Postcholecystectomy Syndrome

Topic Overview

Postcholecystectomy syndrome sometimes occurs when abdominal symptoms develop after surgery to remove thegallbladder(cholecystectomy). About 5% to 40% of people who have the gallbladder removed may experience symptoms.footnote 1

Symptoms of postcholecystectomy syndrome may include:

  • Upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
  • Persistent pain in the upper right abdomen.

Your doctor may be able to give you medicine to help with some of these symptoms.

If pain continues, you may have a problem caused by something other than the gallbladder or agallstone. Other possible causes of abdominal pain includeirritable bowel syndrome, stomach (peptic) ulcers, or pancreatitis.

References

Citations

  1. Glasgow RE, Mulvihill SJ (2010). Treatment of gallstone disease. In M Feldman et al., eds., Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 9th ed., vol. 1, pp. 1121-1138. Philadelphia: Saunders.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerArvydas D. Vanagunas, MD, FACP, FACG - Gastroenterology

Current as ofMay 5, 2017