What is a gallbladder?
Recognising gallbladder problems
The most common symptoms of cholecystitis are:
- Sharp pain in the right abdomen
- Low fever
- Nausea and bloating
- Blood tests
- Liver function tests
- Coagulation profile
- Abdominal ultrasound
- HIDA scan
Non-Surgical Gallstones Treatment
Patients who present with gallstones, but no pain or symptoms, may not require surgery. To reduce the risk of forming gallstones, general advice is to increase exercise (exercising for 2 to 3 hours a week can reduce your risk of developing gallstones) and reduce consumption of foods that are high in sugars and carbohydrates (like pastries, white bread, donuts) and fats, and to increase fruit and vegetable intake.
Medications can be administered (by mouth) to help to dissolve gallstones. However this treatment can take a long time, may not be completely effective and is often only reserved for those patients who can’t undergo gallbladder surgery.
Gallbladder Surgery (Cholecystectomy)
If you would like to know more about our gallstone treatment options or about the cholecystectomy procedure, you can find out more by clicking the links below.