I had no idea there was any problem with my gallbladder, however I'd gotten used to feeling poorly. I was 2 hours away from home when nausea hit, and my wife said I was the sickest person she'd ever seen.
I barely got to my home hospital. I had emergency surgery, and my gallbladder was gangrenous--and close to rupturing. And it was life threatening. Fortunately, they could do the surgery with the laparoscope.
For those just having a regular gallbladder surgery, the worst part about the ordeal is getting the IV inserted--a 5 second procedure.
There's no living with a bad gallbladder. The alternative could be death. In the vast majority of cases, gallbladder surgery is just no big deal.