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About Gallstone Surgery

When the excess cholesterol present in the bile turns into crystals, they are called gallstones. The gallstones do not let the gallbladder empty properly. Gallstones are of different sizes and sometimes cause the inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis). If the gallstones form repeatedly, laparoscopic surgery is needed.

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Gallbladder Stone in Different Languages

Gallbladder stone in Hindi- पित्ताशय की पथरी

Gallbladder stone in Telugu- పిత్తాశయం రాయి

Gallbladder stone in Tamil- பித்தப்பை கல்

Gallbladder stone in Bengali- পিত্ত পাথর

Types of gallstones

Cholesterol stones

Pigment stones

Mixed stones

Complications of untreated gallbladder stones

Inflammation of the gallbladder

Blockage of the common bile duct

Blockage in the pancreatic duct

Gallbladder cancer

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Causes

  • Bile contains too much cholesterol
  • Bile contains too much bilirubin
  • Gallbladder doesn't empty correctly
  • Weak digestive system
  • Excess estrogen due to pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy

Symptoms

  • High fever with chills
  • Dark color urine or clay color stools
  • Intense pain in the central abdomen and right shoulder
  • Digestive problems such as heartburn
  • Nausea and vomiting

Treatment

Doctors performing surgery to remove gallbladder stones

Diagnosis

Diagnosis procedures first involve some questions asked by a doctor to the patients. These questions are about the diet intake, family history of gallstone, etc. This is followed by a few physical examinations to test the pain in the abdomen. The confirmatory test may include:

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

To locate the stuck gallstones in bile duct, a tine camera is incorporated down to gastrointestinal (GI) tract which sends out a complete video of gallbladder.

Abdominal Ultrasound

This is an imaging test used to analyse if there is gallstones present in the gallbladder.

Procedure

Diagnosis procedures first involve some questions asked by a doctor to the patients. These questions are about the diet intake, family history of gallstone, etc. This is followed by a few physical examinations to test the pain in the abdomen. The confirmatory test may include:

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

To locate the stuck gallstones in bile duct, a tine camera is incorporated down to gastrointestinal (GI) tract which sends out a complete video of gallbladder.

Abdominal Ultrasound

This is an imaging test used to analyse if there is gallstones present in the gallbladder.

Techniques of treatment or Gall bladder Surgery are basically divided into two categories:

  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Traditional open Surgical Cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

In this procedure, A minute incision was made in the wall of the abdomen through which the laparoscope (i.e., the thin tube with the tiny video camera installed in it) is inserted. Through which the surgeon will easily see the clear images of the organs and tissues on the Video monitor with the help of the camera which specifies the magnified image at the video monitor. The whole procedure is generally done for the removal of the gallbladder from the liver, other ducts & various other structures carefully through one of the minute incisions. Some of the very important advantages of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy are explained as follows:

  • Does not require a large incision
  • Usual physical activities can be performed just after a day of surgery
  • No requirement of frequent doctor visits or dressings
  • The patient can leave for the home the same day
  • Very Less or Minimal Pain
  • Minimally invasive
  • Minimizes the risk of recurrence
  • Lesser and dissolvable Stitches

One can undergo laser/ Laparoscopic surgery for gall stones in Bangalore by contacting Pristyn care laser clinic in Bangalore at any time. Pristyn care will help you by guiding throughout your treatment.

Traditional open Surgical Cholecystectomy

This is known as the traditional method of operating patients with the help of suturing. It can be a more painful method and may take a longer duration of time to heal the surgical wounds.

Diet/Instruction

Diagnosis procedures first involve some questions asked by a doctor to the patients. These questions are about the diet intake, family history of gallstone, etc. This is followed by a few physical examinations to test the pain in the abdomen. The confirmatory test may include:

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

To locate the stuck gallstones in bile duct, a tine camera is incorporated down to gastrointestinal (GI) tract which sends out a complete video of gallbladder.

Abdominal Ultrasound

This is an imaging test used to analyse if there is gallstones present in the gallbladder.

