Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction after Gallbladder Removal

Gallbladders are often surgically removed for a variety of different reasons, but what most patients don’t fully understand about this procedure are the number of complications that can arise afterwards. A good percentage of people will experience digestive health problems like sphincter of oddi dysfunction or irritable bowel syndrom after getting their gallbladder removed.

It’s estimated that anywhere between 10 – 20% of people who get their gallbladder removed experience symptoms that suggest sphincter of oddi. Your doctor should be very aware of the possible consequences and be prepared to tread SOD.

Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction can occur after gallbladder removal surgery,

If you think you have SOD, don’t worry the dysfunction is very treatable and most people are able to make a strong recovery through the use of medication alone. In some situations surgery may be opted for or required but only as a last resort. Typically, SOD is not a fatal disease but complications can occur in different situations.

How to tell if the gallbladder removal has lead to sphincter of oddi dysfunction?

Some of the main symptoms for SOD include upper abdominal pain that’s intense one moment and then gone later. If you are feeling this kind of pain regularly and do not know what the cause of it is, the chances are you may have SOD.

What’s happening it the sphincter of oddi is not operating properly. Its malfunction is preventing the pancreatic juices form entering the small intestine and stopping the regular digestive process. Some people with SOD also experience cases of extreme nausea and sickness.

Jennifer Collins, MD


I'm a gastroenterologist, the proud mother of two children and passionate about living! I hope sharing this information will be beneficial in your struggle against digestive diseases.

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