When a gallbladder attack occurs, it can land you in the emergency room. Because there is no medication to treat gallstones, surgical removal of the gallbladder may be your only treatment option. Laparoscopic surgery is the most common surgery used to remove a gallbladder.
By the time they are admitted into the emergency room, they are usually in tremendous pain. Instead of performing simple gallbladder surgery, ER doctors often have to remove gallstones that are blocking the bile or pancreatic duct .
The most common gallstone symptom is severe abdominal pain in the upper right area of the stomach, which can spread to the shoulder or upper back. You may also vomit and feel nauseous. Seek emergency medical care if these symptoms last more than two hours or you have a fever .
About acute cholecystitis
Acute cholecystitis is swelling (inflammation) of the gallbladder. It is a potentially serious condition that usually needs to be treated in hospital .
An acute attack usually goes away within two to three days , and is completely resolved within a week. If it doesn't resolve within a few days, you may have a more severe complication.
More than 95% of people with acute cholecystitis have gallstones. Pain begins in your mid to upper right abdomen and may spread to your right shoulder blade or back. Pain is strongest 15 to 20 minutes after eating and it continues. Pain that remains severe is considered a medical emergency
The most common symptom is a knife-like pain in the upper right side or sometimes the center of your abdomen under your ribs. Not all gallstones need treatment, but if you experience intense pain in your upper abdomen for more than 2 hours and have a fever or are vomiting , it is time to go to the hospita
Instead of performing simple gallbladder surgery, ER doctors often have to remove gallstones that are blocking the bile or pancreatic duct
When a gallstone enters the bile duct, it can block the normal release of bile into the small intestine. A blockage can lead to inflammation, infection, and eventually, a gallbladder attack. This is a medical emergency .