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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

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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Why am I still exhausted two days after gallstone removal surgery via the throat?

Why am I still exhausted two days after gallstone removal surgery via the throat?

Expected: ERCP although might not look like much, it is still invasive and most of the time, it includes making a cut on the inside of your intestine. In addition, whatever caused you to get the procedure may still be lingering before you get better. Give it at least 6 weeks and see how you feel then

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Had gallbladder removal 2 weeks ago. Had black pigment gallstones. Prior to surgery had back pain right upper side. Yesterday and today pain is back?

Had gallbladder removal 2 weeks ago. Had black pigment gallstones. Prior to surgery had back pain right upper side. Yesterday and today pain is back?

Two possibilities: 1. "Ghost pain" from the AREA fwhich may have had some inflammatory reaction to your surgical procedure 2. the right upper side pain is due to some OTHER issue (s) Consult first with the surgeon who removed your Gallbladder Hope this is helpful Dr Z

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What are the dos and donts after gallstone surgery?

What are the dos and donts after gallstone surgery?

Depends: Early after surgery eat light and non-fatty foods, no heavy work or heavy exercise for 2 weeks or until alright by your surgeon. Once healed there are no specific restrictions and should be able to do all normal activities and eat all normal foods.

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If you have gallstones is it necessary to do surgery?

If you have gallstones is it necessary to do surgery?

Surgery or observe: If you are having no problems or symptoms you can leave the gallstone alone. If you are having upper abdominal discomfort, gas or bloating, upper abdominal pain or nausea after eating, then surgery would be indicated to remove the gallbladder.

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How can you remove a very large gallstone without surgery?

How can you remove a very large gallstone without surgery?

None: Best way would be surgery with laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Large gallstones do not tend to dissolve with medications.

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Hi I have a gallstones can I remove it without surgery and thanks.

Gallstone: There is a medication which is used for patients at high risk for gallbladder surgery. It is only partially effective, and is usually reserved for those mentioned above. Many people have gallstones--without having any problems for years. Dr. about this at your next visit.

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Could high b.P create any serious problem at the time gallstone surgery?

Could high b.P create any serious problem at the time gallstone surgery?

Yes: Anesthesiologist has many agents to control however! They will keep in normal range during surgery and recovery. The more you are in control ahead of time is better! Discuss with surgeon and anesthesia team.

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Do you know anyone that tried to manage gallstone before without going through the surgery?

Do you know anyone that tried to manage gallstone before without going through the surgery?

Many try...: ...Some succeed. Gallstones do not require rx unless symptoms develop. If they do, it is difficult (if not impossible) to predict when 'the next attack' will occur. Low-fat diets help some but not all. Therefore, if one is otherwise healthy, the best option is surgery.

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If my gallstones are 2.2 mm big can they give me any medication. To break them without surgery.

If my gallstones are 2.2 mm big can they give me any medication. To break them without surgery.

Temporary RX: Dissolution rx can be effective for small, non-calcified stones. However, the medication (urso) is poorly tolerated. Moreover, the gallstones will return within a few years after stopping the medication. Therefore, surgical removal of the "gallstone factory" remains the gold standard.

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With gallstone attack would my baby be in danger can surgery be safely (for baby) performed if needed?

With gallstone attack would my baby be in danger can surgery be safely (for baby) performed if needed?

Yes it can be: Yes surgery can be performed safely during pregnancy but it is better to postpone surgery till after the baby is delivered. But if it must be done, it is done by laparoscopic cholicystectomy.

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What are the alternatives to surgery in the case of painful gallstones? When can I choose these alternatives, if they exist?

What are the alternatives to surgery in the case of painful gallstones? When can I choose these alternatives, if they exist?

No good ones!: Once gallstones become symptomatic, meaning they cause pain, nausea and bloating, the only effective treatment is removal of the gallbladder. This will also eliminate the possibility of developing more serious complications such as infection of the gallbladder (cholecystitis), infection of the bile ducts (cholangitis), and gallstone pancreatitis. Surgery is usually a laparoscopic outpatient case.

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Husband has marble size gallstone. Has had some pain, but not severe. Should surgery be performed immediately? We are waiting on our insurance.

Wait: I would recommend avoiding fatty foods and waiting for your insurance to kick in. If he has severe pain or vomiting or fever or jaundice you should take him to the emergency room.

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I have gallstones, largest is 4cm, will it continue to grow while I wait on surgery? Is it still possible to do surgery with keyhole when it is this big

Yes and Yes: All stones enlarge slowly, a few weeks won't make any difference. The diameter is irrelevant due to the methods used for removal by crushing the stone inside the gall bladder upon removal

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I have gallstones and do not need to have surgery at this time. How to improve gallbladder health.

I have gallstones and do not need to have surgery at this time. How to improve gallbladder health.

Healthy diet: If stones are incidental discovery not giving any symptoms, could be observed, small stones may enter biliary ducts may cause complications, stay in good healthy diet, fresh vegetables, non fried low fat diet, do not eat junk food, along with plenty of exercise, hope you will never get a gall bladder attack. Thank you dr godwin for your nice comment.

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Is there a natural way to pass gallstones or is best recommended to have surgery? Do these gallbladder flushes really work?

Gallstones: Once your biliary system makes gallstones it is ongoing. Passing the gallstones can be dangerous, if the stones get stuck in the duct system. I am not sure if "flushes" really work. However, avoiding fatty foods, increasing your hydration does help to control symptoms. Gallbladder removal with surgery is nearly always curative, as the stones originate in the gallbladder. Take friend to consult.

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Is it necessary to undergo surgery when the discovery of a gallstone in the gallbladder. Or there is a cure and there is no need for surgery?

Is it necessary to undergo surgery when the discovery of a gallstone in the gallbladder. Or there is a cure and there is no need for surgery?

R u having symptoms?: 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. However, if you have stones that are "silent"--not causing symptoms--we don't recommend rx.

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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more