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Gallbladder Disease Treatment

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Gallbladder Disease Treatment
Introduction
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Gallstone Symptoms
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Gallbladder disease treatment
As with any other condition, how you and your doctor treat a gallbladder disease will depend upon the diagnosis you receive.  Keep in mind people with digestive health conditions are best treated by specialists called gastroenterologists, medical specialists with extensive training in diseases of the digestive tract.  So in order to get the best possible treatment for gallbladder disorders, be sure that you're seeing the right specialist and secure a diagnosis with a GI specialist first.

The most common treatment for most serious gallbladder conditions is surgery to remove the gallbladder. This operation is called a cholecystectomy. Fortunately, the gallbladder is an organ people can live without. Your liver produces enough bile to digest a normal diet. Once the gallbladder is removed, bile flows out of the liver instead of being stored in the gallbladder.

Other procedures can help open blockages of the bile duct. ENRP (Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) is often helpful to achieve this outcome, or blocked ducts might be opened via tube (stent) insertion. Cancerous tumors may be removed by surgery, but usually a tumor cannot be completely removed and treatment focuses on controlling symptoms.  Very early gallbladder cancer is treated by gallbladder removal.

In other cases, nonsurgical approaches such as medications can be used to dissolve the gallstones or a doctor might order an antibiotic regime for you to prepare for surgery.  

Keeping track of your health means tuning into the signs and symptoms that your body is sending you.  Prevention and early treatment increase your chances for recovery from gallbladder illnesses.  A variety of treatment options are available for treating gallbladder diseases.  So work with your doctor to determine which option is best for you. 

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