The gallbladder is a small organ located near your liver and stomach. Your gallbladder
stores bile (a substance produced by the liver to help you digest fat), and releases
it into your small intestine as you eat.
The gallbladder is not considered an essential organ, and an otherwise healthy person
can have a gallbladder removed with minimal side effects. Cholecystectomy is the
term for the surgical removal of the gallbladder. This is often done for patients
who have gallstones causing symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and/or abdominal pain.
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