Frequently Asked Questions
What is a gallbladder and what does it do?
Your gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under your liver. It stores bile, a fluid made by your liver to digest fat. As your stomach and intestines digest food, your gallbladder releases bile through a tube called the common bile duct. The duct connects your gallbladder and liver to your small intestine.
How big is the gallbladder?
Your gallbladder is a 4-inch, pear-shaped organ. It’s positioned under your liver in the upper right section of your abdomen.
What are the symptoms of gallstones?
The most common Symptoms of Gallstones:
- Pain in the upper right part of the abdomen, or right shoulder
- Nausea and feeling bloated
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin) if stones are blocking the common bile duct
How long will someone stay in the hospital after gallbladder surgery?
It doesn’t usually take long to recover from surgery to remove your gallbladder. Most people can leave hospital/surgical center the same day. You’ll probably be able to return to most of your normal activities within two weeks.
What dietary changes should I consider after gallbladder surgery?
- Adopt a low-fat diet.
- Avoid eating fatty foods, such as fried foods.
- Eat small, frequent meals.
- Avoid eating a very large dinner after fasting all day.