The gallbladder is a sac that
stores bile made by the liver in between meals. After a meal, the gallbladder
squeezes the bile it has stored into the intestine. In the intestine, the bile
mixes with food and fat. Bile is important because it helps with the digestion
of fat and its transfer from the intestine into the body.
gallbladder is removed, bile made by the liver can no longer be stored between meals.
Instead, the bile flows directly into the intestine anytime the liver produces it.
Thus, there still is bile in the intestine to mix with food and fat. It is true
that there is not as much bile, but there is enough to allow the digestion and
transfer of fat. People who have had their gallbladders removed do not need to
limit the fat in their diet.
The only clear side effect of removal of the
gallbladder is diarrhea. This occurs in about 10%
of patients. The diarrhea occurs because of the change in the way bile is
delivered to the intestine once the gallbladder has been removed. Bile and the
way it is delivered to the intestine appears to control the speed with which food passes through the
intestine. Removing the gallbladder speeds up the passage of food and thereby
may cause the diarrhea. There may be other reasons why the change in delivery of
bile causes diarrhea as well.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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