Albany, NY, July 04, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Brooke Keefer announced the launch of her new book, "Living Well Without a Gallbladder: A Guide to Postcholecystectomy Syndrome," which was written to help patients experiencing symptoms after gallbladder removal.
It is estimated over 600,000 gallbladders are removed in the United States yearly through cholecystectomy (pronounced koh-luh-si-stek-tuh-mee) surgery. Most patients do well after their gallbladders are removed and have few complications or issues. However, 10-15% of the population develop problems after cholecystectomy; which is known as postcholecystectomy syndrome.
This book, written by a postcholecystectomy syndrome patient, offers resources and solutions most doctors do not offer their patients. In addition, the author shares her own experience with obtaining a diagnosis and finding treatments that brought symptom relief.
“For 13-years after my gallbladder was removed, I experienced abdominal pain, loose stools, nausea, and other symptoms. I searched for a diagnosis and was routinely told by my doctors that my symptoms were 'all in my head,' that I had anorexia, or was Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a catch-all diagnosis,” said Ms. Keefer. “Along the way, I met other patients experiencing the same issues, getting nowhere with their doctors.”
Ms. Keefer said that for a long time she managed her symptoms with natural remedies. Eventually, though, her symptoms became disabling. She required a feeding tube and spent over 100 days in the hospital in one year. Luckily, in time, she found a compassionate doctor who diagnosed and treated her; and met other patients afflicted with symptoms after gallbladder removal.
Her experience motivated her to want to help other patients struggling after gallbladder removal. “I started writing about what I learned on postcholecystectomy syndrome through extensive research, from other patients, and my own personal experience,” said Ms. Keefer. “Before I knew it, I had written a book. In my opinion, postcholecystectomy syndrome is under-recognized and many patients are suffering needlessly.”
Patients experiencing symptoms following cholecystectomy, mysterious or diagnosed, will find Living Without a Gallbladder helpful as it describes possible causes, how to seek a diagnosis, natural treatments, medications, procedures, and ways to access support and become an empowered patient. Patients will learn about the most common conditions associated with postcholecystectomy syndrome, and the most elusive.
“This groundbreaking book was written as a roadmap for patients,” Ms. Keefer said. “It is my hope that patients achieve wellness from reading my book.”
"Living Well Without a Gallbladder: A Guide to Postcholecystectomy Syndrome" is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Ibooks, and most other publishing outlets.
Press contact: Brooke Keefer at firstname.lastname@example.org and 518-225-0387.