What is the Gallbladder?
The gallbladder is located under the liver in the right upper abdomen.
Its main purpose is to collect and concentrate bile produced by the liver. The gallbladder stores bile and the squeezes it into the small intestine to help digest fatty meals. Bile travels through narrow tubular channels (bile ducts) into the small intestine.
What Causes Gallbladder Problems?
It is uncertain why some people form gallstones but risk factors include being female, prior pregnancy, age over 40 years, being overweight and having a family history of gallstones. There is nothing you can do to prevent gallstones.
Problems occur when these stones may block the flow of bile out of the gallbladder, causing it to swell and resulting in sharp abdominal pain, vomiting, bloating and, occasionally, fever.
If the gallstone passes, it can block the common bile duct and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin) can occur.
How are These Problems Diagnosed?
How are Gallbladder problems treated?
You will find “Gallbladder flushes” on the internet. Don’t waste your time and money on these. They don’t work. Gallstones don’t pass the way kidney stones do and you don’t want them to pass! When a stone does pass from the gallbladder it usually causes major problems like jaundice, pain and inflammation of the pancreas.
What does Gallbladder Surgery Involve?
What Can You Expect After Gallbladder Surgery?
There are minimal restrictions afterwards. Patients can essentially resume normal activities.
Common Bile Duct Exploration
Single Site Cholecystectomy