Doctors STUNNED As They Remove 12,000 Gallstones From Woman Suffering Stomach Pains

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Minati Mondal, 51, had a staggering 11,950 gallstones removed in an hour long operation – possibly setting a new world record

These are balls made of cholesterol and salts that form in the gallbladder, a little pear-shaped organ underneath the liver that stores bile.

But they did not expect to find such a huge number of stones.

Dr Makhan Lala Saha, a gastrointestinal endosurgeon at the hospital, said he was anticipating large number of stones but was still shocked when the number crossed the 5,000 mark.

He removed nearly 12,000 stones in an hour long laparoscopic surgery, where surgeon access the inside of the abdomen and pelvis through a ‘keyhole’ cut, without having to make large incisions in the skin.

WHAT ARE GALLSTONES?

Gallstones are made of cholesterol and salts that form in the gallbladder, a little pear-shaped organ underneath the liver that stores bile.

Bile ducts are the tiny tubes that carry bile — a liquid that helps the body digest fats — from the liver to the gallbladder and then into the digestive system.

While you can live with gallstones with no symptoms, if they start to block the gallbladder they cause pain and nausea and a potentially fatal infection.

They can also stop the flow of bile out of the gallbladder and liver, so it backs up – causing jaundice.

While gallstones are common, a fatty diet can raise the risk, especially in women, although it’s not clear why.

Dr Saha added: ‘Two months ago, I had operated on a girl who had 1,110 stones but despite the shocking number, I found that in 1983, doctors in Britain had removed 3,110 stones from a German patient’s gall bladder.

‘But I feel this number can replace the past record since the current number is three times more than the record.’

Ms Mondal was discharged from the hospital two days ago and is now recovering at home.

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