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My father 60 y.o has gallstone avg. size 0.47 and he is diabetic. with good diet, what are the considerations to let gallbladder not removed.

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Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Symptoms: If the stone is causing symptoms, in general we remove the gallbladder w/ the stones laparoscopically (small incisions, use of a camera). Typical symptoms are intermittent crampy pain in the right/mid upper abdomen, sometimes radiating to the back. Classically occurs 30-60 min. after eating, and exacerbated by fatty foods. In the US, without symptoms, we usually don't take it out. Hope this helps!

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Last updated Jul 23, 2014

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