I had my gallbladder removed in January 2008 since then I have gained 30 pounds,have irritable bowel syndrome,and have terrible pains in my mid upper stomach if my stomach is empty. Despite all of that I am happy I had the surgery not having those terrible gallbladder attacks waking me in the middle of night is wonderful,so what if I have IBS gained some weight and have real bad tummy pains till I eat or drink something,its better than feeling like your insides are going to explode and feeling like I am going to die.