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Gallstones After Surgery
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
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Gastric bypass patients are more likely to develop gallstones later on after surgery. How can this be prevented?
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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