Approximately 10% of all Americans develop gallstones resulting in over 500,000 gallbladder operations every year in the United States. The most common symptoms of gallstones are nausea and pain in the right upper abdomen just below the rib cage. These symptoms are often brought on after eating a meal that is high in fat and can last from minutes to several hours. An ultrasound is the most common test used to diagnose gallstones. Your doctor may order other specialized tests, such as a PIPIDA scan or an MRI, if needed. The most common gallbladder surgery performed utilizes a minimally invasive surgical technique called laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This procedure is performed through small incisions, and because of this, there is less pain and a more rapid recovery than the conventional technique. As with all procedures, your surgeon will explain the benefits and risks of the surgery and whether or not you are a candidate.