Many people develop gallstones. They occur in the gallbladder, which is a pear-shaped bag lying just below the liver, level with the rib cage on the right side of the abdomen.
If you have been diagnosed with gallstones, you may be advised to have an operation to remove your gallbladder.
The most common operation for gallstones is removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) with the stones inside it. The operation is nearly always carried out with keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery under a general anaesthetic and many patients are able to go home the same day.
However, sometimes the treatment of gallstones may require more than removal of the gallbladder: complicated gallstone disease.
All four HPB consultant surgeons can be contacted as follows:
Care UK, Plymouth
0333 321 1953
Please contact us at the hospital where you are being treated. We shall do our best to answer your queries as quickly as possible.
We have tried to be as accurate as possible with the information in this website.
However, each patient is different, so some information may not apply to your specific circumstances.