Shoulder Pain After Gallbladder Removal
Gastroenterology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Hakan Umit Unal says that “Obtaining accurate information about these stones sometimes saves lives, sometimes allows unnecessary surgery to be prevented.” Assoc. Dr. Prof. Dr. Hakan Umit Unal, made statements about the patients’ curiosity about gallstones, and gave important warnings and suggestions. Gallstones, which are found by chance unless they cause a complaint in the gallbladder, sometimes show themselves with very severe pain. Moreover, because these pains are mixed with stomach pain, gallbladder examination takes a long time and the diagnosis may be delayed! Gastroenterology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Hakan Umit Unal says that “The most common complaint caused by gallstones is; It is a severe pain in the right upper abdomen that strikes the right shoulder. It usually lasts less than two hours and ends abruptly. Nausea and vomiting may also occur during pain. Therefore, the diagnosis may be delayed because the pain is thought to be caused by the stomach.”
Abdominal pain due to gallbladder stone is usually very severe, but the pain is recurrent and tolerable, and it is in the form of stomach pain. Because it is thought as stomachache, medications for stomach are used. Asserting that applying to the physician without wasting time is of great importance for the patients whose pain persists despite treatment for stomach complaints, Assoc. Dr. Hakan Umit Unal emphasizes that the possibility of gallstones should come to mind in such a case. If the gallbladder mouth or bile ducts are blocked by stone, the pain lasts longer.
Being hungry for a long time can also cause stone!
While the risk of gallbladder formation in women is about three times higher than in men, the risk of gallstone formation increases in both genders as the age increases. Pregnancy, excess weight, gaining or losing weight very quickly, increasing the amount of cholesterol in the bile structure and staying hungry for a long time increases the risk of gallstones formation. However, Assoc. Dr. Hakan Umit Unal states that regular exercise, increasing physical activity, reducing the ideal weight, and eating a healthy and regular gallbladder stones to reduce the risk of complaints. Stating that approximately 30 percent of patients with gallbladder stone, gallbladder stone complaints have emerged, and these stones can often remain for a long time without causing a complaint, Assoc. Dr. Hakan Umit Unal says that “Having the right information about these stones sometimes saves lives and sometimes prevents unnecessary surgery.
Gallstones can increase jaundice and cancer risk
It is still controversial that large stones in the gallbladder increase the risk of developing cancer, but intense calcification of the gallbladder wall increases this risk. Gallstones can cause non-microbial and non-contagious jaundice, and gallstones obstructing the bile duct may cause pancreatic edema (pancreatitis) and may be life-threatening. Stating that ERCP, which is an endoscopic procedure, must be performed by oral route to clear the bile ducts in patients with gallstones falling into the bile ducts and associated pain, jaundice, pancreatitis, Assoc. Dr. Hakan Umit Unal says that “After this procedure, the patient must undergo gall bladder surgery, and the entire gallbladder should be removed, not a portion of the gallbladder or just stones. Since the gallbladder, which has formed stones and causes complaints, is thought to be sick, and the risk of creating stones and related complaints increases again unless the organ is removed. However, in patients who have no complaints related to gallbladder stone and these stones are found incidentally at check-up, surgery is not recommended at the first step and whether the patient has complaints of stone is followed. If the stone in the gallbladder is small or slimy, stone-melting treatments can be tried. However, the success rates of these treatments are low. In patients with at least one complaint, it is not meaningful to just follow up and gall bladder surgery is required.”
Assoc. Dr. Hakan Umit Unal states that pilots, ship captains, and frequent and long-distance travelers who are constantly flying across the continent may be advised to have gall bladder surgery, even without complaints.
Usually the patient returns to his daily routine the day after surgery
Nowadays, gall bladder surgeries are performed by laparoscopic method called “closed surgery”. After this operation, patients can usually return to their daily routines the next day. Due to the gallbladder sticking to the liver in a very small group of patients, open surgery can be performed with the decision taken during the operation.