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What would be an ideal diet for a gallstone patient? Patient in question is 86.

What would be an ideal diet for a gallstone patient? Patient in question is 86.

Low Fat Diet: A normal healthy diet, low on fat may help decrease some symptoms of colic if he/she is having cramping after meals.

However there is no way to decrease the stones already in the gallbladder. If they are living asymptomatically or without problems, it is not necessary to remove the gallbladder. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Had a recent us found a gallstone 8.6mm x 5.4mm. I'm symptomatic, I've read that post-choly, most patients still experience pain. Any truth to this?

Had a recent us found a gallstone 8.6mm x 5.4mm. I'm symptomatic, I've read that post-choly, most patients still experience pain. Any truth to this?

Postop, not GB pain: Cholecystectomy is surgery, whether laparoscopic (belly button) or open (traditional). There will likely be post op pain (usually less and for a shorter period of time if laparoscopic).
If your pain was gb pain (right upper quad/or mid below ribcage, maybe into back, often with vomiting, confirmed with us findings, e.g. Thickened gb wall, edema, fluid around gb, then surgery should resolve issue. ...Read more

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How long do patients generally stay in the hospital after gallstone operations?

How long do patients generally stay in the hospital after gallstone operations?

Same day home: Most patients go home the same day as surgery. Pain is usually easily controlled with oral pain meds. Some older, sicker patients can spend the night. In the old days, people would come in the day before and go home in about 4-5 days! ...Read more

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Gastric bypass patients are more likely to develop gallstones later on after surgery. How can this be prevented?

Gastric bypass patients are more likely to develop gallstones later on after surgery. How can this be prevented?

Cholecystectomy: Having your gallbladder removed can possibly decrease the incidence, but you can still develop gallstones in the bile ducts. Medication and diet adjustment can also help. Discuss this with your physician prior to gastric bypass. ...Read more

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What treatment or medication can you suggest for a patient diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, (already had an enlarged heart, gallbladder stones & ascites?

What treatment or medication can you suggest for a patient diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, (already had an enlarged heart, gallbladder stones & ascites?

Meds for cirrhosis: Not much to offer, other than liver transplantation.
These classes of medications help somewhat - diuretics, some beta blockers and lactulose.
Tips is a procedure that is done for alleviating portal hypertension in cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Is it considered to be a normal symptom for a gastric ulcer and gallstone patient to have to sleep sitting up straight due to burning pain in stomach area if lying down. I have no acid reflux. I'm already on 40mg x 2 of ppi. This was after chocolate.

Is it considered to be a normal symptom for a gastric ulcer and gallstone patient to have to sleep sitting up straight due to burning pain in stomach area if lying down. I have no acid reflux. I'm already on 40mg x 2 of ppi. This was after chocolate.

Reflux: It's true that the discomfort of reflux occurs in the esophageal area (chest) especially in the reclining position. In my experience gastric ulcers often have atypical symptoms and it could be causing your distress or perhaps reflux is being felt in the lower esophagus near the stomach junction. Chocolate can produce reflux. Since you're so symptomatic, I hope you're under the care of a gastroenter ...Read more

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Mum, 92, 2cm cancerous lump found in scan for gallstones. Waiting for colonoscopy & CT results, what treatment options are for such elderly patients?

Mum, 92, 2cm cancerous lump found in scan for gallstones. Waiting for colonoscopy & CT results, what treatment options are for such elderly patients?

Depends: Mostly depends on the person's overall health and activity level, not just age. Where is the lump? How is it known to be cancerous on only a gallbladder study? Would need more detailed information, but if it is a cancerous tumor that is contained or localized, then surgery should be fine depending on the overall health status (and depending on what organ may have the tumor). ...Read more

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What is diagnosis for patients suffering from cholelithiasis?

What is diagnosis for patients suffering from cholelithiasis?

Gallstones: Gallstones is the same as cholelithiasis, the medical term. Upper abdominal pressure and bloating, discomfort, nausea and vomiting are some of the symptoms. Ultrasound is usually used to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I’m a alcoholic liver cirrhosis patient. Recently have ultra sonogram and the interpretations are i) Cholelithiasis; ii) Hepatomegaly with evidence of?

