The gallbladder and pancreas are close together in the body. Some people may develop gallstones in their gallbladder. Most of the time these stones pass easily and do not cause much damage. However, when the stones move from the gallbladder there is a chance that they may block the pancreas opening. When gallstones are found to be the cause of pancreatitis, there is a chance that the gallbladder may have to be surgically removed because future gallstones may lead to the recurrence of pancreatitis.
If the pancreas continues to become inflamed over and over again, it can cause more and more damage. This damage can create scar tissue. The scar tissue can alter the normal function of this gland. When the pancreas does not function properly it can increase the risk of developing several diseases, including pancreatic cancer. This is why it is important to get regular checkups and to avoid some of the foods and other things that may cause gallstones or inflammation.