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Gallbladder stones (cholelithiasis) can be silent or cause unbearable pain if they get stuck. Our gallstone specialists in Siliguri use gallstone surgery (cholecystectomy) to resolve the condition effectively. Consult the best gallstone surgeons and choose between open and laparoscopic techniques for gallstone treatment.
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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Physical examination, lab tests, and imaging tests are done to diagnose the gallstones. The doctor also asks about your diet to identify the reasons. Other tests like level of bilirubin to determine the liver functioning
Ultrasound of the abdomen and CT scan to analyze if the gallstones are present are also performed.
If all the remedies fail to serve the purpose of removing gallstones from the body, then the best-suited treatment is the laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. In this treatment, a small incision is made through which a tiny video camera and surgical tools are inserted.
Laparoscopic treatment is the best-recommended option. It offers fast recovery, only one incision and is minimally invasive. If you want to get rid of the gallstones permanently, then reach out to your nearest doctor in Siliguri.
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“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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If gallstones are left untreated, they can get inflamed and lead to other major complications. It may start forming pus inside the gallbladder, the organ could die. Sometimes, the inflammation may spread to other neighboring organs.
The condition is rare but not unheard of. Many serious problems can occur if the gallstones get stuck in the bile ducts between the liver and the small intestine. It’s called cholangitis, it blocks bile flow from the gallbladder & liver and causes pain, jaundice, and fever.
There are a lot of common treatments for gallstones. However, gallbladder cleansing is crucially important for it to work well. It breaks down the gallstones in bits, releases them out of the body. A patient can try consuming a blend of apple juice, herbs, and olive oil for a couple of days.
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.
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.
On average, gallbladder stone removal cost in Siliguri 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The most common risks and complications that can arise during gallbladder removal surgery are:
The risks of complications usually depend on the patient’s health and the reason for undergoing cholecystectomy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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