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.
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.