What Is the Treatment for Gallbladder Sludge?

A healthy gallbladder and one with gallstones.
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  • Written By: C. Daw
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  • Last Modified Date: 11 August 2014
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Gallbladder sludge is a common condition that has numerous home and medical treatments. Basic changes in diet are the first steps in removing sludge, as well as detoxifying the body, and in very severe cases, removal of the gall bladder can be surgically performed. Gallbladder sludge, most often referred to as biliary sludge, can be easily treated as soon as the problem is discovered. Whether home or medical treatments are used, the basic process is the same, which is cleaning out the sludge from the gallbladder and making changes to prevent it building up again.

Some common home remedies that have been used for decades to relieve most of the symptoms that accompany gallbladder sludge involve making changes to the diet. The first change is to eat a small breakfast every morning in order to prevent the bile sitting and having time to separate. Eating several small meals throughout the day, rather than two or three larger ones, will also prevent this from happening. Decrease the amount of calories that are consumed throughout the day, and always stay away from foods and drinks that are high in fat.

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Other changes to the diet that can be made that actually reduce the amount of gallbladder sludge begin with using supplements that help detoxify the body. Numerous different types of drinks and pills can be found within most health food stores that aid in flushing the harmful substances out of the body, including the gallbladder and the areas surrounding it. An increase in caffeine within the diet has also been shown to help cleanse the sludge from the body so ingesting more of this substance may be helpful, as long as other medical problems are not present.

Different types of medical solutions can also be used when treating gallbladder sludge. Prescription medications can quickly help loosen and remove the toxins from the body, and along with dietary changes, can remove the problem as well as decreasing the chance of it happening again. As a last resort, if serious medical complications occur, removal of the gallbladder can be performed. Surgically removing the gallbladder is an easy process that has a short recovery time, but it is considered to be an option of last resort because of the dangers that arise during any type of surgery.

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AnswerMan
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I was experience a lot of low-grade abdominal pain a few years ago, and my doctor determined it was gallbladder sludge and gallstones. He seriously considered gallbladder surgery, but then decided I could probably handle the gallbladder pain with over the counter painkillers and a change in diet. He gave me an approved gallbladder diet plan to follow, and my symptoms mostly went away after a few months.

Ruggercat68
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My mother-in-law had to have gallbladder surgery after her doctor noticed gall bladder sludge symptoms. The operation itself went really well. She was in and out of the operating room by noon that day. I think the surgeon can do it all with an incision through the navel.

They examined her gallbladder after removal and discovered she had a significant number of gallstones along with gallbladder sludge. She was lucky her doctor made the diagnosis soon enough for something to be done.

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