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Preventing gallstones is largely a matter of making lifestyle changes. Eat and maintain a healthy diet along with some form of regular physical activity to keep gallstones from forming.
Gallstones are pebble-like deposits that form in the gallbladder. The two types of gallstones that are formed in the gallbladder are cholesterol stones and pigment stones. The size of the gallstones can vary from as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. Acute pain the abdomen is a common presentation of gallstones. Surgical removal of the gallbladder is curative for gallstones.
Abdominal pain is the commonest symptom of gallstone but it can be a symptom of some life-threatening condition. Consult a doctor immediately for abdominal pain if you have intense pain, it is associated with fever and chills, is increasing in severity, or is associated with serious symptoms such as jaundice, recurrent vomiting.
Gallstones may or may not cause symptoms. In about 90% of cases gallstones do not cause any symptoms. The risk of developing pain and other symptoms during the first 10 years after gallstones form is small and after 10 years, the risk of symptoms decreases even further. Cholecystectomy is curative treatment for gallstones.