Pancreas and gallbladder disease cause unusual abdominal pain that interferes with your quality of life and puts your health at risk. At Gotham Gastroenterology with locations throughout New York City in the Midtown East and Financial District neighborhoods of Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, the skilled gastroenterologists offer their expertise in diagnosing and treating these serious conditions. Make an appointment today by calling the most convenient location or by scheduling with the online booking tool.
The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that is responsible for storing bile produced by your liver to help you absorb nutrients and digest fat. The gallbladder sits just under your liver and releases bile into your small intestine as it’s needed for digestion.
An improperly functioning gallbladder can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms, including:
You may also develop jaundice if bile is unable to pass through the bile duct into your intestines to aid digestion. Jaundice causes your skin to take on a yellowish tint.
These symptoms may indicate you have a blockage in your gallbladder or the formation of gallstones. Other conditions that can affect gallbladder function include infections, inflammation, and polyps.
You can develop chronic gallbladder disease if you have frequent gallstones or persistent cholecystitis. Cholecystitis is infection and inflammation that develops when bile can’t exit the gallbladder.
The pancreas is an organ located just behind your stomach. It plays an important role in your metabolism and blood sugar control.
The organ may be small, but it affects the health of your entire body. Pancreatic diseases include those that cause inflammation, the development of cysts or excess fluid, and cancer.
Pancreatic disease can cause:
Another sign that your pancreas isn’t working is a sudden onset of diabetes.
Treatment for chronic gallbladder or pancreas disease depends on the nature of your condition and the severity.
Surgical removal of the gallbladder is sometimes required. The procedure is performed laparoscopically so you usually recover relatively quickly and experience minimal pain.
Pancreas disease may require fasting, which gives the organ a chance to rest. The team at Gotham Gastroenterology can help you add foods back gradually. Pain medications, enzymes to improve digestion, and surgery are other possible treatments.
If you suffer from pancreas or gallbladder disease or have symptoms that suggest you do, call Gotham Gastroenterology for a thorough evaluation. You can also make an appointment using this website.