Gallstones in Illinois
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What are gallstones?
Gallstones are objects resembling stones that develop in the gallbladder or bile ducts. They are made of cholesterol (a waxy, fat-like substance made in the liver), or bilirubin (a substance formed when red blood cells are broken down). The gallstones can range in size. They can be as small as a tiny grain of sand, or as large as a golf ball. Larger stones generally remain in the gallbladder without causing irritation in the gallbladder. On the other hand, smaller stones cause issues because they can leave the gallbladder and get stuck.
What are the symptoms of gallstones?
You may experience a few uncomfortable symptoms if you have gallstones. Some of these symptoms can include:
- A sudden and rapid intense pain in the center of your abdomen
- A rapid and sudden pain in the upper right of your abdomen
- Pain in your right shoulder
- Nausea or vomiting
- Back pain between your shoulder blades
In addition, your pain may last several minutes to as long as a few hours. You should seek immediate attention if you have pain so intense that you can’t sit still, if you have a high fever, or if you have jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of your eyes) you should seek immediate treatment.
If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms, reach out to request an appointment with our GI providers in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Normal, IL, with GI Alliance of Illinois.
How are gallstones treated?
Gallstones are commonly treated by removing the gallbladder completely. This process is known as a cholecystectomy. A majority of the time, this surgery to remove the gallbladder can be done laparoscopically. This technique allows for less soreness after surgery and a faster recovery time.
If you believe you would benefit from gallstone treatment, reach out to our GI providers to request an appointment. We look forward to helping you find relief from the intense pain you’re experiencing.
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When you’re suffering from intense pain, you need to know that you have highly skilled professionals to assist you. Request an appointment with our GI providers today so that our experienced and knowledgeable team can provide you with the care you need.
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