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What are gallstones?

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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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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Physical examination, lab tests, and imaging tests are done to diagnose the gallstones. The doctor also asks about your diet to identify the reasons.

  • 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.


If all the remedies fail to serve the purpose of removing gallstones from the body, then the best-suited treatment is 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 Surat.

In Our Doctor's Word

What-Dr. Mohsin Khan-Say-About-Gallstones-Treatment

Dr. Mohsin Khan

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, DNB - General Surgery

12 Years Experience

“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

Which doctor to consult for gallstones in Surat?

You can consult a primary care doctor, gallstone specialist, laparoscopic surgeon, gastroenterologist, or general surgeon for the treatment of gallstones in Surat.

Does Pristyn Care accept insurance for gallstone treatment in Surat?

Yes. Pristyn Care accepts all major health insurance and mediclaim policies to cover the cost of gallstone surgery in Surat. Our medical coordinators will handle the insurance paperwork and help you get 100% claim so that you don’t have to worry about the overall expense of the treatment.

How long does it take to recover after laparoscopic gallstone surgery?

On average, it will take around 2-5 days to recover after undergoing laparoscopic gallstone surgery. As the surgery is minimally invasive, there are no stitches that allow the patient to resume normal activities like walking, sitting, climbing stairs from the next day. The exact recovery time may vary for some people depending on their body’s healing abilities.

Will gallstone removal surgery hurt?

No. You won’t experience any kind of pain or discomfort during the surgery as you will be under anesthesia. Once the anesthesia wears off, you may feel mild discomfort for a couple of days. If you feel pain, the doctor will prescribe pain medications so that you can rest properly.

What is the success rate of Pristyn Care in performing gallstone surgery?

Pristyn Care has the best team of surgeons that specialize in laparoscopic procedures. Hence, the success rate of laparoscopic cholecystectomy is more than 90% under the care of our doctors.

Does Pristyn Care provide post-surgery care to the patients?

Yes. Pristyn Care ensures that the patients recover quickly and smoothly in their homes. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis and then the patient is discharged on the same day. Hence, the patient has to take care of his/her health properly. To make sure of that, the doctors provide detailed instructions and guide the patient thoroughly through the dos and don’t after the surgery. If theer is any doubt, the doctors are also available for post-surgery consultation.

Will gallstones return after surgical treatment?

No. Gallstones usually don’t return after surgical removal. But you have to make sure that you listen to the doctor’s advice- eat a balanced diet and follow a healthy lifestyle to make sure that stones don’t form again in the gallbladder. If gallstones return, the doctor will recommend that the gallbladder is removed completely to nullify the chances of gallstone recurrence.

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 Surat?

On average, gallbladder stone removal cost in Surat 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 Surat?

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 Surat near me?

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

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 Surat 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.

Get Most Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery for Gallstones In Surat

In Surat, we are offering gallbladder removal surgery with the most advanced laparoscopic technique. People in Surat can choose to book an appointment with us if they are seeking treatment for gallstones. The pain caused due to gallstones can stagnate an individual’s life. Therefore, depending on advanced technology, our surgeons provide treatment so that the problem is solved as soon as possible. We have a highly dedicated team of surgeons who take utmost care of our patients while diagnosing as well as treating the patient.

Highly Experienced Laparoscopic Gallstones Surgeons In Surat

Using the advanced and latest technique requires expertise. We pride ourselves in housing some of the most experienced and specialized surgeons who perform laparoscopic surgery for gallstones. Moreover, most of them are reputed and even awarded with special recognitions for their extraordinary contributions in this field. They all have long years of experience right up their sleeves that make them specialists in this field. In other words, it can be said that when you decide to undergo treatment with us, you are absolutely in safe hands.

How Pristyn Care Is Associated With Top Hospitals In Surat?

In Surat, we have associated with some of the super-specialty hospitals and clinics to offer most effective gallstones treatment in Surat. We have tied-up with these hospitals and clinics to primarily rely on their state-of-the-art consultation rooms and operating theatres. Most of our partner-hospitals possess the necessary accreditation and also maintain high standards of protocol in terms of treatment. Furthermore, we ensure that all the hospitals are following every precaution against novel coronavirus to reduce the chances of COVID-19 infection.

