Hi-Desert Medical Center community health education program presents:
Could My Chronic Stomach Pain Be Gallstones?
Tuesday, June 21, 6 p.m.
The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped sac that lies beneath the liver.  Its primary job is to store bile, a substance that is continuously produced by the liver.  After a meal, a signal from the intestine prompts the gallbladder to release bile into the intestines where it breaks up fats and protein.  If the concentration of cholesterol in the gallbladder becomes high, crystals may form -- known as gallstones.  More than 165 million Americans have them. 
Several factors increase the likelihood of gallstones, including age, gender, family history, race and obesity.  If gallstones cause trouble, surgery to remove the gallbladder may be recommended.  Gallbladder removal is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States.  Join Renato Guzman, M.D., as he outlines gallbladder disease, gallstones and a minimally-invasive gallbladder surgery.
Refreshments and handouts will be provided.  The lecture is FREE but registration is required by calling 760-366-6324 or by completing the information below.
Guest Speaker: Renato Guzman, M.D.
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