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Gall Bladder removal after Gastric Bypass

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I had my surgery 7/19/10 and had my 1st gall bladder attack since the surgery on sunday (1/2/11) and again today (1/3/11) Went to the ER both days and they ran tests and said they couldn't see any problems with the gall bladder and keep suggesting IBS syndrome.

Has anyone else had this problem?

I just want the darn gall bladder taken out so this pain will go away. They say that only my PCP can get the tests ordered or refer me to a GI specialist but the ER can't do the necessary testing and/or the removal. They say it's an elective surgery. HA!!! Like I electively want to deal with this pain anymore.

I made an appointment with my bypass surgeon for tomorrow and hopefully he can get me on the right path to gall bladder removal.

Thanks for listening and allowing a small vent session.:)

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Sorry if this seems a dumb question, but what makes you think it's a gallbladder issue as opposed to something else?

They really need to do an ultrasound on the gallbladder and if that doesn't show an issues, check for stones/sludge/blockage in the common bile duct.

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I had a 4 day hospital stay back in 2008 due to the same exact pain and when they did numerous testing the only thing they found was sludge in the gall bladder. The one test that would have definitively said yes its the gall bladder or no it's not could not be done without giving me morphine to relax the gall bladder. So once they give me the morphine it makes the test inclusive. I have no idea why they gave me morphine or why it ruined the test.

The week before my surgery I had another attack, not a big one, so my surgeon asked if I could deal with it so that way we didn't have to re-schedule my RNY and he could take the gall bladder during surgery if it looked bad. Well after my 2 day clear liquid diet the pain cleared up and of course it looked great when he went in there.

At this point I am wondering what else it could be????????

I have an appt with my surgeon this morning so hopefully he can give some answers or at least a plan to get answers. I have to work full time and this pain is making it even difficult to get out of bed each day so far.

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Ultrasounds are commonly used to check the gallbladder but aren't are a definite. Another test to test the function of the gallbladder is the HIDA Scan - it test the percentage of function of the gallbladder. Even if lab work and ultrasounds are normal - this test will show it is not.

You are your own advocate - keep telling your doctor whats going on and do not give up!

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My surgeon got me into an emergency Hida scan today so I will get the results thursday at 9am. My surgeon is the bomb and will definitely push to get this sucker out and not deal with the pain ever again.

Thanks everyone...

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