Options for Treating Gallbladder Disease

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The gallbladder is a small organ that can have huge consequences if it is not properly maintained with regular check-ups and prevention. As mentioned previously, gallbladder disease is an umbrella term for a wide range of problems that can cause complications in and around the gallbladder, including cholecystitis and gallstones. If caught early and with the right treatment, gallbladder disease can be nipped in the bud before it poses a serious problem to your health and quality of life.

The first step in taking care of any gallbladder disease is a professional diagnosis. Depending on the perceived severity of your condition, your doctor may perform bile duct or blood tests or order a CT scan to examine what exactly is going on in your gallbladder. Once this information is obtained, the recovery process can begin in earnest.

For some gallbladder conditions, you might not need any treatment as the issues may be small enough to pass on their own, but this is not something you can conclude on your own – your doctor should be the one recommending treatment or no treatment, as the case may be. Even without treatment, it’s a good idea to have a doctor inform you of what you can do to avoid gallstones in the future or to educate you on the best ways to diagnose yourself in future.

Treatment can come in the form of medication or surgery. There are certain medications that can be prescribed that will dissolve your gallstones, but depending on the size of the stones, this may take a long time (sometimes medication is required for years), which will continue to cause pain in the meantime.

Another solution is with surgery, which would remove the gallbladder entirely. You don’t need your gallbladder to live a healthy life, though there may be some side effects that your doctor will advise you on.

Of course, the best solution to gallbladder disease is not to have it in the first place. Prevention can be a matter of just changing your lifestyle: reduce your consumption of saturated fat, as cholesterol is a huge part of gallstone formation. A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables will do wonders for your gallbladder. While being overweight can severely impact your condition, losing weight too quickly has been associated with gallstone formation.

Consult with us at Dr Andrew J Rochman’s clinic before embarking on a weight loss program and to learn about the best ways to prevent or treat gallbladder disease.

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