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Gallstones

Gallstones

Gallstones services offered in Inland Empire, Rancho Cucamonga, CA


About 25 million Americans have gallstones, and many will need treatment for abdominal pain and other symptoms that gallstones can cause. At Hussein Abidali, DO Digestive Health Inc., advanced diagnostic testing services are available to confirm gallstones as the cause of your symptoms. Hussein Abidali, DO, and the medical team offer various solutions, including surgery, to treat gallstones and prevent them from returning. Call the office in Rancho Cucamonga, California, to schedule a consultation for gallstones or book an appointment online today. 

Gallstones QA

What are gallstones?

Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid (bile) that form in your gallbladder, the pear-shaped, hollow sac that sits near your liver. The gallbladder holds bile and releases it into your small intestine during digestion.

When your gallbladder is healthy, bile flows continuously. Bile becomes thick when the organ is dysfunctional or diseased and eventually crystallizes into gallstones.

Hussein Abidali, DO Digestive Health Inc., offers comprehensive care for gallstones that cause pain or other symptoms. The team uses advanced diagnostic technologies in-office to confirm your diagnosis and customizes a care plan to eliminate bothersome gallstones.

When should I seek medical care for gallstones?

You can have gallstones without knowing it because you may not experience any symptoms. However, if a gallstone escapes your gallbladder and lodges in the bile ducts, it can create a blockage that causes pain.

The severity of your pain depends on where the stone is located and how large it is. Often, people with stones experience attacks of severe, sharp, stabbing pain in their right upper abdomen. The episodes of pain may last 12 minutes to several hours before going away for weeks, months, or even years.

You may notice your pain is worse after eating high-fat foods. In addition to abdominal pain, you may experience:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Low-grade fever
  • Skin yellowing (jaundice)

Pain in the shoulder and chest can also occur with gallstones and are often misdiagnosed as a heart attack or other condition.

The Hussein Abidali, DO Digestive Health Inc. medical team confirms the size and location of gallstones through an ultrasound or other diagnostic imaging tests. They create a treatment plan to relieve pain and prevent blockages and other gallstone complications.

How are gallstones treated?

You may not need any treatment if you have gallstones that don’t cause bothersome symptoms or complications. 

However, the Hussein Abidali, DO Digestive Health Inc. team may recommend surgery if you have frequent gallstone attacks. During surgery, they use minimally invasive techniques to break up and remove large gallstones through small incisions.

The providers can also recommend diet and lifestyle changes you should make to prevent recurrent gallstones from forming.

Call Hussein Abidali, DO Digestive Health Inc., to schedule a gallstone diagnostic evaluation or request an appointment online today.