Gallstones in Louisiana
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What are gallstones?
Gallstones are described as deposits of fluid that harden and form in the gallbladder. Your gallbladder is the pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, below your liver. Bile (digestive fluid) held inside that’s released into your small intestine sometimes forms a deposit and hardens before it’s able to get released.
The size of a gallstone can range from golf ball size to a tiny grain of sand. It’s possible to develop one gallstone at a time, but you can end up with multiple at the same time. It is also possible that some gallstones will resolve without treatment. However, when symptoms are present, it is an indicator that you should be evaluated by our GI team.
Learn more about gallstones, how they develop, and how they’re treated by requesting an appointment at one of our Louisiana GastroGroup & Endocenter locations. Our team of GI professionals will develop a plan that incorporates little downtime so you can get back to your regular routine.
What are the symptoms of gallstones?
Signs and symptoms will likely occur once a gallstone is stuck within a duct and causes a blockage. The following signs may come on quickly once a blockage is present:
- Sudden intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen
- Back pain between your shoulder blades
- Sudden intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, below your breastbone
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain in your right shoulder
These symptoms can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. You should seek immediate care if you have pain that’s so intense you are unable to sit still or find a comfortable position. If you experience jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes) or have a high fever with chills, it is also important to receive urgent medical care.
In the case that you’ve had any of the symptoms outlined above, contact one of our Louisiana locations so one of our GI specialists can assist you.
What causes gallstones?
While there isn’t a clear cause for why gallstones happen, there may be a few risk factors that contribute. When your cholesterol levels are dissolved, they form into hard gallstones (cholesterol gallstones) in your gallbladder. It can also happen when your bile has too much bilirubin, causing pigment gallstones. A few of the additional risk factors for gallstones include:
- Being 40 years or older
- Having diabetes
- Being sedentary
- Eating a high-cholesterol diet
- Eating a low-fiber diet
- Eating a high-fat diet
- Having liver disease
When seeking treatment for gallstones, reach out to our Louisiana location for assistance. Our GI physicians will work alongside you to determine the treatment that’s ideal for you. Request a consultation at GastroGroup & Endocenter for more information.
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When you need relief, our GI experts will work swiftly to help you get back to your normal routine. If you've experience any of the listed symptoms for gallstones, request an appointment with our team in one of our Louisiana locations today. We will work diligently to find the root cause of your pain.
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