Techniques of treatment or Gall bladder Surgery are basically divided into two categories:

  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Traditional open Surgical Cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

In this procedure, A minute incision was made in the wall of the abdomen through which the laparoscope (i.e., the thin tube with the tiny video camera installed in it) is inserted. Through which the surgeon will easily see the clear images of the organs and tissues on the Video monitor with the help of the camera which specifies the magnified image at the video monitor. The whole procedure is generally done for the removal of the gallbladder from the liver, other ducts & various other structures carefully through one of the minute incisions. Some of the very important advantages of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy are explained as follows:

  • Does not require a large incision
  • Usual physical activities can be performed just after a day of surgery
  • No requirement of frequent doctor visits or dressings
  • The patient can leave for the home the same day
  • Very Less or Minimal Pain
  • Minimally invasive
  • Minimizes the risk of recurrence
  • Lesser and dissolvable Stitches

One can undergo laser/ Laparoscopic surgery for gall stones in Bangalore by contacting Pristyn care laser clinic in Bangalore at any time. Pristyn care will help you by guiding throughout your treatment.

Traditional open Surgical Cholecystectomy

This is known as the traditional method of operating patients with the help of suturing. It can be a more painful method and may take a longer duration of time to heal the surgical wounds.

In our Doctor’s Words

Dr. Mohsin Khan

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, DNB - General Surgery

12 Years Experience Overall

In our Doctor’s Words

Gallbladder removal is the only final solution to the problem of gallstones. But many a times, I come across patients who fear the surgery and look for ways to remove only the gallstones. This is also because, they confuse gallstones treatment with that of kidney stones. See, both are different. Unlike kidney stones, where the kidney is healthy and the stone itselves can be removed as a treatment, gallstones result from diseased gallbladder. Once they start forming, they keep crystallizing unless the entire gallbladder is removed permanently. Otherwise, you would experience severe and unbearable pain that will last for hours and spread to the entire right side of your system. With passing days, it would only become more frequent and worse each day. This is why I suggest you do not trust just home remedies or quacks and seek a good treatment as soon as possible. This will solve your problem from its core and allow you to live a better, healthy and pain free life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is medicine for gallstones effective?

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Does gallstone cause heartburn?

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How to test for gallstones at home?

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What is a gallbladder operation called?

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What is the gallstone operation cost in Bangalore?

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What are the factors that affect laparoscopic cholecystectomy cost in Bangalore?

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Is there a permanent cure for gallbladder stones?

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Is it possible to dissolve gallstones?

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Can apple juice help get rid of gallstones?

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What is cholecystoscopy?

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Which doctor to consult for gallbladder stones?

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Where can I find the best gallbladder stone doctor in Bangalore near me?

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Are there any homeopathic medicines for gallbladder stones?

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Which is the best hospital for gallbladder surgery in Bangalore?

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Painless Treatment for Gallstones in Bangalore

Gallstones is a very common problem nowadays among the population of Bangalore. The percentage is increasing day by day due to risk factors like obesity, chronic infections, reproductive factors, cholecystitis, and specific chemicals. The ratio of women suffering from gallstones to men is 2:3. However, the prevalence rate of gallstones tends to be increasing in the southern part of India as well, where people residing in regions like Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai are most commonly affected. Owing to the advancement of techniques and availability of various gallstones doctors/ surgeons in Bangalore, the treatment of gallstones is not a matter of concern anymore. We offer the best treatment options to our patients by offering modern treatment for gallstones in Bangalore.

When the amount of cholesterol or bilirubin in the bile increases these gallstones tend to form. Generally, two types of gallstones are found in the gallbladder like:

  • Cholesterol Stones which are generally yellow-green in color and formed due to the higher quantity of cholesterol.
  • Pigment Stones are those which are somewhat dark in color and increased due to the excessive secretion of bilirubin.

