U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 38-year-old member asked:

could someone possibly flush a 3cm gallstone?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Only After removed: Some gb are not that large around. It's not likely to get that size stone out by any means but surgery. Shockwaves may break it up some, but will not likely clear it.
Dr. Kirpal Singh
General Surgery 24 years experience
No: The duct that connects the gallbladder to bile duct is usually no bigger than 5 to 8 mm. The muscles the open and drains bile duct into duodenum is barely 2to 3 mm. By simple mathematics, u can not flush 30 mm stone through. Also, having a stone bigger than 20 mm, puts u at higher risk for cancer and fistula (abnormal connection) to bowel.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Related questions

A 32-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
A 22-year-old female asked about a 55-year-old female:
1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Feb 6, 2018
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.