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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy for Asymptomatic Gallstone - Is it necessary?
General Surgery / Jan 3rd, 2013 10:41 am     A+ | a-

A distinction should be made by surgeon for patient suffering from gallstone disease from a symptom plus a symptom complex. Patients complaining of symptom complexes such as those related to acute cholecystitis, cholangitis, obstructive jaundice or gallstone pancreatitis are usually complaining of the genuine complication of gallstones. Those patient who are complaining of a single symptom, especially a vague symptom such as bloating, inability to tolerate bad fats, belching, abdominal fullness or abdominal discomfort require careful questioning before incriminating gallstones for his or her symptoms. Between those two extremes lie those complaining of a single symptom, which we neglect to get a result of gallstones. Perhaps computerized devices an easy task to blame gallstones for many in our symptoms is the fact gallstones are incredibly common as well as a problem that you will find a good solution, namely cholecystectomy.

There is one factor which drive the surgeon for surgery is after several attacks the complication of surgery increases. Symptomatic gallstones are really simple to treat, unfortunately however asymptomatic gallstones are as effortless to help remedy. This results in a problem for healthcare planners as the financial implications involved, since asymptomatic gallstones are a lot more common than gallstones associated with symptoms and require no surgical intervention, while the funds diverted towards coping with them drains the medical care establishment of much needed funds in the era of costly medical care cost. However in the era of laparoscopic cholecystectomy some surgeon suggest laparoscopy for even asymptomatic gallstone. Many a time asymptomatic gallstones need no intervention in most cases, thereby saving the individual unnecessary surgery as well as the health care establishment costs, in the financial form plus manpower.
Gallstones are routine, their incidence is approximately 15% with the general population in Europe and The united states. This incidence differs a lot determined by sex, age, and race. It affects 25% of female and 10-15% of men more than 50 year of age. They are more prevalent in American-Indians and Mexican-Americans much less common in African-Americans. Principal risks are age, sex, and obesity. Lesser risks include childbearing, abstinence from alcohol and some medications. More than 20 million people in the united states have gallstones and a few 500,000-600,000 cholecystectomies are performed annually. About 70-80% of folks with gallstones are asymptomatic as well as the proportion with the asymptomatic patients is the identical in all of the ages, being around 70%. Women were found to own gallstones or cholecystectomy twice as frequently men.

Recent epidemiological studies using ultrasound exam have determined the standards favoring litho genesis. As well as those who are already recognized, like age, obesity, a female, high triglyceride levels, and multiparity, danger can also be correlated with large, frequent variations in weight, intake of certain drugs and alimentary habits. However, work out plays a protective role from the development of symptomatic gallstone disease. Risk factors for pigment stones include age, chronic hemolytic states, biliary tract infection, cirrhosis, and alcoholism. Exactly the same factors in charge of stone formation are anticipated to get those in charge of increasing the number and sized existing stones and so possibly improving the chance of developing symptoms.


Gallstones do not disappear independently as well as the only effective treatment for gallstones today is cholecystectomy. The majority of patients with gallstones are asymptomatic which usually develop symptoms before they develop complications and for that reason, typically, require no intervention until they develop symptoms. Once gallstone symptoms appear, they have an inclination to recur and laparoscopic cholecystectomy supplies a secure and efficient strategy for most patients with symptomatic gallstones. It also provides distinct advantages over open cholecystectomy. Oral bile acid therapy, with or without extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy, offers a useful and safe, but ultimately less capable, alternative therapy for selected patients. This modality may be indicated for patients whose problem and/or personal preference precludes operative cholecystectomy. Alternatively contact dissolution of gallstones by solvents currently has limited clinical applicability. Guidelines with the German Society of Gastroenterology for the treatments for gallstones also conclude that only patients with symptomatic gallstones require treatment, mostly available as laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Unlike gallstones, bile duct stones are treated on their symptomatic and asymptomatic stages. But ultimately decision of the attending surgeon is final and he will decide the surgery should be perform or it is better to wait and watch.
Dr. Hari Chandran
Jun 19th, 2020 6:19 am
Thank you for all the time and effort you clearly have put into this video. I learned so much about this surgery. Thanks for posting this educational video of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy for Asymptomatic Gallstone.
Jun 19th, 2020 10:20 am
Very useful knowledge given by you Sir, Because I am also suffering from this problem . Soon i will go for surgery . Thanks a Lot Sir for posting this informative video of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy.
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