What Is The Gallbladder?

The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that rests beneath the right side of the liver. Its main purpose is to collect and concentrate a digestive liquid (bile) produced by the liver to aid in digestion

What Causes Gallstones?

These are small hard masses consisting primarily of cholesterol and bile salts that form in the gallbladder or in the bile duct that cause gall bladder problems.

 

What are the signs and symptoms of gall stones?

  • Severe pain in the right upper abdomen that increases rapidly.
  • Pain in the back between the shoulder blades.
  • Pain under the right shoulder
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Abdominal bloating Recurring intolerance to fatty foods.
  • Belching
  • Indigestion

How are gallstones treated?

Medication can be given to manage the pain but surgery to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) is the only way to treat gallstones.

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