What is a gallbladder and what does it do?
The gallbladder is a small sac-like organ that sits underneath the liver. The liver secretes a substance called bile that helps with the digestion of food. The bile collects in the gallbladder, where it is stored and concentrated until it is needed. When food needs to be digested, the bile is secreted into the intestines by the gallbladder.
Despite its role in storing bile, the gallbladder is not necessary for normal digestion. In fact, most people who have had their gallbladder removed experience no change in their digestion.
What kinds of gallbladder issues can arise?
Most gallbladder issues are due to the formation of gallstones inside the gallbladder. These small stones can prevent bile from flowing into the intestines from the gallbladder. The severity and location of the blockage can vary from patient to patient, resulting in differing levels of abdominal pain, vomiting, and occasionally infection.
What can be done to treat gallbladder issues?
The safest and most effective long-term treatment of gallbladder disease is surgical removal of the gallbladder (called “cholecystectomy”). Dr. Doraiswamy is an expert in performing this surgery through tiny incisions using minimally invasive “laparoscopic” techniques. This advanced approach to gallbladder surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) results in minimal postoperative pain, minimal scarring, rapid recovery, and a rapid return to normal activities.