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Are There Effective Meds To Dissolve And Keep Away Gallstones
Ursodiol is: sometimes effective in dissolving small cholesterol gallstones in a functioning gallbladder. But dissolution takes a while, many months to years, and side effects include liver toxicity. Given these limitations, cholecystectomy is usually advised for patients who have symptomatic gallstones and are acceptable surgical/anesthesia risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is their any meds u can take to dissolve gallstones?Can gallstones b removed without removing the entire gallbladder?
Prescription: See your doctor to see if you are a candidate for medical therapy with something like actigall (ursodiol). Medications can take a few years to dissolve gallstones, does not work well for larger stones, and it does not work at all for calcified gallstones. Gallstones can also grow back unless you have surgery to remove the gallbladder & gallstones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really : Weight loss, exercise and some meds may help to disolve stones but it can take months and the meds are expensive. Further, the stones tend to recur when you stop the meds. See nih or mayo clinic website on gallstones. Still, it is important to remember that it is not necessary to remove all gallstones. If you watch your diet and it doesn't hurt you it can be followed without surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not as good: Agree with dr. Cattano. Stones but no symptoms-no rx. Symptoms-indication for surgery to remove gallbladder. Passage of stone can cause pain, blockage of ducts, infection, and inflammation of pancreas; potentially serious problems, even fatal. Had stone attack and dissolve takes time -up to 2 years; risk of attacks in that time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None reliably: Over the years, I've had a lot of people come into my office after having tried various and sundry ways to try to naturally dissolve the stones. They are in my office because they didn't work. Now, there may be a secret method that works that I won't know about because those people don't come to the surgeon--but I doubt it. ...Read more
Yes, to a point: Gallstones can be dissolved using chenodeoxycholic acid, but the treatment is long and expensive, and the stones return once treatment stopped. Home remedies like olive oil and lemon juice elixir do not work. It's best to ignore gallstones until they become symptomatic, when laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a generally safe procedure, is recommended. Good luck. ...Read more
If symptomatic: Gallstones not causing any symptoms, such as being found incidentally during an abdominal ultrasound or ct performed for an other reason usually do not require surgery. On the other hand, gallstone pain is a very strong indication for cholecystectomy (surgical removal of gallbladder) which nowadays is invariably performed laparoscopically. ...Read more
Not likely: Gallstones usually are in the gallbladder, and are not exposed to stomach acid. If a gallstone made its way out of the gallbladder and into the intestine, and there is no sign of blockage from the stone, it likely passed out of your body through the stool. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not recommended: Trying to dissolve gallstones with home remedies is a fools errand, sorry to say. If you have symptomatic gallstones, you should have a laparoscopic gallbladder removal. It is quite safe, (but not a gimme, of course.) after the gallbladder is removed you can resume all dietary intake without restrictions, and with no noticeable changes to your system. Good luck. ...Read more
I have tried many treatments to dissolve gallstones and the pain is still there. Time for the or?
Yes.: The only definitive treatment of gallbladder disease is to remove the "gallstone factory". Thankfully, this can usually be removed via out-patient laparoscopic surgery. Like all operations, there are risks and it is up to you and your surgeon to decide if the benefits of this operation outweigh the risks. If you are like most patients, your quality of life will improve after this surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please tell me can gallstones really be dissolved? My docs want to remove my gallbladder after 3 attacks in 2 years?
Mostly surgery: Ursodiol helps dissolve cholesterol gallstones. It is most effective if the gallstones are small or floatable.Patients must have a working gallbladder.Gallstone Treatment requires months of therapy. Complete dissolution does not always occur and recurrence with in 5 years has been observed in 50% or fewer patients. Consider alternative therapy if possible. Usually for poor candidates for surger ...Read more
You can't: There are all sorts of old wives tale remedies out there for gallbladder stone, but science shows that once a patient has symptoms from gallstones, these symptoms are very likely to recur until the gallbladder is removed. Delaying surgery makes surgery more difficult and risks/complications higher. Stones leaving the gallbladder don't just cause pain. They can damage pancreas and cause infection. ...Read more
Where can I do ercp to remove gallstones? Seems it's not available everywhere but effective as i read and satisfying.
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