You might not often think about your gallbladder, but when you have a gallbladder problem, it can cause severe pain, nausea, and vomiting. The experienced gastroenterology team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, diagnoses and treats a variety of gallbladder diseases. If you have severe abdominal pain, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or schedule a consultation online today.
Your gallbladder is a small but essential organ that stores bile produced by your liver until your intestines need it to digest fats.
The gallbladder is 3-4 inches long and pear-shaped. It’s tucked just below your liver and connects to your small intestine via a thin duct.
Gallbladder problems cause a variety of painful and disruptive symptoms, including:
Contact the team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group to schedule an exam if you have these symptoms. Most gallbladder problems don’t get better on their own so you’ll medical treatment.
Gallstones and cholecystitis are the two most common gallbladder problems.
The team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group begins treatment with a comprehensive exam and tests, including blood work, urinalysis, and imaging studies to diagnose the cause of your symptoms.
When your provider identifies the cause of your symptoms, they create a customized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and heal your gallbladder. Your treatment can include antibiotics and/or surgical procedures to remove gallstones. In severe situations, your provider may recommend a cholecystectomy — an operation to remove your gallbladder.
If you’re concerned about gallstones or other gallbladder conditions, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.