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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Redmann
General Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Children can get gallstones. Some blood disorders like sickle cell disease or congenital hypercholesterolemia can increase a child's risk of stone formation. The treatment is usually the same as for adults, namely laparoscopic cholecystectomy or gallbladder removal.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Redmann
General Surgery 27 years experience
Not really: Gallstones in the gallbladder under the liver cause nausea and pain. They can block the ducts or tubes that drain the liver or pancreas causing jaundice or pancreatitis if they pass from the gallbladder to these tubes. Some drugs have been used to dissolve small stones; but the treatment is long, and the stones return when the drug is stopped. Ercp can be used to remove stones in the bile ducts.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Redmann
General Surgery 27 years experience
No: Cholelithiasis or gallstones result from a poorly functioning gallbladder or too much cholesterol in bile. The bile becomes concentrated when the gallbladder doesn't empty properly, and tiny stones settle out in the gallbladder. The stones can get bigger, even filling the entire gallbladder. B-12 is generally not involved. Some blood disorders, sickle cell, are associated with gallstones.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Redmann
General Surgery 27 years experience
Yes you can: The standard bypass does not remove any parts, so re-connecting the stomach pouch to the remnant stomach and removing the roux small bowel limb are possible. Reversal is rarely done since most problems causing patients to consider reversal can be treated with other means. The procedure has higher risk than the first operation since the surgeon is working with altered anatomy.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Redmann
General Surgery 27 years experience
Absolutely yes!: Bariatric surgery has been determined by the national institutes of health to be the only way to lose 100 pounds and keep it off. The weight loss affects every organ system in a positive way, generally adding 20 good years to your life expectancy. It also resolves conditions like diabetes, reflux, hypertension, sleep apnea, arthritis or prevents them. The smartest decision you could make!
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Redmann
General Surgery 27 years experience
Probably not: Gallbladder disease frequently causes nausea or pain after eating. Removing the gallbladder relieves these symptoms and can promote an increased appetite and a return to higher calorie, greasy foods that bothered you before the procedure. Most people maintain their weight, but others gain. Weight loss is generally not a result of cholecystectomy.
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A member asked:

Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: In the US, gallstones are typically due to diet and hereditary factors and are very, very rarely present at such a young age. However, there are some diseases such as sickle cell anemia and hereditary spherocytosis that may cause gallstones and be present at this age.
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