Management of the Gallbladder Before and After Bariatric Surgery

  • Rohini KhatriEmail author
  • Sayeed Ikramuddin
  • Daniel Leslie


Cholecystectomy is common following bariatric surgery procedures, making the assessment of gallbladder disease a critical component of post-bariatric surgery care. From the standpoint of patient education, there must be an emphasis on adherence to prophylactic therapy, should it be prescribed by the surgeon. For the bariatric surgeon, a conscientious decision must be made regarding the necessity and timing of a cholecystectomy. This chapter will describe the pathophysiology of cholesterol gallstone formation, specifically addressing the unique changes that occur after bariatric surgery; discuss the role of prophylactic cholecystectomy and other management strategies of gallbladder disease; and, finally, address the systems-based challenges in the work-up and management of biliary problems after bariatric surgery.


Bariatric Surgery Biliary Tree Ursodeoxycholic Acid Gallbladder Disease Gallstone Formation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rohini Khatri
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sayeed Ikramuddin
    • 2
  • Daniel Leslie
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Minnesota Medical SchoolMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Division of Gastrointestinal SurgeryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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