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.
Medications will reduce the pain experienced but will not eliminate gallstones. 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 :
- Small incision, lesser pain
- Faster recovery
- The 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