Gallstones are very common. They typically form in the gallbladder and are responsible for a variety of symptoms including abdominal pain, indigestion, bloating, nausea and vomiting. They may also cause inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis), jaundice (if they move into the ducts below the liver) or cause more serious complications such as pancreatitis or even cancer. Fortunately, these are far less common. For the majority of people with symptomatic gallstones, repeated attacks become the norm and may begin to interfere with normal life.
Following appropriate clinical assessment and the right tests, patients may be offered a cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder). This is most commonly performed laparoscopically (key-hole surgery) and may well be done as a day-stay case.