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Gall Bladder Stones – understanding the condition

If you have been experiencing sudden and intense pain in the abdominal region, it could be a sign of gallstones. Gallstones can interfere with your daily activities. Are they serious, and is surgery absolutely necessary? Let us find out.

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Gall Bladder Stones – understanding the condition

If you have been experiencing sudden and intense pain in the abdominal region, it could be a sign of gallstones. Gallstones can interfere with your daily activities. Are they serious, and is surgery absolutely necessary? Let us find out.

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Condition

Causes

Symptoms

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Condition

first condition

What are gall stones?

Gall bladder is a pouch like organ present below the liver. It acts a storage organ for the bile. Bile is a digestive juice produced by the liver which is green in color.view more

How to diagnose gallstones? When to consult a doctor?

Ultrasound is a sensitive test to diagnose the condition. The size of the stones, number of stones, position of the stones in the gall bladder, condition of liver, condition of bile ducts is all collectively investigated while planning for surgery.

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Condition

Condition one

What are gall stones?

Gall bladder is a pouch like organ present below the liver. It acts a storage organ for the bile. Bile is a digestive juice produced by the liver which is green in color.

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Condition two

How to diagnose gallstones? When to consult a doctor?

Ultrasound is a sensitive test to diagnose the condition. The size of the stones, number of stones, position of the stones in the gall bladder, condition of liver, condition of bile ducts is all collectively investigated while planning for surgery.

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Causes

  • Gender- women have a higher chance of developing gallstones.
  • Genetic and family history like hyperlipidaemia
  • Obesity
  • Use of certain medications- antibiotics like ceftriaxone, estrogen.

Symptoms

  • Fever in cases of sudden infection of the gallbladder
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Chronic cholecystitis
  • GB cancer in the setting of chronic cholecystitis.

Causes

  • Gender- women have a higher chance of developing gallstones.
  • Genetic and family history like hyperlipidaemia
  • Obesity
  • Use of certain medications- antibiotics like ceftriaxone, estrogen.

Symptoms

  • Fever in cases of sudden infection of the gallbladder
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Chronic cholecystitis
  • GB cancer in the setting of chronic cholecystitis.

When to go for surgery? What would be the complication if not operated?

Cholecystectomy Surgery is the treatment for gallstone disease. Laparoscopic surgery is the standard of care now. This involves placing 4 ports or small cuts on the abdomen through which laparoscopic instruments are used and gallbladder is removed completely along with the stones inside. Isolated removal of only the gallstones while retaining the gallbladder is not possible.

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Is the treatment covered under insurance?

Health insurances cover the cost of Gallstones treatment. The limit on claim amount depends on your policy. Cashless or reimbursement depends on your policy, TPA and affiliations of the hospital with the insurance company.

How is the recovery after surgery?

If you have a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (minimally invasive procedure to remove the gallbladder) without any complications, you may be home within 24 hours After open surgery, you will usually have to stay in hospital for 3 to 5 days, and your recovery time will be longer. It can take around 3 to 4 weeks to return to your normal activities, and 6 to 8 weeks if you have a more manual job

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Frequently Asked Questions

If gallstones lodge in a bile duct and cause a blockage, it eventually results in severe life-threatening complications such as bile duct inflammation and infection, pancreatitis or cholecystitis (an inflammation of gallbladder). In addition, if left untreated, it might increase risk of gallbladder cancer

Healthy food habits, regular meals, exercises, preventing prolonged usage of birth control pills, control of obesity are some of the factors which can help prevent Gallstones.

Cholesterol stones are amenable for medical management. Patients are selected for this therapy if they are known to be of high risk to develop cholesterol stones. It cannot be used for pigment stones. A medicine called ursodeoxycholic acid is given to the patients with less than 7-8mm stones.This therapy would take weeks to months as the medicine is slow acting and dissolution of stones is a gradual process.