The gallbladder is a small organ under the right ribs and liver which helps in digestion.
Signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease often mimic HEARTBURN OR INDIGESTION.
Patients frequently experience nausea, bloating or a gassy feeling and pain in the upper abdomen especially after eating certain foods.
Gallbladder disease is most often caused by gallstones which can be easily diagnosed/found by a sonogram - a painless test performed similar to an x-ray. Once diagnosed, gallbladder disease can be taken care of with a minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopy. This is an operating done under general anesthesia through four small "poke holes." This procedure usually takes less than an hour to perform and the patient is discharged the following day.
Laparoscopic surgery allow for decreased pain, increased mobility and faster return to normal everyday life. This benefits the patient with more complicated gallbladder disease and often avoids the need for a large incision on the abdomen. Recuperation time is much shorter with laparoscopic surgery.