Why Surgery is the best and safest treatment option
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How are gallbladder stones diagnosed?
Based on your symptoms and physical examination, the doctor can suggest tests like an ultrasound exam, a computerized tomography (CT) scan or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Sometimes, special tests and blood tests are also required.
How are gallstones or gallbladder stones treated?
Non-surgical treatments, though available, are not very effective. They are suggested only for people who are unfit for surgery.
Surgical treatment: In case of symptomatic gallstones, the gastroenterologist may recommend surgical removal of the gallbladder. This surgery, called cholecystectomy, can be done through the traditional open method or the latest and “gold-standard” laparoscopic method.“
Two types of non-surgical or noninvasive treatment options can be used to dissolve cholesterol gallstones:
- In laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the gallbladder is removed through a tiny slit in the abdomen with the help of a tiny video camera. The recovery is faster and the patient can be discharged on the next day.
- Open cholecystectomy is performed when laparoscopic cholecystectomy is not possible. Open surgery causes more pain and recovery time in the hospital is around a week.
What are the complications if Gallstones are not treated?
They are many possible complications that can occur due to gall stones, below are few that are important, which requires immediate surgery
- Infection: life threatening condition, especially if it spreads to other organs (a condition called septicemia)
- Gallbladder Rupture: Gallstones may completely block the bile duct and cause the gland to rupture
- Pancreatitis: sometimes smaller stones can pass through the bile duct and block pancreatic duck causing Pancreatitis, an extremely life threatening conditions which needs prolonged treatment and surgery
Related blogs you may like to read:
- Gallstones, National institute of diabetes and digestive and kidney diseasborder-radius: border-radius: 50%;. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/gallstones. Accessed on Oct 27, 2017
- Gallstones. Mayo Clinics. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gallstones/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354220. Accessed on Oct 27, 2017
- Gallstones. NHS choices. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Gallstones/Pages/Introduction. aspx Accessed on Oct 27, 2017
- Njeze GE. Gallstones. Niger J Surg. 2013;19(2):49-55. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3899548/. Accessed on Oct 27, 2017
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