A 27-year-old female asked:
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what do they do if you only have 1 gallstone in your gallbladder?

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Dr. Irina Kovatch
14 years experience General Surgery
See below: It doesn't matter whether there is 1 stone or multiple stones in the gallbladder. If gallstones are causing symptoms, surgery is recommended, and it always includes removal of the gallbladder together with all it's contents. If there are no symptoms and the finding is incidental, then surgery is not indicated.
Answered on Feb 26, 2014
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Dr. Tracy Berg
32 years experience General Surgery
Observe: Gallstones are common and asymptomatic in most people. The size of the stone or stones is more important than the number. Smaller stones and sludge tend to travel out of the gallbladder and cause duct obstruction with symptoms. Larger stones tend to stay put inside the gallbladder. If you develop gallbladder disease with symptoms then go for a surgery consult and removal. Be well.
Answered on Jul 30, 2013

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