I’ve been diagnosed with gallbladder polyps
It may look like a grape with a narrow stalk, or have many fine projections, resembling the pile of a carpet.
Gall bladder polyps are relatively uncommon. The commonest type is referred to as Mucosal Cholesterol Polyps (Polypoid Cholesterolosis).
They are often multiple small filling defects less than 10mm in diameter and are usually located in the middle 1/3 of gallbladder and do not become malignant.
You are correct in that there are other types of polyps that can occur in the gall bladder, including cancer, but this is extremely rare.
The cholesterol polyps form when excessive amounts of cholesterol are laid down in cells beneath the surface of the lining of the gall bladder. They are associated with cholesterol gallstones 50 70% of the time.
The good news is that you can live perfectly well without your gallbladder. Nowadays, the operation is usually done by keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery with very small cuts in the abdominal wall.
You will probably only need only stay in the hospital for one or two nights and be able to get back to work in two or three weeks.
For some people the surgeon may advise a more traditional operation with a larger cut, requiring a stay of a week or so in the hospital and a slightly longer convalescence period.
Both types of operation are safe, especially on younger people and non smokers. The traditional operation may be painful afterwards but this can be controlled by strong painkillers.
Many people with gallstones find that some particular foods, especially those which are fatty or oily, make them feel sick and give them pain.
A low fat diet can help, preferably including steamed or boiled vegetables, fruit, pasta which is oil free, steamed or poached fish or skinless chicken, grilled lean meat, skimmed milk, soya protein such as tofu, brown bread, various types of beans and pulses such as lentils.
You can get advice from your doctor or the hospital dietician.
After a gallbladder operation you can introduce fats into your meals although it is healthier to avoid them if possible.
Most people can eat moderate amounts of all their favourite foods without trouble. It is best to avoid alcohol if you have liver or gallbladder trouble.
When you have recovered from a gallbladder operation, however, you should be able to drink again if you wish, within the usual limits.