About Biliary Dyskinesia
A Motility Disorder of the Gallbladder and Sphincter
miVIP Surgery Centers specializes in treating and diagnosing gastrointestinal problems that often plague individuals. From the most minor issues to those which diminish quality of life, our state-of-the-art procedures can both diagnose and treat many GI disorders.
Biliary dyskinesia is the medical term for one of many disorders that affect the sphincter of oddi, a valve that governs the movement of bile from the gallbladder into the upper area of the small intestines. With this disorder, the muscles that maintain the functional abilities of the sphincter do not properly work.
Who Can Get Biliary Dyskinesia?
Biliary dyskinesia affects both men and women; however, just like with gallstone issues, women are more likely to be affected. Additionally, the disorder most commonly occurs in older, overweight women.
Known Causes of Biliary Dyskinesia
Biliary dyskinesia may be associated with other issues such as pancreatitis and gallbladder stones. Other causes include:
- Chronic inflammation
- Diet high in fat
Symptoms Attributed to Biliary Dyskinesia
Some medical professionals actually consider biliary dyskinesia to be a symptom of a disorder more than an actual sickness on its own. Symptoms often associated with biliary dyskinesia include:
- Severe cramping on the right side, below the bottom rib
- Dull ache on the upper right side
- Nausea following a high fat meal
How to Treat Biliary Dyskinesia
In most cases, a physician will check for gallstones and cancer to better understand how to proceed. When a diagnosis of biliary dyskinesia is made, treatment generally involves removal of the entire gallbladder. This is known as a cholecystectomy.
The cholecystectomy procedure can occur in two different ways:
- Traditional open cholecystectomy – An incision about three inches long is made in the upper abdomen on the right side. The gallbladder is then removed and pulled through the incision.
- Laparoscopic cholecystectomy – Usually three to four small incisions, approximately 0.5 inches long, are made on the abdomen. A laparoscope – a small, pencil-like tube with an attached camera – is inserted in the incision. Surgical tools can be attached to the scope and aid in the removal of the gallbladder, which is pulled through one of the small incisions.
Typical Outcomes Following Treatment
An average of 95 percent of patients properly treated for biliary dyskinesia report relief from symptoms.
In some patients, the surgery is not the cure. In fact, patients have reported that symptoms of biliary dyskinesia develop sometime after the surgery has been performed.
The sympathetic physicians at miVIP understand that living with biliary dyskinesia can be uncomfortable. Call us at 855-496-4847 to schedule an evaluation so you can start on the road to recovery.