Gallbladder Disease in Washington

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The gallbladder, a small organ in the body, stores and regulates the release of bile to help facilitate the breakdown of foods during digestion. Gallbladder disease is a term that describes various issues and diseases that negatively impact the gallbladder. These concerns include the following:

  • Cholecystitis: An inflammation of the gallbladder often the result of gallstones. In time, the gallbladder can decrease in size and lose the capacity to excrete bile.
  • Acalculous gallbladder disease: When the gallbladder develops inflammation in the absence of gallstones
  • Choledocholithiasis: A gallstone is caught in the exit route of the gallbladder. If this occurs, the gallbladder might become inflamed.
  • Biliary dyskinesia: Impaired function of the gallbladder
  • Gallstones: Solid stone-like particles that can impede the path to the gallbladder and bile ducts
  • Sclerosing cholangitis: Ongoing damage and inflammation to the bile duct system that causes scarring

If you experience a gallbladder concern like any of the conditions listed above, it is helpful to have an experienced gastroenterology provider assisting you in your care. At Washington Gastroenterology, our experts can provide the services you require. To receive treatment for gallbladder disease in Washington, please contact our staff today to request a consultation with a local specialist.

Most gallbladder problems arise from gallstones, which form when cholesterol and other materials in liver bile clot and form hard stone-like pieces. A person also might have tumors that hinder the bile from draining appropriately, blood vessel issues, or infection. Regardless of the source of gallbladder disease, you can get experienced care at a Washington Gastroenterology location near you. Our team can evaluate your gallbladder issue and help you find the ideal strategy for care.

The symptoms of gallbladder disease can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Pain that radiates to the right shoulder or back
  • Intense abdominal pain, particularly in the upper right or center abdomen
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Fever

If you experience any troubling GI symptoms mentioned above, consult a local Washington Gastroenterology gastroenterologist immediately to request an appointment.

The ideal strategy to decrease the chance of gallstones is to sustain an average weight, lose weight steadily if recommended, and maintain healthy habits. A standard ultrasound can diagnose several gallbladder diseases. Your provider may sometimes need to order additional imaging scans like an MRI or CT scan. If treatment for gallbladder disease is necessary, possible options might involve:

  • Medications to help dissolve gallstones
  • Antibiotics
  • Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)
  • Fasting for a certain period (this can give an inflamed gallbladder time to rest and diminish inflammation)
  • Pain medications

If you or a family member need treatment for gallbladder disease in Washington, our team can help you review your options for care.

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Gallbladder conditions, including biliary dyskinesia, gallstones, and cholecystitis, biliary dyskinesia, cholecystitis, and gallstones, can be diagnosed and treated by an experienced digestive health provider at Washington Gastroenterology. If you exhibit concerning symptoms involving your digestive health, we urge you to partner with an experienced gastroenterology specialist near you to be examined for problems such as gallbladder disease as soon as possible. As a physician-led network of GI providers, we are well-equipped with the latest treatment solutions for individuals facing gallbladder disease. To connect with a board-certified gastroenterologist who offers treatment for gallbladder disease in Washington, contact a location in your community today.

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