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What are Gallstones?

Gallstones are hard materials that form inside the gallbladder. The formation of gallstones is considered as the most common disorder of the gallbladder. Gallstones form when excess cholesterol in the bile crystallizes, causing the gallbladder not to empty properly. They can vary in size- a minute grain of sand to a large golf ball. The gallbladder can then become inflamed and/or infected, this is known as cholecystitis. Although an infection can be treated with antibiotics, the repeated formation of gallstones often requires laparoscopic gallstone surgery.

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Risks

 

Acute swelling of the pancreas

 

Pus formation in the gallbladder

 

Gangrene and perforation of the gallbladder

 

Chronic infection of the biliary system

 

Gallbladder cancer

Causes

Excessive dieting

Obesity

Suffering from Diabetes

Weak digestive system due to old age

Excess estrogen from pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy

Symptoms

High fever with chills

Dark color urine or clay color stool

Intense pain in abdomen and right shoulder

Jaundice signs

Nausea or vomiting

Treatment

Diagnosis

The best healthcare professionals discuss the medical history of the patient to identify the gallstones. They perform a physical examination and recommend imaging tests to diagnose gallstones. During the physical examination, the doctor will check the body, and ask about the diet and check for pain in the abdomen. The tests can be:

  • Blood tests: To measure the amount of bilirubin in your blood and to determine how well the liver is functioning.
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): A tiny camera is threaded down to your gastrointestinal (GI) tract to help the doctor identify gallstones stuck in your bile duct.
  • Abdominal ultrasound and CT scan: For better imaging of the gallbladder to analyze the signs of gallstones.

Procedure

Cholecystectomy is the other name of gallstone surgery. The experts at Pristyn Care recommend Laparoscopic Surgery. In laparoscopic gallstone surgery, the doctor makes a small incision and inserts a laparoscope that has a tiny video camera mounted on top and surgical tools. The tube, camera, and tools are inserted and the surgeon performs the surgery while looking at a TV monitor to remove the gallstones. In addition, the recovery time is much faster and the healed incision will practically leave no scar.

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Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Your safety is taken care of by thermal screening, social distancing, sanitized clinics and hospital rooms, sterilized surgical equipment and mandatory PPE kits during surgery.

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A dedicated Medical Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.

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Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.

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Post Surgery Care

You are provided free post-surgery follow ups, exercise and diet to ensure smooth transition to daily routine.

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Overview of Gallstones

When the excess cholesterol present in the bile turns into crystals, these are called gallstones. The gallstones prevent the gallbladder from emptying properly. Gallstones can be of different sizes.

The condition in which gallstones are present in the gallbladder is referred to as cholelithiasis and the presence of gallstones in the common bile duct is refe...

rred to as choledocholithiasis.

Gallstones can cause the inflammation of the gallbladder, which is known as Cholecystitis. Gallstones often induce unforeseen, acute pain.

Quick Facts on Gallstones

  • Pregnant women are more prone to developing gallstones

  • In some severe and rare cases, gallstones may cause gallbladder cancer

  • Silent gallstones do not cause any pain

  • Obesity is a risk factor for gallstones

Causes of Gallstones

  • Weak digestive system 

  • Diseases like diabetes, sickle cell anemia or cirrhosis

  • High cholesterol diet

  • Excess estrogen

Signs and Symptoms of Gallstones

  • Dark color urine or clay color stools

  • High fever with chills

  • Severe abdominal pain

  • Signs of jaundice

  • Nausea or vomiting

Diagnosis

Physical examination, lab tests, and imaging tests are done to diagnose the gallstones. The doctor also asks about your diet to identify the reasons. 

  • Blood tests to check the level of bilirubin to determine the liver functioning.

  • Ultrasound of the abdomen and CT scan to analyze if the gallstones are present.

  • Endoplasmic retrograde cholangiopancreatography  (ERCP) with the help of a small camera down to the gastrointestinal tract. This is done to check for the gallstone obstructing the bile duct.

