Your Guide To Gallbladder Health

According to the National Institute of Health, gallbladder disease affects more than 20 million adults in the United States. The prevalence of gallbladder disease increases with age and tends to be more common in women. At Surgery Associates, we are proud to offer gallbladder treatment options, including minimally invasive robotic gallbladder surgeries. Today, we are providing you an overview of gallbladder health and the resources you need to ensure your health. 

What does the gallbladder do?

Located in the upper right part of your abdomen, the gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that sits just under your liver. The gallbladder’s function is to store and release bile, the fluid your liver produces to digest fats in the food you eat. 

What health issues can arise with the gallbladder?

Forms of gallbladder disease include cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) and gallstones. Cholecystitis is a redness and swelling of the gallbladder and can cause sharp abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can be caused by too much cholesterol, bile salts, or bilirubin (bile pigment).

What are the signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease?

The mildest and most common symptom of gallbladder disease is intermittent pain referred to as biliary colic. This pain can be felt in the upper right abdomen near the rib cage and can spread to the upper back. Symptoms of chronic gallbladder disease can include gallstones and inflammation. If symptoms persist or become severe, treatment may be necessary, and you should consult your physician

What are my treatment options?

Most people with gallstones that don’t cause symptoms will not require treatment. However, should your doctor recommend treatment, there are two typical options. The first is a cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal surgery. At Surgery Associates, this is an operation we are able to offer with our robotic surgery services. 

What preventative measures can I take to ensure my health?

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases recommends a healthy eating plan, regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight as methods of preventing gallbladder disease. High-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; fewer refined carbohydrates and less sugar; and healthy fats are all dietary implementations you can make to ensure a healthier lifestyle. 

Surgery Associates proudly offers same-day appointments. If you are experiencing gallbladder discomfort or other health concerns, please reach out at (662) 844-5344. Our team is dedicated to providing the best level of care possible. 

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