Unlocking the Mysteries of Gallbladder Stones: Can You Really Dissolve Them?

Gallbladder stones, or gallstones, are hardened deposits that form in the gallbladder.    

Quick Facts  

  • They are minute stones made of hard deposits that can cause discomfort, pain, and other complications. 
  • Gallbladder Stones can be the size of a golf ball or a grain of rice. 
  • These stones consist of bile components, including cholesterol and bile pigments. 
  • It can be one stone, or they can develop simultaneously. 

Let us tell you more about this condition and explore how to treat it together with Dr Girish Juneja. 

Gallbladder Stones: An Overview 

Well, let’s explain first what is the gallbladder. It is a small, pear-shaped organ that resides on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath the liver. The primary role of the gallbladder is to store and release a digestive fluid called bile into the small intestine. 

Then, what is Gallbladder Stones?    

Gallbladder stones, also known as gallstones, are hardened deposits that form in the gallbladder. They are common, affecting millions of people worldwide, and can happen in individuals of all ages and backgrounds. 

Are Gallbladder stones dangerous? 

They can indeed pose risks and become problematic if they block the gallbladder or obstruct bile flow. Serious complications may include inflammation, bile duct blockage, and even an increased risk of gallbladder cancer.  

Signs & Symptoms of Gallbladder Stones 

Sudden and Intense Abdominal Pain: They can cause a sharp, severe pain in the upper right part of your abdomen or intense pain in the center of your abdomen. 

  • Back Pain: Pain between your shoulder blades, often radiating from the upper abdomen. 
  • Right Shoulder Pain: Discomfort or pain in your right shoulder. 
  • Nausea and Vomiting: Feeling nauseous and occasionally vomiting. 
  • Duration: Gallstone pain may last several minutes to a few hours. 

You need to make an appointment with a qualified doctor like Dr Girish Juneja if you experience any of these symptoms. 

The Causes Of Gallstones 

While there are no direct causes of gallstones in adults, here are a few factors that contribute to their formation: 

  1. Excess Cholesterol in Bile: 

Bile, produced by the liver, contains cholesterol, bile salts, and bilirubin. When there’s an imbalance in these components, excess cholesterol can crystallize within the gallbladder. These cholesterol crystals gradually aggregate, forming gallstones. 

The exact reasons for this imbalance are multifactorial:  

  • Genetics: Some individuals are genetically predisposed to higher cholesterol levels in bile. 
  • Diet: A diet with a lot of saturated fats and cholesterol can contribute. 
  • Obesity: Excess body weight affects cholesterol metabolism. 
  • Rapid Weight Loss: Crash diets or rapid weight loss can disrupt bile composition. 
  1. Elevated Bilirubin Levels: 

Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that forms during the breakdown of red blood cells. When bilirubin levels rise significantly, it can lead to the formation of pigment stones. 

Conditions associated with elevated bilirubin:  

  • Liver Cirrhosis: Liver damage affects bilirubin processing. 
  • Biliary Tract Infections: Infections alter bile composition. 
  • Blood Disorders: Hemolytic anemias increase bilirubin production. 

Remember, understanding these causes helps in prevention and management. Consult a professional doctor if you suspect gallstones!  

Can Gall Bladder Stone Be Dissolved? 

Dr. Girish provides advanced gallstone treatment using the latest techniques. With over 30 years of experience in surgery and laparoscopy, he is a highly skilled and trusted surgeon in Dubai. 


The surgery is called cholecystectomy, a procedure where the gallbladder is completely removed. It is a standard treatment for symptomatic gallstones, and it’s recommended when gallstones cause pain, inflammation, or other complications. 

Laparoscopic Approach: 

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy stands out as the safest and most effective procedure for removing the gallbladder in cases of gallstone disease. The surgeon’s advanced skills and extensive experience play a pivotal part in minimizing the risk of complications. This minimally invasive technique ensures quicker recovery and less postoperative discomfort, making it the preferred choice for patients. 

  • Small incisions are made, and a tiny camera (laparoscope) guides the surgeon. 
  • The gallbladder is dissected and removed. 

Open Surgery: 

This type is selectively performed based on specific criteria. It is recommended when patients meet certain conditions, including severe inflammation, difficulties during laparoscopic surgery, cardiac or respiratory issues, late-term pregnancy, major scarring from previous surgeries, and suspected gallbladder cancer (a very rare condition).  


Gallstones can sometimes be dissolved using medicine, avoiding the need for surgery. However, this approach may take months or even years to eliminate the gallstones. It’s essential to note that if treatment is stopped, there’s a risk of gallstones forming again.  

These medications are primarily prescribed for individuals who cannot undergo surgery due to gallstones. 

Prevention Strategies 

Maintain a Healthy Weight 

  • Excess weight is a risk factor for gallstone formation.   
  • Keep a balanced diet and regular exercise to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. 


Dietary Considerations:   

  • Limit saturated fats and opt for healthier fats (such as those found in nuts, seeds, and fish).  
  • Say No to Extreme Calorie Restrictions 
  • Rapid weight loss or crash diets can disrupt bile composition and promote stone formation. 


Hydration and Regular Meals: 

  • Drinking plenty of water helps maintain optimal bile flow.   

Choose Dr. Girish Juneja For Your Gallbladder Stones Surgery in Dubai? 

Dr. Girish Juneja stands as a professional surgeon. With over 30 years of surgical and laparoscopic experience, he brings unparalleled expertise to the table. His commitment to patient well-being and cutting-edge techniques ensures optimal outcomes. 

Whether it’s preventive measures, medical treatments, or surgical interventions, Dr. Girish’s proficiency guides us toward healthier paths. 

Book your appointment today! 

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