Gallstone Surgery in Asheville, North Carolina

Gallstones can cause immense pain –– stop your suffering at Surgical Specialists of Carolina.

Your gallbladder, a small organ found below your liver, is responsible for storing the bile produced by your liver. Bile helps break down fat, so when you eat an especially fatty meal, your gallbladder will release stored bile into the small intestine to aid digestion. For numerous reasons, deposits of cholesterol or bile material can form into stones. Many people who have gallstones experience no symptoms. But if your gallstones make their way into the ducts connecting the gallbladder to the small intestine, the following symptoms can arise:

  • Sharp, lasting pain in the upper abdomen and back
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating

Your risk of developing gallstones increases with the following factors:

  • Female
  • Overweight or obese
  • Over 60 years old
  • Family history of gallstones
  • Cholesterol-lowering medications
  • Medications affecting estrogen, such as birth control pills

Trust Dr. Jerimiah Mason to remove your gallbladder and relieve your pain.

The most common treatment for gallstones is removal of the gallbladder through minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Unlike the kidneys, which produce painful stones of their own, you can remove the gallbladder with very few consequences. It isn’t an essential organ. And while medications exist that can slowly break down gallstones (over months or even years), your body will likely produce more. These medications tend to be reserved for those who can’t have surgery for other reasons, so unless that’s true for you, gallbladder removal is likely the best option for permanently stopping your pain.

Offering safety, comfort and minimal pain with your gallbladder surgery.

The suffering caused by gallstones can be intense and debilitating. But because Dr. Mason has the experience and surgical skill required to perform a smooth, minimally invasive procedure, your treatment doesn’t have to involve much discomfort. Your gallbladder pain will be resolved upon waking up from surgery, and you’ll likely be back to your life in less than two weeks.

To learn more about gallstone removal, or to make an appointment, call 828-585-2575. You can also request an appointment using our easy online form.