By Dr. Manpreet Grewal

Gallstones are treated very differently than kidney stones. Kidney stones must be broken down so they can pass through the system.

Gallstones can be hereditary, or caused by diet or pregnancy. There are some disorders which cause red blood cells to recycle more quickly, causing gallstones to form at a very young age.

Symptoms include pain, a burning sensation, and bloating in the upper abdomen. Your doctor will use an ultrasound or CT scan to confirm the diagnosis. You can manage your symptoms medically by staying on a low-fat diet, or you may consider having your gallbladder surgically removed. That procedure is done laparoscopically, as an outpatient procedure under anesthesia. Patients generally take two to seven days to recover.

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