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Gallstones: What Is It?

Tinyl crystal-like objects that form in the gallbladder are called gallstones. The gallbladder is located under the liver in our digestive system.

Gallstones : Causes

The gallbladder stores the bile secreted by the liver. These liquids aid in the breakdown of fats and food. Normally, the bile duct allows the bile juice to enter the small intestine, where it digests the meal. Sometimes, the bile duct is blocked by a gallstone, preventing bile flow into the colon. Having high cholesterol or bilirubin in the stored bile in the gallbladder often leads to the formation of gallstones.

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Symptoms of Gallstones

    Gallstones may not cause any signs or symptoms. When a gallstone blocks the bile duct, it can result in the following signs: - Sudden and severe pain in the upper right side of the abdomen - Sudden and severe pain in the center of the abdomen, just below the breastbone - Pain in the back between the shoulder blades - Pain in the right shoulder - Nausea or vomiting The pain due to gallstones may last several minutes to a few hours.

How to Diagnose Gallstones?

    The diagnosis of gallstones is made with the help of specific tests and procedures. The two most common tests include: Abdominal ultrasound: The most common test for identifying gallstones is the abdominal ultrasound. The stomach region is probed with a transducer that is moved back and forth. Images of gallstones are produced from the signals received by a computer. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS): An endoscope, a small, flexible tube, enters the digestive tract through the mouth. A transducer present in the tube produces sound waves. These are converted into images. Blood tests: Apart from imaging, blood tests can help detect complications of gallstones, including infection, gallstone pancreatitis, jaundice, etc. There are a few other tests by which gallstones are detected, such as using imaging tests: - Oral Cholecystography, - Computerised Tomography (CT), - Hepatobiliary Iminodiacetic Acid (HIDA) scan and - Magnetic Resonance Cholangio Pancreatography (MRCP). - Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP)

What Is the Treatment for Gallstones?

    Gallbladder removal or cholecystectomy: Your doctor may recommend cholecystectomy as the gallstones keep recurring. Removal of the gallbladder does not affect survival. One can live without a gallbladder. The liver secretes the bile directly into the small intestine instead of storing it in the gallbladder. Medications to dissolve the gallstone: Certain medications dissolve the gallstones. However, the dissolution may take months or years. The gallstone may recur after the treatment is stopped.

When Will The Doctor Suggest Surgery?

    When the gallbladder is extremely inflamed or swollen, the gallstone specialist will advise having the gallstones removed. Laparoscopic surgery, or laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and open surgery, sometimes called open cholecystectomy, are two popular surgical procedures.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In Sirsa, the cost of open and laparoscopic surgery for gallstones might range from Rs. 75,000 to Rs. 1,50,000.

MediBuddy in Sirsa offers both open surgery and laparoscopic surgery options. Depending on the grade or severity of the gallstones, your doctor will recommend the best surgical approach.

Gallstone surgery is performed by gallstone specialist called gastroenterologists and general surgeons who specialise in gastrointestinal surgery.

Shock wave treatment or oral drugs can be used to treat specific types of gallstones. However, the gall bladder must be surgically removed to address serious problems.

Of course, you can. MediBuddy offers free consultations with specialist doctors in Sirsa.

MediBuddy has a phenomenal 100% success rate on treatments for gallstones.

One to three days are often spent in the hospital following gallstone surgery. About one week is needed for a full recovery.