Gallbladder is shaped like a pear & located over right side of abdomen just beneath the liver. It's function is to store the bile. It contracts in response to fat in the ingested food. Gallbladder stone is the commonest problem that affects the gall bladder.
Dr Harsh Shah is one of the leading gallbladder specialist in India. He has a wide experience in the field of gallstones & treated hundreds of patients with gallbladder stones.
The management of gallbladder stone involves prompt diagnosis & early treatment. Gallbladder stones & cholecystitis are diagnosed on ultrasound & CT Scan. The treatment of symptomatic gallbladder stone is
Pain, fever & vomiting are the symptoms that will be felt by the patient who develops swelling in the gallbladder secondary to stones. The symptoms may be episodic but some times it becomes very frequent that affects the quality of life.
Complications can occur if the stones are present for a long time. Gallbladder perforation is a serious condition which requires immediate treatment. Stone can slip into common bile duct & cause jaundice. Sometimes the stone can induce an episode of pancreatitis, which is again a serious condition in the short-term.
At Kaizen Hospital, Ahmedabad, we use latest technologies to diagnose & treat gallbladder stone. EUS, Endoscopic ultrasound can detect even the smallest stone in bile duct missed on MRI. ERCP, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography is used to remove the stone in bile duct & to place a stent.
Is there any non-surgical option for gallbladder stone ? Sadly, no. Many patients enquire about medicine for gallbladder stone. When the stones inside the gallbladder are very very small (which is called sludge in medical terminology), it can get dissolved on its own. But, when the stones are well formed, unfortunately they remain in place. There is no technology available for gallbladder stone removal except for removing the entire gallbladder.
Majority of gallbladder stones do not require any treatment, because most of them are asymptomatic. But, if they cause pain or any other symptoms, the surgeon will advise operation for
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the name given to the