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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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Overview

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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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Treatment

Diagnosis

The health care professional uses your medical history, a physical exam, lab, and imaging tests to diagnose gallstones. During the physical examination, the doctor also checks your body, asks about your diet and check for pain in the abdomen

  • 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.

Procedure

Medications will reduce the pain experienced but will not eliminate gallstones permanently. Only surgical methods (called Cholecystectomy) are effective. Cholecystectomy can be performed in two ways- Traditional open surgery or laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. Laparoscopic surgery uses a small incision. The laparoscope has a tiny video camera and surgical tools. The tube, camera, and tools are put in through the incision. The surgeon does the surgery while looking at a TV monitor and removes the gallstones. We highly recommend laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery because :

  • Lesser incision, lesser pain
  • Faster recovery
  • Incision will practically leave no scar
  • Great cosmetic value to people, especially ladies
  • You can resume your daily life quickly
  • Perfect for busy professionals
  • Insurance covered

In Our Doctor's Word

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Dr. Mohsin Khan

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, DNB - General Surgery

12 Years Experience

“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 life.”

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A dedicated Care 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

We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if gallstones are left untreated?

If you will leave gallstones untreated then the risk would include unpredictable attacks of gallstones pain. There would be instances of episodes of inflammation or serious infection to the gallbladder, pancreas, or bile ducts. So, it’s better to treat gallstones within time and if not treated on time then it will cause problems.

Is laparoscopic gallstone removal surgery in Gwalior a common procedure?

No. The incidence of gallbladder removal surgery in Gwalior with the laparoscopic technique is not too high. According to a research study, there are 5% of people in Gwalior looking to get laparoscopic surgery. Among this percentage of people, 3% of people are undergoing treatment with the laparoscopic technique already. So, yes the surgery is quite common in Gwalior.

How safe it is to visit Pristyn Care clinics in Gwalior? Is Pristyn Care taking all the possible precautions against COVID-19?

Yes. It is absolutely safe to visit Pristyn Care clinics in Gwalior for a consultation with the surgeon for gallstones. Patient security is of utmost importance to us and we are taking every possible precaution in all our clinics and partner-hospitals. We are taking the following safety measures-

  • Thermal screening at the clinic and hospital entrance
  • Wearing of PPE kit with masks by staff working in clinics and partner-hospitals
  • Vaccination of hospital staff to reduce the risk of contamination
  • Pre-booked appointments to reduce the chances of contamination
What is the approximate cost of laparoscopic cholecystectomy in Gwalior? 

The cost of laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery or cholecystectomy in Gwalior varies from one person to another. Each patient has different needs and wants and accordingly, the final cost is decided. Several factors such as the number of gallstones, severity of the condition, skills of the surgeon, type of room availed, etc. come into play while deciding the exact cost of laparoscopic cholecystectomy in Gwalior.

Where do you feel gallstone pain?

Gallstones usually cause pain in the upper right or central abdomen. You may also experience a gnawing pain in your back and right shoulder.

How many days does it take to be fully recovered after gallstone surgery?

The recovery period after gallstone surgery depends upon the type of surgery. For open surgery, the recovery period may stretch over 4-6 weeks. On the other hand, recovery after laparoscopic surgery is quite fast and you can return to your normal routine in less than a week.

How do I know if I have gallstones?

Gallstones usually cause the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the upper right or central abdomen
  • Pain in the back and right shoulder
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea and vomiting

If you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms, you must consult an experienced doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

What is the permanent treatment for gallstones?

For permanent relief from gallstones, you must discuss the surgical treatment with your doctor. It is better to opt for the modern laparoscopic gallstone removal surgery as it is completely safe and highly effective.

What should I eat after gallstone surgery?

For fast and healthy recovery after gallstone surgery, you should eat high fiber foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts, etc and stay away from too spicy and oily food.

What is the cost of gallstone surgery in Gwalior?

The exact cost of surgery for gallstone removal depends upon the following factors:

  • Skills and experience of the surgeon
  • Type of techniques used (open or laparoscopic cholecystectomy)
  • Type of room patient gets at the hospital (single or shared)
  • Anesthesia charges (local or general)
  • Cost of treatment covered under insurance

You can get in touch with us at Pristyn Care for any further surgery cost related query.

Can gallstones pass on their own?

If the gallstones are very small, they can exit the gallbladder and reach the intestine, finally passing through stools. However, if the stones are of considerable size, the chances of passing on their own are quite less.

What type of doctor removes gallstones?

A gastroenterologist or a general surgeon usually provides treatment for gallstones. They specialize in both gallstones and gallbladder removal. The doctors can diagnose your symptoms and condition and provide either surgical or non-surgical treatments.

Which is the best gallstone clinic near me in Gwalior?

