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Is gallbladder removal the only treatment for gall stones?

Is gallbladder removal the only treatment for gall stones?

No, but...: ...It's the most effective. Gallstones can be dissolved by ultrasound waves (lithotripsy) or medication, however, new ones will form. The only effective way to permanently get rid of stones is to remove the "gallstone factory", the gallbladder. Thankfully, this can be done by minimally invasive outpatient surgery. Most importantly, though, this is only recommended if one has symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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My friend had gall stones . Doctor told to remove gallbladder .Is there any way to dissolve stones ? What will be side effects if gallbladder removed?

My friend had gall stones . Doctor told to remove gallbladder .Is there any way to dissolve stones ? What will be side effects if gallbladder removed?

Remove gallbladder: The only effective treatment for patients with symptomatic gallbladder disease with stones is to remove the gallbladder. You create stones due to an abnormal mixture of your fats and bile salts, and frequently genetic predisposition to lithogenic bile. A small percentage of people have loose stools for a short time after gallbladder removal. ...Read more

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I had gall stones a few years ago I was supposed to get my gall bladder removed when they were first discovered but never happened so I changed my diet and got rid of them but recently I'm getting the attacks again how do I manage the pain while waiting t

I had gall stones a few years ago I was supposed to get my gall bladder removed when they were first discovered but never happened so I changed my diet and got rid of them but recently I'm getting the attacks again how do I manage the pain while waiting t

Diet is key: Well, let's begin with you did not get rid of gallstones. Meals that have a high fat content will cause the gallbladder to contract, sometimes rather forcefully. That causes pain, especially if gall stone stuck in neck. Low fat diet may potentially reduce some of the pain. With continued pain you should see your Doctor.it may mean you have to have the gallbladder out sooner. ...Read more

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Could you get gallstones after gallbladder removal please help?

Yes: Gallstones can form after the removal of the gallbladder. It is not very common, but may occur. See your doctor if you think this has happened or are having symptoms. It could be something else (like an ulcer) that may be causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! my gallstones can be taken out without gallbladder removal, right?

Not ideal.: Removing gallstones from the gallbladder and leaving the gallbladder in place is not commonly done. There are extreme circumstances where the gallbladder is temporarily drained prior to removing it, but if someone is forming gallstones, that are symptomatic, removing the gallbladder is the best long term solution. ...Read more

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How likely are you to have gallstones in the bile duct years after gallbladder removal?

How likely are you to have gallstones in the bile duct years after gallbladder removal?

Rare but can happen: It is not unheard of to have bile duct stones after removal of the gallbladder. Usually it occurs within two year of the operation, but can occur later. An ERCP can usually take care of it. ...Read more

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After gall bladder removal can gall stones develop elsewhere in the body instead.eg the liver?

After gall bladder removal can gall stones develop elsewhere in the body instead.eg the liver?

Yes, in a small: minority of cases, stones can form in the common duct, which connects the liver to duodenum. If you are having symptoms, you should see a doctor for full exam and tests. It could still be some other problem too. ...Read more

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Do I have to have your gall bladder removed due to gallstones attack?

Do I have to have your gall bladder removed due to gallstones attack?

Maybe: If you keep having abdominal discomfort and nausea after eating, then laparoscopic surgery to remove the gallbladder and gallstones will resolve the problem. Otherwise the gallstones would just form again inside the gallbladder if some sort of stone dissolving was attempted. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Gallstones are 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


Dr. Ravi Chand
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Gallbladder Removal (Definition)

Gallbladder removal is just that. Surgical removal of the gallbladder. Technically known as a cholecystectomy, it is usually done laparoscopically with small incisions and is one of ...Read more