Dealing with Gallstones

Gallstones occur in the gallbladder. Gallbladder is important because it assists in the digestive process. Gallstones impede in the process by forming solid materials in the gallbladder. These solid materials can be attributed to the hardening of cholesterol and pigments thus the two kinds of gallstones-cholesterol stones and pigment stones. Symptoms include nausea, throwing up, heartburn, indigestion and upper abdomen and upper back pains.

Causes of gallstones vary depending on the person but generally, we can point it to genetics, diet, body weight and the decreasing movement of the gallbladder. If we feel something is wrong, we need to see the doctor and get diagnosed to be sure and safe. They will require blood tests, ultrasound, scan (CAT and HIDA), ERCP (Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography).

It is time to know the treatments. Here’s an outline:

Surgical

There is a need to take out the gallbladder to get rid of the stones with the help of surgery. We can choose from open cholecystectomy or laparscopic cholecystectomy. The latter is relatively new with fewer complications. Many people consider this because it is less invasive. The doctor will simply incise a small part of the abdomen enough to insert lights, camera and some instruments. Patients will spend a night or two in the hospital.

In open cholecystectomy, surgeons will incise a bigger part of the abdomen to totally remove the gallbladder. Patients will spend many nights in the hospital to fully recover.

Non surgical

Sometimes doctors will discourage surgery because of our condition. If this is the case, we can always consider medications like Chenix. It is especially effective in dissolving cholesterol stones. The catch is we should continuously take it for years to make sure the stones are dissolved. If we stop it, the chances of the stone returning are very high.

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