Hello. I had my J pouch surgery 13 years ago and I really appreciate all the information and support the J-Pouch Group provides. I have now been diagnosed with Biliary Dyskonesia (malfunctioning Gallbladder). I have surgery scheduled for Thursday the 20th to remove my gallbladder and I am concerned about how this will affect my system. I have done pretty well with my J-Pouch. I eat 4-5 small meals a day and I go 7-8 times a day (never at night). I have had some problems with not getting enough salt (hydration) but not serious.
If you have had your gallbladder removed, can you tell me about your experience?
My questions are:
Did your bowel movements increased? Permanently?
Have you had more irritation?
Have you had more dehydration?
have you experienced any vitamin deficiencies (such as A,D,E,K)?
Did you gallbladder pain go away?
Has your diet changed?
Are GB problems common for J-Pouchers?
Thanks for your help!