For cholesterol stones

  • Fasting and weight loss- related diet plans can affect cholesterol in the bile. Likewise, low-calorie diets may enhance the risk of formation of gallstones
  • Various intestinal diseases also affect the normal absorption of nutrients (such as Crohn’s disease) etc.
  • Various metabolic syndrome is directly linked to overweight or obesity which increases the risk of type 2 diabetes & various heart-related disorders. Hence, diabetes and metabolic syndrome can also be considered as the various risk factors for the formation of gallstones.
  • Genetic factors also increase the risk of the formation of gallstones.
  • Adults who are above 40 have a higher possibility of developing gallstones as the digestive system weakens with age.

Gallstones tend to develop more in people who suffer from various types of diseases such as:

  • Infections in the Bile ducts
  • Severe Haemolytic anemia in which the red blood cells break down continuously rather than their formation.
  • Cirrhosis of the liver

How do gallstones form?

A gallstone is a stone that forms inside the gallbladder due to precipitated bile components. The presence of gallstones is called cholelithiasis. The common reasons for gallbladder stone formation are:

  • Bile containing too much cholesterol
  • Bile containing excessive bilirubin

In all these cases, the excess cholesterol and bilirubin may start to crystallize and eventually turn into stones. Besides the above-mentioned reasons, there are two other factors that impact gallstone formation. The first one is the frequency and ability of the gallbladder contractions. If the contractions are incomplete and infrequent, the bladder won’t empty properly and cause the bile to become over concentrated. The second factor is the presence of proteins in the liver and bile that either promote or inhibit gallstone formation.

Initially, the size of these stones is equal to a grain of sand. However, it can grow quickly and become as large as a golf ball. Moreover, the gallbladder may contain one or multiple stones of smaller or equal size.

What are the different types of gallbladder stones?

Gallbladder stones are divided into three different types based on their composition. These types are explained below:

  • Cholesterol Stones- It is the most common type of gallstone. Around 35% to 90% of stones present in gallstones are cholesterol stones. They can be light yellow, dark green, brown, or chalk white in color and have an oval shape. Usually, their size is between 2 to 3 cm long, but they can also grow larger if left untreated for a long time.
  • Pigment Stones- This type of gallstone is composed primarily of bilirubin, which is an insoluble bilirubin pigment polymer, and calcium (calcium phosphate) salts present in the bile. Around 2% to 30% of stones present in the gallbladder are bilirubin or pigment stones. They are small and often dark in color.
  • Mixed Stones- Also known as brown pigment stones, they are composed of 20-80% of cholesterol. The rest of the constituents can be calcium carbonate, palmitate phosphate, bilirubin, and other bile pigments, such as calcium bilirubinate, calcium palmitate, and calcium stearate. These types of stones usually form when the biliary tract gets infected.

All these three types of stones can be present in the gallbladder altogether or alone. But in each scenario, you will need proper treatment for them.

Why should gallbladder stones not be left untreated?

When left untreated, gallbladder stones can turn into a serious medical issue. If you don’t take a proactive approach for your health and consult a doctor to remove the stones, it can cause the following complications:

  • Inflammation of the gallbladder(Cholecystitis)- When the stone gets stuck in the bladder, it will cause inflammation, severe pain, and fever.
  • Blockage of the common bile duct- When the stones enter the bile duct and get stuck there, it causes infection in the bile duct, jaundice, and severe pain as well.
  • Blockage in the pancreatic duct- Pancreas is connected to the bile duct directly. Hence, there is a high possibility that the stones can travel to the pancreatic duct as well. If this happens, it will cause inflammation in the pancreas (also known as pancreatitis). Due to the inflammation, you will experience intense and constant pain in the abdomen and may need immediate hospitalization.
  • Gallbladder cancer- Frequent occurrences of gallstones can increase the risk of gallbladder cancer as well. Though it is rare, it is better that you seek proper treatment to reduce the chances of gallbladder cancer.

Ignoring gallbladder stones is not advisable under any circumstances. You should consult a doctor and discuss what you can do to get rid of the stones permanently.

