“In our GI department, we perform procedures such as endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic exploration of the bile duct. This enables proper diagnosis and timely treatment in the event of finding sludge or stones in the gallbladder or in its drainage ducts. This will help us evaluate the need to operate or not,” says Dr. Fernando Salazar Muente, a renowned gastroenterologist at our Clínica.
Did you know?
- The gallbladder, located on the right side of the abdomen, stores bile – a fluid necessary for digesting fats. This organ responds to signals transmitted during fat intake, so its work depends on the quantity and quality of what we eat.
- Over time, the gallbladder may deteriorate and begin to accumulate sludge and stones, which may block the normal flow of bile from the gallbladder to the bowel and, in some cases, lead to symptoms.
Some symptoms that may be present:
- Sudden pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, which worsens rapidly.
- Sudden pain in the middle of the abdomen, underneath the breastbone.
- Upper back pain.
- Right shoulder pain.
- Nausea or vomiting.
Recommendations to reduce the risk of gallstones:
- Don’t skip any meals. Follow a regular schedule for your daily meals. Avoid fasting.
- Lose weight gradually. It is advisable to lose half a kilo to one kilo per week.
- Include food rich in fiber in your diet. Try to eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Prevent obesity and overweight. Reduce the number of daily calories you eat and stay physically active on a regular basis.
Our specialist explains that not all gallstones cause symptoms. Therefore, it is important to see a gastroenterologist, who after a thorough evaluation, will decide when to recommend surgery.
Dr. Fernando Salazar Muente
Gastroenterologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma