July 8, 2014

Wayne Medical Center offers free seminar on gallbladder health

WAYNESBORO, Tenn. — Pain in the abdomen or chest, nausea and bloating—these symptoms could be the result of a number of different health conditions, including a gallbladder attack. A free seminar offered by Wayne Medical Center (WMC) on Tuesday, July 29 will help individuals better understand if their symptoms could be related to gallbladder issues.

Dr. J. Lee Howard II, a general surgeon on the WMC medical staff, will present the free seminar titled “Could It Be My Gallbladder?” at the Woodmen of the World Hall located at 424 South Main Street in Waynesboro. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program will begin at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be available and door prizes will be awarded.

According to Dr. Howard, the gallbladder collects bile—a digestive liquid produced by the liver. Bile is released after meals to aid in the digestive process. The bile travels through narrow tubes called bile ducts into the small intestine. At times, small stones can form in the gallbladder or bile duct and block the flow of bile.

“When stones block bile from leaving the gallbladder, patients can experience very sharp abdominal pain, vomiting, indigestion and sometimes fever,” said Dr. Howard. “The symptoms of a gallbladder attack can be quite similar to those of other health conditions, so it is important for patients to understand what their body is telling them.”

At the upcoming seminar, Dr. Howard will discuss the risk factors and symptoms of gallbladder disease as well as the diagnosis and treatment process. He will also answer questions about minimally invasive surgical procedures for gallbladder disease and other conditions.

Dr. Howard joined the WMC medical staff in 2012. He is board certified in general surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Register in advance by e-mailing For more information about the upcoming seminar, call WMC Surgical Services at 722.2016.