Gallstones and hernias are two common medical conditions that can affect people of all ages and genders. While they may not always cause noticeable symptoms, it is essential to recognize their signs and seek medical attention if you suspect you may be experiencing either condition. Dr. Genna Lubrano, an expert general surgeon at OakBend, shares her insights and expertise on these conditions.

Gallstones: Small But Troublesome

Gallstones are small, hard deposits that form in the gallbladder, a small organ located beneath the liver. They are often symptomless and discovered during an ultrasound or CT scan for an unrelated issue. However, when they do cause trouble, it is not taken lightly.

Detecting the Signs

Dr. Lubrano explains, “Gallstones typically make their presence known through a sharp pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, which can radiate to the back or shoulder. It is crucial to keep an eye out for additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and bloating. In more severe cases, gallbladder infection may manifest as yellowing of the skin and eyes or the development of a fever.”

Hernias: When Organs Misbehave

Hernias occur when an organ or tissue pushes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or tissue. They can occur in various parts of the body, but the most common type is an inguinal hernia, which occurs in the groin area. Hernias may present as a visible bulge or lump in the affected area. Affected individuals may also experience pain or discomfort, especially when lifting heavy objects or during physical activity.

Seeking Solutions: Medical Attention is Essential

If you suspect you may have gallstones or a hernia, it is important to seek medical attention,” advises Dr. Lubrano. “A thorough physical exam and imaging tests such as an ultrasound or CT scan can help confirm the diagnosis. Treatment for gallstones typically involves surgical removal of the gallbladder, although medications can sometimes dissolve them. Hernias usually require surgery to repair the weakened muscle or tissue, although supportive devices like hernia belts may help alleviate symptoms in some cases.”

Take Action

Dr. Genna Lubrano emphasizes, “Gallstones and hernias are serious conditions that require your attention. Ignoring the signs or delaying treatment can lead to severe complications and compromise your well-being. If you are experiencing symptoms or have concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to a trusted general surgeon.”

Reach out to Dr. Genna Lubrano, a born and raised Houstonian, who received her training at Baylor College of Medicine in the prestigious Texas Medical Center. She is dedicated to providing exceptional care at OakBend Medical Group. Schedule an appointment today by calling 281-497-0296 or visiting her at 22001 Southwest Freeway, Suite 100, Richmond, TX 77469.

Prioritize your health, and don’t let these conditions hold you back from living your best life.


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