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Doctor insights on: Gallbladder Polyps Removal

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Dr. Gary Pess
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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


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Dr cattano you answered regarding my gallbladder polyps so now do I demand removal as I am petrified this is cancer?

Dr cattano you answered regarding my gallbladder polyps so now do I demand removal as I am petrified this is cancer?

Observe or surgery: Gall bladder polys have high incidence of developing malignancy if they are 2cm or more, very small polyps could be observed, you don't have to demand speak to your doctor which group you belong to, but most of the time lap cholycystecomy. Is prefored choice. ...Read more

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Have same gallbladder polyps for 6 years in those years one grew from 4 mm to 6.5 and I am opting for removal how likely would this be gallbladder cancer I am 46?

Have same gallbladder polyps for 6 years in those years one grew from 4 mm to 6.5 and I am opting for removal how likely would this be gallbladder cancer I am 46?

Low probability: Gallbladder polyps are typically stones that are forming in the wall of the gallbladder. Gallbladder cancer is very rare. I would recommend not worrying too much about the possibility of gallbladder cancer. You say you are scheduled to have your gallbladder removed. They will test the gallbladder after it is removed. The pathologist will give you a report. ...Read more

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63 year old female with 1.44 cm single gallbladder polyp found on ultrasound. No symptom Should I have gallbladder removal? I have Rheumatoid Arth

63 year old female with 1.44 cm single gallbladder polyp found on ultrasound. No symptom Should I have gallbladder removal? I have Rheumatoid Arth

No: Gallbladder polyps are benign and not dangerous. They don't cause pain or blockage. There is no reason to remove the polyp or the entire gallbladder due to this. If you have right upper abdominal pain or discomfort, it is caused by something else and you should see your primary care doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Referred to surgeon because of a polyp that has grown into my appendix. Is appendix removal similar to gallbladder removal?

Referred to surgeon because of a polyp that has grown into my appendix. Is appendix removal similar to gallbladder removal?

Yes: Usually both are done laprascopically (small incisions). Only difference will likely be the soreness from appendectomy will be less as the procedure is in the lower right part of your abdomen, not right under rib cage. ...Read more

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Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

No: Past medical studies did not link gallbladder surgery to colon cancer. Most all of the bile is reabsorbed by the small intestine & returned to the liver, with or without the gallbladder. Excess bile getting to the colon will cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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Tiny polyp on gallbladder. Wats this mean?

Tiny polyp on gallbladder. Wats this mean?

observation needed: Small % of polyps will develop cancers, especially the large ones, small ones could be observed, if they are large ones (2 cm) should be removed by cholecystectmy ...Read more

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Can a gallbladder polyp turn into something?

Can a gallbladder polyp turn into something?

Yes: There is an association with gallbladder polyps and gallbladder cancer which is very dangerous if left untreated. ...Read more

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23 years old with gallbladder polyp 7mm, should I be worried?

23 years old with gallbladder polyp 7mm, should I be worried?

Do not worry: I would repeat sonogram in 6 months in the same facility so they can compare the studies. Is polyp is increasing in size or is more then1cm - recommend gallbladder removal. In my experience most of them turn out to be a soft gb stone. If you having symptoms of typical for gallbladder stones ie. Right upper abdominal pain, pain radiating to right back or shoulder then etc. Then remove it sooner. ...Read more

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What are some common reasons I might have developed gallbladder polyps?

What are some common reasons I might have developed gallbladder polyps?

See below.: Gb polyps affect 5% of the adult population. Exact cause is not known but related to age and presence of gallstones which in turn is related to obesity as well. ...Read more

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How are multiple gallbladder polyps and solitary gallbladder polyps different?

How are multiple gallbladder polyps and solitary gallbladder polyps different?

Taken literally: Only the number. But both conditions, regardless of number of polyps, is abnormal. Gallbladder polyps, unlike others in the GI tract, are formed by cholesterol crystals. So if you have symptoms with either finding, your gallbladder is the likely source of it. Ask the doctor who ordered the test to see if you are a surgical candidate. ...Read more

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I have a 4mm gallbladder polyp and the pain is bad and had been two weeks what should I do?

I have a 4mm gallbladder polyp and the pain is bad and had been two weeks what should I do?

Surgery.: If it is felt that the pain comes from gallbladder you do not have many options but to have gallbladder removed. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about having gallbladder polyps with largest measuring 0.8 x 0.9 x 0.6 cm?

Should I be concerned about having gallbladder polyps with largest measuring 0.8 x 0.9 x 0.6 cm?

Gallbladder: If you develop symptoms, most surgeons will probably remove the gallbladder ...Read more

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Asking again have gallbladder polyp u/s every year no changes since found 2009 tomorrow is yearly how likely changes?

