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Gallbladder Stone Treatment

Overview

The gallbladder is a pear shaped organ with a hollow structure, positioned on the right side of the body, below the liver, next to the pancreas. It is a part of the human digestive system, and is where bile is stored and concentrated before it is released into the small intestine. Before a meal, the gallbladder is full of bile and after meals, it is empty and flat. When a signal triggers the gallbladder, it squeezes stored bile into the small intestine via ducts. The gallbladder is an organ at a risk of developing stones (Cholelithiasis).

Causes

Stones can be due to excessive cholesterol, bilirubin, bile salts or deposits of digestive fluid, and can be of any size, ranging from the size of a sand particle to the size of a golf ball. People can have one gallstone or several gallstones at a time. A person who develops gallstones needs to seek help from a clinic or hospital providing gallbladder stone treatment in Delhi.

Factors that can increase gallbladder stone risk are being over 40 years of age, being overweight, sedentary lifestyle, pregnancy, eating a high fat and high cholesterol diet, family history of gallstones, diabetes, liver problems etc. It is believed that gallbladder stones are more common in North India as compared to other regions.

Symptoms

Gallstones usually do not cause any symptoms.However, if a gallstone blocks a bile duct, it can cause severe pain in the centre of your abdomen, just below your breastbone, known in medical terms as biliary colic. It can also cause pain between your shoulder blades, nausea or vomiting.

Prevention of Gallstones

The risk of gallstones can be reduced if you take precautions such as

  1. Maintaining a healthy body weight by taking a balanced diet alongwith fruits and vegetables, adequate fibre and less oil and cholesterol, and doing physical exercise.
  2. Take meals on time and do not skip meals.
  3. If you want to lose weight, lose it slowly, not more than 1 kg a week.
  4. Avoid excessive alcohol intake, junk food and processed food.
  5. Those with family history should be extra cautious and go for checkups regularly.

For more information, you can visit Diyos Men’s Health Center, which is one of the best centers for gallbladder stone treatment in Delhi.

Detection and Diagnosis

Gallbladder tests can diagnose gallstones. Some of the tests are

  1. Ultrasound: Abdominal ultrasound is an excellent test to check for stones
  2. Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): A flexible tube is inserted into the small intestine via the mouth and stomach. The doctor can see into the tube and inject dye into the bile system ducts. Small surgical tools can be used to treat certain gallstone conditions during the procedure.
  3. Magnetic resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP): An MRI scanner produces high-resolution images of the bile ducts, pancreas, and gallbladder.
  4. X-ray: X-rays may be able to detect gallstones.

If you notice any symptom of gallstone, you should get yourself checked for diagnosis at a clinic that provides gallbladder stone treatment in Delhi.

Treatment

The only way to get rid of gall stones is to go under a key hole surgery, wherein the entire gall bladder is removed through minimally invasive procedure, known as Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

  • Surgery (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy): A surgeon removes the gallbladder using laparoscopy.  It requires a hospitalisation stay of one day and the patient recovers very soon.  This is most preferred line of treatment to deal with gall bladder stones worldwide.
  • You can get discuss treatment options with a doctor at Diyos, and go for gallbladder stone treatment in Delhi.
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