Answers to Common General Surgery Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about general surgery.

What is the gallbladder, and what role does it play in a person’s health?

Dr. Taylor discusses what the gallbladder is and the role it plays. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under the liver, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). It stores bile, which is a fluid made by the liver and used to digest fat.

When the stomach and intestines digest food, the gallbladder releases bile into the small intestine, according to the NIH.

Talk to your doctor for more information about the gallbladder and what role it plays in your health.

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Source: James deCaestecker, DO, FACS, Gem City Surgical Associates; Daniel Taylor, MD, FACS, Miami County Surgeons; L. Stewart Lowry, MD, FACS, Miami County Surgeons; Luan Tran, MD, Miami Valley Surgery Associates; Steven Sutherin, MD, FACS, Miami Valley Surgery Associates

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