You may ignore the health of your gallbladder until you have pain from this organ. The gallbladder may not seem important, but it is a part of the body’s digestive system. This small organ is beneath the liver so that it can store the bile that is secreted by the liver. The bile can remain in the gallbladder until your body is ready to release it into your intestines. Without this bile, your digestive system has a problem with digesting the fats that you consume from foods. However, it is possible to live a normal life without a gallbladder because your digestive tract adjusts to cope with the lack of bile. The major health problem that affects the gallbladder is the development of one or more gallstones. It is possible to have gallstones without any adverse symptoms, and your body may expel the gallstones naturally. In some cases, a gallstone lodges in a gallbladder’s bile duct, and this is what can cause chronic or intermittent discomfort. In addition to pain from the gallstone, you can have additional symptoms such as nausea, intestinal gas, acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation or vomiting. Thankfully, gallbladder surgery exists.
What are Some of the Ways to Overcome Gallbladder Problems?
If you have gallstones, then a physician will most likely recommend a low-fat diet to prevent pain in the organ’s bile ducts. In addition to a reduction of meat-based fats, you may need to stop eating eggs or some types of dairy products. In addition, a physician can prescribe medications to reduce the cholesterol in your bloodstream. Some individuals recommend home remedies. When you continue to have gallbladder attacks, you can develop chills or fevers along with intense pain. This condition can become worse, leading to complications such as an infection in the intestinal region. This is when gallbladder surgery can really come in handy.
When Do You Need Gallbladder Surgery?
When you have frequent gallbladder attacks or experience chronic pain, it is time to consider gallbladder surgery. In the past, the removal of the gallbladder required a highly invasive procedure to reach the organ to remove it from the abdominal cavity. Today, it is possible to have a gallbladder removed with a less involved approach, and the surgeon can use small cameras to see the abdominal cavity to remove the organ along with inspecting the surrounding organs.
To determine if you need your gallbladder removed, reach out to us at Surgical Associates of South Florida for a consultation. When you meet with our team in Miami, you can get all of your questions answered. Contact us today to book your appointment.