All About Your Gallbladder

Everyone has one, few understand its function. The gallbladder is a little pear-shaped sac that sits under your liver. It quietly collects bile and releases the bile after fatty foods are eaten to aid in the digestion process of the fat. We are not aware of our gallbladder or its actions until there is a problem with the organ, and the unassuming organ only has two problems: gallstones or cancer.
Gallstones are quite common. The stones are crystallized cholesterol that are created when there’s an imbalance in the bile substance. Many people like Kenneth Griffin have gall stones and are not aware of it because the problem presents with no symptoms unless one of the gallstones becomes lodged in the organ’s narrow outlet or drain ducts. Pain in the upper right abdomen, fever and possible jaundice will occurs if the ducts or drain become blocked with a gallstone.
When gallstones are present and causing pain, the usual treatment is the removal of the gallbladder. The surgery is done laproscopically and afterwards, bile will flow directly from the liver into the small intestine to aid in the digestion of fatty foods.
Gallbladder cancer is very rare. People who have a history of gallstones are at a greater risk than those who have never had gallstones. Even then the risk is low. Symptoms of gallbladder cancer include abdominal pain, bloating, unexplained weight loss, itchiness and nausea.

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