What Purpose Does the Gallbladder Have?

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Most people who know me know that I had my gallbladder removed, but many don’t know why. Many people in my family have also had theirs removed also. The gallbladder is an organ located under the liver which, may or may not be removed if you suffer from a gallbladder disease. You may be wondering what exactly the gallbladder is. The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ about three or four inches in length and one inch wide. It is located under the liver and is connected by the hepatic duct. (Mama’s Health) My doctor told me an easy way of expanding what the gallbladder does, it is a storage system for the liver and helps digest fats. He also told me it was like your appendix but on the right side, you have it but if it gets infected it will burst. You can live without this organ. Like many medical problems, there are people who are at a higher risk of developing gallbladder problems. People with already existing medical problems that cause the liver to make an abnormal amount of bilirubin, a substance that is form by the breakdown of hemoglobin in the blood are at a higher risk. People who have gallbladder diseases running in their family are also at a higher risk, like in my family. Other people are women, people who are over the age of forty, ethnic groups, someone who is pregnant, transplant patients, diabetics, and many more are at a higher risk. (MedlinePlus) One problem that you might have is gallstones. The most common type of gallstones is a cholesterol stone, which has nothing to do with your cholesterol. One way a cholesterol stone forms is when there is an imbalance between bile salts, which helps cholesterol stay a suspended fluid, and cholesterol. That will turn into a mucus gel made up chole... ... middle of paper ... ... if that was the problem. It is common though that the stones will return and later on down the road they would need surgery. (Mama’s Health) Having my gallbladder removed helped me with the pain. I know many other people who have had their gallbladders removed and it also helped them. The only downside to having it removed is that I can’t eat the same food I use to eat; now I just have to watch what I eat, eat the food that give me problems in smaller proportions, and then I won’t have any problems. Works Cited “Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease.” Google.com. 26 June 2009. University of Maryland Medical Center. 10 March 2010 . “Gallbladder.” Google.com. 2000-2009. Mama’sHealth.com. 10 March 2010 . “Gallbladder Disease.” MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. 1997-2010.
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