I’m a alcoholic liver cirrhosis patient. Recently have ultra sonogram and the interpretations are i) Cholelithiasis; ii) Hepatomegaly with evidence of?

Liver cirrhosis.: Well, the term "hepataomegaly" means your liver is enlarged, which occurs in the earlier stages of cirrhosis, before the liver scars down and contracts. Cholelithiasis is the term to describe the presence of gallstones, but also means that at the time of the ultrasound the gallbladder did not appear inflamed nor infected. ...Read more

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Need help with diet for diverticulitis and gallstones?

Need help with diet for diverticulitis and gallstones?

Will differ: Gallstones cause symptoms when they block the function of the gallbladder after eating fatty foods. Thus avoiding fatty foods like fried and high fat foods may be helpful. For diverticulitis, the blockage of diverticular sac openings is the root cause for inflammation. Avoiding constipation by eating more fiber and drinking more water, and to exercise more frequently. ...Read more

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I have 1 gallstone was put on lowfat diet. What fat content per meal is low? Under 20 grams? Or lower than that?

I have 1 gallstone was put on lowfat diet. What fat content per meal is low? Under 20 grams? Or lower than that?

Will not guarantee: An attack by going on fat free diet may help you but will not prevent attack (s). Try low fat diet, still if you are getting attacks, at 35 the best option is simple low risk lap cholecystectomy an ambulatory procedure. ...Read more

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What should be the diet of a person diagnosed with gallstones, what should should be avoided?

What should be the diet of a person diagnosed with gallstones, what should should be avoided?

Gallstone diet: Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/gallstones/ds00165 & http://www. Webmd. Com/digestive-disorders/features/gallbladder-diet-foods-for-gallbadder-problems. Then avoid fat & fried foods. Aim to increase fruit & vegetable intake along w/fiber. ...Read more

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Is it true that a diet high in peanut butter can cause gallstones?

Is it true that a diet high in peanut butter can cause gallstones?

Not directly.: Although peanut butter itself doesn't directly cause gallstones, a diet high in fat and cholesterol and low in fiber does appear to play a role, among other factors. It would probably be good to cut back on the peanut butter if you are eating it all the time. ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis and gallstones. I need help with a diet plan!

I have diverticulitis and gallstones. I need help with a diet plan!

Will be different: Gallstones cause symptoms when they block the function of the gallbladder after eating fatty foods. Thus avoiding fatty foods like fried and high fat foods may be helpful.
For diverticulitis, the blockage of diverticular sac openings is the root cause for inflammation. Avoiding constipation by eating more fiber and drinking more water, and to exercise more frequently. ...Read more

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Possible gallstones (waiting scan). What changes recommend? Diet - avoid/increase? Medication? Can gallstones cause weight gain too? Cause moods?

Possible gallstones (waiting scan). What changes recommend? Diet - avoid/increase? Medication? Can gallstones cause weight gain too? Cause moods?

Low fat diet: GB stones won't cause weight gain or mood swings. They do cause pain.
Some Chinese teas can soften stones. If the stones are very big, you can try stone purge.

Search on Google for more. Here is one:
http://happyhomemaker88.com/tag/dr-lai-chiu-nans-gallstone-natural-remedy/ ...Read more

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My father 60 y.o has gallstone avg. Size 0.47 and he is diabetic. With good diet, what are the considerations to let gallbladder not removed.

My father 60 y.o has gallstone avg. Size 0.47 and he is diabetic. With good diet, what are the considerations to let gallbladder not removed.

Symptoms: If the stone is causing symptoms, in general we remove the gallbladder w/ the stones laparoscopically (small incisions, use of a camera). Typical symptoms are intermittent crampy pain in the right/mid upper abdomen, sometimes radiating to the back. Classically occurs 30-60 min. After eating, and exacerbated by fatty foods. In the US, without symptoms, we usually don't take it out. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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If your on a low fat diet for gallstones is non fat sour cream and non fat mayo ok to eat?

If your on a low fat diet for gallstones is non fat sour cream and non fat mayo ok to eat?

Yes: The low fat diet is helpful only if fatty foods exacerbate the symptoms. A low fat diet does nothing to prevent problems with gallstones. If you're having trouble with them, See a general surgeon for a consultation to find out if laparoscopic gallbladder removal is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My mom 68. She has a gallstone, doesn't have any bother symptoms accept bloating. She wants to avoid surgery. What diet she needs to do?