Prevention of Gallstones

As we all know that prevention is better than cure, we should carefully observe what we eat and get rid of the inactive or sedentary lifestyle. 

Eat high fiber and low-fat diet to keep the chances of formation of gallstones from the excess of cholesterol at bay. Do not completely cut off the fats from your diet, just reduce the intake and consume more healthy fruits and juices. 

Use olive oil for cooking as its consumption lowers the level of cholesterol and prevents gallstones from forming.

Complications caused by Gallstones

  • Gallstones stuck in the bile duct can cause inflammation of the duct

  • Inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis)

  • Chances of gallbladder cancer in severe and rare cases

Treatment of Gallstones

Home Remedies of Gallstones

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to maintaining a healthy body. Healthy habits can definitely get you rid of many diseases. Some of the best remedial practices that bring a great improvement in the condition of gallstones are :

  • Yoga-

    Some special yoga practices can help you pass gallstones naturally. Performing yoga regularly improves the management of lipids in the body of the people troubled by diabetes, which is also the main cause of cholesterol gallstones. Thus, yoga keeps the cholesterol level controlled in the body. Making yoga an integral part of your daily routine can do wonders for your health.

  • High Fluid Intake-

    Drinking lots of water and fresh fruit juices such as apple juice can help in softening and easy passing of gallstones out of your body. Be careful while consuming juices if you are suffering from conditions like diabetes, stomach ulcers, hypoglycemia.

  • Nuts are necessary-

    Rather than having high cholesterol snacks, switch to healthy munching on nuts such as peanuts, walnuts and almonds. Grab a handful of these nuts and ditch unhealthy eating habits.

  • Artichoke-

    Artichoke is to be consumed in steamed, pickled or grilled form. Artichoke is also easily available in the market in the form of supplement pills. It is believed to assist in the proper functioning of the gallbladder and liver. 

  • Milk Thistle-

    Milk thistle is consumed as an oral supplement that helps in preventing and curing liver and gallbladder disorders. Milk thistle reduces blood sugar levels in patients of diabetes. It is highly advised to consult a doctor before you consume this oral supplement.

  • What must be avoided?

    - Avoid eating deep-fried and fatty foods in gallstones as it may aggravate the condition.  The aforementioned foods include pork, bacon, fried chicken, fried potatoes, butter, cheese, etc.  Also, avoid consuming alcohol as it may lead to dehydration and induce acute pain of gallstones.

Homeopathy for Gallstones

In the initial stage of small size gallstones, homeopathic medicine can play a crucial role. In the cases of surgical removal of gallstones, there is no harm in taking homeopathic medicines after the surgery just for a preventive measure.

  • Lycopodium:

    This is one of the most recommended homeopathic remedies that is most effective in gallstones. In the case of patients having gallstones with other problems like high cholesterol, constipation or bloating,  this homeopathic remedy is the best.

  • Calcarea carbonica:

    Genetic factors also contribute to the formation of gallstones. A person with a family history of gallstones is more prone to developing them. Calcarean carbonica is the medicine that helps a lot in such cases of gallstones. It also proves to be effective if the person exhibits signs of anxiety or is obese.

  • Nuxvomica

    : This homeopathic remedy is prescribed in cases where the person consumes a lot of processed and fried foods and experiences problems like heartburn, gastric issues or bloating. 

 Laparoscopic Treatment for Gallstones

If all the remedies fail to serve the purpose of removing gallstones from the body, then the best-suited treatment is the laparoscopic cholecystectomy. In this treatment, a small incision is made through which a tiny video camera and surgical tools are inserted. Laparoscopic treatment is the best-recommended option. It offers faster recovery; only one incision is done and the surgery is minimally invasive. If you want to get rid of gallstones, then reach out to your nearest specialist doctor this advanced treatment. The laparoscopic treatment is minimally invasive, causes no bleeding and there are no big cuts or incisions involved in the treatment. There are no chances of risks after the surgery if the patient follows the instructions given by the doctor for fast and complete healing.

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