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Most people who have gallstones never have any symptoms. But, they cause problems if they become stuck in the bile duct that connects the gallbladder to the small intestine. This can result in gallbladder inflammation or infection. It causes severe pain during what is called a gallbladder attack.
Dignity Health Southern California recommends emergency medical care for a gallbladder attack because an infected gallbladder can burst. We offer immediate access to effective gallbladder pain relief and emergency surgery for gallstones in Southern California.
You can use our online waiting service, InQuicker, to select an estimated arrival time at one of our convenient locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and Inland Empire cities San Bernardino, Fontana, and Highland if you would like to wait at home before going to the ER.
Symptoms of a gallbladder attack include sudden, severe pain in the upper right part of your abdomen. The pain may spread around to your upper back or shoulder. Your doctor will perform a physical exam and evaluate you for these and other severe gallstone symptoms, including fever, nausea, and vomiting.
Your doctor will likely recommend surgery to remove your gallbladder if you have symptoms of a gallbladder attack. The medical term for gallstones is cholelithiasis and the medical name for removing your gallbladder is cholecystectomy.
The surgeons at Dignity Health Southern California are proficient at minimally invasive gallbladder surgery, which usually results in a faster recovery and less time in the hospital than open surgery.
If gallbladder surgery is not necessary in your case, your care team will work with you on ways to prevent gallstones, such as modifying your diet to include foods low in saturated fat.
Dignity Health Southern California delivers quality, personalized health care to you and your family in a healing, supportive environment.
Dignity Health provides emergency medical care and surgery for gallstones in Southern California.