I had my gallbladder removed when I was about 23, so around 1998, by the laproscopic method. My first attack occurred when I was 15. I was incorrectly diagnosed with simple constipation. I lived with this incorrect diagnoses, complete with painful gallbladder attacks, until I was 23. So having my gallbladder out was definitely one of the best things I have ever done for myself.
The recovery from the surgery was simple. I was feeling more myself within a week. It hurt to cough for a while, but that subsided gradually.
I do experience constipation and diarrhea more often than most people, but I have wondered if I don't have IBS as well. A high fiber diet is an absolute must for me, but as someone else said, we should all be eating a high fiber diet anyway.
“the greatest risk of eating is getting run over on the way to buy your food, not from the food itself.”
Ian Shaw, Is It Safe To Eat?