Benefits of Choosing Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery

The advantages of choosing laparoscopic cholecystectomy than the other traditional methods are discussed as follows-

  • Minimum cuts and incisions
  • Minimum blood loss compared to conventional open surgery
  • Painless procedure as it is performed under the influence of anesthesia
  • Guarantees instant relief from symptoms
  • Minimum cuts and blood loss makes it possible to recover faster
  • Patients are back on their feet within 24 hours or less
  • Improved quality of life as there is no more pain
  • The chances of recurrence or complications are reduced to almost zero

Why Choose Gallstones Surgery from Pristyn Care?

We want our patients to get rid of the pain caused due to gallstones as soon as possible. Therefore, in addition to relying on the most advanced and latest surgical technology and equipment, we fast-forward the whole end-to-end procedure. In this way, we ensure that the whole procedure is smooth and that the treatment is not delayed. For the benefit of our patients, we offer the following additional services to our patients-

  • Detailed consultation with our surgeons for the proper diagnosis of the problem.
  • Discounted rates on diagnostic tests so that gallstones patients can complete the tests easily.
  • Using the most advanced technique by our surgeons to complete the surgery without any complications.
  • Cab facilities to pick up and drop off the patient on the day of the surgery.
  • Follow-up consultation provided by us within a week of the procedure free of any additional cost.
  • Insurance approval and paperwork handled by our team to ensure maximum reimbursement.
  • To reduce chances of recurrence, the surgeons provide aftercare tips to recover for fast and smooth recovery.

What is the Cost of Laparoscopic Treatment of Gallstones in Surat?

In Surat, the overall cost of laparoscopic gallstones removal surgery varies from one individual to another. The estimated cost of gallstones treatment can be determined by consideration of the following of factors-

  • Charges of anesthesia
  • Prices of medicines and surgical equipment
  • Location of the hospital where the procedure is going to take place
  • Type of gallstones that are going to be treated
  • Hospitalization charges
  • Charges of the surgeon

Fortunately, the cost of gallstones removal surgery is covered by most of the health insurance companies which can be beneficial for patients. Before the procedure, speak with any of the representatives of the health insurance company so that they can confirm the extent of coverage for the entire treatment.

Nearest Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Clinic In Surat

We now have our footprint all over the city of Surat. Our clinics are easily accessible by people from all over Surat. People from varied regions such as Aganampudi, Adil Nagar, Adikmet, Allipuram, Alpha I, Ameenpur, Anisabad, Anjarle, Ankushapur, Anushakti Nagar, Aravali Vihar, Bedla, Bhadra, Bhatha, Bhingar, Bholav, Bhuleshwar, Bhelupur, Birsanagr, Bolhegaon, Byrathi, Chandavan Phase I, Chowk Bazar, Chunchale, Damani Nagar, Dayal Bagh Colony, Dastur Nagar, Ekta Nagar, Electronic City Phase 2, Fateh Nagar, Gadge Nagar, Gorakhpur, Govindpuri, Guhagar, Goregaon, Gulimangala, Hanspal, Jaggayyapet, Jakhya, Jamalia, Jhalamand, Kapur, Karamchari Nagar, Kanteshwar, Kartikey Nagar, etc. can choose to speak with our surgeons in Surat.

In addition to serving residents within Surat, we are offering laparoscopic gallstones removal surgery to patients from nearby cities like Bhavnagar, Nashik, Vadodara, Malegaon, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Nadiad, Dhule, etc. too.

How To Book an Appointment with the Best Treatment Center in Surat?

Here are a couple of ways to book an appointment with any of our surgeons in Surat. We urge you to book an appointment beforehand so that you don’t have to wait long for consulting with the surgeon.

  • Call us at the above number and speak with any of our medical coordinators regarding the problem that is troubling you or any query you might be having related to the surgery.
  • Fill in the details of the patient into the Appointment form you can see on the right hand side of the screen.
  • Click on the ‘Book Appointment’ option and complete the form with the details of the patient and wait for our coordinator to get back to you.

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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