Gallstones can be detected by an ultrasound of the abdomen. The gallbladder can be removed with a minimally invasive laparoscopic technique, called laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The procedure is typically performed as an outpatient in less than 30 minutes. This approach leaves smaller scars, and allows for a quicker recovery and less pain.
The gallbladder is a 7 to 10 cm small pear-shaped organ, attached to the underside of your liver in the upper part of your abdomen. The gallbladder stores bile, a fluid produced by the liver. Bile aids digestion by breaking down fats in the food you eat.
When you eat, the gallbladder squeezes bile through the bile duct into the small intestine. Usually, bile moves smoothly from the gallbladder into the small intestine.
If gallstones form, the flow of bile may be blocked, and the galldladder cannot empty. This can cause pain and, sometimes, may lead to serious complications.
• Female gender
• Rapid weight loss
• Pain in the right upper abdomen
• Pain radiating to the back or right shoulder
• Bloating and gas in the upper abdomen
• Nausea and/or vomiting
• Worsening symptoms after foods that are fatty, greasy, or fried