The gallbladder (or cholecyst) is a pear-shaped organ that stores about 50 mL of bile (or "gall") until the body needs it for digestion. Bile is released when food containing fat enters the digestive tract. The bile emulsifies fats and neutralizes acids in partly digested food. After being stored in the gallbladder, the bile becomes more concentrated than when it left the liver, increasing its potency and intensifying its effect on fats.
Gall bladder surgeons treat conditions such as:
Gall bladder surgeons are general surgeons who have had further training in the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant diseases associated with the gall bladder.
There are two professional bodies in the UK which represent general surgeons:
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