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Gallstones are common and form inside a small pouch‑like organ called the gallbladder, which stores digestive fluid (bile) from the liver. They do not cause any symptoms in most people, but can sometimes cause problems such as pain, feeling and being sick, jaundice and gallbladder inflammation.
The standard treatment for problematic gallstones is surgical removal of the gallbladder, usually by keyhole surgery through several small cuts made in the abdomen. Sometimes open surgery, through a larger cut, is necessary.
NICE has looked at using single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy as another treatment option.