A member asked:
i have gallstones. i have pain under my rib cage that is uncomfortable but tolerable no fever, nausea but back and shoulder pain should i be concerned?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer answered
47 years experience Radiology
Yes: Best time to treat gallstones is before you come in with an acute attack of cholecystitis. Complications of cholecystitis can include pancreatitis which can cause severe problems, up to, and including death! laparoscopic removal of the gallbladder is a minimally invasive surgery with shortened recovery time. It should only be done by a surgeon experienced in the procedure.
Answered on Apr 16, 2013
Dr. Barry Rosen answered
34 years experience General Surgery
Why suffer?: The symptoms that you have are due to transient obstruction of the (cystic) duct that connects the gb to the bile duct. If the obstruction does not abate, a more serious attack can occur, often requiring urgent surgery.Sometimes stones can enter into the bile duct, causing blockage of the liver +/- pancreatitis. If you're o/w healthy, better to have surgery now rather than wait for a complication.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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