What is gallbladder surgery?1
The gallbladder is a small organ that sits just above the liver on the right side of your midsection. It collects and stores bile from your liver, which is used by the gut to help digest food.
Sometimes your gallbladder may become blocked with gallstones.
Gallstones are 'stones' made from cholesterol, bile pigment and calcium salts that form in your gallbladder.
Gallbladder surgery is a hospital procedure to remove the gallbladder or any gallstones that may be inside it. This can be done through small incisions (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) or through one large incision (open cholecystectomy).
Gallbladder surgery is usually performed by a gastroenterologist.