Approximately 20 million Americans suffer from gallbladder disease, making gallbladder surgery one of the most commonly performed elective procedures. Fortunately, diseases of the gallbladder are relatively easy to treat with advanced surgical techniques providing minimal pain and fast recovery. We don’t need our gallbladder to survive, and our lives go on just fine without them. The symptoms of gallbladder attacks can be similar to other diseases such as heartburn, ulcers, or even heart attacks. So, how do you know if you’re having problems with your gallbladder? Here are four of the most common symptoms of gallbladder disease:
1. Abdominal Pain
The abdominal pain related to gallbladder disease is usually located in the upper right side of the abdomen, just below the ribs. It can come and go or be constant. Sometimes, it may be accompanied by right shoulder pain. The pain may start or get worse shortly after a meal, especially after eating something greasy or fatty. has been eaten and may increase when the patient takes a deep breath.
2. Nausea, Fever, and Chills.
You may think you have an upset stomach or may be coming down with the flu, but it actually could be your gallbladder acting up. It is also not unusual to vomit during a gallbladder attack. The presence of fever or chills usually occurs during gallbladder inflammation or infection ( called acute cholecystitis) and requires prompt medical attention.
3. Heartburn, Indigestion, and Bloating
These are fairly non-specific signs that can be associated with a variety of conditions. This is one of the reasons that a diagnosis of gallbladder disease may be delayed. There may also be excessive gas, diarrhea or constipation present.
Jaundice is the medical term used to describe the yellowing of the skin and eyes. One of the causes of jaundice is gallstone disease. When jaundice occurs, urgent medical attention is required.
The best way to know if you are suffering from gallbladder disease is to have a formal consultation and evaluation by a board certified general surgeon. Dr. Michael Zadeh is a skilled board certified general surgeon serving patients in Encino, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks and throughout the Los Angeles area. Dr. Zadeh specializes in minimally invasive gallbladder surgery including robotic surgery. Feel free to contact our office for an evaluation.