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What are Gallstones?

Gallstones refer to the formation of stones in the gallbladder. Gallbladder stores and secretes bile which helps in digesting the extra fat in the food. Bile is mostly composed of cholesterol, bilirubin, and other pigments. When the concentration of cholesterol and bilirubin in the bile increases, it leads to the formation of crystals that settle down, forming gallstones. The size of gallstones can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a ping pong ball. Gallstones can also vary in number as an individual can develop multiple stones in the gallbladder. Gallstones can cause sudden piercing pain, mainly in the upper right abdomen. Sometimes, when the gallstones block the bile duct, it can result in a gallbladder attack, a condition that can be excruciatingly painful.

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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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Gallstones can be silent which means the patient may not feel any major pain or discomfort. However, it is important to seek medical attention for gallstones before it leads to any major complications. The general surgeon will usually check for any visible colour change in the eyes and skin. The doctor may notice a slight pale yellowish color that may be either due to jaundice or the presence of excess bilirubin in the blood. The general surgeon usually recommends tests such as abdominal ultrasound, endoscopic ultrasound, blood tests, and imaging tests that can confirm the presence of gallstones in the individual.

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) – This test is usually done for minuscule gallstones. The doctor uses a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope which produces sound waves to create a precise image of surrounding organs to look for stones stuck in the bile duct.

Abdominal Ultrasound – An ultrasound test usually confirms the presence of stones without the need for other tests. However, the surgeon may also suggest additional imaging tests such as oral cholecystography, computerized tomography (CT), MRCP, or ERCP that can accurately confirm the presence of gallstones.

Blood tests – Blood tests are done to check the presence of bilirubin in the blood. The presence of Bilirubin in the blood can reveal any abnormalities in the liver and rule out the chances of jaundice if there is a change in the color of your skin or your eyes to yellow.


The general surgeon will check for the complexity of the condition. The surgeon may prescribe medications if the symptoms are very mild and do not cause any major discomfort to the patient. However, if the surgeon suspects multiple or large stones that can cause complications, there are two types of invasive surgeries for gallstone treatment- Open surgery and Laparoscopic surgery.

Open gallstone treatment –

  • The surgeon makes a large incision to fully view the contents or organs inside the body.
  • The gallstone surgeon removes the entire gallbladder (cholecystectomy) based on the number and size of your stones.
  • The surgeons suggest the removal of the gallbladder to prevent recurrence of the disease in the future.

Laparoscopic gallstone surgery –

  • The surgeon makes minute incisions, similar to the size of the keyhole.
  • The patient is administered with general anesthesia
  • The surgeon inserts a laparoscope with a camera on the other end to get clear images of the tissues and organs around the gallbladder.
  • The surgeon removes the entire gallbladder (cholecystectomy) to prevent gallstones from occurring again.

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Advanced Gallbladder Stone Removal Surgery

At Pristyn Care, we leverage advanced laparoscopic and traditional techniques to remove the gallbladder entirely. The treatment is minimally invasive and the damage to other organs and structures is negligible, along with high success rates.


Expert Laparoscopic Surgeons

Our expert gallstone doctors have 10+ years of experience in performing gallbladder removal surgery or cholecystectomy safely. The doctor compiles a personalized treatment plan for each patient.


Smooth Recovery & Post-op Care

Pristyn Care team and doctors will stay in touch with you to provide ample support and proper care after surgery. We provide free follow-up consultations to all the patients to ensure they have a smooth recovery.


Insurance Approval & No-Cost EMI

We accept all health insurance to cover the gallstone treatment cost. No-Cost EMI service is also available for all patients to divide the entire treatment cost into easy installments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of Gallstones?

There are two major types of gallstones present in the bladder that are usually based on the composition of bile.

  • Cholesterol gallstones – These stones form due to excess cholesterol in the body. These stones usually appear yellow in color and are the most common making up to 80% of gallstones.
  • Pigment gallstones – These stones are dark brown in color formed due to excess bilirubin in the bile.

What is the role of bile in our body?

Bile is a fluid that is produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. The bile helps digest extra fat in the food by emulsifying it for faster digestion in the small intestine.

What is the best surgery for gallstones?

General surgeons usually recommend laparoscopic gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) for major gallstones problem. It involves a minimal incision, less blood loss, and faster recovery. Moreover, the chances of recurrence of gallstones are almost nil.

What does Pristyn Care offer for gallstones treatment in Raipur?

Pristyn Care has the following advantage for the treatment of gallstones in Raipur-

  • Experienced surgeons
  • Advanced technology and infrastructure
  • Free cab assistance within the city
  • Post-surgery care & free follow-ups
  • A COVID-19 safe environment
  • Assisted surgery experience

What is cholecystectomy?

Cholecystectomy refers to the removal of the gallbladder due to the presence of stones. Pristyn Care offers painless laparoscopic cholecystectomy for gallstones in Raipur at no cost EMI.

What is the success rate of cholecystectomy at Pristyn Care?

The success rate of cholecystectomy at Pristyn Care is well above 95%. Pristyn Care is associated with highly experienced surgeons and experts trained in handling cutting-edge technology for a very high success rate.