Pristyn Care is one of the best gallstones clinics in Gwalior. If you are looking for gallstone treatment, you can contact Pristyn Care and consult with expert doctors. Pristyn Care clinics are located in several places of Gwalior and are easily accessible from almost all parts of Gwalior.

Which is the best hospital for gallstone surgery in Gwalior?

Pristyn Care is one of the best hospitals for gallstone surgery in Gwalior with world-class facilities. You can find some of the best gallstone specialists and laparoscopic surgeons working in association with these hospitals.

What size of gallstones need surgery?

Gallstone surgery may depend on the size and number of stones. You may have several gallstones measuring about 0.5 cm or one gallstone measuring up to 5 cm in diameter. You may have one big stone or several grain-sized stones. It is not only the size that determines the need for surgery but also the number of stones in the gallbladder. A gastroenterologist or a gallstone specialist would be the best person to determine whether you need surgery for your gallstone removal or not.

Is there any gallbladder stone remedy in Ayurveda?

The common ayurvedic medicine for gallstones involves using:

  • Turmeric
  • Aloe Vera
  • Gokshura (dried fruits of Tribulus Terrestris)
  • Kalonji (Nigella Sativa)
  • Black pepper

These ingredients can be used to cleanse the body and improve the overall health of the individual. However, there is no evidence that using these remedies will cure gallstones.

Is medicine for gallstones effective?

Yes. There are several medicines available that can dissolve gallstones and make it easier for the body to excrete them through waste. One of the most common medicines is Ursodiol or Chenodiol that is available as oral bile acid pills. The medicine breaks down the stones made up of cholesterol slowly. You should also know that the stones may take two years or longer to dissolve completely with this medicine.

Does gallstone cause heartburn?

Yes. Heartburn is one of the most common symptoms of gallbladder stones. It usually arises after a meal and gets worse when the person bends over or lies down. Sometimes, heartburn may persist several hours after eating.

How to test for gallstones at home?

It is not possible for you to diagnose gallstones at home. To confirm that you have gallbladder stones, you’ll need the following tests:

  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Oral Cholecystography
  • Hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid scan (HIDA)
  • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Blood tests
What is a gallbladder operation called?

The gallbladder removal procedure is called a cholecystectomy. If the open technique is used for the surgery, the name changes to open cholecystectomy. And if the laparoscopic technique is used, the name becomes laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

What is the gallstone operation cost in Gwalior?

On average, gallbladder stone removal cost in Gwalior varies from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 for open cholecystectomy and Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 1,50,000 for laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

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

Various factors that affect the cost of laparoscopic cholecystectomy are given below:

  • Choice of hospital
  • Admission, discharge, and bed fee for hospital
  • Doctor’s consultation and operating fee
  • The severity of the condition
  • Risks and complications
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Post-surgery care
Is there a permanent cure for gallbladder stones?

The permanent cure for gallbladder stones is undergoing surgery that involves the removal of the gallbladder itself. Once the bladder is removed, the bile juice won’t be stored in a place and there will be no chances of recurrence.

Is it possible to dissolve gallstones?

Yes. It is possible to dissolve gallstones with the help of bile salt. There are certain medications available in the market that can be taken orally to dissolve the stones. However, it may take years to dissolve the stones completely.

Can apple juice help get rid of gallstones?

Apple juice for gallstones is considered a good technique to cleanse the gallbladder. The juice can stimulate the bowels and help to empty the bladder correctly

What is cholecystoscopy?

Also known as percutaneous cholecystoscopy, it is a type of endoscopic examination performed after the drainage of the gallbladder to look for stones or other abnormalities.

Which doctor to consult for gallbladder stones?

You can consult a primary care provider (PCP), general surgeon, and gastroenterologist for the treatment of gallbladder stones. They will diagnose the condition and suggest the most appropriate treatment method in your case specifically.

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

You can find an experienced gallstone specialist at Pristyn Care. We have some of the best gallstone surgeons in Gwalior who are well-trained in both traditional and modern techniques of gallstone treatment. They have helped numerous patients to get rid of gallstones with a success rate higher than 95%.

Are there any homeopathic medicines for gallbladder stones?

Yes. There are several medicines available for gallbladder stones in homeopathy, such as Calcarea carbonica, Chelidonium, lycopodium, natrum sulphuricum, nux vomica, etc. However, there is no evidence that these medicines can effectively treat gallbladder stones.

Which is the best hospital for gallbladder surgery in Gwalior?

A hospital is considered best for a particular treatment when it:

  • Provides high-quality medical care at affordable prices
  • Has state-of-the-art facilities
  • Uses modern diagnostic and surgical tools
  • Follows a patient-centric approach
  • Provides assistance to the patient

Pristyn Care follows these principles and provides gallstone treatment in Gwalior at our partnered hospitals in a seamless manner.

What are the common gallbladder operation complications?

