The gallbladder is a tiny sac-shaped organ that is located just beneath the liver in the right upper part of the abdomen. It is a part of digestive system and its function is to store bile – a chemical that helps in digestion of fats.
When do you need gallbladder surgery?
Human digestive system can work even without gallbladder – not accurately but the absence of gallbladder doesn’t make much difference. Some conditions that require gallbladder surgery include:
– Gallstones – presence of stones in the gallbladder.
– Gallbladder infection.
– Gallbladder pain – Pain in right upper abdomen, usually after eating.
Symptoms of gallstones
The most common symptoms of gallstones are:
– Nausea / vomiting
– Gallbladder pain
How to diagnose gallstones
The gallstones are primarily suspected by an experienced physician after a physical examination of the patient. To confirm the diagnosis, ultrasound and HIDA scan are preferred.