The gallbladder stores bile that helps digest your food. When stones form in the gallbladder, they can cause pain and infection (cholecystitis).

The gallbladder contracts with more force if you eat fatty food or fast food.

Pain is usually after eating or at night.

Gallstones can block the gallbladder opening causing pain or infection called cholecystitis.

The stones may also block the bile duct causing jaundice or pancreatitis.

Surgery is typically done laparoscopically. A special x-ray may be done during surgery to check if more stones have blocked the bile duct. After surgery most people go home the same day or stay overnight. Recovery is about 1 week.