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Gallbladder Disease:

Single Site Gallbladder Surgery:

Learn about the potential risks of da Vinci Single-Site Surgery, how your surgeon removes your gallbladder, and whether it's right for you.

What is your Gallbladder?

If you are facing gallbladder surgery, you may have a lot of questions, such as:

What is a gallbladder?

Your gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ under your liver. Your gallbladder and several ducts (tubes) are part of the biliary system.

What does your gallbladder do?

Your gallbladder acts as a storage tank for bile. Bile, also known as gall, is a fluid made by your liver to help digest fat. As your stomach and intestines digest food, your gallbladder releases bile through the common bile duct.

Other parts of your biliary system include:

  • Hepatic Bile Ducts: Carry bile out of the liver
  • Cystic Duct: Takes bile from the liver to store in the gallbladder
  • Common Bile Duct: Takes bile from cystic and hepatic ducts to the small intestines
  • Pancreatic Duct: Carries digestive enzymes out of the pancreas

Can I live without my gallbladder?

You can live without your gallbladder. Similar to your tonsils, it serves a purpose but you can live a normal life without it.

Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease