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About Gallstones

Gallstones, also known as cholelithiasis, is a condition in which hard stones start to form inside the gallbladder or bile ducts. These stones usually form when the bladder doesn’t empty completely. Due to this, the leftover bile juice starts to precipitate as there is a higher concentration of cholesterol or bilirubin. These stones may leave the bladder and get stuck in the bile duct or other organs, causing severe and sharp pain.

In such a scenario, you will need to see a doctor and may also need surgical treatment to remove the stones. If you have been diagnosed with gallstones and seeking advanced care, get in touch with Pristyn Care and undergo gallbladder stone surgery in Shahjahanpur at the hands of the most experienced doctors.

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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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Causes

  • Bile contains too much cholesterol
  • Bile contains too much bilirubin
  • Gallbladder doesn't empty correctly
  • Weak digestive system
  • Excess estrogen due to pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy

Symptoms

  • High fever with chills
  • Dark color urine or clay color stools
  • Intense pain in the central abdomen and right shoulder
  • Digestive problems such as heartburn
  • Nausea and vomiting

Treatment

Doctors performing surgery to remove gallbladder stones

Diagnosis

In many cases, a person with gallstones develops jaundice, due to which the skin and nails become yellow in color. The doctor will also ask if you have other symptoms of gallstones, like a sharp pain or fever. For an accurate diagnosis, the doctor will have to perform some tests.

Here are the tests that are done to find out the size and number of stones present in your gallbladder

  • Endoscopic Ultrasound: This test combines endoscopy and ultrasound to get images of the bile duct. Gallstones are identified through this test.
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): An endoscope is used to look for stones in the stomach, small intestine, and bile duct. This test can also be used to remove stones from any of these organs, except the gallbladder itself.
  • Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP):A large magnet, radio waves, or a computer is used to produce clear images of the common bile duct. This test tells the exact location of the stones and their number.
  • Blood Test: A blood test is also done to find out if the stones have caused infection, jaundice, pancreatitis, or any other complications.

The results of these tests will help the doctor determine the severity of the condition and also narrow down the appropriate treatment method.

Procedure 

Gallbladder removal surgery or cholecystectomy is the most effective solution for gallstones. Thus, at Pristyn Care, we employ the modern laparoscopic technique for gallstone treatment in Shahjahanpur. Alongside this, we also perform open surgery whenever possible. In both scenarios, the gallbladder is removed to ensure that all stones are removed and there is no chance of recurrence.

  • Laparoscopic Gallstone Surgery: In this procedure, tiny incisions are made around the abdomen through the surgical instruments inserted into the body. The laparoscope is inserted through one incision and the abdomen is inflated. Then the gallbladder is removed and the incisions are closed. As the incisions are very small, they are usually closed through bandages. But if stitches are needed, the doctor will use them to close the wound.
  • Open Gallstone Surgery: In open surgery, the doctor will make a large size incision and the internal organs will be exposed. The doctor will remove the gallbladder and close the incision with the help of stitches.

During both surgeries, local or general anesthesia will be used to ensure that the patient doesn’t feel any kind of pain or discomfort. Once the surgery is complete, the patient will stay under observation for 24 hours and then get discharged.

To learn more about the treatment, you can talk to Pristyn Care’s best gallbladder stone doctors in Shahjahanpur.

In our Doctor’s Words

Dr. Mohsin Khan

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, DNB - General Surgery

12 Years Experience Overall

In our Doctor’s Words

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 and pain free life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to gallstones if they are left untreated?

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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.

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- The 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.

Get A Permanent Solution for Gallstones- Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal Surgery)

If you have smaller stones, it is possible that they can be removed through medicines. However, if the stones are large and present in a great number, the doctor will most certainly suggest gallbladder removal surgery, i.e., cholecystectomy.

People often feel worried when the doctor suggests surgery. But you should know that gallbladder is an organ whose function is to store bile juice. When the gallbladder is removed, the bile juice directly passes into the stomach, thus, the body’s function is not affected at all.

Therefore, cholecystectomy or gallbladder removal surgery is a permanent solution for gallstones. In some cases, having surgery is an option, but in others, surgical treatment becomes a necessity to ensure that the stones don’t cause any other kind of problem.

So, if you are experiencing sharp pain in the belly region, have a fever, or have yellow skin, visit a gallbladder specialist in Shahjahanpur and discuss what can be done to treat gallstones.

Want to have a better understanding of gallstones and their treatment?

Talk to the most experienced gallbladder stone specialist in Shahjahanpur at Pristyn Care.

You can consult with the best gallstone surgeons in Shahjahanpur at Pristyn Care and learn all about the condition and its treatment. Most people feel anxious hearing that they will have to undergo surgery for gallstone treatment. However, they are less aware that there are modern technologies available nowadays that have made it possible to perform surgeries in a minimally invasive manner. One of the best examples of this modern technology is laparoscopic gallstone surgery.

The doctor will explain what the surgery entails and what you need to do to prepare for it. The doctor will brief you to ensure that you make an informed decision and feel certain about your choice.

Pristyn Care has highly experienced laparoscopic and general surgeons for gallbladder stone treatment in Shahjahanpur. They excel in both traditional as well as modern approaches to treatment. In the years of practice, our doctors have helped numerous patients successfully who are living healthy lives. You can talk to our doctors one-on-one by booking an appointment with them.

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, help 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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