The gallbladder is a storage organ for bile which is produced by the liver. Bile helps in the digestion of fats in the intestines. During fasting, the gallbladder receives bile from the liver and concentrates this bile. When a fatty meal is consumed, this concentrated bile is released into the intestines to help in fat digestion and absorption. The most common disease affecting the gallbladder is the formation of stones in the gallbladder. There are 3 types of gallstones, namely cholesterol stones, pigment stones and mixed stones.

Gallbladder Surgery

Cholesterol stones form as result of excessive amount of cholesterol in bile. Pigment stones form as result of breakdown in the red blood cells in the body. The presence of stones in the gallbladder affects the normal functions of the gallbladder, resulting in feeling of indigestion after food intake. Prolonged low grade infection of the gallbladder can occur due to the gallstone. Large gallbladder stones can block the opening of the gallbladder. Smaller gallbladder stones can migrate out the gallbladder and block the bile duct, causing several symptoms and complications.

Symptoms Of Gallbladder Stones
What Are The Possible Symptoms Of Gallbladder Stones?
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloatedness
  • Indigestion
What Are The Possible Complications Of Gallbladder Stones?
  • Gallbladder infection
  • Migration of gallbladder stones into the bile duct
  • Gangrene and perforation of gallbladder
  • Gallbladder cancer in very long standing gallstones disease
What Are The Types
Of Gallbladder Surgery For Gallbladder Stones?
Symptoms Of Gallbladder Stones
Dr Ng Kheng Hong
Dr Ng Kheng Hong
Senior Consultant Colorectal & General Surgeon
MBBS (S’pore), MMed (Surgery), FRCS (Edinburgh),
FAMS (General Surgery)
Dr Ng Kheng Hong has over 20 years of experience in the treatment of gallbladder stones, including surgical removal of the gallbladder. He is the former Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Department of Colorectal Surgery at SGH and former Visiting Consultant in Surgical Oncology at the National Cancer Centre. Dr Ng is well-published in medical journals and continues to teach medical students to this day.
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