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Gallbladder Disorders Specialist

Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC

Board Certified Gastroenterologists located in Hattiesburg, MS

The primary function of your gallbladder is to store bile, which is a substance that helps you digest fat. There are many conditions that affect the function or structure of your gallbladder, resulting in abdominal pain. The team of board-certified gastroenterologists at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, with two locations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, specializes in diagnosing and treating gallbladder disorders. To schedule an evaluation, call the nearest office or book online today.

Gallbladder Disorders Q & A

What is the gallbladder?

The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located underneath your liver. Your gallbladder serves as a holding area for bile, which your liver makes and secretes into your small intestines when you eat fatty foods. 

Though your gallbladder has a purpose, you can live without it. 

What are gallbladder disorders?

Gallbladder disorders include several conditions that affect the function or structure of the gallbladder. Common gallbladder disorders include:

Gallstones (cholelithiasis)

Gallstones are hardened deposits of bile that develop in the gallbladder. Gallstones may cause abdominal pain. However, not everyone with gallstones experiences pain. 

Biliary colic

Biliary colic is a painful condition that develops when a gallstone gets trapped in the duct that transports bile in and out of your gallbladder. 

Gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis)

Gallbladder inflammation may develop from gallstones, an infection, or excessive alcohol use. 

Chronic gallbladder disease

Chronic gallbladder disease may develop from the scarring of the organ by gallstones or chronic inflammation. 

What are the symptoms of gallbladder disorders?

Gallbladder disorder symptoms vary in type and severity based on the underlying cause. Signs and symptoms that may indicate you have a gallbladder disorder include:

  • Chest pain
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • Clay-colored stool
  • Tenderness in your upper abdominal area
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain below your shoulder blade that worsens after you eat

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, the team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC can help. 

What happens during a gallbladder disorder evaluation?

When you come in for a gallbladder disorder evaluation at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, you can expect a comprehensive exam. The goal of the evaluation is to find the root cause of your symptoms, so you get the best treatment plan.

During the evaluation, your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms, when they occur, and the activities that may worsen or lessen them. They also review your medical and family history and conduct a physical.

To confirm or rule out a gallbladder disorder, your provider may request diagnostic tests such as blood work, ultrasound, MRI, or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).

How is a gallbladder disorder treated?

The team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC develops individualized treatment plans for gallbladder disorders based on the type. Your treatment plan may include over-the-counter pain medication and diet modification.

However, if your symptoms are severe or worsen over time, your gastroenterologist may recommend a surgical procedure to remove your gallbladder (cholecystectomy). When removed, your liver takes over the function of your gallbladder.

For expert care of a gallbladder disorder, contact Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC by phone or online today.