An operation to remove the .
Surgery to remove the , called cholecystectomy, is one of the most common operations performed on adults in the United States.
The is not an essential , which means a person can live normally without a gallbladder. Once the gallbladder is removed, flows out of the through the and common and directly into the , instead of being stored in the gallbladder.
Surgeons perform two types of cholecystectomy: