The gallbladder is a small organ found under the liver. Its job is to store a digestive liquid, called bile, that is produced by the liver. Eating triggers the release of bile to help with digestion. Removal of the gallbladder is not associated with changes in digestion in most people.
Sometimes people develop gallstones. Gallstones are made when substances harden in the gallbladder or in the duct that connects the gallbladder to the small intestine. The build-up of pressure in the gallbladder due to gallstones may cause pain, known as a gallbladder “attack”. If the gallstones fail to move, the gallbladder can become inflamed and may even eventually rupture.
A few common symptoms of gallbladder disease include:
Your primary care doctor can help you identify if you need to have gallbladder surgery. If your symptoms cannot be treated conservatively, you may require surgery.