So you think you might have gallstones. Do you know what the next step is? For many, when they think of gallstones, removal is what they assume is the only option for them. This generally leads these individuals into thinking they are going to need to have an operation. What do you know about possible treatments for gallstones?
Preventive measures are always better than the treatment options for gallstones. Removal of gallstones is not always necessary, in the cases where the gallstones are not posing a problem, usually the ones where the gallstones were found during testing for other medical conditions. These are usually not problematic, thus do not require removal.
Some gallstones are small enough that they actually work there way out of the body. Although they are technically removed from the body, they did not require much assistance from a medical care professional or surgery. In most cases of gallstones, surgery is elective not necessary.
If your doctor does recommend that you have surgery for your gallstones, it is more than likely because your are having frequent attacks and bouts of pain and discomfort. Typically, if surgery is recommended it is generally done with laparoscopy.
You will be sedated with medication prior to the surgeon making a few small incisions into your abdominal area. A fairly tiny camera will be inserted into one of the incisions to allow the surgeon to see the various tissues and organs on a monitor in the operating room. The surgeon will use some tools to remove the gallbladder.
On average, a person that has had their gallbladder removed can expect to be spending only one night in the hospital to recover and be closely monitored. A few days of light activity at home and the person should be pain free and ready do resume normal daily activities.
If your doctor has placed you in the 5% of individuals that are going to require an open surgical procedure to remove your gallbladder, this could be because either you have existing scar tissue from another surgical procedure, your gallbladder is severely inflamed or there is an infection present. There could be other reasons your doctor has decided to put you on the list for an open surgery.
You can expect to spend a few days in the hospital after an open operation to remove your gallbladder. Generally, you will be in the hospital between 3-5 days. At home recovery is much longer than the laparoscopy procedure.
You will need to take it easy for about 3 weeks and then, with your doctors approval you should be able to resume your normal activities. Once you are fully recovered from your gallstones removal, you will see a slight scar on your abdomen that can be cleverly disguised or camouflaged.