My mom 68. She has a gallstone, doesn't have any bother symptoms accept bloating. She wants to avoid surgery. What diet she needs to do?

Low-fat diet: Fatty foods are generally the ones that stimulate your gallbladder to contract. It is that contraction that can lead to gallbladder pain. Bloating can be indicative of gas production either from lactose intolerance or a high fiber diet. Try using lactose free dairy prodcuts, or something like beano when having foods with fiber (fruits, vegetables, grains). ...Read more

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I have gallstones and have to eat a low fat diet but how much fat is that? Any ideas?

I have gallstones and have to eat a low fat diet but how much fat is that? Any ideas?

Actually lower: The better. But this is only temporizing measure. If you have gallstones, change in diet will not resolve them, but cholecystectomy is definitive cure. With laparoscopy, it is at most an overnight procedure. You should go for it before complications from gallstones ensue if you are having symptoms. ...Read more

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What is best way to prevent kidney and gallbladder stones? Does diet play a role? Age? Thanks for answer in advance

What is best way to prevent kidney and gallbladder stones? Does diet play a role? Age? Thanks for answer in advance

Here are some. ..: From what I could perceive in reviewing your profile, you have been haunted & terrified by almost every illness you might have read. It's impossible to be perfect and preventive for every thing. In reality, just do something within our control, that is, quality healthy lifestyle without overindulgence and obsession since every illness results from genetic strength - unchangeable + lifestyle - yes. ...Read more

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I have 1 8mm gallstone that's not blocking anything. Is it ok to take a daily centrum multivitamin (gummie)? I'm also on a low fat diet.

I have 1 8mm gallstone that's not blocking anything. Is it ok to take a daily centrum multivitamin (gummie)? I'm also on a low fat diet.

Yes: A lot of people have gallstones that are asymptomatic. The low fat diet is an excellent idea - for many reasons, not just for gallbladder health!! It is ok to take a daily centrum multivitamin (gummie). ...Read more

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I'm 24 year old male, not overweight, good diet, no diabetes, I have pain upper ads ad back right side, gallstones or pancreatic cancer? No other symp

I'm 24 year old male, not overweight, good diet, no diabetes, I have pain upper ads ad back right side, gallstones or pancreatic cancer? No other symp

Cancer unlikely: Pancreatic cancer is not very common and typically occurs at an older age and doesn't usually present this way. Right upper quadrant pain is very frequently associated with gallstones, but you need a work up to determine your cause. If your pain occurs after eating and resolves in shortly it may well be stones. See your physician and have them obtain an ultrasound if your symptoms indicate ...Read more

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Is gallstone cleanse effective so to avoid surgery? It is a type of diet where u eat 4x apple juice w/ olive oil and epsom salt for 6 days.

Is gallstone cleanse effective so to avoid surgery? It is a type of diet where u eat 4x apple juice w/ olive oil and epsom salt for 6 days.

May not be.: Gallbladder (gb) surgery is usually proposed for a poorly functioning gb, ie: lowered ejection fraction, associated with abdomen RUQ pain. A gb "cleanse" may not make any difference; but one could try and see if it works for you. ...Read more

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Should I get my gallbladder removed? I am 14 weeks pregnant, and I just found out my gallbladder is full of stones. I have had 4 strong gallstone attacks and 4 mild ones in the past 7 wks. I've been in a low fat diet for 5 weeks and I lost 12 lbs so far.

Should I get my gallbladder removed? I am 14 weeks pregnant, and I just found out my gallbladder is full of stones. I have had 4 strong gallstone attacks and 4 mild ones in the past 7 wks. I've been in a low fat diet for 5 weeks and I lost 12 lbs so far.

I: I am so sorry to hear that you are having all of these health problems while you are pregnant. You are asking doctors who have not physically examined you, viewed your lab results, read you radiographic studies or obtained a comprehensive medical history if you should have abdominal surgery while pregnant. Any surgery during pregnancy is serious. It takes looking at your total medical situation to determine if the benefits of having the surgery outweigh the risks. If you don't get the surgery, the risk to you and your fetus also has to be weighed in. This is something that your medical team needs to discuss, so that they can provide you with options. You are also a member of your health team - as you get the final say so about whether or not to undergo surgery at this time. Your general surgeon and your obstetrician should be collaborating closely as this would have to be a team effort. I wish you best. ...Read more

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My 8yr old is on a high fiber diet with a history of gallstones. In the last month he won't eat meat c/o making his stomach hurt and is always full?

