Wondering if your gallbladder pain warrants the removal of this organ even though you don’t have gallstones?

“Gallbladder dyskinesia [impairment of movement] is a motility disorder that affects the gallbladder,” explains Akram Alashari, MD, an abdominal and critical care surgeon for Grand Strand Surgical Specialists, Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC, and author of  THE POWER OF PEAK STATE.

“Patients with this condition present with biliary-type pain, and investigations show no evidence of gallstones in the gallbladder,” continues Dr. Alashari.

“The diagnosis is made by performing a gallbladder ejection fraction, which is a radionuclide investigation.” This procedure is called a HIDA scan. “An abnormal gallbladder ejection fraction has a value less than 40 percent.

“Patients with an abnormal gallbladder ejection fraction should undergo cholecystectomy [removal of this organ]. This procedure has been shown to be effective in curing the symptoms in over 90 percent of patients.”