Gallstone disease treatment guidelines

Remember! Even though gallbladder surgery is not always necessary, and in many cases gallstones can be managed with non-invasive/natural methods, always consult your condition with a medical specialist to get the right diagnosis. Read more on gallstone diagnosis here.

How to treat gallstones?

For as many as 75% of patients, gallstone disease does not give any symptoms at all. The presence of stones in the gallbladder is often discovered accidentally during other diseases diagnosis (e.g the ultrasound examination). On the opposite side, there are patients suffering from gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea or recurring painful colic episodes. Treatment options are varied as much as gallstone disease manifestations.

Uncomplicated, asymptomatic cholecystolithiasis treatment. In most cases, such form of gallstone disease does not require surgical intervention and pharmacological treatment is sufficient. Even more often diet and supplements are recommended as the best gallstone remedy. Read more about an alternative to gallbladder removal here.

Biliary Colic Treatment
A gallbladder attack is a sudden, paroxysmal, acute, unusually strong pain located in the epigastric region, radiating to the right shoulder or intercostal area. It may be accompanied by nausea, bloating and vomiting. It is caused by gallstone passage from the gallbladder to the common bile duct or further to the duodenum. The biliary colic attack is very painful and should always be consulted with a health-care professional. In some cases, a gallstone attack does not require immediate medical help and symptom relief can be achieved at home. Read more on gallstone attack treatment here.

Gallbladder inflammation treatment. When a gallstone blocks the gallbladder duct, it may become infected and inflamed. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, with possible jaundice. When bile itself becomes infected, cholangitis occurs, with symptoms such as pain, fever, jaundice and shaking. Such symptoms are alarming and require prompt medical help, often including a gallbladder removal. Read more on the gallbladder operation here.

Gallstone Treatment Summary

An asymptomatic, mild form of gallstone disease does not require surgical intervention. Gallbladder operation may be a necessity only in case you are in “high risk” patient category or if some serious cholecystitis complication occurred, such as gallbladder inflammation or cholangitis. In other cases, gallstones can be successfully managed with proper diet, herbs, and supplements.

Biliary colic is one of the cholecystitis complications that in many cases can be treated at home, although should always be consulted with a health-care professional.

Serious gallstone complications, such as inflamed gallbladder or cholangitis require prompt medical help and usually end up with gallbladder operation.

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