Once your doctor analyzes your symptoms and clinical history, he or she will perform a physical examination, blood tests, and various tests to define whether it is gallstones, such as abdominal and endoscopic ultrasound, oral cholecystography, hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid scintigraphy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.
The indicated treatment, depending on the severity of the symptoms, usually includes:
- Oral medications to dissolve gallstones, which can be extremely time-consuming and are generally recommended only for people who cannot have surgery.
- Cholecystectomy, which is the most common treatment because the stones recur frequently, and removing the gallbladder does not interfere with the ability to digest food, since bile flows directly from the liver to the small intestine without being stored in the gallbladder.
At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.