Gallbladder disease, or biliary disease, affects an estimated 20 million Americans. About one million are newly diagnosed, and most have gallstones that usually require surgical removal. While it primarily affects women due to factors associated with multiple pregnancies, obesity, and rapid weight loss, men can also develop biliary disease.
Because its symptoms can be elusive, and because it may present without gallstones, biliary disease can be difficult to diagnose. Left untreated, gallstones can lead to blockage of the bile duct and brief episodes of biliary pain, inflammation of the gallbladder, acute cholecystitis, pancreatitis, and even gallbladder cancer.
For patients with abdominal pain and indigestion (particularly after eating), nausea, or fever, the latest diagnostic tools will help us determine the cause, nature, and extent of their problem. Patients with jaundice and abnormal liver tests also need a thorough exam of the biliary tract.
If surgery is required, our surgeons can perform laparoscopic or robotic cholecystectomy. Compare to the traditional approach, this requires a shorter hospital stay, produces less pain and scarring, and offers a greatly reduced recovery period.
For relief from gallbladder disease or to schedule an appointment, call Anniston General Surgery Center, in Anniston, AL, today at (256) 240-9660 . To learn more about gallbladder disease, please refer to our Health Education Library.