Gallbladder Disease in Louisiana

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A small organ in the body, the gallbladder stores, and releases bile to facilitate digestion. Gallbladder disease is a term that refers to a variety of concerns and conditions that negatively affect the gallbladder. These conditions include:

  • Biliary dyskinesia: Impaired function of the gallbladder
  • Gallstones: Hard particles that can block the path to the gallbladder and bile ducts.
  • Acalculous gallbladder disease: When the gallbladder develops inflammation unaccompanied by gallstones.
  • Choledocholithiasis: A situation where a gallstone becomes trapped in the exit passageway of the gallbladder. When this develops, the gallbladder could become inflamed.
  • Sclerosing cholangitis: Ongoing damage and inflammation to the bile duct network that leads to scarring.
  • Cholecystitis: An inflammatory response in the gallbladder that is often caused by gallstones. Over time, the gallbladder can diminish in size and lose the capability to secrete bile.

If you develop a gallbladder issue like any of the conditions listed here, we urge you to have a skilled GI specialist to assist you through the treatment process. At GastroGroup & Endocenter, we can ensure you get the guidance you need. To learn more about care for gallbladder disease in Louisiana, please get in touch with our staff today to request a consultation.

A number of gallbladder issues occur due to the formation of gallstones, which form when cholesterol and other materials located in liver bile clot and form hard stone-like particles. You also might have tumors that inhibit the bile from draining correctly, blood vessel issues, or infection. No matter the reason behind your gallbladder disease, you can find experienced help at a GastroGroup & Endocenter location near you. Our providers can assess your issue and help you determine the optimal strategy for care.

Some of the signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease can involve:

  • Throwing up
  • Fever
  • Severe abdominal discomfort, particularly in your upper right or center portion of the abdomen
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Pain that radiates to your right shoulder or back
  • Nausea

If you notice one or more of the troubling gastrointestinal symptoms listed above, connect with a GastroGroup & Endocenter location right away to request an appointment.

The ideal way to reduce the chance of gallstones is to maintain a normal weight, reduce your weight gradually if needed, and keep up with healthy habits. Some gallbladder diseases can be detected through a basic ultrasound. At times, your practitioner might suggest additional imaging scans like a computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. When treatment for gallbladder disease is needed, possible treatments include:

  • Fasting (this can give your inflamed gallbladder time to rest and reduce inflammation)
  • Medications to dissolve gallstones
  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Pain medications
  • Antibiotics

If you or a loved one needs treatment for gallbladder disease in Louisiana, our providers can help you consider your options.

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Gallbladder problems, such as gallstones, cholecystitis, and biliary dyskinesia, can be identified and treated by an experienced gastroenterology provider at GastroGroup & Endocenter. In the event you experience symptoms related to your GI tract, we encourage you to partner with an experienced provider in your area without delay to be assessed for issues such as gallbladder disease. As a physician-led group of GI specialists, we are equipped with the latest treatment solutions for individuals with gallbladder disease. To connect with an experienced gastroenterologist who offers treatment for gallbladder disease in Louisiana, reach out to a location near you today.

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