Gallbladder Pain: Is it Worth It To Remove Your Gallbladder?
If you are like many people who experience gallbladder pain and digestive disturbances, you’ve likely visited your primary care physician and heard about the most common solution offered- surgical removal. Many conventional doctors reassure patients that the gallbladder will not be missed, and digestion will carry on as normal after its removal, but this is only part of the story. While it is true that you can live without your gallbladder, here is why you may want to try alternative options first and keep your gallbladder working for you.
This small, pear-shaped organ sits just below your liver on the right side of the abdomen and serves and important function as storage and regulator for the bile created by your liver. When you eat a meal, the fat content in your food triggers just the right amount of bile to be released from your gallbladder, into the small intestine. This important, greenish-yellow fluid emulsifies fats to make them absorbable and digestible. Likewise, fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K cannot be take up into your bloodstream without the help of bile.
Many people develop gallstones in their lifetime which are small, hardened deposits of calcium or bilirubin and salts which can range in size from tiny grains of sand to golf balls which greatly impair the normal movements of your gallbladder. Often gallstones cause no gallbladder pain but when they happen to shift into a bile duct, the blockage can cause excruciating discomfort lasting from 15 minutes to several hours.
Understandably, if you’ve ever felt the pain of a gallbladder attack, you’ll want immediate relief and surgery might sound like a great idea. If your symptoms are occasional and mild to moderate, consider that simple dietary changes and safe, natural therapies to flush the gallbladder out can bring instant and ongoing relief from gallbladder pain. Natural gallstone removal protocols are a preferred means of dealing with gallbladder problems.
When the gallbladder is removed through surgery, bile that the liver creates is channeled directly into the small intestine in a constant, unregulated trickle. This means that the higher volumes and different concentrations required to digest heavy and high fat meals are often not available. Ongoing digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and nausea can become constant issues to content with.
Ongoing reductions in dietary fat and fried food are very important if you have had your gallbladder removed, but these changes can help with prevention of stones as well. When one has had their gallbladder completely removed due to gallbladder pain, they will need to consider supplementing their diet for the long term with ox bile and other enzymes or digestive aids.
In some extreme cases where infection or rupture is a concern, medical attention and gallbladder removal may be necessary.
It is worth it to get ahead of the problem with a little prevention, however, and keep your gallbladder n great shape for life.