Gallstones Treatment in Dubai
Gallstones are small, hard deposits that form in the gallbladder, which is a small organ located beneath the liver. The gallbladder stores bile, which is a liquid that helps to digest fats. When bile contains too much cholesterol, it can harden into gallstones. Gallstones can also form if the gallbladder does not empty properly or if there is too much bilirubin in the bile.
Symptoms of Gallstones
Gallstones do not always cause symptoms, but when they do, it can be very painful. Symptoms include:
- Sudden and intense pain in the upper right side of the abdomen
- Pain in the back between the shoulder blades
- Nausea and vomiting
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
- Clay-colored stools
- Dark urine
Diagnosis of Gallstones
If you have symptoms of gallstones, your doctor may perform tests to confirm the diagnosis. Tests can include:
Treatment for Gallstones
At CMC Hospital Dubai we provide non-surgical and the latest minimally invasive robotic surgical and endoscopic options to treat gallstones.
- Observation – If you have gallstones that are not causing any symptoms, your doctor may recommend a “watch and wait” approach. This means that you will be monitored to make sure that the gallstones do not cause any problems.
- Medications – Medications can be used to dissolve gallstones or to reduce the amount of cholesterol in the bile. However, medications are usually only effective for small stones and may take several months to work.
- Surgery – Surgery to remove the gallbladder (a cholecystectomy) is the most common treatment for gallstones. At CMC our experts can perform this surgery laparoscopically or robotically. Most people are able to go home the same day or the day after surgery and can resume normal activities within a week or two.
- ERCP – Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. This is a procedure where an endoscope (a flexible tube with a camera) is passed down the throat and into the stomach and small intestine. The endoscope is used to locate the bile duct, and then a small incision is made to remove the gallstones. This procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis.