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i have gallstones do i need to get my gallbladder removed?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Only if Symptoms: App. 80% of people with gallstones never develop symptoms and need not have their gallbladder removed. However, once attacks begin, the only way to prevent them from coming back is to remove the gallbladder. Of course, every operation involves a decision regarding the risks vs. Benefits; if the risks of surgery are too high, there are alternatives that may temporize matters.
Answered on Apr 13, 2019
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Dr. Scott Hanan
30 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Just having gallstones does not automatically mean you need to have your gallbladder removed. Some people have stones but have no symptoms at all. Usually in this case they have the stones diagnosed while looking at other issues. If this is your case there is probably no need for surgery. Having said that, please make sure you see a qualified surgeon to go over your studies and your exam.
Answered on Mar 8, 2019
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