A 32-year-old member asked:
how you could ease the pain of gallstones or gallbladder problems?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Barry Rosen answered
33 years experience General Surgery
Narcotics: Unfortunately, once you start having gallbladder attacks, the only definitive treatment is surgery. Thankfully, this is a very simple, straightforward operation that can get you back to normal activity in 1-2 weeks. There are some ways to dissolve stones but they are ineffective in the long run: the gallbladder is the gallstone factory and new ones will form.
Answered on Feb 18, 2013
Dr. David Rothfeld answered
36 years experience Radiology
Surgery: It sounds as though you need a cholecystectomy. They are done through a laparoscope today and although any surgery is a big surgery when you are the patient, the recovery time and pain from this procedure has been markedly diminished over the past 20 years.
Answered on Dec 23, 2012
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