4 F's of Gallbladder Surgery

The 4 F's of Gallbladder Surgery

The gallbladder’s function is to store bile that is produced by the liver. For those with gallbladder disease, the bile has become too thick and concentrated and is not able to flow properly.
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