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When is a gallstone removed?

When is a gallstone removed?

When symptoms: Point toward gallbladder disease. If gallstones are found but you have no symptoms then surgery may never be required. ...Read more

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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How did I get these gallstones removed?

How did I get these gallstones removed?

See a surgeon: For a cholecystectomy. The only viable treatment, if it is required, is gallbladder removal. ...Read more

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What are the cosequences of gallstone if removed? Removal

What are the cosequences of gallstone if removed? Removal

None: First usually gall stones are treated by removing the gall bladder not just the stones. Usually there are no consequences of any kind and they should be none as we can live without the g. Bladder without any problems. Gall stones untreated can lead to quite severe complications in the life of a human being so if discovered I personally would recommend cholecystectomy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if gallstones return after you have them removed?

They do not: It is possible however that the gallbladder wall can tear during the operation, and gallstones can spill out. Despite the surgeon's best effort, it is possible that some could be left behind. While these mostly never cause a problem, and small percentage of patients can develop an abscess from these stones. It's also possible that there is a stone in the common bile duct that is unknown, and this can be problematic afterwards as well. This too is uncommon. ...Read more

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Should I have a 1" gallstone removed if it causes tolerable discomfort to avoid a gb attack?

Should I have a 1" gallstone removed if it causes tolerable discomfort to avoid a gb attack?

Yes: Unless the risk of the operation is too high, the best time to remove your gallbladder is between attacks. Don't wait until you get sick. A 1" stone will not go away on its own. ...Read more

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If a person has a gallstone then is it medically possible that the gallstone could gradually & naturally disintegrate or can only medical intervention remove it?

Gall stone: It is very rare for a gallstone to disintegrate, either naturally or by intervention. However, gallstones start as crystals and grow like a crystal grows. Some particles form only as gravel. Gravel can pass. Gravel can flake a bit. Bile in gall bladders moves with meals. The gall bladder contracts and squirts bile and this process can stir up gravel, and thus mitigate some stone formations. ...Read more

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Is it okay to remove the gallblader if I have gallstones?

Is it okay to remove the gallblader if I have gallstones?

Yes: You will have to listen carefully to your surgeon regarding the risks and benefits of the procedure and timing. I recommend you make plans for your care and safety in post operative care at home, to honor any restrictions that may be involved with the procedure. ...Read more

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Is pthc able to remove gallstones?

Is pthc able to remove gallstones?

Not exactly: Pthc stands for percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography. Translated: a radiologist puts a needle thru the skin into the liver, finds a bile duct (must be dilated), and can inject dye to take a picture of the biliary tree. They can also pass a catheter into this tract and, in extreme situations, use dissolving agents or a basket to remove a bile duct stone (better route via the mouth by ercp). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How do gallstones be removed from a retracted gallbladder?

How do gallstones be removed from a retracted gallbladder?

Surgery: Remove gallbladder and stones. If gallbladder is contracted it may indicate disease of the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Do I have to be admitted in hosptail to remove gallstones?

Oh no: The vast majority of my cholecystectomy patients are done as outpatient, and they go home about 2 hrs after surgery is complete. If a patient has other medical problems, is aged, and/or lives a distance away I may keep them overnight for observation, but that's not common. Of course, if there's some untoward event during the procedure admission could be necessary, but that's rare. Good luck. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Is it true that gallstones in the gallbladder need to be surgically removed?

Not necessarily: If your gallstones are asymptomatic they can be watched safely. If you develop pain seek treatment sooner than later. If you are diabetic talk with you doctor now. ...Read more

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My blood levels are very high I'm told I have gallstones how are they removed?

Lap Chole: If you have pain in your upper right corner of your belly and have gallstones then you would need surgery.
It is done laparoscopically and is commonly known as lap chole or laparoscopic cholecystectomy. It is an in and out operation that you have at the hospital or a surgery center. Some less skilled surgeons still do it open occasionally. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have my large 2.8cm gallstone removed without taking gallbladder out?

