About the Gallbladder and Gallstones
- Abdominal pain in the center of the abdomen or just under the ribs on the right side
- Persistent pain
- Increased heartbeat
- Itchy skin
- Confusion or mental fog
- Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
There is no specific reason that we know of as to why gallstones. However, there are certain risk factors that may contribute to an individual’s risk of forming gallstones, including being female, prior to pregnancy, over the age of 40, and being overweight. It is also important to keep in mind that gallstones are more common in older adults and may be genetic. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent gallstones, but surgery can correct the problem almost immediately.
In most cases, gallbladder problems such as gallstones are found using an ultrasound. In more complex cases, your physician may use an X-ray test, CT scan, or gallbladder nuclear medicine scan to determine if there is a problem with your gallbladder. While gallbladder problems like gallstones do not go away on their own, your doctor may have suggestions for temporary management, such as reducing your fat intake. As a patient’s symptoms worsen, surgery may be the only real solution.
What Can I Expect?
If you have any questions about gallbladder removal surgery, gallstones, or any other gallbladder conditions, please do not hesitate to contact Surgical Associates of Mansfield. We are here to answer any questions you may have and are committed to ensuring your feel comfortable with your diagnosis and treatment recommendation