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Removing Gallstones Without Surgery
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Most gallbladder removal scars are small. That's why they call it "bandaid surgery!" they should be less than an inch in length, although the one in the umbilicus can be a little larger if the gallbladder is full of stones or has a really large stone. There is now no reason to fear removing the gallbladder because of the scar as most people can have endoscopic removal. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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Magic: Short of surgery there is no way to remove stone. Depending on type of stone it is possible to dissolve with medication, but medication must taken life-long. I would discuss this with a gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Gallstone removal: No gallstone removal without surgery. A single large stone is less likely to travel down the small duct that empties your gallbladder. Travelling stones can be dangerous to your health. If you have symptoms of gallbladder irritation, pain, bloating, belching, nausea, vomiting then a surgery consult is in order. Gallbladder removal with laprascopic cholecystectomy is safe, effective and durable. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Gallstones can be found incidentally in many people who will never have problems with them. If you aren't having symptoms and there aren't any concerning findings on the imaging study that diagnosed them, they can be safely observed. Calcification of the gallbladder wall or stones larger than 2cm diameter are some findings that should encourage removal. ...Read more
If a person has gallstones that don't dissolve with medication, can the gallstones be surgically removed without removing the gall bladder?
No recurrence: Only if there is retained stone in the biliary tree. ...Read more
Is their any meds u can take to dissolve gallstones?Can gallstones b removed without removing the entire gallbladder?
Are some procedure available (non surgical procedure ) which can be utilised for removal of gb stone. Do medicine like ursodiol melt gb stone.?
Not very successful: There were medicines made for dissolving gallstones, but they were not very successful, so doctors recommended removing the gall bladder. A G.I. Specialist or a hepatologist (liver specialist) can give more details, but it sounded like only some kinds of small gallstones could be dissolved while other kinds could not; and stones could form again if the diseased gallbladder remained. ...Read more
Unusual: Should see and ask your surgeon. Fluid intraperitoneally may just be from fluid (irrigation) used during surgery . But other possibilities include bile leak or bleeding or pancreatitis, if you are not improving, get followup and find out what the ascites is and why you have it- underlying liver disease , heart failure etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gastrectomy); surgical removal of the gall bladder (cholecystectomy); or surgical removal of the pancreas (pancreatectomy), what's the difference?
I'm having laparoscopic cholecystectomy to remove gallbladder. Will the wounds be stitched with staples or glued ?
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