A 41-year-old female asked:
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if you have galls stone do you have to have surgery?

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Dr. Li-Yu Mitchell
21 years experience Family Medicine
Not always: Gallstones that are not causing symptoms and were just incidentally noted don't need any kind of intervention emergently. However, if there is nausea, abdominal pain, you should seek care. Follow a low fat diet to minimize symptoms if you have them. Gallbladders squeeze after a high fat meal and a stone can wedge into the neck of the gallbladder, causing pain and sometimes emergency surgeries.
Answered on May 9, 2014

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