Gallstone disease is a common condition in the adults. According to research about 25 per cent of women and 10-15 per cent of men over the age of 50 are affected by gallstones. It may or may not cause symptoms. Depending on the severity of symptoms and type of symptoms gallstone disease is categorised as follows:
Prognosis of gallstones
Prognosis is good in most cases as effective treatments are available. The disease can be diagnosed easily and if you have symptomatic gallstone the gallbladder is removed (until there is some medical condition which prevents surgery). Surgical removal (cholecystectomy) is considered as best treatment for gallstones as gallbladder is a non-essential organ and laparoscopic cholecystectomy is widely available. Laparoscopic surgery has many advantages which includes smaller incision, shorter hospital stay, and less pain.
Gallstone treated with nonsurgical methods has risk of recurrence. Nonsurgical treatment for gallstones is used for people with cholesterol stones or who have a serious medical condition which prevents surgery.
Most people with gallstones do not develop complications of the disease if it is diagnosed and treated timely. Some complications of gallstones include:
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