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Gallbladder function

I had a HIDA scan done and the result was that my gallbladder function is 14%.  Is this dangerous?  I am hoping to have the gallbladder removed on Friday.
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When your gallbladder isn't functioning well, the only thing you can do is listen to your doctor, surgeon and GI.  If I remember correctly, anything above 35% is considered normal and anything over 75% is considered hyperkinetic biliary dyskenesia or hyperkinetic gallbladder, something like that.  Since I'm not a doctor and know nothing about medicine, you'd want to check the numbers and terms.  At 14%, it's fairly safe to assume your gallbladder is barely working.  I'm not sure how much you've been suffering before you got to the HIDA Scan but I can tell you about my own surgery, which wasn't too bad.  Plan your after-care!  Before you go in, ask your Doc for pain medication (just in case you need it.)  Ask who you call in case of emergency (the GI, the Surgeon, the Doc, the hospital, etc.)  Ask any questions you have in advance!  The most important thing for me was not to rush back into being physically active.  I wouldn't worry about getting back to work quickly or even lifting a load of laundry.  In fact, if you can allow yourself a good ten days before you drive and at least six weeks before you lift anything, that would be ideal!  They say you feel better within a week or so but everyone is different.  I had complications with mine.  If you develop a temperature or are feeling horribly ill afterward, please call your surgeon immediately!  Everyone has questions during their recovery and I'm happy to be there for you (by email).  If you have any questions at all, please email me and don't be embarrassed.  You can ask anything and if I can't help you, I'll be honest.  If your surgery is a success, there are a few things that can happen afterward because your system has changed, such as weight gain, diarrhea, etc.  I'll try to add some links for you at the end of this post.  Just copy and past into your browser.  If you notice any spaces, remove them.  Medhelp isn't great at allowing you to send links.  I wish you all the best!

Sam (female, 43)

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Digestion and GI Health – Your Gallbladder – http://www.womentowomen.com/digestionandgihealth/gallbladderhealth.aspx
Cholecystitis – http://gastroresource.com/GITextbook/en/chapter13/13-2-pr.htm
Gallstone Removal – http://www.surgeryencyclopedia.com/Fi-La/Gallstone-Removal.html
Management of Common Bile Duct Calculi – http://www.surgeons.org/Content/NavigationMenu/WhoWeAre/Regions/QLD/080506_CWon.pdf
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) – http://www.sages.org/sagespublication.php?doc=PI11
Functional Gallbladder and Sphincter of Oddi Disorders – http://www.romecriteria.org/pdfs/p1498FuncGallbladderandSOD.pdf
MERCK – Gallstones – http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec10/ch140/ch140b.html
Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease – http://adam.about.com/reports/Gallstones-and-gallbladder-disease.htm#adamHeading_4
GALLSTONES (Cholelithiasis) – http://www.rxmed.com/b.main/b1.illness/b1.1.illnesses/GALLSTONES%20(CHOLELITHIASIS).htm
Cedars-Sinai – Gallstones – http://www.csmc.edu/5344.html
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) – Gallstones – http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gallstones/index.htm
Gallbladder Attack – http://www.gallbladderattack.com/gallbladdersurgery.shtml
Pathology Outlines – Gallbladder – http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/gallbladderpf.html
Diseases of the Gallbladder and Bile Ducts – http://rezidentiat.3x.ro/eng/litbiliaraeng.htm
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