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The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ in the abdomen. Its job is to store and release bile, a fluid made by the liver. Bile helps break down fats in the food you eat. Normally, bile moves smoothly through the digestive system. Stones formed in the gallbladder, however, can block the release of bile. This can cause pain and lead to serious complications.

Treatment: To remove gallstones and prevent new ones from forming, the gallbladder is removed. The operation is called a cholecystectomy. 

Why not just remove the gallstones? Unless the gallbladder is removed, more stones are likely to form. The gallbladder may also need to be removed for reasons other than stones.

    Your surgery: Your surgery will be done in a hospital or surgery center. Most gallbladder problems are treated using laparoscopy. But certain factors may mean that open surgery is a safer procedure for you. There is also a chance that your doctor may need to switch from laparoscopy to open surgery during the procedure. 

    Before Surgery: You will be given an IV to provide fluids and medications. An anesthesiologist will explain the medications used to prevent pain during surgery. Gallbladder surgery is done using general anesthesia so you sleep during the procedure.

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