People with gallbladder stones have these questions in common. Is it not possible to just remove the stones? Why is it necessary to remove the whole gallbladder? Answer is gallbladder is a very delicate organ to deal with, its just not practical and possible to just remove its stones and stitch it together again in place. Whether we accept it or not, its how it is, stones in gall bladder means removal of the organ on the whole is the only available solution.
Human body is a complex mechanism. Heart, lungs, liver, kidney and many other organs needs to function in an organised way to make us lead a healthy life. To live we need organs like heart, but there is a good news. Human body can lead a good healthy life in the absence of certain internal organs and our body is capable of adapting to it.
You can remove human parts like eyes or legs from a person and still he can continue to live without any threat to his life. In a similar way you remove appendix, gallbladder and tonsils from a body without having to worry about survival.
We can continue to live if one of the kidneys or one of the lungs is removed, but since the chances for infection is high in this case, its important to remain alert and cautious.
Removing some parts of stomach, small and large intestine, meaning shortening the length of the intestines one can still continue to live. As this might lead to reduced nutrient absorption for the body, taking in necessary pills as per Doctor’s advice would be essential.
During cancer in places like small and large intestines, its a common practice to remove a part of it and stitch it back together, since these intestines are pretty large, removing a small portion of it will not be a problem.
As gallbladder is a very delicate organ you cannot do surgery directly on it to remove the gallbladder stones and stitch it back, so it will be removed completely if required. Not everyone with gallbladder stones are advised to go on a surgery to remove it as a whole, it is only suggested for patients with stomach pains. Because pain arises only when gallbladder functions starts to diminish or diminished completely. Removing gallbladder will not affect the functions of other organs in the body. Incase if there is a tumor in gallbladder it might be necessary to remove some parts for liver that lies in its proximity along with it.
For people who are extremely obese, there was a special surgery that lets the food they eat to directly reach to small intestines first instead of stomach. At present they perform the surgery directly on the stomach to reduce its capacity. We can even survive without a stomach.
Appendix is a small tail like projection at the end of colon, purpose of this projection is up for debate, but for some this organ is a place of infection, we call it appendicitis. It can lead to unbearable pain at lower part of the stomach. Removing this part has no harm whatsoever.
Woman can lead a healthy lifestyle even after removing ovaries and uterus. We have two kidneys in our body, if one of it fails to function properly the other does the extra work, just in case if both the kidneys fail to function, we can transplant a working kidney, provided if there is an eligible donor. In this case we do not remove the non-functioning kidneys.
If there is a problem or incurable infections on urinary bladder, we can remove it completely and replace it with an artificial one and the person can lead a normal healthy life with it without any problems.