Gallbladder Disease Specialist

Tri-State Specialists

Orthopedic Surgery & General Surgery located in Sioux City, IA & Le Mars, IA

About 20.5 million cases of gallbladder disease, such as gallstones and gallbladder inflammation, occur in the United States. The expert team at Tri-State Specialists in Sioux City, Iowa, offer advanced, personalized conservative and surgical options for all patients in the tri-state region. Call Tri-State Specialists to learn more about gallbladder disease treatment options or use the online booking tool today.

Gallbladder Disease Q&A

What is gallbladder disease?

Your gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ located beneath the liver that releases bile into your small intestine to help digest food, especially dietary fat. 

Gallbladder disease occurs when something goes wrong with the way your gallbladder functions. Fortunately, you can live without a gallbladder, and your doctor might recommend removing it if you have gallbladder disease.


What are the types of gallbladder disease?

Various medical conditions are associated with gallbladder disease, such as:

  • Gallstones
  • Inflammation of the gallbladder 
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Abscesses
  • Gangrene
  • Gallbladder tissue growths
  • Congenital gallbladder defects

Gallstones occur when substances in bile harden into hard stones. These stones can block bile flow through bile ducts and cause inflammation, distention, and severe abdominal pain.


What are the symptoms of gallbladder disease?

Signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease vary based on the specific condition you suffer from. Examples include:

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Jaundice
  • Extreme upper right abdominal pain
  • Dull abdominal pain
  • Gray or pale-colored stool
  • Dark-colored urine
  • A rapid heartbeat
  • Drops in blood pressure

You don’t always experience symptoms with gallbladder disease. For example, bladder cancer may not produce symptoms in its early stages.


How is gallbladder disease diagnosed?

The experienced providers at Tri-State Specialists use various methods to detect and diagnose gallbladder disease. They review your medical history, ask questions about your symptoms, and complete an abdominal exam.

Your doctor may also use blood tests and advanced imaging, such as low radiation X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasound, or HIDA scans, to further examine the gallbladder and its ducts.


What is the treatment for gallbladder disease?

Your personalized gallbladder treatment plan varies based on the type and severity of your condition. Your provider might recommend:

Gallbladder removal

The doctors at Tri-State Specialists use minimally invasive surgery to remove your gallbladder when necessary. They complete the procedure in an outpatient setting and use small incisions to minimize bleeding recovery time.

Medications

Your doctor might recommend prescription medications to ease gallbladder inflammation and pain or reduce the formation of gallstones.

Lifestyle changes

Adopting healthy lifestyle habits helps you manage gallbladder disease. Losing weight slowly and safely if you’re overweight and properly managing (or avoiding) diabetes lowers your risk of gallstones. Getting regular exercise, not smoking or drinking excessively, and reducing high triglycerides helps too.

To prevent unnecessary pain and suffering, don’t let gallbladder disease go untreated. Schedule an appointment with Tri-State Specialists by phone or online today.