A majority of people who have gallstones are not even aware of the condition. The reason is that gallstones remain silent and may only be discovered during a routine ultrasound or CT scan.
Symptoms of gallstones occur most frequently when stones pass through or obstruct a bile duct, resulting in biliary colic, more commonly referred to as a gallbladder attack.
These attacks occur when the gallbladder contracts (typically following a fatty meal) and compresses the stones, obstructing the gallbladder duct. Gallstones should only be treated if they are causing symptoms. Gallstones should only be treated if they are causing symptoms.
Gallstones can be removed with dissolving medications over months—or even years. However, oral medications are not the most effective way of curing gallstones as fast and permanent relief is not guaranteed.
Thus, the best way to cure gallstones, especially in case of recurrent gallbladder attack is the surgical removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy). Understandably, the idea of undergoing surgery can be scary and the person needs to make the right decision while opting from surgery options. These days, laparoscopic gallstone surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) is the most preferred treatment option for fast relief from gallstones.
How laparoscopic surgery is the best way to cure gallstones?
Earlier, the standard open surgery for gallstones required a five-inch incision and a stay of up to a week in the hospital. This technique has largely been supplanted by laparoscopic cholecystectomy. In laparoscopic gallstone surgery, the gallbladder is removed via small skin incisions (minimally invasive surgery). Also, the procedure is performed after administering anaesthesia to the patient and thus it is a painless gallbladder treatment. Even when the anaesthesia wears off, the patient does not experience any intense pain and only mild post operative discomforts. Advanced laparoscopic surgery also carries more benefits over open surgery that you can ask your doctor in detail. Being sure about the treatment before rushing into it will make the surgery experience easier and stress-free for you.
You can live quite comfortably without a gallbladder. Bile is produced in sufficient quantity by the liver for normal digestion. When the gallbladder is removed, bile enters the small intestine directly via the common bile duct. When there is no food present, loose stools may occur; however, this condition can be treated with a bile acid-binding medication such as cholestyramine (Questran, Locholest). The body takes some time to adjust the digestive process without a gallbladder but it gets better within a few weeks.