Everything You Need to Know About Gallbladder Disease

The gallbladder is a non-vital organ located beneath the liver on the right side of the abdomen. Its primary function is to store and concentrate bile, which is released during digestion. However, gallstones can develop when certain components of bile crystallize and form sandy particles, leading to gallbladder disease, also known as cholelithiasis.

What is the Gallbladder, and Why do Gallstones Develop?

The gallbladder is a small organ responsible for storing and concentrating bile, a digestive fluid produced by the liver. Sometimes, components of bile crystallize and form gallstones, leading to gallbladder disease. Learn more about the causes of gallstones and their development.

Do I Need to Get My Gallbladder Removed?

In many cases, gallstones are asymptomatic and are discovered incidentally during routine radiological exams. In such cases, conservative management is generally recommended. However, when symptoms related to gallstones are present, surgical removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) is usually advised to avoid severe complications.

Complications Related to Gallstones:

Gallstones can lead to various clinical problems when they block the gallbladder’s outlet, causing irritation, inflammation, and infection. These complications may include:

Biliary colic: Sudden upper abdominal pain that radiates to the back of the right shoulder, often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
Acute cholecystitis: Infection of the gallbladder, leading to pain, fever, and malaise.
Acute pancreatitis: Blockage of the common bile duct, which can result in jaundice and, in severe cases, life-threatening pancreatitis.
Gallbladder Removal – Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is the most commonly used technique for gallbladder removal. This minimally invasive procedure utilizes a laparoscope with a tiny video camera attached, resulting in quicker recovery and smaller incisions. However, open cholecystectomy may be recommended for cases with extreme gallbladder disease. Learn about the different surgical approaches and their benefits.

Safety and Risks of Cholecystectomy

Cholecystectomy is generally a safe procedure. However, certain factors, such as advanced age, obesity, diabetes, or cardiopulmonary issues, may increase the risk of serious complications. Pregnant women undergoing cholecystectomy also need special consideration due to the risk of fetal loss.

Expert Gallbladder Care at Burjeel Medical City

Burjeel Medical City provides comprehensive and expert care for patients with gallbladder conditions. Our experienced team of surgeons offers laparoscopic cholecystectomy and other treatment options to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

If you are experiencing symptoms related to gallstones or have been diagnosed with gallbladder disease, Burjeel Medical City is here to provide you with the highest quality care. Our expert team of surgeons will assess your condition and recommend the most suitable treatment approach, ensuring your health and well-being are our top priorities. Schedule a consultation today to take the first step towards effective gallbladder management and treatment.