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By Dennissa Young
-Surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy)
There is no known way to prevent gallstones. If you have gallstone symptoms, eating a low-fat diet and losing weight may help you control symptoms.
-If a big stone blocks the cystic duct or common bile duct you can experience a cramping pain in the middle to right upper abdomen.
-Pain in the right upper or middle upper abdomen:
-May go away and come back
-May be sharp, cramping, or dull
-May spread to the back or below the right shoulder blade
Occurs within minutes of a meal
-Yellowing of skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
-Nausea and vomiting
-Over 20 million Americans have gallblader disease. About one million new cases of gallbladder disease are diagnosed annually. Gallstones cause more than 800,000 hospitalizations every year in the United States.
What are gallstones?
Gallstones are hard, pebble-like deposits that form inside the gallbladder. Gallstones may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball.