Question: Concerns About Ileostomy and Gallbladder Interactions

I’m seeking information on the connection between ileostomy surgery and the functioning of the gallbladder. Specifically, I’d like to know if having an ileostomy impacts gallbladder function, and conversely, if gallbladder removal presents any issues for individuals with an ileostomy.

Response: Insights into Ileostomy and Gallbladder Dynamics

The relationship between an ileostomy and the gallbladder is indeed a topic worth understanding. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Risk of Gallstones with Ileostomy: It’s important to be aware that having an ileostomy can increase the risk of developing kidney stones and gallstones. This is due to changes in the digestive process and bile flow as a result of the ileostomy surgery.
  • Effect of Gallbladder Removal: If you are considering gallbladder removal or have already undergone this procedure, it’s reassuring to know that gallbladder removal does not adversely affect the function or management of an ileostomy.
  • Further Reading: For more detailed information on this subject, I recommend reviewing the abstract of a relevant medical study, which explores the increased risk of gallbladder disease associated with ileostomy. You can access this abstract at PubMed.

It’s always beneficial to have a comprehensive understanding of how different medical conditions and surgeries can interact, especially when managing an ileostomy. If you have any more specific concerns or questions, consulting with your healthcare provider is always a good step.

Warm Regards,

Karen Bruton, RN BScN MCISc-WH WOCC(C)
Nurse Education Consultant – FNIB
Indigenous Services Canada, Government of Canada


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