How experienced are Pristyn Care doctors in Raipur?

We have a team of strongly dedicated surgeons in Raipur who take extreme care of every patient during the treatment. Our surgeons have all the necessary skills and medical qualifications required to make them specialists in the same field. Their long track record of treating patients successfully speaks volumes for them.

What is the cost of laparoscopic cholecystectomy at Pristyn Care in Raipur?

The cost of laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy) at Pristyn Care in Raipur is around Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 3,50,000. However, the total cost of treatment usually depends on many factors such as choice of hospital, choice of surgeon, number of stones, post-consultation fees, cost of non-medical items, etc.

Does Pristyn Care cover insurance for gallstone surgery in Raipur?

Pristyn Care assists with the insurance claims for gallstone surgery in Raipur within 30 minutes. The insurance coverage will depend on the type of your insurance company and the terms and conditions set by them.

Is Pristyn Care in Raipur taking all the safety precautions against COVID-19 infection for gallstone patients?

Yes. The patient’s safety and security are of utmost importance to us. Hence, we are taking every possible safety measure to reduce the risk of COVID-19 contamination in all our clinics and partnered-hospitals. We take the following precautions for COVID safety –

  • Thermal screening of every patient entering the hospital premises
  • Wearing of protective wear by staff treating the patients
  • Vaccination of the hospital staff for reducing the risk of contamination
  • Sanitizing of the private rooms, consultation rooms and equipment on a regular basis

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 Raipur?

On average, gallbladder stone removal cost in Raipur 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 Raipur?

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 Raipur near me?

You can find an experienced gallstone specialist at Pristyn Care. We have some of the best gallstone surgeons in Raipur 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 Raipur?

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 Raipur 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.

Why should I choose Pristyn Care for gallstone surgery in Raipur?

Pristyn Care is associated with a few of the best hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare institutions in Raipur. We also house some of the best laparoscopic surgeons and doctors in the city that are highly qualified to operate cutting-edge tools and technology for a very high success rate. Pristyn Care also offers daycare surgery that allows the patient to go back home on the same day of surgery after consulting the doctor. Pristyn Care offers the following advantages –

  • USFDA approved surgeries
  • Highly experienced surgeons and doctors for a very high success rate.
  • Advanced laparoscopic treatment with a higher recovery rate for best results.
  • Free cab pickup and drop facility on the day of surgery
  • Zero cost EMI facility
  • No file charge or interest
  • 30% discount on diagnostic tests,
  • Free follow-ups after surgery.
  • Assistance with insurance claims
  • COVID-19 free environment

How Pristyn Care is Associated With the Top Hospitals in Raipur?

We work in alignment with some of the most super-specialty clinics and hospitals in Raipur. Most of our partner hospitals are accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH). This accreditation acts as a symbol of authenticity. Our associated hospitals have more than one consultation room and private rooms that are fully equipped with the latest technology. The assistance provided by the hospital staff including nurses, consultants, surgeons, etc. ensures that each and every patient undergoing gallstone removal surgery from us has a comfortable hospital stay. In addition to this, we make sure that our partner hospital in Raipur is following every safety measure pertaining to COVID-19 infection.

Risks and complications of untreated gallstones

Sometimes, gallstones can be asymptomatic which means they may not cause any major pain or discomfort. Untreated gallstones can lead to several risks and complications. It is estimated that around 97% of gallbladder cancer patients harbor gallstones. Hence, gallstone surgery should not be ignored. Several risks and complications of gallstones are –

  • Acute cholecystitis – occurs when gallstones block the bile duct causing inflammation and infection in the gallbladder.
  • Recurrent and intense abdominal pain and frequent vomiting
  • Jaundice
  • Pus formation in the gallbladder
  • Gallbladder infection
  • Bile duct infection
  • Blood infection
  • Pancreas inflammation
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Gangrene & perforation of the gallbladder
  • Cholangitis – a life-threatening biliary system infection

Advantages of laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy) at Pristyn Care

Laparoscopic surgery for gallbladder removal is an advanced daycare procedure where the patient can go home on the next day of surgery. Its minimally invasive nature and faster recovery rate have made it famous among patients. It is preferred by most patients due to the following benefits:

  • Minimal incision, similar to the size of a keyhole.
  • Almost no pain, since done under general anesthesia
  • Surgery time is around 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Minimum risks of infection, excessive bleeding, etc.
  • Faster recovery and allow the patient to return to normal activities quickly
  • No major scars after surgery
  • Almost no chances of recurrence

How to book an appointment at Pristyn Care for gallstones treatment in Raipur?

  • Fill out the patient form on our website www.pristyncare.com. Once your appointment form is submitted, our medical coordinators will reach out to you at the earliest to fix an appointment with the concerned doctor according to your schedule.
  • You can also connect with our medical coordinators through the contact number on our website. The medical coordinator will take the necessary inputs from your end regarding your condition and connect you with the doctor near your area and book an appointment consecutively.
  • You can also book an appointment through our Pristyn Care app. A team of medical coordinators will reach out to you and arrange either an offline or online consultation from doctors near your area at the earliest via video call, and a nominal consultation fee will be charged.

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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