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gallbladderThe gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that sits near the liver and collects, stores, and secretes bile to aide in digestion. To treat gallbladder disease or the presence of gallstones, it may be necessary to remove it. This procedure is called a cholecystectomy.

Removing the gallbladder is one of the most common procedures performed today, and is typically done laparoscopically using several small incisions and a camera. This technique usually offers a quicker recovery time and minimal pain. Occasionally, due to other health conditions, the surgery has to be performed “openly” with an incision to the upper right portion of your abdomen.

You can temporarily reduce gallbladder symptoms with medication and diet. But, gallstones do not go away on their own and eventually the symptoms will come back unless the gallbladder is removed.

Some symptoms of gallbladder disease are:

  • Right upper abdominal pain, vomiting, indigestion, or diarrhea after eating greasy, fatty foods
  • Jaundice (a yellowing of the skin)


Why Hillcrest General Surgery?

As a part of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Scott & White Healthcare, Hillcrest General Surgery in Waco, Texas strives to provide excellence in patient care through providing comprehensive general surgery services in the Central Texas Area.