Your gallbladder, located under your liver, releases bile through the common bile duct to help digest fat. When bile hardens into stones made of cholesterol or bile salts, this obstruction in the common bile duct can cause your gallbladder to swell. Nausea, vomiting or sharp pain in your abdomen, in your back or under your right arm may indicate the need for your gallbladder to be removed.
Novant Health UVA Health System general surgeons can usually remove an infected gallbladder using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. You may be able to go home that day or the day after surgery. Most people can resume their daily activities within three to seven days.
Learn more about how gallbladder disorders are diagnosed and treated from the following articles:
A cholecystography is a procedure in which contrast dye is combined with X-rays to examine the gallbladder when signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease are present.
A gallbladder scan — also known as a liver-billiary scan — uses nuclear radiology to assess the function and structure of the gallbladder and surrounding organs.
A cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder and is performed if it develops gallstones, becomes inflamed or infected, or is cancerous.