When should a person have their gallbladder removed?

Dr. Taylor discusses when someone should have their gallbladder removed. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


A person should take gallbladder removal into consideration if it is causing problems such as pain after eating, according to Premier Health Specialists’ (PHS) physicians.

The pain from ongoing gallbladder disease usually is felt in the mid portion of the abdomen and can also move around to the back, according to PHS physicians.

According to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH), most people who have their gallbladder removed have the following symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • Epigastric pain – pain after eating that is usually in the upper right or upper middle of the belly area
  • Heartburn
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

In some cases, a fever can also be a symptom, according to PHS physicians.

When these issues become a chronic, ongoing problem, it might be time to consider having the gallbladder removed.

Talk to your physician for more information about making the choice to have gallbladder surgery.

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