Prevention of Gallbladder Stones

It is mostly our lifestyle that increases the risk of gallbladder stone formation. Therefore, you can prevent gallstones by making the following changes in your daily life:

  • Do not skip meals- Try your best to stick with the usual meal times each day. Skipping meals can cause excess bile secretion and deposition.
  • Lose weight slowly- Being overweight is a risk factor for gallstone development. So, if you are trying to lose weight, take things slow. Don’t push your body to its limits in order to lose weight as rapid weight loss can cause the liver to secrete extra cholesterol, which can further increase the risk of gallstones.
  • Eat high-fiber foods- Foods that are rich in fiber ensure that the levels of bad cholesterol in the body are minimal. Furthermore, fiber keeps the digestive system moving and helps to flush out the bile from the body. Therefore, it is crucial that you add more fiber to your diet.
  • Exercise regularly- It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to do an extensive workout, being physically active is enough. The less you move, the slower the digestion process will be. As a result, the bile won’t flush out correctly. Invest some time in exercising and leave the sedentary lifestyle behind.
  • Take prescribed medications- People who are at high risk of developing gallstones due to heredity or other factors can take medicines to lower the risk of gallstone formation.

You can talk to a gallstone specialist to find out what else you can do to prevent gallstones.

Dietary Changes for Gallstones

The food items that you eat on a regular basis have a significant impact on the body. If you eat a healthy and balanced diet and combine it with physical activities, it can lower the risk of gallstone development to almost negligible.

According to experts, the ideal diet for gallstones consists of:

  • Fiber-rich foods like fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Whole grains, including brown rice, oats, whole wheat bread, etc.
  • Fewer refined carbohydrates and less sugar.
  • Healthy fats, such as fish oil and olive oil that helps to contract the gallbladder.

Along with knowing what foods to eat, you should also keep your cravings in check and avoid unhealthy fats, such as desserts and fried foods. Talk to your healthcare provider and ask them to make changes in your diet that will help you avoid gallstones and other health problems as well.

How do gallstones form?

A gallstone is a stone that forms inside the gallbladder due to precipitated bile components. The presence of gallstones is called cholelithiasis. The common reasons for gallbladder stone formation are:

  • Bile containing too much cholesterol
  • Bile containing excessive bilirubin

In all these cases, the excess cholesterol and bilirubin may start to crystallize and eventually turn into stones. Besides the above-mentioned reasons, there are two other factors that impact gallstone formation. The first one is the frequency and ability of the gallbladder contractions. If the contractions are incomplete and infrequent, the bladder won’t empty properly and cause the bile to become over concentrated. The second factor is the presence of proteins in the liver and bile that either promote or inhibit gallstone formation.

Initially, the size of these stones is equal to a grain of sand. However, it can grow quickly and become as large as a golf ball. Moreover, the gallbladder may contain one or multiple stones of smaller or equal size.

What are the different types of gallbladder stones?

Gallbladder stones are divided into three different types based on their composition. These types are explained below:

  • Cholesterol Stones- It is the most common type of gallstone. Around 35% to 90% of stones present in gallstones are cholesterol stones. They can be light yellow, dark green, brown, or chalk white in color and have an oval shape. Usually, their size is between 2 to 3 cm long, but they can also grow larger if left untreated for a long time.
  • Pigment Stones- This type of gallstone is composed primarily of bilirubin, which is an insoluble bilirubin pigment polymer, and calcium (calcium phosphate) salts present in the bile. Around 2% to 30% of stones present in the gallbladder are bilirubin or pigment stones. They are small and often dark in color.
  • Mixed Stones- Also known as brown pigment stones, they are composed of 20-80% of cholesterol. The rest of the constituents can be calcium carbonate, palmitate phosphate, bilirubin, and other bile pigments, such as calcium bilirubinate, calcium palmitate, and calcium stearate. These types of stones usually form when the biliary tract gets infected.

All these three types of stones can be present in the gallbladder altogether or alone. But in each scenario, you will need proper treatment for them.

Why should gallbladder stones not be left untreated?