My 8yr old is on a high fiber diet with a history of gallstones. In the last month he won't eat meat c/o making his stomach hurt and is always full?

Yes 8 yr can have: Yes 8 yr old can have gall stones, bur rare, the pain may be due acute gallbladder attachs, take him for exam and sono to see any evidence acute chole. (then may require surgery). ...Read more

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I have to select a surgeon for inguinal hernia surgery. One has lower degree but performs mostly hernias. But lately, too many patients come back with infection. Other has asuperior degree, but mostly performs on upper abdomen and has least post surgical

I have to select a surgeon for inguinal hernia surgery. One has lower degree but performs mostly hernias. But lately, too many patients come back with infection. Other has asuperior degree, but mostly performs on upper abdomen and has least post surgical

Choose who you trust: Ultimately, you must choose the surgeon you trust. I'm not sure what a "lower" degree vs a "superior" degree. We all have one degree - md/do. Others, like myself, have certification from the american board of surgery and are fellows of the american college of surgeons. All indicating that we have passed a number of milestones in training, ethical conduct and continued verification processes. ...Read more

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Can I die from gallstones?

Can I die from gallstones?

Highly Unlikely: Most people with gallbladder disease are troubled by transient episodes of pain, often after eating (biliary colic). If the gb is obstructed by a stone, inflammation can develop, but it rarely leads to an infection. If a stone exits the gb, it can block the: liver, potentially leading to serious liver infections (cholangitis), or the pancreas, leading to pancreatitis; very rarely, this is fatal. ...Read more

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How are gallstones diagnosed?

Usually ultrasound: Given the right medical history, gallstones are usually diagnosed by an ultrasound. On occasion, gallstones can be picked up by other means, such as ct scan or by plain x-rays of the abdomen. Usually asymptomatic gallstones are left undisturbed. ...Read more

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How should I treat gallstones?

Possibly surgery: If the gallstones are consistently causing problems (pain with eating, jaundice, pancreatitis), the gallbladder should be surgically removed. Avoiding fatty foods and losing weight can help lessen these symptoms and may make surgery unnecessary. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of gallstones?

What are symptoms of gallstones?

Gallstones: Gallstones are made of various crystal that grow into stones in the gallbladder. They can be from bile (bilirubin) or cholesterol origin. They grow in the gallbladder, may be present without any symptoms, or may cause upper abdominal pressure, bloating, discomfort, nausea, or vomiting. Often eating fatty foods may aggravate the discomfort from gallstones. ...Read more

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What is the cause of gallstones?

What is the cause of gallstones?

Imbalance: Chemical imbalance inside the gallbladder with crystals that form from either bile salts or cholesterol, these grow into gallstones. More common in females and can also be hereditary in some native populations. Some theories of hormonal changes, gallbladder wall dysfunction, cholesterol imbalance, etc, etc. ...Read more

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What should you do for gallstones?

Depends: Leave them alone & observe if you are having no abdominal symptoms of discomfort, nausea or vomiting. Laparoscopic surgery is a common means to remove gallbladder and gallstones if they are causing an illness or problem. Medication may dissolve non-calcified gallstones but may take years. ...Read more

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Can not eating help gallstone pain?

Can not eating help gallstone pain?

Not the best: Choice, especially after childbirth. Starvation is a very poor option. Avoid fried, fatty, greasy foods. Eat healthy fruits & vegetables and small amounts of lean meats. That should help the discomfort. See a doctor or a General Surgeon regarding gallbladder surgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gallstones?

Pain with fatty food: Many patients report sharp right upper abdominal pain following a rich meal that can "wrap around" the right side with occasional pain between shoulder blades. More severe attack can cause your urine to turn dark and give you pale color loose bm. If you don't get treated in time, your eyes may turn yellow, run a fever and really get into a bad shape... Get checked, don't take a chance. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more