Ask an expert about gallstones 

Gallstones are small stones, usually made of cholesterol, that form in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small, pouch-like organ found underneath the liver. Its main purpose is to store and concentrate bile (a liquid produced by the liver to help digest fats). In most cases, gallstones don't cause any symptoms and don't need to be treated. However, if a gallstone becomes trapped in an opening (duct) inside the gallbladder, it can trigger a sudden, intense abdominal pain. Treatment is usually only necessary if gallstones are causing symptoms (such as abdominal pain) or complications (such as jaundice or acute pancreatitis).

Our expert is consultant upper GI surgeon Mr Khaled Dawas. He is a senior member of the upper GI surgery team with much experience in both cancer and benign surgery (such as gallstone surgery). Mr Dawas will be here to answer any question you may have about gallstones, from symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.

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