Understanding Gallbladder Disease

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The gallbladder is a small organ that we don’t often think about until it’s too late. It’s located underneath the liver and its importance is sometimes overlooked. When left unchecked, your gallbladder can pose a lot of problems that can seriously affect your quality of life on a daily basis.

The gallbladder can have a number of different conditions that are collectively referred to as gallbladder disease. Let’s dive in and explore the most common ones experienced by patients.

Cholecystitis

This is one of the most common forms of gallbladder disease today. While cholecystitis is the medical term, you may know it as a form of inflammation in your gallbladder. There are many causes and complications of cholecystitis. One of them is gallstones. They can cause inflammation and pain near your abdomen. After eating food, the pain can become particularly intense and spread out around your torso. Cholecystitis can also lead to fever, vomiting, and nausea.

It’s not always the cause that gallstones lead to cholecystitis. It may also result from bile duct problems, infections, or even tumours. That’s why it’s not a good idea to think it will pass, because cholecystitis may be a sign of something far more serious.

Prevention can take the form of weight loss, a healthy diet, and enjoying a healthier lifestyle. Treatment may involve pain medication, antibiotics, or even surgery.

Gallstones 

As mentioned before, gallstones can lead to cholecystitis, but it is also a gallbladder disease in its own right. These are formed when particles such as cholesterol, salt, or bile chemicals build up and form a hard substance. Your gallbladder is supposed to clean and empty itself to prevent build-up and concentration, but if this does not occur, gallstones will form. Pain will occur when the stones grow to such an extent that it blocks movement in your gallbladder. The size of these stones varies from person to person. Sometimes you might not even notice having gallstones. Overweight, diabetic, and old people tend to be at higher risk of gallstones than others. In addition to pain, other symptoms include fevers, loss of appetite, and nausea. When left untreated, it can become cholecystitis, causing more discomfort.

Prevention can include maintaining or reaching a healthy weight, eating less fatty foods, drinking lots of water, and eating food rich in fibre. Sometimes gallstones can pass on their own without any medical treatment, but you might need pain medication or even surgery removal in the case of serious cases.

If you believe that you are experiencing gallbladder issues, come visit us at Dr Andrew J Rochman’s clinic, where our team can provide diagnosis and gallbladder surgery to help you relieve your pain and enjoy life again.

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