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General Information

Gallstones are hardened particles that develop in the gallbladder, the organ that aids digestion by storing and releasing bile. Most people who have gallstones aren’t aware they have them, as gallstones don’t normally cause any troubling symptoms. When gallstones enter the narrow bile ducts, they cause severe pain and lead to a gallbladder attack.

The skilled emergency team at Goshen Hospital Emergency Department provides expert treatment for gallstones and gallbladder attacks. We work hard to alleviate your symptoms and prevent you from having another gallbladder attack in the future. When you have gallbladder pain, turn to our specialists for complete care – including diagnosis and treatment.

Gallstones symptoms and risk factors

Severe pain in the upper right part of your abdomen is a main gallstones symptom. The pain may spread to the upper back and shoulder. You may also experience nausea and vomiting. If you have a fever along with these symptoms, visit the nearest emergency room for prompt treatment.

Some people have a higher risk for getting gallstones. These high-risk groups have factors such as:

  • Family history of gallstones
  • Age 40 or older
  • Female gender
  • Obesity
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Native American or Mexican descent

Our approach to treating gallstones at Goshen Hospital Emergency Department

After a gallbladder attack, you have a 70 percent chance of having another one. Since you don’t need your gallbladder to live, gallbladder surgery to remove the organ is the primary treatment. We use minimally invasive surgery to promote a quicker, less painful recovery after gallbladder removal.

We’re here 24/7 to heal gallstones and other illnesses and conditions. Visit us for your all your acute healthcare needs.

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