When left untreated, gallbladder stones can turn into a serious medical issue. If you don’t take a proactive approach for your health and consult a doctor to remove the stones, it can cause the following complications:

  • Inflammation of the gallbladder(Cholecystitis)- When the stone gets stuck in the bladder, it will cause inflammation, severe pain, and fever.
  • Blockage of the common bile duct- When the stones enter the bile duct and get stuck there, it causes infection in the bile duct, jaundice, and severe pain as well.
  • Blockage in the pancreatic duct- Pancreas is connected to the bile duct directly. Hence, there is a high possibility that the stones can travel to the pancreatic duct as well. If this happens, it will cause inflammation in the pancreas (also known as pancreatitis). Due to the inflammation, you will experience intense and constant pain in the abdomen and may need immediate hospitalization.
  • Gallbladder cancer- Frequent occurrences of gallstones can increase the risk of gallbladder cancer as well. Though it is rare, it is better that you seek proper treatment to reduce the chances of gallbladder cancer.

Ignoring gallbladder stones is not advisable under any circumstances. You should consult a doctor and discuss what you can do to get rid of the stones permanently.

Prevention of Gallbladder Stones

It is mostly our lifestyle that increases the risk of gallbladder stone formation. Therefore, you can prevent gallstones by making the following changes in your daily life:

  • Do not skip meals- Try your best to stick with the usual meal times each day. Skipping meals can cause excess bile secretion and deposition.
  • Lose weight slowly- Being overweight is a risk factor for gallstone development. So, if you are trying to lose weight, take things slow. Don’t push your body to its limits in order to lose weight as rapid weight loss can cause the liver to secrete extra cholesterol, which can further increase the risk of gallstones.
  • Eat high-fiber foods- Foods that are rich in fiber ensure that the levels of bad cholesterol in the body are minimal. Furthermore, fiber keeps the digestive system moving and helps to flush out the bile from the body. Therefore, it is crucial that you add more fiber to your diet.
  • Exercise regularly- It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to do an extensive workout, being physically active is enough. The less you move, the slower the digestion process will be. As a result, the bile won’t flush out correctly. Invest some time in exercising and leave the sedentary lifestyle behind.
  • Take prescribed medications- People who are at high risk of developing gallstones due to heredity or other factors can take medicines to lower the risk of gallstone formation.

You can talk to a gallstone specialist to find out what else you can do to prevent gallstones.

Dietary Changes for Gallstones

The food items that you eat on a regular basis have a significant impact on the body. If you eat a healthy and balanced diet and combine it with physical activities, it can lower the risk of gallstone development to almost negligible.

According to experts, the ideal diet for gallstones consists of:

  • Fiber-rich foods like fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Whole grains, including brown rice, oats, whole wheat bread, etc.
  • Fewer refined carbohydrates and less sugar.
  • Healthy fats, such as fish oil and olive oil that helps to contract the gallbladder.

Along with knowing what foods to eat, you should also keep your cravings in check and avoid unhealthy fats, such as desserts and fried foods. Talk to your healthcare provider and ask them to make changes in your diet that will help you avoid gallstones and other health problems as well.

How do gallstones form?

A gallstone is a stone that forms inside the gallbladder due to precipitated bile components. The presence of gallstones is called cholelithiasis. The common reasons for gallbladder stone formation are:

  • Bile containing too much cholesterol
  • Bile containing excessive bilirubin

In all these cases, the excess cholesterol and bilirubin may start to crystallize and eventually turn into stones. Besides the above-mentioned reasons, there are two other factors that impact gallstone formation. The first one is the frequency and ability of the gallbladder contractions. If the contractions are incomplete and infrequent, the bladder won’t empty properly and cause the bile to become over concentrated. The second factor is the presence of proteins in the liver and bile that either promote or inhibit gallstone formation.

Initially, the size of these stones is equal to a grain of sand. However, it can grow quickly and become as large as a golf ball. Moreover, the gallbladder may contain one or multiple stones of smaller or equal size.

What are the different types of gallbladder stones?

