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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

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