What Is Gallbladder Disease?
The gallbladder is small, pear-shaped organ found near your liver and is part of the biliary system. The liver creates bile which is stored in the gallbladder before the bile is delivered to the small intestine. Bile functions to help digest and absorb fatty foods and fat-soluble vitamins. It also helps remove waste, like bilirubin, from the body.
The gallbladder can become inflamed, infected, and blocked for a multitude of reasons. The gallbladder can also develop gallstones which are formed when stored bile hardens into stone-like objects.