Well...: It is possible, and no reasonable physician would do it.
See, the problem is not just having gallstones, but the gallbladder and bile allow the formation of these... so it is likely you would produce many more...
The solution in a symptomatic patient is to remove the gallbladder. That is where the problem lies, and if it gets inflamed the surgery is urgent. ...Read more

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Does my gallbladder urgently needed to be removed? I have gallstones but it didn't hurt me a lot

Probably not: If you don't have an acute infection in the gall bladder, you do not need it removed urgently. Even if it is just stones without significant symptoms, you could elect to not have it removed at all. ...Read more

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If gall stones stuck in cbd, can it be very dangerous. If gallstone stucks in cbd, then how does it is removed?

If gall stones stuck in cbd, can it be very dangerous. If gallstone stucks in cbd, then how does it is removed?

Can be: Cbd obstruction can lead to liver injury and at times require emergent intervention such as ERCP or surgery to restore its patency. ...Read more

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I have gallstones but only have gotten about 2 big pains with it. Is it dangerous? Do I have to get them removed?

It is recommended: You don't have to get your gallbladder removed, however after experiencing one attack of gallbladder pain the likelihood of experiencing repeat attacks increases. Therefore it is recommended to have your gallbladder removed after your first attack. The risks associated with elective gallbladder surgery are less than those of the possible complications associated with severe gallbladder disease. ...Read more

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Is their any meds u can take to dissolve gallstones? Can gallstones b removed without removing the entire gallbladder?

No: The most effective treatment for symptomatic gallstones is to remove the gallbladder and the stones. Lithotripsy to destroy the stones and dissolution treatments have been tried in the past but are not successful. ...Read more

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Is their a need to remove the gallstones at the bladder?

Is their a need to remove the gallstones at the bladder?

Yes: If gallstones are present and the patient has symptoms related to the gallstones, the gallbladder should be removed. In healthy people, with no symptoms in which the stones were discovered incidentally, there is no indication to operate. ...Read more

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How to remove gallbladder stones without surgeryp?

No effective way: Gallstones can't be removed or dissolved well with any medications or even lithotrypsy such as is used to break up kidney stones. Actigall (ursodiol) is one medicine used to decrease the likelihood of forming stones but it doesn't work to get rid of stones that are already formed in the gallbladder. Minimally invasive laparoscopic cholecystectomy cures the problem. It's an outpatient surgery. ...Read more

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I have gallstones do I need to get my gallbladder removed?

Symptoms or polyp: If gallbladder polyp also present then a ccy should be considered. ...Read more

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I have gallstones do I need to get my gallbladder removed?

I have gallstones do I need to get my gallbladder removed?

Only if Symptoms: App. 80% of people with gallstones never develop symptoms and need not have their gallbladder removed. However, once attacks begin, the only way to prevent them from coming back is to remove the gallbladder. Of course, every operation involves a decision regarding the risks vs. Benefits; if the risks of surgery are too high, there are alternatives that may temporize matters. ...Read more

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Will I need to get the whole gallbladder removed or just the gallstones?

Your gallbladder: Needs to be removed, because it will form more stones. The disease is in the gallbladder itself, the stones are just manifestation of the disease. ...Read more

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If you have gallstones do you have to get your whole gallbladder removed?

If you have gallstones do you have to get your whole gallbladder removed?

If symptomatic.: The gallbladder is a gallstone "factory": if we just get rid of the stones and leave the gallbladder, new stones will form. Thankfully, most people have no change in their digestive function w/o the gallbladder. Btw-if you have stones found incidentally but have no symptoms, we do not recommend treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have gallstones after having their gallbladder removed?

Is it possible to have gallstones after having their gallbladder removed?

NO: As gall bladder was removed, but some times only was drained the infection (cholecystostomy) then will show GB with stones. Retained stones may be present in the ducts. ...Read more

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Is there a way to remove gallbladder stones with out removing the gallbladder?

Is there a way to remove gallbladder stones with out removing the gallbladder?

Yes, but: Your gallbladder will continue to form more. So it doesn't make sense to do this alone. It has been tried before with no success. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have pain from gallstones after having your gallbladder removed?

? retained stone: There are a number of tests, ultrasound, mrcp that you could have to rule out a retained or new primary gallstone in your bile ducts. If these are clear an ERCP may help. Ulcers, gastritis, constipation can also cause this type of pain. Pulled muscles, neuromas can cause pain. See your surgeon to evaluate ...Read more