The gallbladder is an organ where bile is stored. Once the gallbladder is removed, bile flows directly from the liver, where it is made, through the small intestine. The bile is less concentrated, but it has no effect on digestion. Approximately 10% of people without a gallbladder may experience diarrhea from the excessive flow of bile.
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy should only be performed by a specialist because of the risk of complications, such as unintended injury to the common bile duct, bile leakage, or bile duct blockage.