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Had gallbladder removed. Pain in stomach, bloating, burping. Should I go back to surgeon?

Hello doctor, I had my gallbladder removed 1 year ago. Last week I strained myself by doing household work. Since then I m having pain on right side of stomach , I m feeling bloated and burping frequently. I have oily and restraurant food too often, could this be one of the reasons for my condition. Should I go back to my surgeon?
Asked On : Sat, 8 Dec 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi, the surgeon is not going to be able to help you in this case. After a gallbladder is removed you are at risk of having symptoms in the future such as those you are describing: pain and bloating, although it should not be related to straining yourself, this is more indicative of something muscular or joint related. Now that you don't have a gallbladder, the bile drains directly from your liver into the bowels, which can also make you have diarrhea.
Other potential problems include small bowel "bacterial overgrowth". I recommend you going to a gastroenterologist who can evaluate you further, and differentiate all of those.
Your symptoms could also be completely unrelated to the surgery, and you can have an entity called delayed gastric emptying, gastric ulcers or inflammation, etc.
Answered: Sun, 9 Dec 2012
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Gastroenterologist Dr. Charles S Narasi's  Response
Hello, gharidoss,
Your surgery was a year ago and I don't suspect any problems
related to the surgery itself. Most of the complications tend to
occur within the first 10-15 days after surgery.
Most of the people who have had gallstones also tend to have
a hiatus hernia and GERD (Gastroesphgeal reflux disease).
Your symptoms got worse after some heavy work.
This is probably the reason. Some have typical heartburn,
others may have burping and bloating. Some have hoarsness,
or night time cough or recurrent sinus infections etc.
Try to avoid carbonated beverages, real spicy foods, citrus
and tomato products, excess caffeine, alcohol .
You can start taking Omeprazole 20 mg. once or twice a day
about one hour before meals and see if that relieves your
If the symptoms persist after 4-6 weeks, get an upper GI-xrays
to see if you have a large hernia which may need further care.
I wish you well.
Answered: Sun, 9 Dec 2012
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