As many as 20 million people in the United States have gallstones and are at an increased risk for developing gallbladder disease. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group, with offices in Oak Lawn, Oakbrook Terrace, and Palos Heights, Illinois, the board-certified medical team offers diagnostic and treatment services to prevent the need for gallbladder surgery. Using on-site technology, like abdominal ultrasounds, the gastroenterologists can quickly identify gallbladder dysfunction and customize your treatment to help you feel better. Find out more about treatments available for gallbladder disease by calling the Illinois Gastroenterology Group office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online now.
The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that sits beneath your liver and is responsible for storing bile, a fluid that helps you digest fats from your diet.
The most common cause of gallbladder disease are gallstones, small crystals that form in your gallbladder because you have too much bilirubin or too much cholesterol in your body. These crystals can cause chronic inflammation of the gallbladder and obstruct the main bile duct, which can cause infections and tissue death in the gallbladder.
Other types of gallbladder disease include:
To determine if lower abdominal pain or another symptom is a result of gallbladder disease, the doctors at Illinois Gastroenterology Group offers in-office comprehensive diagnostic evaluations.
After a review of your symptoms and medical history, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider performs a physical exam, checking for areas of swelling and pain. Your doctor may suggest an abdominal ultrasound to get a better look at your gallbladder and liver. You may also need blood work to identify or rule out infections.
Treating gallbladder disease depends on the cause and severity of your condition. Generally, you may need over-the-counter or prescription medications to relieve pain and prevent inflammation.
In addition to medication therapy, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group doctor may recommend dietary changes to prevent gallbladder inflammation and complications. Eating a diet of high-fiber foods and healthy fats can reduce your risk of developing gallstones.
If your gallbladder disease is chronic and you have frequent episodes of inflammation and other symptoms, you may be a candidate for surgery. The goal of gallbladder surgery is to remove the gallbladder using laparoscopic techniques that require only small incisions.
If you have unexplained lower abdominal pain or other symptoms of gallbladder disease, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Illinois Gastroenterology Group today using the online booking feature or by calling the office nearest you.