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i have a 16mm stone in the neck of my gallbladder. i don't want to do an operation to remove it. is there anything that can be done ?

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Dr. Dimitri Novitzky
Thoracic Surgery 52 years experience
Sometimes: In some cases, gallstones can be treated with medicine. Certain chemicals, ursodiol or chenodiol, which have been shown to dissolve some gallstones, are available in oral bile acid pills. These medicines work by thinning the bile, which allows gallstones to dissolve.

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