Gallbladder removal - open

Cholecystectomy - open; Surgery - gallbladder - open

Open gallbladder removal is surgery to remove the gallbladder through a large cut in your abdomen.

Cholecystitis, CT scan

This is a CT scan of the upper abdomen showing cholecystitis (gall stones).

Cholecystitis, cholangiogram

Cholelithiasis can be seen on a cholangiogram. Radio-opaque dye is used to enhance the x-ray. Multiple stones are present in the gallbladder (PTCA).

Cholecystolithiasis

Cholecystolithiasis. CT scan of the upper abdomen showing multiple gallstones.

Gallbladder

The gallbladder is a muscular sac located under the liver. It stores and concentrates the bile produced in the liver that is not immediately needed for digestion. Bile is released from the gallbladder into the small intestine in response to food. The pancreatic duct joins the common bile duct at the small intestine adding enzymes to aid in digestion.

Gallbladder removal - series

The gallbladder is located in the abdomen on the underside of the liver. The gallbladder stores bile (digestive fluid) from the liver.

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