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Q: Can having your gallbladder removed cause elevated cholesterol levels one year after surgery?

Does having your gallbladder removed effect cholesterol levels?

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4/28/09 12:01pm

Hi Obrncda,


Mostlikely not.  Bile is produced by the liver and involved in fat digestion, including cholesterol.  This bile, which is produced by the liver, is typically stored in the gallbladder until it's needed.  However, the liver generally produces enough bile that no longer storing bile in the gallbladder should not have an impact.  I encourage you to consult your physician to determine the cause of your elevated choelsterol and appropriate treatment steps.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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Baritone1950, Community Member
7/14/11 2:30pm

I never had high cholesterol until I had my gall bladder removed.  I eat very healthy and do not eat foods that contain cholesterol.  My cholesterol tests were always in a healthy range.  My MD/DO says that if your live does not produce enough bile, having your gall bladder removed will also remove the storehouse of bile that the gall bladder contains.  Therefore, yes, having your gall bladder removed can elevate your cholesterol if your liver does not produce enough bile on it's on.  Ask your doctor to to do a liver test to see if there is any underlying reasons for the low production of bile.

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