A member asked:
is a gall bladder flush safe for my 11 year-old? my son's appendics almost ruptured and was removed in september. at the time a gall stone showed up as well on his x-ray. i would much rather do a flush that is safe than have him go through surgery again.
6 doctor answers
Dr. Marc Bessler answered
35 years experience General Surgery
If : If the gallstone is not causing symptoms then no treatment is required. Symptoms usually include pain in the right upper abdomen after a meal and can be severe. Laparoscopic removal of the gallbladder is the best treatment if symptoms do develop. There is no good alternative that is as safe and effective.
Answered on Apr 15, 2019
Dr. Russell Juno answered
21 years experience General Surgery
There : There is nothing in authentic medical literature that refers to a "gallbladder flush." I have had several patients mention this to me and my advice is to not do this. Causing a gallstone to pass can be more harmful and dealy than not. I agree with the other surgeons taht if he is symtomatic from this then treatment would be laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Peter Lydon answered
38 years experience General Surgery
An : An attempt to dissolve a gallstone in an 11 year old without symptoms is foolish. If he truly has symptoms related to this gallstone, he should have surgery to remove the gallbladder. Surgery is very, very safe and cures the problem.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Mark Gordon answered
53 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Laparoscopic : Laparoscopic surgery is the correct treatment. Even if dissolved, the stone will recur. Has he had all the tests to check causes of gallstone in a cjild his age?
Answered on Jul 6, 2017
Dr. Michael Zadeh answered
16 years experience General Surgery
There : There is no reason to do a gallbladder flush on your son if he has never experienced symptoms of gallbladder disease. Maintaining a diet that is low in fat will help prevent formation of gallstones and trigger attacks of gallbladder symptoms.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Loki Skylizard answered
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
NO to flush: Concur with others, no "gallbladder flush". More importantly is comprehensive evaluation including discussion with a pediatric surgeon. An 11 year old with gallstones is a distinct patient group. These links may assist: http://goo.Gl/6iiah and http://goo.Gl/1c7et.
Answered on Mar 11, 2014
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