Is surgery always necessary for gallstones?

Have you been diagnosed with gallstones? Wondering whether to undergo a surgery or not? Well! Gallbladder surgery or removal may not always be a necessary option to remove or treat gallstone problem.

In the human body gallbladder is a small sac-like organ that stores bile. Bile is a digestive juice made by the liver used to break down the fats. But sometimes gallstones of variable sizes are formed in the gallbladder. These gallstones are made from calcium salts, cholesterol as well as bile pigment. It is one of the common issues found in the digestive system. Sometimes excess cholesterol gets crystallized in the bile and gallbladder fails to clear it leading to gallstones.

In maximum cases, gallstones do not cause any problem but if it causes obstructions in ducts and leads to infections and inflammations, you need to take prompt action. The Standard treatment mainly includes removal of the gallbladder through techniques like laparoscopic cholecystectomy or open surgery.

Common symptoms of gallstones are

  • Abdominal pain that is infrequent but severe.
  • Pain in the abdomen after a fatty meal.
  • Fever and pain, in case the bile duct is infected.
  • Jaundice.

Gallstones are diagnosed by

  • General test that includes x-rays and other physical examination.
  • Ultrasound.
  • Endoscopy.
  • Hepatobilary iminodiacetic scan.

Gallstones treatment

Gallstones with no symptoms do not need any medical treatment however in certain cases, the doctor might remove the gallbladder if there exist any risk of complications. Sometimes based on the size as well as the location of the gallstones, it can be treated through dietary modifications, lithotripsy, medications etc. But the most common procedure is surgically removing the gallbladder. Surgeons may either remove the whole gallbladder or just the stones from the ducts.

Is Surgery always necessary for gallstones?

Surgery for gallstones is not always an option especially when your gallstones are not showing any symptoms. So how can you get rid of your gallstones without undergoing surgery for it?

Well, Flushing out the harmful toxins from your gallbladder can be an effective remedy to get rid of your gall stones naturally. Here are some tips and remedies that can help you get rid of gallbladder stones easily. 

  • Apple cider vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is considered to be the most effective remedy to flush out gall stones from the gallbladder. it is because of the active constituent present in apple cider vinegar called Malic acid. Malic acid acts as a strong cleansing agent that promotes dissolution of the gallstone or sludge by weakening the bonds between them thus promoting easy evacuation of the gallstones. Doctor’s recommend taking small quantities of apple cider vinegar as it leads to diarrhoea and bloating if taken in excess.

  • Olive oil+lemon juice:

olive oil and lemon juice cannot only do wonders to your health but also promote flushing of harmful toxins from your body. Taking a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice times a day especially before having your meals 2-3 can promote diarrhoea and abdominal contractions causing flushing of harmful toxins out of the body. Multiple soft green or brown spheroids can be observed into the stools which are parts of gallbladder sludge/stone.

  • Coffee enemas:

Coffee Enemas is a mixture of caffeinated coffee mixed with water. When this mixture is applied to the colon through the rectum, it stimulates the production of bile from the gallbladder. Coffee acts as a diuretic and helps flush out the harmful toxins from the gallbladder by stimulating the dilation of the bile ducts and facilitating the evacuation of toxic bile or sludge/stone from the liver and gallbladder.

  • Reishi 

Reishi is a type of edible mushroom that has the potential to dissolve the gallstones. It stimulates and enhances the production of bile from gallbladder and liver thus helping detoxify it through ganodosterone. Ganodosterone promotes the softening of the gallstones and stimulates gallbladder contraction thus, promoting the evacuation of gallstones from the gallbladder. 

  • Fibre-rich foods

Consuming foods rich in fibre has inhibitory effects on cholesterol saturation of bile salts and also affects its absorption in the intestines. this is due to the fact that fibres remain.

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