Gallbladder polyp: Depends on symptoms and size of polyps. If no symptoms and polyps are less than 10mm in size, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy recommends annual ultrasounds. If polyps increase in size surgical removal of gallbladder is recommended. In one large study about 3.5% of polyps increased in size within a year. Yours seem stable. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I have polyps in my gallbladder the largest being 6mm without change over the past couple of years, there are several others, do I need it out?

Stable polyps: In general, gallbladder polyps less than 1 cm that are stable in size over many years are of no concern and are left alone in the absence of symptoms. ...Read more

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I have had gallbladder polyps for 6 years skipped u/s last year last one two years ago 1 polyp wenr from 4 mm to 6 in 2 years on u/s now is that bad?

No: Generally gallbladder polyps are observed unless they are larger than 1 cm (10 mm). On ultrasound measurements, changes of only 2 mm in 2 years can even be the difference from one observing radiologist to the next as to how they measure things. ...Read more

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I have a polyp sized 5mm and another two sized 3mm in my gallbladder, so what shall I do and eat so that its size doesnot increases & doesnot affect?

Biliary diseases: Gallbladder polyps can remain without symptoms, are often benign, but cause concern. A low fat, controlled carbohydrate diet will benefit by minimizing stimulation of the gallbladder. Occasionally symptoms of pain, nausea and bloating persist to the point your doc refers you to a surgeon. Be well. ...Read more

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Is surgery necessary for gallbladder polyps?

Is surgery necessary for gallbladder polyps?

Size matters: Larger polyps over 1 cm in size should be considered for surgery. Also depends if there any abdominal symptoms, realizing that surgery only for tiny poylps may not result in much symptom relief either. ...Read more

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Is surgery needed for gallbladder polyps?

Is surgery needed for gallbladder polyps?

Depends on size: Depends on the size of the polyps on ultrasound. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Should a small gallbladder polyp cause constant pain?

Should a small gallbladder polyp cause constant pain?

No: Gall bladder polyps should not cause any discomfort unless the are big enough to block the outlet to the gall bladder ...Read more

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Hi docs, how serious is it to have a gallbladder polyp?

Depends on size: Gallbladder polyps are growths that protrude from the lining of the inside of the gallbladder. Polyps can be cancerous, but they rarely are. About 95% of gallbladder polyps are benign. The size of a gallbladder polyp can help predict whether it's cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). Small gallbladder polyps that are less than 10 millimeters in diameter are unlikely to be cancerous ...Read more

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Can gallbladder polyps cause same discomfort as stones?

Can: Polyps are common. Can cause similar symptoms as stones. Polyps should be monitored by sono. If they enlarge or are >1 cm, gb should be removed-risk for malignancy/cancer. ...Read more

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Do benign gallbladder polyps grow or just cancerous ones?

Do benign gallbladder polyps grow or just cancerous ones?

Yes, both.: Gallbladder "polyps" may be true polypoid lesions or cholesterolosis, related to fats in the gallbladder wall. Both lesions can "grow". If significant polypoid disease is found on ultrasound, most surgeons recommend cholecystectomy, as there is a small, but real, chance of true polyps becoming adenocarcinoma over time. ...Read more

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Is is normal for a gallbladder polyp to cause a lot of pain?

Is is normal for a gallbladder polyp to cause a lot of pain?

No.: Gb polyps are usually incidental findings on ultrasound that require no treatment unless they are >1cm. However, a gallstone adherent to the wall of the gb can resemble a polyp; therefore, you may have gallstones. I advise you to see a general surgeon: if your symptoms are classic for gallbladder disease, further testing or surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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Should I have my gallbladder removed due to having polyps inside of it?

Discuss with surgeon: Gallbladder polyps may be true polyps or may be stones forming in the wall of your gallbladder. Are you having symptoms? Have you seen a surgeon? I recommend you see a surgeon to discuss this matter further. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a 2mm polyp (cyst) on my gallbladder, what can I do for the pain?

What to do if I have a 2mm polyp (cyst) on my gallbladder, what can I do for the pain?

Gallbladder polyps: GB polyps less than 5 mm are almost always benign and caused by cholesterolosis. A followup ultrasound is advised after a year to ensure not growing. Polyps 6-10 mm. Need more close followup, 3 and 6 months, then yearly. Polyps 10 mm and larger may be cancerous, 20 mm and up almost always malignant. Yours is tiny, no worry, do US in a year. If you have pain, you should see your provider. ...Read more

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How concerned should I be with a 3mm polyp on my gallbladder only the one and no stones?

How concerned should I be with a 3mm polyp on my gallbladder only the one and no stones?

Nothing to worry: 3mm polyp on the Gall Bladder is nothing to worry about. It is benign and need no treatment. Plyps larger than1 cm with co occurring gall stones in people over 50 may need Gall Bladder to be removed. Also if there are several polyps or appear malignant then need to have GallBladder removed too. Follow up with your Doctor, why the test was ordered and the symptoms. ...Read more

Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more


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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more