Gallbladder is a small organ located in the upper right abdomen, right below the liver. It’s a pouch that stores bile, a green-yellow liquid that helps with digestion. Gallstones are hardened deposits of bile that can form in gallbladder and may vary from a grain to a golf ball in size.
Gallstones are very common and routinely asymptomatic. When the Gallstones become infected / inflamed or when they block a bile duct, they can cause excruciating pain.
Too much cholesterol and / or bilirubin in your bile
Improper gallbladder functioning
Obesity, rapid weight loss
Family history of gallstones
Chronic pain in the upper abdomen which radiates
Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (like in jaundice)
Indigestion, gas, heartburn
Dark coloured urine and stools
The Diagnosis involves a clinical examination and understanding of the medical history of the patient by the doctor. This will be followed by one or more of diagnostic tests and imaging techniques as the doctor may feel appropriate like blood tests, abdominal ultrasound and CT scan, X-ray, MRI etc.
Most of the time, you won’t need treatment for gallstones unless they cause you pain. Sometimes you can pass gallstones without even noticing. If the symptoms are persistent and are causing pain, the doctor will likely recommend a surgery. Cholecystectomy is surgery to remove the gallbladder, there are two types of cholecystectomy:
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This is a minimally invasive and preferred procedure. The surgeon will usually make three or four small incisions in your abdomen. The surgeon will then insert a tube that has a small camerainto the incisions, check for stones, and carefully remove your gallbladder. You can usually go home on the day of the procedure or the day after if you have no complications. This involves less cuts, minimal pain, practically no scars and much faster recovery.
Open cholecystectomy: This surgery is typically performed when the gallbladder is severely inflamed / infected,or the patient is obese. This surgery involves making a sizable cuts (typically 5 to 7 inches) in the abdomen to remove the gallbladder with the stones inside it. This requires patient to stay in the hospital for a few days and a few weeks to recover to normal routine.
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To schedule an appointment, you can either call us or send us an email at email@example.com. Our team will assist you in scheduling an appointment with one of FirstCure specialist doctors based on your medical condition.
FirstCure Counsellor will discuss and understand your condition and help you in planning your OPD and will connect you with the best surgeon based on your needs. Basis the Consultation with the surgeon, our Counsellor will guide you in choosing the best treatment option, package and hospital.
FirstCure only offers elective surgical procedures in various specializations which can be planned and scheduled in advance to take place on a particular day. It does not provide any kind of emergency services or equipped to handle trauma situations.
Yes, FirstCure Counsellor will assist you in consulting with the surgeons online through a call from anywhere and discuss their health condition. Basis the discussions, our doctor may prescribe the necessary medication and diagnostic tests.
Absolutely, FirstCure Counsellor can arrange a second opinion from one of its expert doctors. The appointment process will work similarly to how a new consultation happens. The doctor will review your case history (prescriptions, medications, test reports etc.) and confirm the treatment or recommend an alternative course. We can also arrange a second opinion from another FirstCure doctor after consultation with one of our doctors.
Your dedicated FirstCure Assistant will assist you at every step from organizing the surgery, handling insurance approvals and related paperwork, admission to discharge formalities and post-surgery follow-up consultation.
Our partner hospitals have a large variety of insurers empaneled with them because of which we are able to support cashless treatments in most of the cases. If you have a health insurance coverage for your surgery, depending on the insurance type and terms and conditions of the policy, we will assist you in all the paperwork required for cashless approvals and reimbursements. We ensure that the maximum possible amount gets approved and quickly.
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