Gallstones

If you suffer with upper abdominal pain that is worse after eating, often makes you feel sick, and may feel like it is going through to your back – Gallstones may be the cause. I would be happy to see you and discuss investigations with you.

Overview

Investigations usually take the form of an ultrasound scan and blood tests. In some circumstances an MRI scan or CT scan may be required.

Gallstones are very common and do not cause any problems in many people. If you have gallstones and have regular attacks of pain particularly after food it may be worth considering surgery and I would be happy to discuss this with you.

In some circumstances gallstones can cause more severe symptoms.

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Infection

Sometimes the gallstones can cause your gallbladder to become inflamed and infected. This is a condition called acute cholecystitis. It causes severe pain, fever and you are generally unwell. Often people are admitted to hospital for intravenous antibiotics. In these circumstances it is wise to have your gallbladder and the stones removed to prevent further attacks.

​Pancreatitis

Sometimes tiny stones can slip out of the gallbladder and cause inflammation of the pancreas. This can cause a life threatening condition called pancreatitis. If you have had pancreatitis and have gallstones it is wise to have your gallbladder removed.

Jaundice

Sometimes stones can slip out of the gallbladder and block the tube from your liver to your gut known as the bile duct. If this happens you may become jaundiced or “yellow”. Once the jaundice is treated it would be wise to have your gall bladder removed.

Removal of the Gallbladder

Removal of the gallbladder or “cholecystectomy” is one of the commonest operations performed world wide and it is usually done by key hole means.

The gallbladder is pealed away from the liver, a clip is placed at the bottom of it and it is cut away. It is then removed out of your body with the gallstones it contains through one of the “key holes”.

In general it is a very safe operation but there are some risks and I will go through these with you in clinic.

FAQs

Case Study: A patient with gallstones

Mrs SA had several admissions to her local NHS hospital with inflammation of her gallbladder. She felt like she was getting nowhere and was not being taken seriously by her consultant or her hospital and felt like she was seeing a different doctor each time.

She decided to see Mr Peravali at Little Aston Spire Hospital. Mr Peravali performed her operation within 2 weeks of seeing her. She had an uneventful operation and is over the moon with the results.

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