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Gallstones - Diagnosis & Treatment

Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that form in the gallbladder, a small organ located near your liver. These stones can cause no problems at all, but they can also trigger sudden and severe pain in your upper right abdomen or between your shoulder blades, especially after eating fatty foods.

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Diagnosing Gallstones

Understanding the diagnosis process can provide clarity and peace of mind if you are experiencing gallstone symptoms.

Here's a straightforward step-by-step guide to what you can expect when you contact one of our specialists for gallstone diagnosis:

  • Discussion and Review: Engaging in a detailed conversation about the symptoms you are experiencing

  • Physical Examination: Conducting a comprehensive physical check to evaluate the concerns

  • Ultrasound or MRI/CT Scan: Utilising these imaging tests to offer a clear visualisation of the gallbladder, aiding in identifying gallstones

  • Blood Tests: Administered to detect potential related infections or the occurrence of jaundice

Each step ensures a thorough and accurate diagnosis ruling out complication.

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Gallstone Treatment Options

While many people with gallstones experience no issues, if you're finding yourself dealing with pain, there are various ways to get relief. Each option is designed to directly address the discomfort and improve your quality of life.

Gallstone treatment options include the following:

  • Lifestyle Modifications: Adopting a balanced diet and avoiding high-fat foods can often mitigate symptoms.

  • Surgery remains the mainstay of treatment for patients with symptomatic gallstones:  persistent pain or complications, gallbladder removal, a common and safe procedure, is advised.


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Schedule a Video Consultation or a Face-to-Face appointment at your convenience by using our online booking system.

Your dedicated Specialist Doctor will provide you with personalized treatment, tailoring it to your specific needs, and may include necessary medication.

Types of Gallstone Removal Surgeries

There are several surgical options available for gallstone removal, each tailored to meet a patient's specific needs and prioritise their well-being and comfort.


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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy


This is the most common type of gallbladder removal surgery. It involves making small incisions in the abdomen to remove the gallbladder. Patients often appreciate this option because it typically means less pain and a quicker recovery compared to more traditional methods.

Open Cholecystectomy


In this procedure, a larger incision is made in the abdomen to remove the gallbladder. It's often reserved for complex cases or when complications arise. The recovery period can be a bit longer, but rest assured, our care team supports patients every step of the way

Robot-Assisted Cholecystectomy


Innovative robotic technology assists the surgeon in removing the gallbladder through small incisions. This approach combines the precision of robotic assistance with the expertise of our skilled surgeons, aiming for minimal discomfort and speedy recovery.

Living with Gallstones


Living with gallstones—especially when symptoms are present and ongoing—requires patience and care.

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in fat and cholesterol can be a powerful partner in managing this condition.

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Gallstone Treatment London

Navigating gallstone issues can be complex and painful, but in London, compassionate, tailored care is within reach. Our team of experts are attuned to each individual's personal experiences, offering professional and empathetic support.


Tailored treatment plans, aligning advanced medical solutions to unique individual needs and wellness goals. 


We're here, ready to walk this path with you, providing the care and support needed at every step.


Let's get you some relief and enhance your well-being. Reach out to schedule your appointment today

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