I had my GB out 3wks ago. It wasn't "necessary" for me to have it out, but I decided to do it hoping to improve my life. I was tired of living with the pain. As I'm sure you can see, there are a lot of negative experiences posted here. Remember that people for whom everything goes well will rarely come on here and tell about it b/c they are too busy getting on with life. I promised that I would come on here and post my experience to inform people. Everyone reacts differently to surgery, flushing, etc. My experience will not be someone else's, but someone else's negative experience may not be yours either. So far I am feeling pretty good and I hope it continues that way. I know quite a few people who have had this surgery, one of whom had it done over 30yrs ago and is in good health. Best of luck whatever happens.