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What does the gallbladder do?

The gallbladder is a small out-pouching of the biliary system that is located in the abdomen and attached to the underside of the liver, storing and concentrating some of the bile that is made there. After a fatty meal, the gallbladder contracts, thus forcing bile into the intestine. Bile is a complex mix of chemicals that are secreted into the small intestine, aiding in the digestion of fats. For some, the ratios of these chemicals cause stones to form in the gallbladder.

The gallbladder is considered a vestigial organ. It stores bile, a substance that's secreted when you eat to facilitate digestion.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

The gallbladder doesn't get a lot of attention compared with other organs in your body. But this tiny organ does some heavy lifting. Dr. Oz talks about keeping your gallbladder healthy in this video.

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