The gallbladder is an organ and sits below the liver in the upper right side of your abdomen (belly). The gallbladder functions normally to store bile (a green yellow fluid) that is squeezed into your bowel after eating in order to help digest food containing fats / oils.
Polyps in the gallbladder can be identified on an ultrasound scan. These can be from cholesterol deposits in the gallbladder, abnormal growths of the lining of the gallbladder or sometimes actually be gallstones. Polyps often don’t cause any symptoms. If they happen to actually be gallstones, these can cause pain (usually in the upper abdomen or right side of the trunk). Depending on the circumstance, gallbladder polyps or gallstones may be best removed by surgery. Surgery (called laparoscopic cholecystectomy) is the mainstay of treating gallstones, and involves a keyhole operation and an overnight stay to remove the gallbladder.
Dr. Le Page has performed around 1000 laparoscopic cholecystectomies. He is involved with research on the condition and audits the outcomes of patients undergoing surgery to ensure the highest quality. If you feel a specialist review may be indicated for you, please discuss with your GP and call (02) 9767 7908 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Le Page. Your individual circumstance will be clarified by Dr. Le Page during your review.