Gallstones are stones that form in the bile ducts or gallbladder (the pipe-like system within the liver). Gallstones can range in size from microscopic sand grains to large golf balls. Interestingly, the most troublesome stones are sometimes the smallest. These stones have the potential to escape the gallbladder and get impaled. Larger stones typically stay in the gallbladder undetected. It’s vital to be aware that many people who have gallstones don’t have any symptoms and might not even be aware that they exist. In such circumstances, no therapy is required.
Depending on the size of the gallstone, the symptoms can change. Gallstones typically have no symptoms at all. These gallstones are not contagious and are referred to as quiet stones. The following are examples of symptoms brought on by gallstones:
- Upper mid-abdomen or upper right abdominal pain.
- Right shoulder ache that is related.
- chest pain
- occurrences that kept happening in a similar way.
If you experience symptoms, such as pain, you probably need to receive medical attention. The surgical removal of the gallbladder is the most typical method of treating gallstones. Having the gallbladder removed is referred to as a cholecystectomy. 90% of the time, this surgery can be done laparoscopically, a minimally invasive procedure that causes less post-operative discomfort and has a quicker recovery time than a traditional cholecystectomy. Even if there are no symptoms, it may be necessary to remove gallstones that are discovered in the bile ducts. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is frequently combined with this treatment.
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