The gallbladder acts as a reservoir for bile, which is produced by the liver and helps to digest dietary fat. In about 10 per cent of the population, the gallbladder contains stones made of cholesterol or other composition stones . Gallstones do not cause problems and may be left alone, but in a 35 per cent of people with gallstones they may cause transient or ongoing blockages of the ducts of the gallbladder or bile system. This can cause abdominal pain, jaundice, inflammation of the pancreas, or infection of the gallbladder or biliary system. Generally, people benefit from having their gallbladders removed, and in 95 per cent of the cases this can be done via laparoscopy, with four small abdominal incisions. After gallbladder surgery you can get back to your usual day-to-day life after around two weeks or sooner.
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