The Gall Bladder is one of the tiniest but most important organs of the human body. It is like a pouch that stores a greenish-yellow liquid called ‘bile’ that aids indigestion. It is located below the liver in the upper right abdomen.
Gall stones are a common phenomenon and there is quite a huge population in most countries that suffer from this illness. While surgery for the same doesn’t come under a risky category, the symptoms could be mild to severe and painful during daily activities.
As we understand how the gall bladder functions, it is important to know that gall stones are formed within the organ possibly due to quite a few reasons.
There is a high chance that your body is producing high cholesterol and your gall bladder isn’t able to produce the necessary amount of bile to dissolve it. Thus, extra cholesterol might form gall stones.
It is noticed that in some patients, due to blood disorders or infections like cirrhosis, the gall bladder can create high bilirubin which further leads to gall stones.
Lastly, in some cases – medical sciences have found the gall bladder being unable to completely empty which can further make the bile very concentrated.
Symptoms of any illness depend from patient to patient. However, there are common symptoms noticed among people suffering from gall stones.
- Pain in the right side, upper belly – below your ribs
- Upset stomach
- Digestive Issues: Bloating, Gas, Flatulence, Heartburn
- Dark-coloured Urine
- Pain in the back
There are multiple ways to treat gall stones with some invasive and some milder options depending on the patient and the severity and type of infection.
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: This is one of the most common surgery forms to remove your gall stones and gall bladder. A small incision is made on your belly and a narrow tube along with a light and camera is inserted within. The gall bladder is successfully removed from your body and the patient usually gets discharged the same day.
Open Cholecystectomy: This surgery includes a bigger incision on your belly in order to remove the gall bladder. In this case, the patient would require a few days of rest at the hospital.
Gall Stones At A Younger Age
As mentioned above, gall stones is a common illness among most populations in various countries. However, it was an illness found in adults and older people. Unfortunately, due to a drastic change in lifestyles, younger children and teenagers are also susceptible to gall stones. Some of the possible reasons may be:
- Obesity is a common factor among the younger population whose lives are more sedentary. With the heavy use of technology and gadgets, teenagers tend to avoid outdoor activities.
- Poor diet is another major factor that leads to a possible rise in cholesterol such as fast food, packaged drinks, higher intake of sugary goodies and so on.
- Hormonal Pills to divert the monthly menstrual cycle are also a risk factor and adds up to creates gall stones.