The gallbladder often causes abdominal pain, usually in the upper abdomen and is often related to food intake. The two most common problems with the gallbladder stem from either gallstones or from an abnormal squeezing of the gallbladder called dyskinesia. This condition can be missed on many screening exams, such as abdominal ultrasound, that only looks for stones.
Gallstones are small, hard stones made up mostly of cholesterol. They are formed as an unintended byproduct of bile production and can be very painful. When they lodge against a bile duct, they can also be dangerous, and surgery is required to remove them.
Typically, gallstones and gallbladder abnormalities are treated by cholecystectomy, or removal of the gallbladder. Laparoscopic gallbladder removal is a safe and effective treatment, and long term consequences of gallbladder removal are very rare.
- Abdominal pain, especially in the upper abdomen
- Common symptoms of indigestion
- Nausea or vomiting
- Tiny incisions
- Less pain
- Shorter operation time
- Home the same day
- Back to normal activities and work in days
- Return to regular activity in 1-2 weeks
If you have abdominal pain—especially if that pain is accompanied by nausea or vomiting—you may be suffering from gallstones or another gallbladder abnormality. Don’t hesitate to contact us today at 888.575.4526 or through the form on this page to schedule a consultation.
*Results will vary for each individual patient.