The most common risks and complications that can arise during gallbladder removal surgery are:

  • Bile leakage
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Injury to the bile duct, liver, and small intestine
  • Side effects of anesthesia, such as blood clots or pneumonia

The risks of complications usually depend on the patient’s health and the reason for undergoing cholecystectomy.

What are the side effects of gallstones?

The common side effects of gallstones include:

  • Sudden and rapid pain in the upper right portion of the abdomen.
  • Intensifying pain in the center of the abdomen or below the breastbone.
  • Back pain between the shoulder blades.
  • Pain in the right side of the shoulder.
  • Nausea or vomiting.

If you have stones in the gallbladder, these problems will arise randomly.

Can infection occur in the gallbladder due to stone?

Yes. If the stones get stuck in the neck of the bladder, it can cause inflammation and block the flow of bile juice as well. This will cause a serious infection that can be fatal if not treated on time.

Is 1.5 cm (15mm) gallstone big?

Though there is no normal size for gallstones, a gallstone of 1.5 cm (15mm) is considered large. Normally, multiple gallstones can be present in the bladder measuring up to the size of 0.5 cm. However, it is rare for the stones to grow up to 5 cm.

Are gallstones dangerous?

Gallstones themselves are not dangerous or fatal. However, they can cause complications that can be life-threatening. That’s why doctors often advise not to leave gallstones untreated for a very long time.

Can gallbladder stones cause cancer?

Gallstones are one of the most common risk factors for gallbladder cancer. Around 4 out of 5 people who get diagnosed with gallbladder cancer have stones. But it happens rarely.

Is it necessary to remove the gallbladder for gallstones treatment?

It may not be necessary to remove the gallbladder to treat gallstones. In some cases, the stones can be safely removed if they are not causing any symptoms. Gallbladder removal is recommended when gallstones are symptomatic and causing problems in the pancreas, bile duct, or bladder itself.

What are the different techniques available for gallbladder stone operation?

There are two techniques available for gallbladder stone surgery:

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, also known as keyhole surgery.
  • Open surgery, also known as laparotomy.

Both these techniques are effective but have several risks. The technique is decided by the doctor after the proper diagnosis of the patient.

Is it safe to remove the gallbladder?

Yes. It is entirely safe to remove the gallbladder. Doctors usually recommend this when the patient has had repeated gallstone attacks. Thanks to the advanced laparoscopic technique, the gallbladder can be safely removed with minimal complications.

Will gallbladder removal surgery permanently cure gallstones?

Yes. Once the gallbladder is removed surgically, the bile juice won’t be stored and flows directly from the liver into the stomach. Therefore, the cholesterol or bilirubin won’t precipitate due to prolonged storage and the chances of stone formation become zero.

Get Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery for Gallstones In Gwalior

Pristyn Care in Gwalior offers advanced laparoscopic treatment for gallstones. The laparoscopic procedure is minimally invasive in nature and hence involves the least blood loss and speedy smooth recovery. We are associated with some of the best laparoscopic surgeons in Gwalior that are highly skilled and have years of experience in performing surgery for gallstones. So, if you too are suffering from gallstone and want to permanently get rid of the problem, get in touch with us in Gwalior. You can contact us anytime to book an appointment.

You can book your appointment at Pristyn Care clinic near you in Gwalior in any of the following simple ways:

Give us a call on the above-mentioned number to speak with one of our medical coordinators.

Go to www.pristyncare.com and select the ‘Book Appointment’ icon and submit the required details of the patient via the appointment form.

Why Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Surgery Is A Better Option?

The advanced laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery at Pristyn Care is USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) and offers various advantages over traditional open surgery:

  • Minimally invasive procedures that requires only 1-2 minor incisions
  • There is no major bleeding during or after the surgery
  • Nil chances of complications
  • No long term scarring from surgery
  • Fast and permanent relief from gallstone symptoms
  • Painless surgery-performed under the influence of anesthesia
  • Speedy smooth recovery within a week
  • Almost negligible chances of recurrence

Why Choose Gallstone Surgery from Pristyn Care in Gwalior?

We constantly strive to put forth the best possible treatment experience to all our patients. Our team dedicatedly works round the clock to offer complete assistance at every step of the treatment journey.

Pristyn Care offers the following benefits to the patients undergoing surgery for gallstones:

  • Team of certified and experienced surgeons perform surgery in a risk-free manner.
  • Discounted rate of diagnostics from our partner diagnostic centers in Gwalior.
  • Free cab service for the patient and their attendant on the day of the surgery at the hospital.
  • Dedicated Care Buddy assigned from Pristyn Care for hassle free admission and discharge from the hospital (and other formalities).
  • Our team members take the responsibility of getting insurance claim approval on behalf of the patient.
  • The first follow-up with the doctor within 7 days after gallstone surgery is free of cost.
  • The doctor carefully makes the patient understand about the post-operative care and along with the recommended diet-chart to ensure healthy recovery.
  • We accept all kinds of payment methods for the convenience of the patient.

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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