"Cholecystectomy ... is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. It is the most common method for treating symptomatic gallstones. Surgical options include the standard procedure, called laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and an older more invasive procedure, called open cholecystectomy. A cholecystectomy is performed when attempts to treat gallstones with ultrasound to shatter the stones (lithotripsy) or medications to dissolve them have not proved feasible."
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Gall Bladder/Liver Cleanses
05/13/2010: Pat from Athens, Al, Usa: "I asked a question about a week ago but haven't found an answer. i had my gallbladder removed in 1997 and wondered if I would still benefit from doing some type of cleanse. Obviously I can't do a "gallbladder" cleanse since there isn't one, but would a liver cleanse be essentially the same thing? And with so many out there and no gallbladder what would be one of the better home made cleanses to try? I know I'm asking a lot of questions but who else would know except all of you wonderful people? I just want to get and stay healthy and I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. Thank You."Replies
05/14/2010: Joanofarc83 from Morton, Illinois Usa replies: "Pat-
I also had my gall bladder removed years ago. I have done several liver cleanses with good results. I also have a fatty liver. Many stones came out as well as lots of chaff. The first cleanse produced over 100 stones. Google 'Hulda Clark' for the liver cleanse. The uses fresh lemon, grapefruit, olive oil, Epsom salts and water. Good luck"
05/14/2010: Pat from Athens, Al, Usa replies: "Thank you, I will google it and see what I can find. I just didn't know it was doable without a gallbladder. So if it cleanses the liver it's got to be good!"
EC: Hi Pat,
You might find some good recipes here: http://earthclinic.com/CURES/gallstones.html#GC
Improving Digestion of Beneficial Fats
[QUESTION] 04/08/2010: Joan from Arcata, California, Usa: "Would you make a new listing under "ailments" for people who have already had their gall bladders removed? I would like to know suggestions for how to improve digestion of beneficial fats. I understand that people without gall bladders are more prone to nervousness in addition to bloating and even heart disease."
EC: Thanks for the suggestion! New ailments page created under "Cholecystectomy".
03/29/2013: Tiari from Bridgeport, Ct replies: "I have had my gallbladder removed four weeks ago, and found afterward, I couldn't digest -any- food, even bland fat free foods were causing gas, bloating, stomach pain and frequent bowel movements. I did find extreme relief by taking a daily probiotic once a day, as well as a choline suppliment once a day. I also take, with -every- meal, ox bile suppliments (bile salts), as well as a good digestive enzyme supplement. As long as I take them, I can eat anything I like without issues."
Lecithin, Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
05/16/2010: J.b. from Nashville, Tn: "I had my gallbladder removed years ago. Can taking lecithin granules with meals and ACV-baking soda five days a week take the place of bile salts? I just want to make sure I do what I can to PREVENT toxin accumulation in my liver. Thanks for any help."