What is a gallbladder?
The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ, connected with the common hepatic duct arising from the liver.
The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile which is produced by the liver and helps in digestion of fats by releasing the bile into the common hepatic duct and then into the bowel.
What causes gallstones?
Occasionally, stones may develop in the gallbladder or duct due to an imbalance in the ratio of cholesterol, bile salts, or bilirubin in the bile. The optimal ratio allows for bile to remain in a liquid state, however an imbalance will lead to the formation of stones.
Based on their composition, gallstones can be categorized as either
Who is at risk of gallstones?
There are various risk factors that may result in the development of gallstones, such as:
Rapid weight loss
Women are more prone to gallstones formation as compared to men.
Gallstones may not cause any symptoms but when symptoms appear, they usually are sudden and often referred to as a "gallbladder attack".
Typical symptoms include:
Upper abdominal pain
Back pain between the shoulder blades
Nausea and vomiting
Abdominal bloating and belching
Treatment of gallstones
Cholecystectomy (information sheet) is the usual treatment of symptomatic gallstones. A cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your gallbladder. Dr Mittal is an experienced and highly skilled robotic and laparoscopic gallbladder surgeon, with patients in the lower North Shore of Sydney, Ryde, Macquarie and surrounding areas.
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