How Common Are Gallstones?
At least 20 million people in the United States have gallstones. And about 700,000 surgeries are done to remove the gallbladder each year.1
More women than men develop gallstones.
People who are obese are more likely to develop gallstones than people who are
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|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology|
|Last Revised||July 15, 2011|