The surgical procedure to remove your gallbladder is called cholecystectomy. Please refer to the figure below.
Cholecystectomy is done due to gallstones causing pain and infection. The pain is referred to in medicine as biliary colic, a sudden pain in the abdomen caused by spasm or blockage of the cystic or bile duct.
If you suffer from the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for cholecystectomy:
- Sharp pain in the upper right part of the abdomen that may go to the back, mid abdomen, or right shoulder
- Low fever
- Nausea and feeling bloated
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin) if gallstones are blocking the common bile duct