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Gallstone Removal Surgery
What do you suggest if my mom has gallstone removal surgery tomorrow morning, please read below before answering please!?
More info: Sorry, need more information about what you are asking. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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?
Many try...: 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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
With gallstone attack would my baby be in danger can surgery be safely (for baby) performed if needed?
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. ...Read more
Husband has marble size gallstone. Has had some pain, but not severe. Should surgery be performed immediately? We are waiting on our insurance.
I'm 23, will i be able to live til I'm an old lady with my multiple small gallstones without ever needing surgery, if they don't cause me pain now?
Not necessarily: You may never have symptoms but they may eventually cause problems. ...Read more
Dr said i have gallstone 1.9 CM is any way i don't have to remove it.or at less to make it smaller so I can pass it out. I don't want to hace surgery.
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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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Can u keep gallstones after gb surgery? A friend said she got to see hers & keep them; another friend said they didn't let her see hers or keep hers.
Body parts: Prior to 1985 and the arrival of hiv, there were surgical facilities that allowed viewing and sharing of surgical specimens with the patient. Currently most surgical facilities have much safer policies to protect the entire health care delivery team of potential contaminants by following universal precaution protocols. ...Read more
Not really: There is a drug called ursodiol that is made from bear bile that can dissolve gallstones; however it works less than half the time. Gallbladder surgery is relatively safe and done as an outpatient through small incisions, so if you have a lot of pain from gallbladder disease then I recommend just having the surgery. ...Read more
Reliable: While there are no surgeries that are completely without risk, a laparoscopic cholecystectomy in general is a very safe and effective treatment for symptomatic gallstones. I would discuss your specific case with your doctor directly. ...Read more
Cannot: You really cannot get rid of them once you have them. You can take a medication to prevent formation of other stones. An operation remains the best option. Why can't you have an operation? Did a surgeon tell you this? ...Read more
What supplements can I take to supress the growth of my 1cm gallstones if I do not want to have surgery?
I have just found out I have gallstones. 2.8 – 5.4mm is there a treatment for this? Or is the only option surgery?
Surgery: At your age eventually you will have problems. Every patient has to be considered individually. ...Read more
Is there a way to pass gallstones . Im trying to avoid surgery . If so what is the safest way to get rid of gallstones without surgery?
Only very small ones: Small gall stones that can pass thru the cystic duct into common duct are the only ones that pass spontaneously. The common larger stones drop to the ampulla of the GB where they can impact on the cystic artery feeding the GB to initiate inflammation and necrosis. These stones can only be removed by surgery either, cholecystectomy, or opening the GB to remove stones, the cholecystostomy ...Read more
Kept overnight in ER. Have a gallstone 4mmx8mm im still in pain, should I go back to the er? Do I have to have surgery or will it go away?
Relax gallbladder: Go see your family doctor. They can give some medication to take before meals to relax your gallbladder. Usually you end up having your gallbladder removed. ...Read more