Gallbladder stones are divided into three different types based on their composition. These types are explained below:

  • Cholesterol Stones- It is the most common type of gallstone. Around 35% to 90% of stones present in gallstones are cholesterol stones. They can be light yellow, dark green, brown, or chalk white in color and have an oval shape. Usually, their size is between 2 to 3 cm long, but they can also grow larger if left untreated for a long time.
  • Pigment Stones- This type of gallstone is composed primarily of bilirubin, which is an insoluble bilirubin pigment polymer, and calcium (calcium phosphate) salts present in the bile. Around 2% to 30% of stones present in the gallbladder are bilirubin or pigment stones. They are small and often dark in color.
  • Mixed Stones- Also known as brown pigment stones, they are composed of 20-80% of cholesterol. The rest of the constituents can be calcium carbonate, palmitate phosphate, bilirubin, and other bile pigments, such as calcium bilirubinate, calcium palmitate, and calcium stearate. These types of stones usually form when the biliary tract gets infected.

All these three types of stones can be present in the gallbladder altogether or alone. But in each scenario, you will need proper treatment for them.

Why should gallbladder stones not be left untreated?

When left untreated, gallbladder stones can turn into a serious medical issue. If you don’t take a proactive approach for your health and consult a doctor to remove the stones, it can cause the following complications:

  • Inflammation of the gallbladder(Cholecystitis)- When the stone gets stuck in the bladder, it will cause inflammation, severe pain, and fever.
  • Blockage of the common bile duct- When the stones enter the bile duct and get stuck there, it causes infection in the bile duct, jaundice, and severe pain as well.
  • Blockage in the pancreatic duct- Pancreas is connected to the bile duct directly. Hence, there is a high possibility that the stones can travel to the pancreatic duct as well. If this happens, it will cause inflammation in the pancreas (also known as pancreatitis). Due to the inflammation, you will experience intense and constant pain in the abdomen and may need immediate hospitalization.
  • Gallbladder cancer- Frequent occurrences of gallstones can increase the risk of gallbladder cancer as well. Though it is rare, it is better that you seek proper treatment to reduce the chances of gallbladder cancer.

Ignoring gallbladder stones is not advisable under any circumstances. You should consult a doctor and discuss what you can do to get rid of the stones permanently.

Prevention of Gallbladder Stones

It is mostly our lifestyle that increases the risk of gallbladder stone formation. Therefore, you can prevent gallstones by making the following changes in your daily life:

  • Do not skip meals- Try your best to stick with the usual meal times each day. Skipping meals can cause excess bile secretion and deposition.
  • Lose weight slowly- Being overweight is a risk factor for gallstone development. So, if you are trying to lose weight, take things slow. Don’t push your body to its limits in order to lose weight as rapid weight loss can cause the liver to secrete extra cholesterol, which can further increase the risk of gallstones.
  • Eat high-fiber foods- Foods that are rich in fiber ensure that the levels of bad cholesterol in the body are minimal. Furthermore, fiber keeps the digestive system moving and helps to flush out the bile from the body. Therefore, it is crucial that you add more fiber to your diet.
  • Exercise regularly- It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to do an extensive workout, being physically active is enough. The less you move, the slower the digestion process will be. As a result, the bile won’t flush out correctly. Invest some time in exercising and leave the sedentary lifestyle behind.
  • Take prescribed medications- People who are at high risk of developing gallstones due to heredity or other factors can take medicines to lower the risk of gallstone formation.

You can talk to a gallstone specialist to find out what else you can do to prevent gallstones.

Dietary Changes for Gallstones

The food items that you eat on a regular basis have a significant impact on the body. If you eat a healthy and balanced diet and combine it with physical activities, it can lower the risk of gallstone development to almost negligible.

According to experts, the ideal diet for gallstones consists of:

  • Fiber-rich foods like fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Whole grains, including brown rice, oats, whole wheat bread, etc.
  • Fewer refined carbohydrates and less sugar.
  • Healthy fats, such as fish oil and olive oil that helps to contract the gallbladder.

Along with knowing what foods to eat, you should also keep your cravings in check and avoid unhealthy fats, such as desserts and fried foods. Talk to your healthcare provider and ask them to make changes in your diet that will help you avoid gallstones and other health problems as well.

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