Gallbladder problems most commonly can be very painful attacks after a fatty meal. Some of the symptoms can include; pain and aching in the upper right abdomen under the rib cage, nausea, heartburn, vomiting, pain in the back or right shoulder blade and possible loss of appetite. Your provider may recommend certain imaging tests to confirm that you either have gallstones or a non-functioning gallbladder. If you have either or both surgery may be recommended. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a common procedure where the gallbladder is removed through small incisions in the abdomen. There are times where this procedure is not recommended and the gallbladder may need to be removed through a large incision. This is called an Open Cholecystectomy.
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