Intensifying pain in the upper right abdomen may be a sign of a gallstone. These hard deposits of digestive fluid can range in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball, and can develop one at a time or in a group. Gallstones that do not cause pain or other symptoms often do not need to be treated. However, if you experience symptoms from a gallstone, you may require gallbladder treatment.
Gallstone symptoms include:
- Sudden, increasing pain in the upper right area of the abdomen or just below the breastbone
- Pain between the shoulders or in the right shoulder
- Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
- High fever and chills
Gallstones can develop as a result of many health conditions, including too much cholesterol or bilirubin (a chemical produced from red blood cells breaking down) in the bile or a gallbladder that does not empty completely or often enough.
If you suffer from intense or recurring symptoms, please come see our surgeon to learn if you should receive gallbladder treatment in Morgan City, Louisiana. Options for treatment are:
- Cholecystectomy, or surgery to remove the gallbladder. A gallbladder is not necessary to live or digest food; however, you may experience temporary diarrhea. With the gallbladder gone, bile will transfer from the liver to the small intestine.
- Medication to help dissolve gallstones. These medications are taken by mouth and take longer to treat the issue, which is why they are typically reserved for patients who cannot undergo surgery.
We encourage you to learn more about your options for gallbladder treatment by contacting our team at 985-384-7173 today. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you arrange an appointment with Dr. Tomas Birriel.