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Posted on 16 May 2022
Quality/safety improvement

We are seeking input from lived experience consumers as well as the health sector to provide feedback on our new draft guidance for the removal of gallbladder during bariatric surgery before 5 June 2022.

Approximately 30-50 per cent of people who have bariatric surgery will develop gallstone disease within six months after surgery. For most people gallstones will not cause complications. In Victoria it is not recommended to remove the gallbladder during bariatric surgery unless the patient has symptomatic gallstones.

We value your input on the final draft and seek your feedback by 5 June. Refer to the guidance or the consumer information.

Please email with your feedback.

Page last updated: 20 May 2022