Dr Oz spoke about one of the smallest organs in our body – the Gallbladder, which can cause horrible pain if you get Gall Bladder Stones. My doctor thought I had Gall Stones one time, because I was in terrible pain, but it turned out to not be Gall Stones, and in fact, they never did figure out what was wrong with me! But this hit close to home anyway.
Where is the Gall Bladder?
Doctor Oz showed how the Gall Bladder is connected to the liver and is a very small organ that looks like a bag. The Gall Bladder holds a green liquid called bile, which shoots out when you have a fatty meal. If you get Gall Stones, they can accumulate and get stuck in your Gall Bladder. Dr Oz did not look so concerned about big Gall Stones, since they cannot really move anywhere and get stuck, but the small Gall Stones can accumulate and lodge themselves in, causing the Gall Bladder to get inflamed.
Dr Oz: Gall Stone Self Test
Dr Oz said one sign of Gall Stones is if you get pain soon after having a fatty meal. He showed how to do a Gall Stone Self Test by slouching backwards and putting your hand under your right rib cage. Press down and take a deep breathe in. You can feel your gall bladder when you do this, but if you have Gall Stones, then you won’t be able to do this.
Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal
Dr Oz did a demo to show how doctors can now do a much less invasive Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal operation by just making three small holes for tools. Dr Oz said that with this operation, you can get out of the hospital in one day.
Dr Oz: Gall Stone Prevention Checklist
1. Maintain a Healthy Weight – no yo-yo dieting!
2. Don’t Skip Meals – this can cause bile to build up rather than to empty out
3. Exercise Regularly
4. Drink 1 Cup of Coffee- this will help to minimize the cholesterol in your bile