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Kidney & Gallbladder Stones - Dietary Tips That Can Be Of Help!

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Kidney & Gallbladder Stones - Dietary Tips That Can Be Of Help!
Kidney stones are caused when certain minerals of your urine are retained and are not fully released, causing them to amalgamate and form a stone. Passing a kidney stone is one of the most painful experiences you may face physically.

Its magnanimity is often compared to childbirth, and those who are suffering from kidney stones dread having this experience. If you are not yet affected by kidney stones and do not want to, read further to know what type of diet you need to follow in order to prevent it.

Drink lots of water: On an average, a person must be drinking at least 3 liters of water every day. If you live in a more hot and humid climate, your water intake must be even more than that, so that on an average, 2.5 liters of urine is passed throughout the day, which decreases the chance of unnecessary retention of minerals from the urine and release them more easily from the body.
Continue eating foods rich in calcium: It is a common misconception that calcium accelerates the formation of kidney stones. Calcium is digested by the intestine, only excess calcium cannot be digested by the intestine and is sent to the kidney. Continue consuming calcium rich foods unless your doctor prescribes you against it. Make sure your diet includes enough dairy products such as milk, cheeses, etc., or other calcium rich foods, such as oats and broccoli.
Limit intake of oxalic acid: Oxalic acid is mostly found in foods obtained from plants. It restricts the absorption of calcium in the intestines and as a result, more calcium is passed into the kidneys; thus, forming calcium oxalate, or oxalate stones. Try to avoid foods, such as rhubarb, Swiss chard, nuts, tea, sweet potatoes, etc.; mainly leguminous plant products.
Decrease the ingestion of sodium salts, sugar and meat protein: Salts and sugars, mainly found in packaged foods are used to prevent them from expiring. They increase the release of calcium and oxalates into the blood, which thus increases the chance to develop kidney stones. Meat contains fibers which affect certain nutrients in the kidney, thus aggravating the formation of stones.
Increase the consumption of insoluble fibers: Insoluble fibers are those rough fibers which are not soluble in water during the process of digestion. They are found in rice, wheat, barley, etc., and are found to decrease calcium absorption in the kidney. They attach themselves to the calcium and oxalates, which enable them to be released as stool instead of urine.
Dietary Tips For Treating Gallbladder Stones:

People also usually suffer from gallbladder stones which complicate their daily living. The best way to treat and prevent them is by following some dietary guidelines. Here are a few tips for you:

Foods that can be of help:

Managing your weight is always a good option to prevent gallstones. You are recommended to eat a diet that is low in fat and cholesterol, moderate in calories and high in fiber. The healthy food options to ensure the same are as follow:

Fresh fruits and vegetables
Whole grains (whole-wheat bread, brown rice, oats, bran cereal)

Lean meat, poultry, and fish

Low-fat dairy products

Foods you should ignore:

Dietary restrictions may not eliminate gallstones that are already there, but eating a healthy, balanced variety of nutrients may help you ease the symptoms. Foods you should avoid are:

Fried foods
Highly processed foods (doughnuts, pie, cookies)

Whole-milk dairy products (cheese, ice cream, butter)

Fatty red meat

Following these dietary tips can be of great help in keeping your kidneys and gallstones healthy forever.

Hi I am 50 years old woman. I am having a stomach pain after the operation of removing gall bladder and uterus. The pain is in the stomach .i m having hernia also. For which again operation has to be done. What should I do?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Bangalore
Hernia should be operated before they get complicated. The contents of hernia can sometimes cause such pain as they are being pulled down.
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Have 14 mm stone in gall bladder neck, have tried berberis vulgaris but no effect. Please suggest me.

BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
Have 14 mm stone in gall bladder neck, have tried berberis vulgaris but no effect. Please suggest me.
There is no way to expel gall bladder stones (unlike the case of kidney stones). So gall stones if they are not creating the problem, let them be there. But do follow annual checkups. But if they r causing the problem, it's better to remove them.
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Hi, I have 10 mm stone in the gall bladder and an ill-defined low dense partly necrotic minimally enhancing lesion in the segment 6 of the liver.

BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
Hi, I have 10 mm stone in the gall bladder and an ill-defined low dense partly necrotic minimally enhancing lesion in...
There is no way to expel gall bladder stones (unlike the case of kidney stones). So gall stones if they r not creating a problem, let them be there. But do follow annual checkups. But if they are causing a problem, it's better to remove them.
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Hi, Mam as you told that medicine use in gall stones. My question is, can I continue this sorbidiol tablet. It possible that it will remove gall stone without any side effect.

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, Diplomate of National board in Surgical Oncology, Christian Medical college,Vellore
General Surgeon, Kolkata
Hi, Mam as you told that medicine use in gall stones. My question is, can I continue this sorbidiol tablet. It possib...
Hi deepti..the only sceintific treatment for gall stones is surgery...kindly get it done before it leads to unwanted complications
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Sir my mother has gall stones. The size of stones are 12 mm. Doctor prescribed sorbidiol 300 tab. Sir I want to ask that tablet is good or not for my mother.

MCh(Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery), MS - Surgical, MBBS
General Surgeon, Guwahati
Sir my mother has gall stones. The size of stones are 12 mm. Doctor prescribed sorbidiol 300 tab. Sir I want to ask t...
The tablets tends to help further formation of stone. But once stopped, the stones are bound to recur. So surgery is the standard treatment. Do not delay it and get it operated in a suitable time by a surgeon.
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I have stones in gall bladder multiple and I feel no pain but sometimes loose motion and nausea makes me uncomfortable. Please tell me should I go for surgery?

BUMS
Unani Specialist, Delhi
I have stones in gall bladder multiple and I feel no pain but sometimes loose motion and nausea makes me uncomfortabl...
Yes surgery is better is soon as possible. Unani medicine and hijama therapy have hope to expell stone but treatment is approximately 3 month if stone are not much large and there is to follow diet. If you wants to go that than contact me in private chat.
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What Is Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Surgery?

MBBS, DNB - General Surgery, Fellowship In Minimal Access Surgery
General Surgeon, Nashik
What Is Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Surgery?
What is Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Surgery (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy)?

Gallbladder removal is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. Gallbladder removal surgery is usually performed with minimally invasive techniques and the medical name for this procedure is Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy or Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal.

The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that rests beneath the right side of the liver. Its main purpose is to collect and concentrate a digestive liquid (bile) produced by the liver. Bile is released from the gallbladder after eating, aiding digestion. Bile travels through narrow tubular channels (bile ducts) into the small intestine. Removal of the gallbladder is not associated with any impairment of digestion in most people.

What Causes Gallbladder Problems?

Gallbladder problems are usually caused by the presence of gallstones which are usually small and hard, consisting primarily of cholesterol and bile salts that form in the gallbladder or in the bile duct.

It is uncertain why some people form gallstones but risk factors include being female, prior pregnancy, age over 40 years and being overweight. Gallstones are also more common as you get older and some people may have a family history of gallstones. There is no known means to prevent gallstones.

These stones may block the flow of bile out of the gallbladder, causing it to swell and resulting in sharp abdominal pain, vomiting, indigestion and, occasionally, fever. If the gallstone blocks the common bile duct, jaundice (a yellowing of the skin) can occur.

Diagnosing

Ultrasound is most commonly used to find gallstones.
In a few more complex cases, other X-ray test such as a CT scan or a gallbladder nuclear medicine scan may be used to evaluate gallbladder disease.
Gallstones do not go away on their own. Some can be temporarily managed by making dietary adjustments, such as reducing fat intake. This treatment has a low, short-term success rate. Symptoms will eventually continue unless the gallbladder is removed. Treatments to break up or dissolve gallstones are largely unsuccessful.

Surgical removal of the gallbladder is the time-honored and safest treatment of gallbladder disease.

What are the Advantages of Performing Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal?

Rather than a five to seven inch incision, the operation requires only four small openings in the abdomen.
Patients usually have minimal post-operative pain.
Patients usually experience faster recovery than open gallbladder surgery patients.
Most patients go home the same day of the surgery and enjoy a quicker return to normal activities.
Are you a Candidate?

Although there are many advantages to laparoscopic gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy), the procedure may not be appropriate for some patients who have severe complicated gallbladder disease or previous upper abdominal surgery. A thorough medical evaluation by your surgeon trained in laparoscopy, can determine if laparoscopic gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) is an appropriate procedure for you.
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