Gallstones are present in 20% of women and 8% of men over the age of 40 in the United States. Most are unaware of their presence, and the consensus is that if they are not causing trouble, they should be left in place. Nevertheless, gallbladder removal (which surgeons awkwardly call cholecystectomy) is one of the most common surgical procedures. A discussion of symptoms, complications, and treatment.

W Grant