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R. Douglas Strickland
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Kingsport
Gastroenterology
Gastroenterology Associates
135 W Ravine Rd # 3-A
Kingsport
TN
37660

I had my gallbladder removed 8 years ago. Recently I have had symptoms just like before my surgery. Can my gallbladder grow back?

No, the gallbladder does not grow back. When it is removed, however, there is still a duct or tube that remains behind to drain bile from the liver to the intestine. It is in this duct that gallstones can form, although it is uncommon. When it does occur, symptoms can be similar to your original gallbladder symptoms. There are several other disorders that can mimic gallbladder pain as well. Your doctor can order tests or refer you to a specialist to determine if this is the cause of your current symptoms.

What is pancreatitis?

The pancreas is the organ that is located in the abdominal cavity behind the stomach. Its primary function is to make hormones such as insulin or digestive enzymes. When it becomes inflamed, the condition is called pancreatitis. This disease can be very mild or can be life threatening. The most common causes of pancreatitis are alcohol consumption and gallstones that get trapped in the duct that drains the gallbladder and liver. Blood work and imaging studies such as a CT scan or ultrasound can help determine the severity and the cause of pancreatitis.

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