Should I get my gallbladder removed?


Q: For over a year now I've had trouble breathing and have felt a lot of pressure on my chest (constant). I've been to the ER multiple times and have had plenty of different work ups including cardiac, CT scan, blood work, X-rays, etc. I also have a lower back ache since this all started. The chest tightness gets worse after I eat.

I received an upper endoscopy that came back fine. I then ended up in the ER a few days later with nausea and stomach cramping that lasted over 12 hours. The ER doctor suggested a HIDA scan.

I booked an ultrasound first to see if I had gallstones and all was clear. I then received the HIDA scan and my gallbladder is only emptying at a rate of 5%. They say I should have it removed, but I want a second opinion. The doctor can't guarantee this will get rid of my symptoms, but he says he's pretty sure it will. I can't live with this chest pressure much longer as my quality of life is diminishing. I'm 28 years old. Should I have it removed?


A:   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: I am 70 years old and have been suffereing from diarhea for the last few months. Today have got a high reading for ce...

Q: I've spent the the past year or so worrying off and on about lymphoma. Last year, I moved to the Netherlands, by myse...

Q: My 6 year old has a partially white stool. She finished augmentin a week ago for a swollen jaw, which we assumed may ...

Q: I am diagnosed with pvc. I did a echo, blood test and holter and all normal. I did stress test at the start of year a...

Q: I had to give this Ref ID : 423190. This is another follow up. So I know that my dad has an even bigger mole on hi...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon