The occurrence of gallstones and gallbladder disease is rising rapidly not only in the US but in the world in generally. More than 15% of the Americans suffer from gallstones and the large number of 85% shows that this stones are cholesterol stones so this leads to cholecystectomy or the removal of the gallbladder.
What are gallstones and why does the gallbladder need to be removed?
This small organ called gallbladder is located under the liver and serves to store the bile important for breaking down fats in the digestive system. When the person digest food rich with fats the gallbladder discharges bile to break then down. The amount of the bile depends on the fats the person has consumed.
Gallstones appear in situations when hard deposits get stack in the bile, ad causing symptoms like pain in the abdominal are or infections; causing vomiting, nausea, gas and bloating. The chronic appearance of this situation suggest of gallbladder removal. Persons with over the age of 65 are most likely to go under surgical solution, meaning removing the gallbladder.
Risk Factors for Gallstones and Surgery
There are risk factors which can be controllable and some of them can be not.
Uncontrollable risk factors:
- Ethnicity (Mexican Americans and Indigenous Americans)
- Family history
Controllable Risk Factors:
- Metabolic Syndrome (obesity, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance)
- Non-Alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Dyslipidemia (low HDL-cholesterol and high serum triglyceride levels)
Typical “Western” Diet
- Type II diabetes
- Decreased physical activity
Do Gallstones Always Mean Surgery?
When gallstones are small the surgery is not always necessary. Medicines can be helpful in situations when there are problems caused by small gallstones. Contact dissolution therapy, percutaneous cholecystostomy, or shock wave lithotripsy are some of the other possible treatments. Also there is information that certain herbs can be very helpful. Some practitioners recommend dandelion root, dandelion leaf, chicory root, turmeric, peppermint leaf, milk thistle seed, yellow dock root, chanca piedra, and celandine as natural medicine.
Foods to be avoided after surgery of gallbladder
- Deep fried foods
These types of foods are not even recommendable for those with good health condition. These types of foods like fried onions, fried fish, chicken, donuts and tempura are in the group of fatty deep fried ingredients.
- Greasy foods
If you have too much grease on the hands after touching a food that means that there are excessive amount of grease which is not recommendable for digestion. Some foods that belong in this group are: pizza, most cheese, burgers, sauces and gravies, sausages, bacon and other meat fatty cuts.
- Vegetable oils
Vegetable oils are in the group of detrimental to the human body because of the omega-6 fats. Here are some types of forbidden oil: safflower, grape seed, sunflower, soybean, canola oil, soybean oil and corn oil.
- Convenience food
Cookies, potatoes chips, tortillas, chips, crackers and cakes are composed of omega 6 fats and most of them have soybean in the content.
- Large meals
Eating large meals on holiday and family reunions like Thanksgiving, Christmas or other celebration is very bad for the digestive tract, causing contractions on the digestive and intestinal muscles, causing symptoms like pain and diarrhea.
- Water before and during the meals
You should try to avoid as much as you can because it affect badly on the digestive system and the proper function.