life without gallbladder

Life Without Gallbladder

A journey of life after gallbladder removal surgery

First New Year without gallbladder

Welcome 2010!

And this is my first New Year without gallbladder.

And my New Year wishes – same as my Christmas wish:
1. good health – totally recovered from the lap chole procedure, no more colic attack, no more ERCP procedure.
2. financial stability – monies, so that i can pay the IOU’s during my last hospitalization last Dec. 12 to 15.


What is a Gallbladder?

What is a Gallbladder?

Gallbladder – an organ that is situated under the right lobe of the liver.

It is a small pear-shaped muscular membranous sac stores the bile until needed by the body for digestion. It receives bile from the liver, concentrate it, and discharge it into the duodenum of the small intestine.

This hollow muscular organ is expandable, it is about 7-10 cm long, 3 cm in maximum breadth, and under usual circumstances, it can store about 30-50 ml capacity.

It is divided into three sections: fundus, body and neck. The neck tapers and connects to the biliary tree via the cystic duct, which then joins the common hepatic duct to become the common bile duct.


Gallstones are crystallized substances that can occur within the biliary tree, including the gallbladder and the common bile duct. These stones are composed of cholesterol, bile pigments, and calcium salts. The size varies as well as its chemical structure. It can be as small as a sand grain or as large as a golf ball.

Most likely, the gallstone forms in gallbladder as it stores a concentrate of bile. This bile came from the liver that aids digesting food in the intestine, particularly in fat emulsification. The gallstone that forms in gallbladder can block the normal flow of bile when it dislodges into the ducts; the hepatic ducts that carry bile out from the liver. The cystic duct that take bile to and from the gallbladder. And the common bile duct that passes the bile from cystic and hepatic ducts to the small intestine.

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