Is it possible to get gallstones after having the gallbladder removed?

In a lecture today, someone said today that a patient might still get gallstones even after they've had their gallbladder removed.

I don't get how! Can someone explain please?

Authored By Ben Langton on Monday 5th November 2012

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malek ahmad
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medical officer - university malaya medical centre, malaysia
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Posted about 7 years ago

Yes, but it is less common. Previous history of gallstones itself is one of the risk factor for future gallstones in common bile duce (Choledocholithiasis). It could be either:

  1. The stone from the gall bladder has been migrated to CBD or <
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Chris Pearce
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Core / Specialist / Gp Trainee - St George`S Hospital
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Posted about 7 years ago

Ben,

The short answer is yes.

However, we can split your initial question into 2 - by "a patient might still get gallstones" you could mean either form new gallstones, or present with biliary colic.

As Malek has point

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Rita G
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Posted about 7 years ago

Yes, as it was said in the previous answer.
In order to prevent this, an exploration of the biliary system can be performed during surgery or an esphincterotomy may also be performed.

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