gallstones treatment

What should you know before starting treatment for gallstones?

Bile juice is the fluid that helps in the digestion of food. This is stored in an organ known as the gallbladder. If this organ is not functioning the way it has to, then hard fragments start forming. Also, these gallstones will not disappear directly. If they can cause more complications later, your doctor might suggest the removal of the gallbladder. Before you start gallstones treatment, here is what you need to know. Let us discuss it.

Types of gallbladder surgeries

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Open surgery

Do you need to undergo surgery?

If the gallstones show no symptoms, you will not have to undergo surgery. Surgery is recommended only when there are high chances of your bile duct getting block by the gallstone. This can lead to a gallbladder attack which causes intense and severe pain in your belly for hours together. If left unattended, these gallstones can cause more serious complications like

  • Inflammation in the pancreas
  • Inflammation in the bile duct
  • Inflammation of the gallbladder

What are the risks involved in gallbladder surgery?

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Damage to the bile duct
  • Bile leakage
  • Infections

Are there any other types of treatments for gallbladder problems?

Your symptoms can be managed for some time if you change your diet. But this isn’t a guaranteed way of avoiding gallbladder attacks. If your doctor hasn’t suggested surgery, you will be given medication to dissolve your gallstones.

This might take years, and there are high chances of your gallstones forming all over again.