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No bowel movement since stones were confirmed

Gallstone symptoms started again on Saturday  (may 17). I've been very selective with my eating, but I've had several apples, pasta, several helpings of cereal (nature's path organic stuff).  I had an ultra sound and was said to have an 11mm stone. I'm very apprehensive about having it removed. How concerned should I be about my lack of bowel movements? I've been urinating just fine. After reading everyone's problems post-gall bladder removal, I'm more concerned than ever about having it out. I had surgery scheduled for Friday, but have postponed it until June now.
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Hi, bowel movements can alter based on the diet you take. The reason we recommend removal of the gallbladder in patients with symptomatic gallbladder disease is because they have a 1 in 3 chance of developing a significant complication such as acute cholecystitis, pancreatitis, cholangitis, etc. The risk of death when we are forced to deal with folks in the face of one of these complications rises 100 fold. So, you can opt for elective gallbladder removal. Regards.

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I have a single 11mm stone lodged in the neck of the gallbladder. The gallbladder walls are slightly thickened.

So are you saying I have 33% change of developing a significant complication at this stage, and if I do, there's a ... good chance of death? Chance of death being what, 50% ?

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Oh, and thank you, Doctor Paderia, for your prompt response.
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Oh, I also forgot to mention that I had a very good bowel movement this morning.
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