wow.. all of these stories ring truth for me except that i have not had problems with diarrhea. The weight gain is a biggy for me because this is the heaviest i have ever been. Prior to my surgery two years ago 2007 i was 40lb lighter. I have the spare tire around the mid section, and the weight seems to do what it wants. I had no idea how serious it was to have your gallbladder. It breaks down the foods we eat. I wish someone would have told me that weight would be an issue unless I kept a strict diet. I even exercise almost daily. This is horrible. I feel so fat and bloated all the time with no control in site. Can someone help us who have had this surgery on how to control the weight gain??????