While the gallbladder may be viewed as a relatively unimportant organ (like the appendix), a healthy gallbladder is essential to maintaining a functional digestive system.
Without a gallbladder, patients may have trouble in digesting foods efficiently, especially when fatty foods are consumed.
One can take several steps to help maintain a healthy, efficient gallbladder:
There are many healthy, nutritious, and tasty foods that assist in keeping the gallbladder healthy and fully functional.
Inflammation or blockage within the gallbladder may present itself in through several different physical symptoms:
A more extensive list of symptoms and risk factors contributing to the development of gallbladder disease is available through the Cleveland Clinic.
The National Institute of Health estimates that roughly 1.2 million gallbladder removals are performed annually in the United States.
Where diet and exercise can help foster a healthy, functional gallbladder, the need for treatment of patients experiencing gallbladder disease is a constant.
Members of the Science Care Donor community assist in the treatment of gallbladder disease by:
Over the past decades, the development of minimally invasive techniques used in the performance of gall bladder surgeries has decreased the incision size necessary to complete the operation from 10 inches to only 1 inch in some instances.
Smaller incision sites result in shorter hospitalization and recovery times, reduced post-operative pain, and decreased opportunity for the incision site to become infected or require re-closure post-surgery.
We express our sincere thanks to all members of the Science Care Donor Community who have contributed to advancements in the treatment of patients experiencing diseases of the gallbladder!