10 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTION ABOUT GALL STONES
1. What are gall stones and what is the role of gall bladder in body?
Gall stones are hard deposites od digestive fluid called bile.its role is to temporary store the digestive juice and to give it when food comes.
2. Are gallstones serious?
yes, it causes symptoms like abdominal pain,shoulder pain,nausea,vomiting and/or jundice,gas,bloating.
3. Are gall stones life threatening?
Yes, sometimes,it can also causes complication like,rupture of gall bladder(GB),jaundice,pancreatities,dropping stone in bile duct and pus formation in Gb which may endanger life.
4. who is more likely to develop gall stones?
Diet,old age,female gender,genes,obestiy,rapid weight loss,lack of physical activity,diabetes risk factors.
5. Which tests to be done to know about stones?
ultrasound,CT scan and sometimes MRI can help us to reach at diagnosis.
6. Gall Stones can causes cancer?
Yes,long duration,stones with polyp,big size stones those who are living near banks of ganga river are more likely to have cancer in gall bladder.
7. What is treatment?
Treatment is to remove gall bladder by operation. Now a days(earlier open) laparoscopy or key hole or minimal invasivesurgery isgold standard operation in the world.Robotics surgery improve precision and accuracy a that's how improve outcome.
8. what if I dont't want to go for surgery? is it necessary to go operations in all cases?
if it is not causing symptoms then operation can be delayed. All cases sooner or later requires operation.in such cases experts consultation should be done before arriving at decision.
9. What care requires post operation?will I have any restrictions?
No specific care of restricion requires,some patients may of gas, bloating after operation which can be corrected by medicines.
10. Lets says if I go for operation, how will be my journey?is it painful?
it's a most commonly performed operation in world with very very lss complications rate and pain.Hospital stay is of one or two day in most cases. Usually we admit patient in morning around 9 AM witth all preparations,operation at 2 pm - Usually last for 1 to 2 hours, patient in room around 5 pm, having liquids and walking around at 9 pm.next day morning having breackfast and ready to go home.
Dr. Ishan shah
DNB (gastrointestinal surgery)