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Gallstones and gallbladder removal surgery

How Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic can help people after gallstone removal surgery, gallbladder removal surgery, or Postcholecystectomy Syndrome (PCS)

Over half a million people will get their gallbladder removed this year in America alone. If you have found this website, you may be looking for help with complications after gallbladder surgery. Because of the popularity of laparoscopic surgeries, many people think removing their gallbladder is a simple procedure. Though the procedure itself is not very risky, complications after gallbladder removal surgery affect about 10-15% of patients and is known as postcholecystectomy syndrome (PCS).

Our focus isn’t on complications caused by surgical mistakes. However, even after perfectly executed surgeries some people develop post-surgical symptoms. These symptoms may last for many months – or even years. Such symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal bloating and discomfort after eating
  • Pain, usually in the right upper part of the abdomen
  • Abdominal discomfort or dull pain from excess bowel gas
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Belching
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Jaundice
  • Intolerance for fatty foods, and more.

There are many potential reasons for pain after cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). The gallbladder is surrounded by a wide variety of nerves. These nerves regulate not only the gallbladder, but also the duodenum, pancreas, stomach, and even the heart. The accidental cutting of these nerves can cause pain, and influence the normal work of these organs.

Another frequent problem after surgery is that it disrupts the function of the sphincter of Oddi, the muscle valve between the bile duct, pancreatic duct, and duodenum. The valve becomes spasmodic; the bile cannot be properly eliminated and it collects in the bile duct and the pancreatic duct. The back-up of bile increases the pressure inside of the ducts, causes pain, and can give rise to severe inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) or bile ducts. Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction can be aggravated by using pain-killers such as Morphine and Vicodine, which in and of themselves can cause the sphincter to spasm.

The removal of gallbladder stones does not remove the main reason these stones developed in the first place. The liver is an alkaline gland, which means that normal liver bile is alkaline. Liver bile ranges from 7.1 to 8.5 pH. When the acid – alkaline balance of the body becomes acidic, the bile also becomes acidic. This acidity may cause a change in bile biochemistry and subsequently cause the development of gallbladder stones.

A significant increase in bile acids after gallstone removal, is very irritating to the lining of the intestines. These bile acids can be very aggressive. They erode and irritate the lining of the intestines and cause bile reflux, or the back flow of bile. Bile reflux causes upset stomach, gastritis (inflamed stomach lining), pain, spasms, nausea and vomiting, severe heartburn, ulcers in the duodenum and/or stomach, and sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.  If even a tiny amount of bile gets backed up into the pancreatic duct due to bile reflux, serious complications like pancreatitis can ensue.

A different problem can arise through the heavy use the antibiotics after a cholecystectomy. Antibiotic use after gallstone removal surgery may cause Candida-yeast overgrowth, which can cause diarrhea, constipation, or sluggish bowel.

Some patients have experienced a new sensitivity to foods after gallbladder removal surgery. They’ve found that many foods they could eat before the surgery were no longer tolerable, especially milk (lactose intolerance), fatty foods, or oily foods. Eating these foods after gallbladder removal can cause gas, flatulence, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and malabsorption syndrome. These conditions can last for years, and conventional medicine offers limited treatment options.

The Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic of the San Francisco Bay Area offers the following comprehensive healing program for people suffering after Cholecystectomy, gallstone removal surgery or gallbladder removal surgery.

The goal of this program is to decrease the pain, bloating, food sensitivities, and other gastro-intestinal symptoms.
We use a safe, effective, non-drug, and holistic approach. These treatments have been widely used in other countries for many years.  Some of them are:

1. European Whole Body Cleansing Program
2. Herbal Medicine
3. Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water
4. Nutritional Supplementation
5. Healing Foods Consultations
6. Acupuncture

By eating too many acid-producing foods every day (typical American diet), the body needs more minerals and bicarbonates to neutralize the daily excess of acid that is affecting the liver and pancreatic cells.
Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water (KVHMW) has been used for centuries by generations of European medical doctors. It is prepared by dissolving the Genuine Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt in the water at home. KVHMW also decreases the inner toxicity of the body, supplies more than 40 vital electrolytes (potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, etc.) and trace elements (zinc, cobalt, iron, chromium, etc), normalizes acid/alkaline balance, and helps eliminate intestinal parasites and their eggs. It additionally improves the function of the intestines, kidneys, and liver, which are the most important organs responsible for toxin removal and body waste.

For more than 250 years Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water has been the most popular natural approach for Europeans treating gallbladder and liver disorders.*
The water is a natural bile secretion stimulant. A copious amount of high-quality European research demonstrates that KVHMW makes the bile alkaline, more liquid, and easier to secrete. It can also help to release small cholesterol stones and decrease inflammation of the bile ducts and gallbladder. Many studies prove that after surgery, such as gallbladder removal (or even liver transplantation) there is clinical improvement when KVHMW is used. Therefore thousands of Europeans use this healing water after gallbladder surgery, improving their condition without side effects.

At the Biotherapy Clinic, we have a potent, lab-tested and well-resourced nutritional supplementation program. Some of our best, time-proven supplements to help people after gallbladder surgery are explained below.

Pro-Gest Enzyme supplement to break down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. For the body to absorb and utilize nutrients, a healthy digestive system must properly break down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. All organs and glands involved in the digestive process must secrete adequate levels of enzymes or digestive hormones to ensure healthy digestion. Pro-Gest™, a food enzyme supplement, provides a high-potency blend of enzymes, pancreatic tissue, ox bile extract, and niacinamide.

For effective healing and pain-relief after a cholecystectomy or gallbladder removal surgery, please contact the Biotherapy Clinic through one of the following options:

  • Telephone consultation (415) 409-3939 or (650) 365-3640
  • Office consultation at one of our conveniently located offices, San Francisco and Redwood City

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