A cholecystectomy may be performed if the gallbladder contains gallstones (cholelithiasis), is inflamed or infected (cholecystitis), or is cancerous.
Gallbladder inflammation or infection may cause pain which may be described as follows:
- Is generally located on the right side of the upper abdomen
- May be constant or may become more severe after a heavy meal
- At times, may feel more like fullness than pain
- May be experienced in the back and in the tip of the right shoulder blade
Other symptoms of gallbladder inflammation or infection include, but are not limited to, nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills.
The symptoms of gallbladder problems may resemble other medical conditions or problems. In addition, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
There may be other reasons for your physician to recommend a cholecystectomy.