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Gallbladder Disease


Symptoms of gallbladder disease are often called a gallbladder "attack" because the symptoms occur suddenly. Gallbladder attacks often follow fatty meals and may occur during the night. A typical attack can cause:

  • Steady pain in upper, right side of abdomen that increases quickly and lasts 30 minutes to several hours
  • Pain in your back between the shoulder blades
  • Pain under your right shoulder

Contact your doctor if you think you have had a gallbladder attack. Although these attacks often go away as gallstones shift or move, your gallbladder can become infected and rupture if a blockage persists.2 People with any of the following symptoms should see a doctor immediately:

  • Pain that lasts more than 4 hours
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chills or fever, even low-grade
  • Yellowish discoloration of the skin or whites of the eyes
  • Clay-colored stools

Many people with gallstones have no symptoms. These gallstones are called "asymptomatic stones" and they do not interfere with how the gallbladder, liver, or pancreas functions.

PN 1002278 Rev A 04/2013

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Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; temporary pain/discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure; a longer operation and time under anesthesia and conversion to another surgical technique. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications.

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