- 15 May 2018
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Gallstones: Not All Stones Are Precious
Every living being needs food to survive. Even though many research studies say that human beings can survive up to 40 days without food but with regular hydration, you will still need food at some point of time, right? Now it is quite opposite when it comes to you who loves to eat. The millennial term for it – Foodie. So let’s say a you eat food from each and every restaurant you find on the street. You eat, drink and ultimately, post photos, write reviews. Your social life is blooming. But what about your digestive system? Is that blooming as well? Of course it is not. When you eat, your food pipe, stomach, gall bladder are all at work. There is a digestive juice called ‘bile’ inside the gall bladder which is essential for the process of digestion. Due to the food you eat, it might so occur, that your bile might contain excessive cholesterol. This excessive cholesterol in the bile results in the formation of ‘stones’ in your gall bladder. This is what is commonly known as ‘Gall stones’. Gall stones harm the body by blocking the movement of bile from the gall bladder in the process of digestion. When it comes to the causes of gall stones, it is usually either due to excessive cholesterol in the bile or excessive amounts of bilirubin in your bile.
Bilirubin the chemical which is produced when the liver destroys the old Red Blood Cells in your body. Often due to various liver diseases, excessive bilirubin is produced int he body which bile cannot always break down, forming gall stones.
How do you know if you have Gall stones?
The symptoms of gall stones are usually evident. The most prominent symptom is pain in the upper right abdomen area. The pain occurs often due to continuous consumption of fried or fatty foods. Other symptoms are:
- Dark Urine
- Stomach Pain
Complications from Gall Stones
Gall stones are not healthy for the body in any way. Since they stop the flow of bile in the process of digestion, there are many complications which might affect your body. Some of the major complications which gall stones can cause are-
Acute Cholecystitis: When the gall stones, blocks the bile duct, it results in the inflammation and eventually infection in the gall bladder. This is known as Acute Cholecystitis.
Some of the symptoms of this condition are:
– Intense pain in the stomach and back
– Loss of Appetite
However, this is not the end of complications caused by gall stones. This condition was just one.
The condition of Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. One of the most common causes of pancreatitis is gall stones. In most cases, the gall stones are big enough to get stuck in the junction of the pancreatic duct and the bile duct. This in turn results in the inflammation of the bile duct and the pancreatic duct as well. Treatments for Gall bladder stones:
It is of utmost importance to get your gall stones removed if you have been diagnosed with any. Not many people take gall bladder stones seriously. They rely on urinating it out but that is a myth as they are gallstones and not kidney stone. If you experience even the slightest of symptoms, please visit us or book an appointment so that our team of gastroenterologists can take a look at your condition and treat you efficiently. One of the most effective and efficient treatments for gall bladder stones is Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy.
What is Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy?
The procedure of laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a minimally invasive one. Traditional methods involve a large incision on the abdomen of the patient in order to take out the stones. However, in this treatment method, instead of one large incision, many (usually 3) small incisions are made to remove the gall bladder with the help of a laparoscope. Benefits of laparoscopic Cholecystectomy:
– It is minimally invasive
– There is less pain involved in this procedure
– Recovery is faster
– This is a one day procedure which is safe and effective as well.
Gall bladder is an underdog of the digestive system however, its role is very important in the process of digestion. You can either go on dumping junk food in your body and face the pain later or you can mend your eating habits, eat, but in smaller quantities so that you can give your body the time needed for effective digestion.
About The Doctor:Dr. Venugopal Pareek is one of the best laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon in the city having done more than 9000 surgeries in 12 years. Trained in the esteemed Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Surgical Oncology, Dr. Pareek has expertise in Bariatric Surgery. He has attended several conferences and published articles on medicine as well in various national and international journals.
About Sunshine Hospitals:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr. AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma and Neurology.