Reston Hospital Center - October 18, 2019

ANSWER: Your symptoms could be a sign of a problem with your gallbladder caused by gallstones or some other inflammation. The most common symptoms include severe abdominal pain after eating fried or fatty foods, bloating, and nausea.

Your gallbladder is located behind your liver and aids in the digestion of fats. While it serves an important role, it is not essential for a healthy life. That’s why many people decide to have their gallbladder removed if it continues to cause them pain and impacts their quality of life.

Removal of the gallbladder can now be done laparoscopically, through four small incisions with the aid a small video camera. The procedure lasts about an hour and the patient can expect to go home the same day. The recovery time is minimal and the patient can resume their normal routine within a few days.