Your gallbladder plays a vital role in your overall health. However, few people understand the purpose of the gallbladder or which issues might indicate a problem with this organ. Below, we will explain the importance of your gallbladder so you can understand more about your body.
What is the Gallbladder?
Your gallbladder is a small organ located on the left side of your body near the liver. The purpose of your gallbladder is to collect and store bile, an important digestive aid that the liver creates. In a healthy person, the gallbladder will store bile for the intestines to use during digestion. The small intestine releases a hormone during digestion that causes the gallbladder to release this bile so your body can use it.
Common Gallbladder Issues
There are a few conditions that can affect the gallbladder. Some people might experience gallstones or solid clumps of bile that form in the gallbladder. People with gallstones might develop a condition called cholecystitis if their gallstones are not treated. Cholecystitis is when a gallstone prevents bile from flowing by blocking one of the bile ducts. This can result in severe pain.
How a Gastroenterologist Can Help
Individuals with chronic gallbladder issues might need their gallbladder removed. Others have more manageable symptoms. Regardless, a person with gallbladder issues will need to work with a GI specialist as the gallbladder is one of the organs that your body uses in its digestive processes.
If you suspect you have a gallbladder issue, our team can help. Call the Gastroenterology Diagnostic Center at 281-357-1977 to learn more.