- Gallstone Disease
- Risk Factors
- Gallstones Diet
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is Gallstone Disease?
- Pain or tenderness under the rib cage on the right side
- Pain between shoulder blades
- Stools light or chalky colored
- Fatty stools
- Indigestion after eating, especially the fatty foods
- Burping or belching
- The feeling of fullness or food not digesting
- Constipation or frequent use of laxatives
- Headache over eyes, especially right
- Bitter fluid comes up after eating
Geography and Ethnicity
PTC (Percutaneous Transhepatic Cholangiography)
ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
Natural Treatment for Gallstones
- Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
- Avoid Rapid Weight Loss and Fad Diets
- Follow an Anti-Inflammatory Diet that Supports Liver and Gallbladder Health
- Be More Active
- Reconsider Taking Birth Control Pills or Unnecessary Medications
Surgical Treatment for Gallstones
- Over 40 years people
- Overweight or obese people
- Eating a poor diet
- Losing weight too quickly (for example, fasting and going long periods without eating)
- High triglycerides
- Lack of physical activity
- Family history of gallstones
- Low HDL (good) cholesterol
|Low-fat food||Foods that are fried, like french fries and potato chips|
|High fiber foods like brown rice and wholemeal bread can help to make stools more firm||High-fat meats, such as bacon, bologna, sausage, ground beef, and ribs|
|Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains||High-fat dairy products, such as cheese, ice cream, cream, whole milk, and sour cream|
|Low sugar foods and drinks||Foods made with lard or butter|
|Less spicy foods||Creamy soups or sauces|
|Avocados – a good way to get needed fats directly from food||Meat gravies|
|Garlic helps with liver cleansing but not processed types like flakes or powder. Some people have difficulty with it but is usually ok and even helpful. Just pay attention to your own body with this one||Chocolate||Omega 3 oils like flax or hemp. Use these with fresh lemon juice or vinegar on your salads. DO NOT COOK flax oil.||Oils such as palm and coconut oil||Grapes, apples, berries, papaya, pears, pomegranates, watermelon, and fresh organic grape juice||The skin of chicken or turkey|
Symptoms After Gallbladder Removal
- Mild pain
- Gas and bloating, distension
- Burping, belching
- Feelings of fullness
- Heartburn, often worse
- Acid and bile reflux
- Dumping syndrome
- Weight gain
Frequently Asked Questions:
Yes, you can. The bile will still be produced in the liver and find its way to the small intestine. It will continue to break down the dietary fats and remove toxins from the liver. What is different is that the bile will no longer be as concentrated (the gallbladder removes 90% of the water from the bile) and its function as a regulator will be gone. Some people have no problem with this at all; others have problems with getting the right amount of bile at the right time, either too much or too little.
You cannot live without fats. Every cell membrane in your body is made of fat. Fats feed the brain, and many hormones are made with fat. What is important is what kind of fats you are eating. Avoid fried foods, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats, and refined oils. Instead of these, try to use unrefined virgin olive oil or flax oil in your food. Avoid cheese and dairy in general. Unless your gallbladder was defective in some way, the reason you had it removed is more related to your eating habits, or the state of your liver. Your diet should be the same whether you have had your gallbladder removed or not. It is very important to maintain a diet that helps your liver digest fats properly and that helps the liver to do its job of filtering toxins. It is also important to give it the tools it needs to do its job, i.e. real nutrients, and to avoid piling up its workload by eating highly processed food, preservatives, bad fats, and other toxic foods. Avoid eating at fast-food restaurants, and ask about oils used even at good restaurants.
Current thought believes gallbladder health to be hereditary, yet it is equally important to acknowledge the role of inherited dietary habits in the functioning of the gallbladder.
Women are twice as likely as men to develop gallstones, especially in ladies who have had children. The main reason is the female hormone, estrogen. Excess estrogen from pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, and birth control pills can potentially increase cholesterol levels in bile and decrease gallbladder movement, which then leads to gallstones.
Besides people who are obese and females, especially those who have had children, those who are forty (40) or older also have an increased risk of gallstones.
Post laparoscopic removal of the gallbladder, most patients usually stay for one night. Most of them can return to work within a week. They can also resume most of their social activities in a week.
The best test to diagnose gallstones is the ultrasound. It is non-invasive and has no radiation risk. We have other methods also to diagnose gallstones.
Yes, but it a very rare to have emergency complications. The gallstone may block up the duct of the gallbladder and cause gallbladder infection, also known as acute cholecystitis. A severe form of infection may lead to gangrene of the gallbladder. Sometimes the gallstone may slip into the common bile duct and obstruct the bile duct which causes jaundice. If the obstructed ducts get infected, also called cholangitis, this may lead to death.