Gallbladder Facts

  • Approximately 10% of people in the United States have gallstones
  • Gallstones are more common in women
  • The incidence of gallstones increases with age
  • Approximately 30% of patients with gallstones will require surgery
  • Signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease...
    • Include nausea, upper abdominal pain and bloating
    • Mimic indigestion or heartburn
    • Most usually occur after eating
  • Complications of gallbladder disease include infection, gangrene and perforation
  • Diabetics with gallstones tend to have more complicated gallbladder disease and should be refereed to a surgeon sooner than non-diabetics
  • Roughly 750,000 gallbladders are removed each year
  • Most gallbladders are removed laparoscopically
  • Experienced gallbladder surgeons usually have lower complication risks