Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gallstones can range in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the cause of gallstones and treatment options in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Gallstones form when cholesterol and other things in the bile become solid and stick together, making stones. The stones can be as small as a pebble or as big as a golf ball.

Many people never know that they have gallstones. Sometimes, a gallstone can go from your gallbladder into your intestines. If it gets stuck along the way, you may have very bad pain in the right upper part of your stomach. You may also have a fever or chills if the gallbladder is infected.

Youre more likely to get gallstones if you are overweight, have diabetes, have high blood triglycerides, are fasting or have lost a lot of weight quickly.

If you have gallstones but no pain, you may not need treatment. Once you have pain, you are very likely to have pain again. Your doctor may suggest that you have surgery to remove your gallbladder. Sound wave therapy and taking pills to dissolve the stones are other treatment options.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.