Hi Twoscoots, I had gall bladder surgery (had it removed) about 12 years ago when I was 49. It was before I was dx and even though looking back I realise I’d had mild symptoms for years, at that time I had no idea I was ill.
It seems to me that after the surgery I did start to get more symptoms that finally led to a dx… BUT it’s impossible to say if that would have happened if I hadn’t had surgery.
The thing to consider is that gall bladder problems don’t go away. Mine had been left for some years because of a stupid doctor in the States who told me that a blood test showed that I didn’t have gall stones and she said it was wind!
Back in the UK I was suffering a lot with pain and went to a GP. She said there is no blood test that can tell if you have gall stones!
Anyway, long story short, when they removed my gall bladder they said it was ‘chronically diseased’.
Hard decision for you… but if you are suffering frequently with pain I would go ahead with the surgery. IF you are not suffering badly you need to weigh up the chances of it getting worse. A VERY low fat diet certainly stops the painful episodes.
It’s keyhole surgery as you probably know.
Best of luck with it and come back and let us know how it goes.