What is Gallbladder?
Gallbladder is a gastrointestinal organ that is located just under the Liver in the right upper abdomen. Liver produces bile and bile is stored and concentrated in the gallbladder. When we eat particularly a fatty meal or large meal gallbladder contracts and empties bile into the small intestine via the common bile duct. Bile helps to digest meal and especially fatty meal.
Gallstones are found in 1in 8 of us. The composition is predominantly made of cholesterol (80%) and less frequently made of pigments (bile pigmented stones).
Why might I need my gallbladder removed?
Usually this is because gallstones give you abdominal pain (Biliary colic). Gallstones can also cause a range of problems including inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis), jaundice (stone in the bile duct), cholangitis (infection of the bile duct secondary to stone), pancreatitis (can be severe causing death in 5-10% of patients). Gallstone Ileus (Gallstone causing bowel obstruction)
Benefits/Indication for surgery
Gallbladder and the gallstones are removed in order to prevent pain and also to prevent the potential complications mentioned above.
Life after Gallbladder Surgery
You will have a normal quality of life and would be able to have a normal diet after surgery and rarely some patients will notice bowels to be looser than before.