Gallstones are small, hard deposits that form in the gallbladder, which is a small organ located beneath the liver. The gallbladder stores bile, which is a liquid that helps to digest fats. When bile contains too much cholesterol, it can harden into gallstones. Gallstones can also form if the gallbladder does not empty properly or if there is too much bilirubin in the bile.
Gallstones do not always cause symptoms, but when they do, it can be very painful. Symptoms include:
If you have symptoms of gallstones, your doctor may perform tests to confirm the diagnosis. Tests can include:
At CMC Hospital Dubai we provide non-surgical and the latest minimally invasive robotic surgical and endoscopic options to treat gallstones.