Comparing treatments

  Watchful waiting Surgery
What is usually involved? You can wait. If you get another attack, you can take painkillers. During surgery the gallbladder is removed. You can live without gallbladder.
What are the results?

33 out of 100 people never have another gallbladder attack.7

You can avoid another attack by exercising and losing weight (not too quickly).

After surgery, 70 out of 100 people will have no more abdominal pain.6

What are the benefits?

If you have more gallbladder attacks, you can still decide to have surgery.

Best chance of getting rid of your symptoms.

What are the risks?

67 out of 100 people will get another gallbladder attack.7

Less than 1 out of 100 people will get an infected gallbladder or pancreas.3

30 out of 100 people still suffer abdominal pain after surgery.6

1 out of 100 people get a wound infection.4

1 out of 100 people get an abdominal bleeding.4

In 1 out of 200 people the bile duct gets damaged.5

In 1 out of 500 people the small intestine gets damaged.4

In 4 out of 100 people the incision is extended during surgery. This prolongs recovery after surgery.4,8