Your gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that sits below your liver on the right upper-side of your abdomen. Although it plays an important role in your digestive system, acting as a storage reservoir of bile produced by the liver, it is possible for you to live without it. This is a good thing as gallbladder disease is very common, necessitating its removal. Once the organ is gone, your liver will still produce bile needed for food digestion, but it will drip it directly into your digestive system.
Gallbladder surgery is among the most common surgical procedures, bringing relief to a range of symptoms, from abdominal pain to unusual changes in your digestive health. Common symptoms related to gallbladder disease include:
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatty/greasy stools
- Pain between the shoulder blades
- Intolerance to fatty or greasy foods
- Chronic gas and bloating
- Itchy skin
- Constipation and diarrhea
- Light-colored stools
- Yellowing of the skin
If you suspect you may need gallbladder surgery, reach out to Cullman Regional Medical Group’s Surgical Arts team and schedule a consult today. Our surgeons combine the ultimate in medical technology with the utmost personal attention to ensure patients receive the best healthcare possible. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (256) 734-7850 or visit online here.