Gall Bladder Issues
In December, 2020, I had a partial colectomy to treat colonic inertia after multiple medical approaches
didn't work. Since then I have been dealing with daily abdominal pain. I talked about this earlier in a separate post but now there has been a new development that I wanted to discuss.
Recently I had an MRI and a HIDA scan because of sludge noted in my gallbladder on earlier CT scans. Unfortunately, the results show multiple gallstones, delayed filling and only a 27% ejection fraction suggesting chronic cholecystitis. The usual treatment for this is laparoscopic removal of the gall bladder, but I don't feel I can face another surgery at this point, feeling traumatized by my partial colectomy in December and the continued abdominal pain. The thought of another surgery frightens me. One question is whether the gall bladder issues could be contributing to my abdominal pain although my pain is not very gall-bladder-like, being in a band around and below my navel, not radiating anywhere, and not increasing particularly after meals. There is no nausea or vomiting. I discussed this with my gastroenterologist.
I discussed this with my gastroenterologist. He said since I was not having clinical symptoms of gall bladder disease at this point and my pain was not gall bladder – like, he was in no rush to suggest surgery. This was a great relief to me because I didn't feel I could face another surgery at this point, still dealing with the aftermath of the partial colectomy in December. I know that there are medical treatments for gallstones but they only work on certain types of gallstones and can take 1-2 years to work. I was wondering if people have had success avoiding gall bladder surgery over time, either with medication or a wait and see approach. I realize that sooner or later I might have to face more surgery hopefully after I have had more recovery from the previous surgery. Thanks.