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A 39-year-old member asked:

How should i treat gallstones?

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Dr. Paul Slawek
Radiology 55 years experience
Surgery or Ursodiol: The standard treatment for gall stones is surgery. Drugs such as ursodiol can dissolve some types of gall stones but must be taken forever because when stopped gall stones usually come back.
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
Possibly surgery: If the gallstones are consistently causing problems (pain with eating, jaundice, pancreatitis), the gallbladder should be surgically removed. Avoiding fatty foods and losing weight can help lessen these symptoms and may make surgery unnecessary.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

When it comes to gallstones how do they do to treat it?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mary Efremov
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
More info needed: Accidentally discover gallstones that are not bothering you can be left along. The usual treatment for pain and other symptoms is surgery. Very sick folks who cannot tolerate an operation may try a medicine that helps reduce cholesterol gallstones a little bit. Treatment this way is fairly pricey and goes on forever.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are gallstones?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Gallstones: Gallstones are made of various crystal that grow into stones in the gallbladder. They can be from bile (bilirubin) or cholesterol origin. They grow in the gallbladder, may be present without any symptoms, or may cause upper abdominal pressure, bloating, discomfort, nausea, or vomiting. Often eating fatty foods may aggravate the discomfort from gallstones.
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Last updated Mar 1, 2014

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