More than 700,000 people get their gallbladder removed this year in the U.S. alone. Thanks to recognition of laparoscopic surgeries, many individuals consider that gallbladder surgery is a simple procedure. Though the laparoscopic surgery itself is not very risky, problems after gallbladder removal involve about 10-15% of patients. It is known as the postcholecystectomy syndrome (PCS).
The perfectly performed surgery does not guarantee that some patients develop digestive symptoms and abdominal pain in the future. These symptoms may appear in many months, or even years. Such symptoms may include abdominal pain, usually in the upper-right part of the abdomen, gas, bloating and discomfort after eating, heartburn, constipation, or diarrhea and more. Some persons consider pain as the normal thing and do not change their lifestyle and eating habits. Some get symptomatic painkillers treatment without the figure out of the reasons for pain.
Some persons get psych label and get treatment accordingly. Nowadays, even medical experts do not have consensus how to treat the postcholecystectomy syndrome. Therefore, the destiny and health of the patient depend on the specialist. Family doctor, gastroenterologist, laparoscopic specialist, and surgeon of the specialized center have the different viewpoint in the PCS and possible treatments.
In the Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic of San Francisco, we consider that treatment of the person with the postcholecystectomy syndrome has to be oriented on the roots of the problems. Without understanding the role of the bile, gallbladder, sphincter of Oddi, pancreas and small and large intestine and how their functions are deteriorated after the gallbladder is gone, the proper treatment of the PCS is very problematic. In additional articles on this website, our EBook, articles on the Internet, there is medical information about the role of the gallbladder in health and digestion and, on the other hand, what happens after gallbladder removal. Gallbladder surgery cannot stop producing bile sludge and stones, the sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, abnormal bile acids metabolism, bile reflux, chronic pancreatitis with indigestion.
Basing on the practice of the European doctors and our 40 years positive experience to heal the postcholecystectomy syndrome naturally, the focus of the drug free, alternative medicine treatment needs to be done on:
- Making the alkaline, liquid liver bile, to avoid congestion
- Decreasing irritation and inflammation of gallbladder’s stump, bile ducts, sphincter of Oddi, duodenum, stomach
- Decreasing spasms of the sphincter of Oddi
- Reducing pain by using non-drug approach
- Improving digestion
- Cut producing of the bile sludge and stones
- Diminishing scarring after surgery
- Lessening bile reflux
- Improving bile acids metabolism
- Correcting nutritional deficiencies
- Restoring the friendly intestinal bacteria
- Improve digestion, etc
It can be accomplished by taking a few critical steps. One of them is the normalizing acid-alkaline balance to make the liver bile and pancreatic juice alkaline. Naturally, it may be done by alkaline diet, taking of the alkaline minerals and drinking healing mineral water. The healthy alkaline diet we describe in our EBook “Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You”, part II.
Taking Biotherapy Cellular Magnesium-Potassium may alkalize human being, decrease spasms, pain and formation of the calcium bile stones
European doctors advised patients after gallbladder surgery to drink healing mineral water. The most investigated is healing mineral water from well-known European mineral spa Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. The gallbladder removal surgery has used in the Europe for hundred of years. During that time, Karlovy Vary healing mineral water both from the spring or prepared from genuine Karlovy Vary spring salt at home has been utilized by generations of European doctors until an end of the 19th century.
Minerals, trace elements, and bicarbonate from this healing mineral water enhance liver function; alkalinize the organism, create alkaline, liquid, and less aggressive liver bile. Karlovy Vary healing mineral water augments pancreatic function, facilitates the releasing of more pancreatic digestive enzymes. It can alleviate many bothersome gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, heartburn, food sensitivity, gas, bloating, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea. The medical papers support the corrective actions of the Karlovy Vary healing mineral water in many liver, gallbladder, pancreas disorders, and condition after gallbladder removal.
Acupuncture is one more alternative method that can ease the troublesome symptoms after gallbladder removal such as pain and spasms. By authors’ experience, acupuncture can be beneficial in the sphincter of Oddi dysfunction that often accompanies the postcholecystectomy syndrome. Acupuncture leads to increasing of the natural painkillers and well-being hormones in the brain; thus, it may decrease or stop using the strong and unsafe medications.
Medical hypnotherapy, relaxation, or custom hypnosis CD also can reduce spasms and pain. Anti-inflammation, antispasmodic, and pain-relieving actions of some nutritional supplements naturally improve the quality of life the persons with the PCS. In the Biotherapy Clinic, we have unique herbal formulas and dietary supplements such as minerals, trace elements, vitamins, probiotics, enzymes, bioflavonoids, amino acids to reduce the pain and improve digestion.
The combination of herbs and herbal formulas such as Biotherapy Yin Formula, Biotherapy Damp Water Formula can do this work naturally. Herbal teas such as chamomile, peppermint, fennel, ginger can support in producing and trouble-free elimination of the alkaline liver bile.
The connection between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain has a variety of mechanisms. One of the dysfunctions of these regulatory mechanisms can be peripheral neuropathy of inner organs and the “visceral hypersensitivity” (excessive response to pain).
There are two inter interrelated reasons for this neuropathy after gallbladder removal or because of the symptomatic treatment. First, deficiency of the vital nutrients due to the problems with digestion. It severely influences on the proper functioning of the nervous system, brain chemistry and perception of pain.
The second problem is dysbiosis and fermentation (rotting of indigested food). This leads to toxicity when the organism is overwhelmed by inner poisoning. The toxic substances poison the brain, causing chaos in the balance of the neurotransmitters that are responsible for mood, sleep, joy and pain perception. Correction of the deficiency and toxicity improves the quality of life of the patient with postcholecystectomy syndrome.
Another method with the long history that has second birth nowadays is manual abdominal manipulations or visceral manipulations. We use this approach to diminish the scars and adhesions between the organs in the upper abdomen after surgery and restore their correct movement. Gentle, professional, abdominal manipulations can reduce the pain, spasms and undo blocked passages.
Nearly everyone with the postcholecystectomy syndrome suffers from dysbiosis when harmful bacteria and yeast replace the beneficial intestinal bacteria. Doctors call this situation as SIBO-small intestine bacterial overgrowth; alternative practitioners name it as a Candida-yeast overgrowth. Dysbiosis severely affects gastrointestinal tract of the person with PCS. Oppositely, restoration of the beneficial intestinal bacteria can decrease pain, gas, bloating, bile reflux, constipation, or bile acids diarrhea. Anti-Candida European Whole Body Cleansing Program with Restoration of Friendly Intestinal Flora, Colon Hydrotherapy is time-proven, clinically, and evidence-based approach for dysbiosis.
If you live without the gallbladder, now is the time for education how to improve your health and eat healthier. The postcholecystectomy syndrome can manifest itself in many years after surgeries, and it is not easy to identify and treat. We, at Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic of San Francisco, consider that all treatments have to be less dangerous than the disease itself. Accordingly, natural, safe and efficient, non-drug approaches of alternative medicine may be used alone or in combination with standard medications and procedures to reduce pain and digestive problems. The self-treatment is risky business. For instance, harsh “liver cleansing” may bring person to ER with pancreatitis and severe pain.
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