Gallbladder Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL

The gallbladder is a small organ that’s essential to the function of your digestive system. Issues with the gallbladder can result in nausea, vomiting, and changes to your digestive functions. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, the board-certified gastroenterology specialists provide accurate diagnoses and effective treatment for a broad spectrum of gallbladder conditions. To discuss your symptoms, call or book your appointment online.

Gallbladder Q & A

What is the Gallbladder?

The gallbladder is a small organ located beneath the liver. The gallbladder is responsible for storing and passing bile, a liquid that aids in food digestion, along the digestive tract. 

The gallbladder is essential to the digestive system. When the gallbladder is diseased or damaged, it can result in a number of concerning symptoms, of which gallstones may be the cause. 

What are the Symptoms of an Issue with My Gallbladder?

The signs and symptoms of a problem with your gallbladder include:

  • Fever
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Dark urine
  • Light-colored stool


Issues with your gallbladder can also cause jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. 

What are Gallstones?

Gallstones are a common cause of a number of issues with the gallbladder. Gallstones are hard deposits that develop from digestive fluids. 

They typically occur when there is too much cholesterol or other chemicals in your bile. Gallstones can affect anyone, but there are a number of factors that increase your risks, including:

  • Inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Low-fiber diet
  • High-cholesterol diet
  • Diabetes
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Being female


Gallstones are also more common in patients over the age of 40. Complications from gallstones can lead to a number of other gallbladder conditions, including:

  • Inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis)
  • Blockage of the bile duct
  • Scarring of the bile duct


Besides Gallstones, What Conditions Affect the Gallbladder? 

Inflammation of the gallbladder is also possible without the presence of gallstones. This condition is known as acalculous gallbladder disease and chronic illnesses, like lupus, can trigger it. 

The gallbladder is also susceptible to conditions like infections, gallbladder cancer and gallstone polyps (lesions or growths). 

If you experience concerning symptoms, Illinois Gastroenterology Group can help you uncover the cause of your condition and your best options for effective treatment. 

How are Gallbladder Conditions Treated?

The first step in treating your gallbladder condition is an accurate diagnosis. Your Illinois Gastroenterology Group doctor begins by discussing your signs and symptoms and performing a physical exam. 

They may perform additional testing like a blood test, ultrasound, or endoscopic ultrasonography. Endoscopic ultrasonography combines endoscopic and ultrasound technology to produce visual images of your digestive tract. 

Treatment depends on the cause of your condition. Conservative options include dietary and lifestyle modifications, antibiotics, and other medications. In some cases, a procedure is required to remove gallstones or the gallbladder altogether. 

To speak to a specialist about your gallbladder health, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or book your appointment online.