Gastrointestinal Surgery

Gallbladder Pain & Symptoms

The gallbladder is a small organ below the liver, in the upper right part of the abdomen. This is where bile is stored to aid in food digestion. Bile consists of a combination of fluids that help break down fat from food in the intestine. During digestion, the gallbladder secretes this bile to perform its function in the small intestine. Sometimes we experience gallbladder pain.

Symptoms of gallbladder problems:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Changes in urine
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in stools
  • Fever
  • Chest pain

One of the most common symptoms is gallbladder pain, usually occurring in the upper portion of the abdomen. This pain can range from mild and intermittent to severe and frequent. In some cases, it may be caused by stones in the gallbladder and the most common symptoms of gallstones are nausea and vomiting. Chronic disease that results from gallbladder symptoms may lead to developing gallstones.

Gallstones, or stones in the gallbladder, do not cause any type of gallbladder problems. Gallbladder disease without stones, also called acalculous gallbladder disease, can occur if the bile duct is blocked.

Gallbladder treatments for this condition can successful if it is detected in time. If some more severe cases, if gallbladder surgery is not performed, the infection could spread and cause more serious problems. This condition of the gallbladder is more common among adults over 65 and can cause gallbladder perforation.

Dr. Sergio del Hoyo always recommends leading a healthy lifestyle and eating a balanced diet, but above all, take action at the first sign of gallbladder problems. Understanding gallbladder symptoms is important because it can appear and disappear, but it is always important to avoid a more serious problems.

The suggested gallbladder treatment for severe cases is gallbladder surgery to remove the gallstones or the gallbladder entirely. It’s important to consult with Dr. Hoyo at the first sign of gallbladder symptoms. Dr. Sergio Del Hoyo, could potentially avoid the need for gallbladder surgery if he is able to stabilize the patient with expert care and treat the gallbladder symptoms prior to them becoming more severe.

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