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Any alternative treatment for gallstones except laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Any alternative treatment for gallstones except laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Surgery not a must: Gallstones are very common and more common with age. Most of the time these cause no problems but they can become symptomatic and cause pain. At their worst they can cause gallbladder infection and pancreatitis. At times they block the biliary system. Surgery is done on an elective basis for most people with symptomatic stones and on an urgent basis for gallbladder infection/ inflammation. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Gallstones are stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more


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I had laparoscopic cholecystectomy 2 mths ago(gallstones),histology confirmed gallbladder has acute&chronic inflamation.do I need endoscopy?

I had laparoscopic cholecystectomy 2 mths ago(gallstones),histology confirmed gallbladder has acute&chronic inflamation.do I need endoscopy?

See your physician: The answer depends on what symptoms you have been having. You list abdominal discomfort and lower abdominal pain. For the evaluation of those symptoms, you need to see your physician. With his evaluation, he can answer your quesstion ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a laparoscopic cholecystectomy done?

Where do I go to get a laparoscopic cholecystectomy done?

General Surgeon: Most general surgeons are trained in laparoscopic techniques. Not all cholecystectomy patients are candidates, but the vast majority are. I am assuming you have already had workup determining the need for the procedure. ...Read more

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When can I resume sex after laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

When can I resume sex after laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

2 weeks: Generally it is recommended to postpone sex for at least 2 weeks after a laparoscopic procedure. The incisional pain is generally the limiting factor, but other factors such as recovery from general anesthesia, pain medications and other GI complaints may make sex less appealing. ...Read more

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How long does a laparoscopic cholecystectomy typically take?

How long does a laparoscopic cholecystectomy typically take?

It varies: Some patients with mild disease and favorable anatomy may take only 20-30 minutes of operative time, defined as the time from first incision to closure of the last incision. Others with severe disease or prior operations or morbid obesity may require up to a couple of hours. Of course, it takes extra time to get ready for the operation and wake up afterwards. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the purpose of performing a cholecystostomy during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

To drain the GB: Sometimes the gallbladder is very swollen and tense. This makes it hard to grasp, hold, and retract. Sometimes we have to drain the bile out of the gallbladder so we can grasp hold of it with the instruments. A long needle is inserted through on of the trocars and the bile is aspirated into a syringe. ...Read more

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Do they insert a catherer when you get a laparoscopic cholecystectomy ?

Do they insert a catherer when you get a laparoscopic cholecystectomy ?

Not usually: This is dependent on the surgeon, some may use a catheter more than others. You would need to ask your surgeon what is their preference. ...Read more

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Pain in belly button post laparoscopic cholecystectomy is this normal?

Yes, for a while: The belly button is the site where many surgeons put the laparoscopic camera, is often the largest port for cholecystectomy. It is often where the gallbladder is removed from. During closure, the incision must be closed, or there is a risk for a hernia to develop. Some pain is common, up to several months afterwards, however if there is redness, tenderness and marked swelling, see your surgeon. ...Read more

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Laparoscopic cholecystectomy 10 weeks ago and still have nausea and lethargy and diarrhoea x 1 a day. Is this normal?

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy 10 weeks ago and still have nausea and lethargy and diarrhoea x 1 a day. Is this normal?

Quite possibly: After lap cholecystectomy, diarrhea once a day is fairly normal. Occasional to frequent nausea is not uncommon, sepia lily with fatty foods. Lethargy is a bit less expected. If you have not had a follow-up about the symptoms with your surgeon, i would. While usually not a problem, prudent care would include checking for signs of infection and blood work to make sure the liver enzymes are ok. ...Read more

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I have severe right shoulder when breathing deep. Constant shoulder pain otherwise. Had laparoscopic cholecystectomy and tubal ligation 3 weeks ago.

Family Practice: Shoulder pain is common with gallbladder disease. Even after surgical removal of your gallbladder the pain can persists. Treat it symptomatically but call your surgeon to let him know how you are feeling. ...Read more

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Gallbladder Removal (Definition)

Gallbladder removal is just that. Surgical removal of the gallbladder. Technically known as a cholecystectomy, it is usually done laparoscopically with small incisions and is one of ...Read more


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