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How big can gallstones get

A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
It is recommended: You don't have to get your gallbladder removed, however after experiencing one attack of gallbladder pain the likelihood of experiencing repeat attack... Read More
Dr. Robert Moesinger
General Surgery 29 years experience
Not necessarily.: Gallstones are a common condition, and many people with gallstones never have trouble. Some do have trouble and painful "attacks" are just one of the... Read More

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Yes, I would : Say it is on larger side. But small stones can cause problems just as much as large stones. If you are having symptoms of gallbladder disease, you s... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
See a surgeon: For a cholecystectomy. The only viable treatment, if it is required, is gallbladder removal.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Not exactly known: Exactly why people get gallstones is not fully known. Ethnicity, older age, female gender, hormone therapy, high fat diet, obesity, rapid weight loss,... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Size doesn't count: A 5mm stone is not big, but can cause problems at any size. If you have upper abdominal pain after eating, especially with fatty foods, see your docto... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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NSAID'S for pain: Cholecystitis is a mechanical disease with a mechanical solution. This is cured with surgery not medications
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
No: But could give trouble, besides gall bladder attach, small stones could move into bile ducts, could cause pancreatitis , in some may not bother good l... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Lifestyle & diet: Lifestyle & diet are important--10% incidence of gallstones in western world, much less in black africans & eastern world (unless adopt western diet).... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
If you are: Sure that they are gallbladder attacks, you should have surgery asap. If you wait too long, your gallbladder can get acutely inflamed, which makes yo... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. K. Mujib Haque
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Get rid of it: Go for surgery if you are symptomatic.

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