Your gallbladder is a small organ that can cause severe pain when it stops doing what it should. You can trust the experts at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, to provide stellar diagnostic services that uncover the source of the pain and your gallbladder’s role in your symptoms. This group of highly-skilled, board-certified specialists is also dedicated to the patient-first approach to medicine. For a rewarding experience that successfully blends medical expertise with true patient care, schedule a visit at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group today. Call the office or book your appointment online.
A healthy gallbladder is a pear-shaped, hollow organ that lies just below the liver in the upper right portion of your abdomen. It’s about 4 inches long and can expand to about 1.6 inches in diameter.
Your gallbladder stores, concentrates, and releases bile into your small intestine via a small tube that connects with the common bile duct and then drains into the intestine. Bile is a liquid produced by the liver that’s used by the small intestine to aid in the digestion of fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients your body requires for good health.
Your body makes good use of a healthy gallbladder. You can, however, live a perfectly normal life without a gallbladder since your liver will, in that case, release bile directly into the small intestine at a steady drip.
Several conditions can affect your gallbladder’s ability to function normally. The most common issue is gallstones which form within the bile contained in the gallbladder. Most often made of cholesterol, these stones can grow quite large and block the bile from draining out of your gallbladder. This can result in significant inflammation and pain.
You can also develop numerous small stones that interfere with the gallbladder’s function.
Other conditions that affect your gallbladder include:
Another rare but possibly fatal condition develops when a gallstone travels into and blocks the small intestine (gallstone ileus).
Pain that can become quite severe is the most common symptom of a gallbladder problem. The discomfort typically appears in your upper right abdominal area but frequently travels or “radiates” into your center back or chest.
Other symptoms include:
As with most medical conditions, early diagnosis and treatment prove most effective in curing gallbladder disease.
Don’t put off seeking help for your abdominal discomfort. Schedule a visit today at Illinois Gastroenterology Group by calling the office or booking your appointment online.