Sometimes symptoms can feel like a heart attack, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome or a hernia. But if you have symptoms, you should see a gallbladder specialist.
Do you need a gallbladder specialist?
If you experienced painful gallstones, you should see a gallbladder specialist. Gallstone symptoms can vary, but they often follow fatty meals. Symptoms you might experience, are:
- Steady and more progressive pain in your upper abdomen usually worse on the right
- Pain between your shoulder blades
- Pain under your right shoulder
- Nausea, vomiting, indigestion and belching
"Not all patients experience symptoms. Sometimes symptoms can feel like a heart attack, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome or a hernia. But if you have symptoms, you should see a gallbladder specialist. At Upper GI West, we try and ensure you get an accurate diagnosis."
There are three types of gallstones. These include:
- Cholesterol stones
- Pigment stones
- Mixed stones
How does your gallbladder doctor diagnose gallstones?
"Another method is using a telescope, called an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). During sedation, the telescope is passed via the mouth, along the oesophagus and stomach and into the duodenum. An X-ray die looks for stones that have passed into the bile duct. These can then be extracted."
Gallbladder removal surgery in Perth
"Sometimes the stones will have passed into your bile duct. If that happens, your surgeon may use keyhole surgery to remove them at the same time as the gallbladder removal. Alternatively, an ERCP can be used to locate and remove the gallstones. Our experienced gallbladder specialists select the best approach for your condition."
Upper GI: a team of gallbladder experts
At Upper GI West, we have extensive experience in treating patients with gallstones. Usually, we recommend laparoscopic surgery. We have found this procedure reduces risks for many patients, allows a speedy recovery, return to work and physical activity.
Our team has managed simple and complex gallbladder surgeries. As a practice with Perth’s top upper GI specialists, we believe in working collaboratively. We combine our experiences to keep improving our clinical outcomes and we help each patient with the most recent data and techniques.