Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Gallbladder


The gallbladder sits underneath the right lobe of the liver. Its job is to store bile which is synthesized by the liver. As we eat a meal, the gallbladder contracts sending bile to the first part of the small bowel to dissolve and digest fats, oils, and proteins. The gallbladder connects to the larger duct of the liver via the cystic duct. This duct connects to the liver forming the larger common duct which empties into the first part of the small bowel (duodenum).

Signs & Symptoms: The majority of gallbladder pathology is due to stone formation from excess cholesterol in our diet. If a stone obstructs the flow of bile from the gallbladder to the common duct, then the patient develops pain. This pain is sharp, usually located in the upper abdomen (right), sometimes wrapping around the back, and into the right shoulder. Patients may have associated nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and reflux after eating meals especially after fatty foods.

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