08 Nov, 2021


The gallbladder is a small organ located in the abdomen next to the liver and is part of the digestive system. The gallbladder’s function is to store bile and excrete it when required for the digestion of food.


Nowadays, gallstones are a common issue in the digestive system, but not all gallstones cause symptoms or require medical intervention. Symptoms normally will occur when the cystic duct is blocked, which can result in pain when eating fat-saturated food.

Gallstones are commonly found in:

  • Obese people
  • Diabetics
  • People with a family history of gallstones
  • More likely to occur in women than men

Symptoms of gallstones:

  • Acute pain in the upper abdomen
  • Shoulder or back pain
  • Nausea
Symptoms can last from a few minutes to hours and often occur after eating fatty meals.

Complications of gallstones may include:

  • Acute and chronic inflammation of the gallbladder
  • Blockage of the common bile duct
  • Pancreatitis

Treatment options for gallstones include:

Currently, there is no cure for gallstones other than the surgical removal of the gallbladder, along with gallstones.

Gallstones can require surgical intervention using surgical binocular microscopes, and Dallah Al Nakheel is a leader in providing these surgeries, delivered by the best consultants in the healthcare industry.

  • Abdullah Mohammed Aloraini

    Consultant of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery