Gallbladder Disease in Utah

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The gallbladder is a small organ found underneath the liver that stores and manages the release of bile to aid the small intestine in breaking down food during digestion. The term gallbladder disease is used to describe an array of concerns and disorders that negatively affect the gallbladder. These conditions include:

  • Choledocholithiasis: A condition where a gallstone is trapped in the exit route of the gallbladder. In the event this develops, the gallbladder might become inflamed
  • Biliary dyskinesia: Decreased gallbladder function
  • Sclerosing cholangitis: Persistent damage and inflammation to the bile duct system that results in scar tissue forming
  • Cholecystitis: An inflammatory response in the gallbladder generally caused by gallstones. Over time, the gallbladder can diminish in size and lose the capability to secrete bile.
  • Gallstones: Hard particles that can block the route to the gallbladder and bile ducts
  • Acalculous gallbladder disease: When the gallbladder develops inflammation in the absence of gallstones

If you develop a gallbladder issue such as any of the conditions mentioned here, it is helpful to have a skilled gastroenterology specialist guide you through your care. At Utah Gastroenterology, our experts can provide the services you need. To find care for gallbladder disease in Utah, please reach out to our team today to request an appointment.

Gallstones — rocky structures made of hardened cholesterol and other substances — are often to blame when you experience gallbladder problems. You also might have tumors that inhibit the bile from emptying appropriately, blood vessel issues, or infection. No matter the cause of your gallbladder disease, you can locate expert treatment at a Utah Gastroenterology location in your area. Our team can assess your gallbladder condition and help you choose the most ideal path for care.

A few of the most typical signs of gallbladder disease are:

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

If you experience any of these distressing gastrointestinal symptoms, reach out to a Utah Gastroenterology location right away to request an appointment.

You can reduce your risk of developing gallstones by maintaining a lifestyle that includes keeping yourself at a healthy weight, losing weight if your doctor recommends it, and generally following a healthy standard of living. A number of gallbladder diseases can be detected through a simple ultrasound. Sometimes your doctor might suggest additional imaging like a CT or MRI scan. When treatment for gallbladder disease is required, possible treatments involve:

  • Medications to dissolve gallstones
  • Pain medications
  • Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder)
  • Fasting (to allow an inflamed gallbladder to rest and reduce inflammation)
  • Antibiotics

If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for gallbladder disease in Utah, our team can help you explore your options.

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The GI specialists at Utah Gastroenterology have a wealth of experience helping patients manage and treat gallbladder diseases like gallstones, biliary dyskinesia, and cholecystitis. In the event you exhibit concerning symptoms associated with your GI tract, then it is imperative for you to contact an experienced GI physician in your community as soon as possible so that you can be evaluated for conditions such as gallbladder disease. As a team of board-certified gastroenterologists, we are equipped with modern treatment solutions for people suffering from gallbladder disease. To partner with a GI physician who can help treat your gallbladder disease in Utah, get in touch with the staff at one of our locations in your community today.

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