Gallstone Symptoms: When Surgery Is Needed
Gallstones are stones made of cholesterol and other substances that form in the gallbladder. The gallbladder stores bile, which helps the body digest food. Gallstones also can form in the bile duct. This is the tube that carries bile from the gallbladder and the liver to the small intestine. Gallstones may be as small as a grain of sand. But some can be as large as a golf ball.
Gallstones that block the gallbladder from emptying or get stuck in the bile duct can cause pain and infection.
The doctor may have given you medicine for pain. You may need follow-up appointments for more testing and treatment. If you continue to have problems, you may need surgery to remove your gallbladder.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Gallstones are stones that form in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small sac located just under the liver. It stores bile released by the liver. Bile helps you digest fats. Gallstones can be smaller than a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball.
Gallstones form when cholesterol and other things found in bile make stones. They can also form if the gallbladder doesn't empty as it should.
Gallstones can also form in the common bile duct or cystic duct. These tubes carry bile from the gallbladder and the liver to the small intestine.
Current as of:
March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Arvydas D. Vanagunas MD - Gastroenterology
Current as of: March 22, 2023
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas MD - Gastroenterology