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Gallstones: Putting It All Together

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 15:57

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to gallstones.

  • Gallstones are made of hard, solid material that forms in the gallbladder.
  • The gallbladder is a hollow organ that stores bile, a thick liquid that helps the body digest fats.
  • Gallstones can block tube-like ducts that carry bile from the gallbladder to the small intestine.
  • A blockage usually causes severe pain in the upper right part of the abdomen, just below the ribs.
  • Gallstones can be permanently cured with surgery to remove the gallbladder.
  • A fairly new operation for removing the gallbladder, sometimes called Band-Aid surgery, means less discomfort and a quicker recovery for patients.

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