I share your feelings about gallbladder removal being barbaric.
Here is some reasoning why most gallbladder conditions are treated by gallbladder removal.
Alternative treatments, such as gallstone dissolution with ursodeoxycholic acid is effective only for small gallstones (<0.5 cm); also, after discontinuation of treatment, the stones often reappear (...
Even a gastroenterologist may not be able to reliable differentiate between the stomach ulcer and gallstone pain just from history/physical examination.
This is typical (but not obligatory):
Sudden onset of pain in the upper part of the right abdominal quadrant, just below the lowest rib and about 4 inches from the sternal line (or more ...
According to this article from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons,
Gallstones do not go away on their own. Some can be temporarily managed by making dietary adjustments, such as reducing fat intake. This treatment has a low, short-term success rate. Symptoms will eventually continue unless the gallbladder is removed. ...
So, they never officially confirmed if the problem 9 years ago was from gallstones?
After the gallbladder is removed, a doctor usually cuts it and checks if there is any stone in it, so if it were, you would probably know.
When you have gallstones in the gallbladder you can have additional ones in the ducts. Theoretically, it is possible that a surgeon ...
Simple answer. "Once a stone former, always a stone former"
"Gallstones recur in about 50% of patients, and that the risk of recurrence is confined mainly to the first 5 years after dissolution." Hence, we remove them
Management of recurrent gallstones.
Lanzini A, et al. Baillieres Clin Gastroenterol. 1992