Why You May Have A Rash After Gallbladder Surgery:
Gallstones are very common. They cause pain and discomfort to patients when they occur. Some of them become so large that they block the bile ducts causing severe abdominal pain and even death. There are many reasons why gallstone may form in the body, but it all starts with cholesterol buildup in liver or bile ducts.
Cholesterol is necessary for proper functioning of cells and organs. When cholesterol builds up in these tissues, it causes inflammation and pain.
Cholesterol buildup can be caused by various factors such as diet, smoking habits, stress levels, genetics etc. If there is no fat intake then liver will not produce enough cholesterol to keep up with the amount of cholesterol consumed from food and other sources. Also if there is too much fat consumption in the body, liver cannot produce enough cholesterol to keep up with the amount of cholesterol consumed from food and other sources.
If there is a high level of dietary fats in the body, then liver produces less cholesterol than normal. If there is a low level of dietary fats in the body, then liver produces more cholesterol than normal. This results in accumulation of excess lipid (cholesterol) which leads to gallstones forming.
Dietary cholesterol is not the only cause of gallstones. Obesity, age and female gender are also risk factors for gallstones. If you are obese, it is harder for your body to digest fat. After the fat is absorbed into the body, liver has to work extra hard to process it all before it can be eliminated from the body.
This puts additional stress on liver and results in excessive production of cholesterol. Females normally have more estrogen in their bodies than males. Estrogen is a female hormone that causes cholesterol to be eliminated from the body. Since women have more estrogen than men, women normally do not store as much cholesterol in their bodies as men do.
This is one of the reasons why women are less likely to get heart disease than men, but having too much estrogen, can also lead to gallstones since it decreases the amount of cholesterol being stored in the body. Age is also a risk factor for gallstones. As people get older, their digestive system and liver does not work as efficiently to process fat and eliminate cholesterol from the body.
This causes an increase in cholesterol and since too much cholesterol can clog arteries and other parts of the body, it is eliminated from the body as a solid mass or gallstone. We recommend consulting with your physician who can help you determine what foods to avoid that are high in fat content. You can also take prescription medications to help keep cholesterol levels down in your body.
What Is Gallstone Disease?
Gallstones are small stones that form inside the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small organ that helps with the digestion of fats. When people eat, they often consume both fat and cholesterol, which are broken down into very small particles so that they can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Some of the cholesterol particles that are broken down are too small to be absorbed by the body.
These particles start to build up in the gallbladder. Over time, these particles join together with other cholesterol and fat particles to form a solid stone. Most of the time, stones will pass from the gallbladder through the opening where bile is stored and released into the common bile duct and then into the gut as part of the feces. Sometimes these stones get stuck in the duct and cause a blockage.
The blockage causes severe pain in the middle of the upper chest.
Types of Gallstones
Gallstones can either be mixed with cholesterol or appear as a crystal or seed like particle (calcium bilirubate). A mixed stone contains all three components of cholesterol, calcium bilirubate and pigment. The pigment gives gallstones their trademark color, which is why some are dark and others are light. There are over 40 different colors that gallstones can appear in.
Black – The most common color for gallstones is black. These stones contain both cholesterol and pigment.
Gray – These gallstones contain cholesterol but no pigment.
Blue – These gallstones contain calcium bilirubate and no cholesterol. They are the least likely to cause blockages or pain.
White – These gallstones contain no components of cholesterol or pigment. They are the most likely to cause blockages or pain.
What Are The Symptoms of Gallstones?
Some people never have any symptoms from gallstones and some experience excruciating pain. Occasionally, people may also have no symptoms at all until complications occur. Gallstones cause problems by blocking ducts in the liver, which prevent the organ from functioning properly. This can cause the following symptoms:
– Abdominal pain on the right side just below the ribs. This pain is often felt around to the middle of the back.
– Nausea and vomiting
If gallstones block the common bile duct, then this can also cause life-threatening complications. The following are symptoms of a blocked bile duct:
– Severe pain in the upper central abdomen that begins suddenly
Gallstones are diagnosed with a physical exam and medical history. If your doctor suspects that you have gallstones, he may order an X-ray or ultrasound of your gallbladder. If gallstones are found, then a more invasive procedure called a cholecystectomy may be necessary to remove the gallbladder. This is the only way to ensure that all gallstones have been removed.
Complications of having gallstones can be serious and even life-threatening. Complications from gallstones may include:
– Cholesterol crystals in the bile ducts cause inflammation, which can lead to the formation of a stricture or narrowing of the duct. If the common bile duct becomes too narrow, then bile can back up into the liver. This causes portal hypertension and damage to the liver.
Gallstones in the cystic duct prevent drainage of bile from the gallbladder. This can cause a similar backup of bile, which can lead to similar complications of portal hypertension and liver damage.
How Are Gallstones Treated?
Gallstones that do not cause any symptoms do not always require treatment. If gallstones are very small and cause no pain or other symptoms, then medical follow-up may be all that is necessary. Larger gallstones may need to be removed surgically. There are two ways to remove gallstones:
Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. This is the most common way to treat gallstones and it is very effective.
Pancreatic duct surgery involves removing gallstones that are blocking the pancreatic duct. This is a newer procedure that is done less frequently than a cholecystectomy.
Both of these procedures are highly effective at treating gallstones and the risk of complications is low when they are performed by an experienced surgeon.
Gallstones can sometimes cause severe pain that requires immediate attention. If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek emergency medical treatment immediately:
– Severe pain in the upper central abdomen that begins suddenly
If your gallstones are diagnosed early, then a cholecystectomy may be done to remove the gallbladder. If you have developed complications such as acute pancreatitis or a bile duct obstruction, then pancreatic duct surgery may be necessary.
Treatment of gallstones is highly effective. The sooner you are treated, the more likely you are to experience a full recovery from this condition.
What is the Long-term Outlook?
The long-term outlook after treatment for gallstones depends on whether or not the patient has any complications. Complications from gallstones can be serious and even life-threatening. If you have acute pancreatitis caused by gallstones, then treatment will focus on treating the pancreatitis.
If the gallstones caused a blockage in the bile duct, then your doctor may perform a procedure to open up the bile duct. If you have had complications such as these, then it is very important that you follow your doctor’s orders about post-operative care and medications. It is also important to avoid any situations or activities that could be potentially dangerous. For example, you should not fly in an airplane (at high altitudes) for at least six weeks after your surgery.
The long-term outlook for people who have had gallstones and no complications is very good. After treatment, most people can return to a normal diet and lifestyle without any ongoing problems related to gallstones.
What Should You Do Next?
– See your primary care physician for treatment.
– Arrange to have surgery to remove the gallbladder.
– If you have had no complications, it may not be necessary to have your gallbladder removed. You may be able to manage your condition with diet and medication, but you should see your doctor for a full assessment.
– Manage gallstones through a healthy lifestyle to prevent gallstones from returning.
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