@bagley79 - My doctor told me that it can be common for gallbladder disease to be hereditary. I had chronic cholecystitis for many years before I finally went ahead and had surgery to remove my gallbladder.
I was hoping I could avoid surgery by watching my diet, but eventually my pain was bothering me most of the time.
For many years it seemed like it would come and go, so I never wanted to have my gallbladder removed. Both of my parents ended up having gallbladder surgery, so I am not surprised I ended up having the same thing.
Most doctors will perform this surgery by laparoscope, so that is why it is usually done as an outpatient. This is so much better than the way they used to remove your gallbladder.