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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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What specialist types use non-surgical treatments for gallstones? So either lithotripsy or oral or contact dissolution therapy.

What specialist types use non-surgical treatments for gallstones? So either lithotripsy or oral or contact dissolution therapy.

Start with GI Doc: Probably the best place to start is w/a gastroenterologist--they can determine if you are a candidate for urso. I haven't seen lithotripsy offered for over 20 years-that may take some digging. Of course, with either of these rx 's, the stones will re-form. Cholecystectomy remains the "gold-standard" for rx. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have tried treatments to dissolve gallstones and the pain is still there. No success?

I have tried treatments to dissolve gallstones and the pain is still there. No success?

If symptomatic: Gallstones not causing any symptoms, such as being found incidentally during an abdominal ultrasound or ct performed for an other reason usually do not require surgery. On the other hand, gallstone pain is a very strong indication for cholecystectomy (surgical removal of gallbladder) which nowadays is invariably performed laparoscopically. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tried many treatments to dissolve gallstones and the pain is still there.?

Not recommended: Trying to dissolve gallstones with home remedies is a fools errand, sorry to say. If you have symptomatic gallstones, you should have a laparoscopic gallbladder removal. It is quite safe, (but not a gimme, of course.) after the gallbladder is removed you can resume all dietary intake without restrictions, and with no noticeable changes to your system. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have tried many treatments to dissolve gallstones and the pain is still there. Time for the or?

I have tried many treatments to dissolve gallstones and the pain is still there. Time for the or?

Yes.: 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. If you are like most patients, your quality of life will improve after this surgery. ...Read more

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Do those liver flush treatments work for gallstones or is it bogus?

Do those liver flush treatments work for gallstones or is it bogus?

Cruel scam: They produce weird bowel movements that the operator tells the victim are gallstones. When the symptoms recur or new gallstones are found, the operator tells you that you did something bad to make them come back. ...Read more

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What treatments are available for gallstones besides cholecystectomy?

Not many.: Many patients with documented gallstones never have symptoms and never require cholecystectomy. If the gallbladder becomes inflamed, removal is the procedure of choice. In a patient who is a poor surgical risk, placement of a tube into the inflamed gallbladder can be a temporizing measure. There are some medications that claim to dissolve gallstones, but these are rarely succesful. ...Read more

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Hi...I just found out that I have gallstones.....I really apreciate your help if I can get an advise what is the best to get as treatment, ?

Hi...I just found out that I have gallstones.....I really apreciate your help if I can get an advise what is the best to get as treatment, ?

Surgery versus diet: If you have gallstones that are causing symptoms of abdominal pain and nausea or vomiting then the most effective treatment is to have the gallbladder removed surgically. If you don't have symptoms surgery is not indicated and you should try to avoid fatty food in your diet. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of gallbladder stones?

What is the treatment of gallbladder stones?

Depends: If your not having symptoms leave them alone. If you begin having pain, fever or severe indigestion then it's time for cholecystectomy ...Read more

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What is the typical treatment for gallstone pancreatitis?

What is the typical treatment for gallstone pancreatitis?

See: "Pancreatitis caused by Gallstones " at http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/pancreatitis/multimedia/pancreatitis-caused-by-gallstones/img-20007560 ...Read more

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What is the most emergent treatment for gallstone pancreatitis?

What is the most emergent treatment for gallstone pancreatitis?

ERCP: Most cases of pancreatitis are mild & self-limiting. However, if severe (or with a strong suspicion of common bile duct stones), endoscopic removal of the cbd stone (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) may improve the outcome. Eventually, a cholecystectomy will be necessary to prevent future episodes. ...Read more

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What isthebest treatment for gallstones. Medication r surgery?

What isthebest treatment for gallstones. Medication r surgery?

Depends: If the gallstones are symptomatic, take the gall bladder out. If they were noted incidentally on an x ray but have not caused any pain or obstruction, follow a low fat diet. Meds don't really help and carry a lot of side effects. ...Read more

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What can cause gallstones in unborn babies and what is the best treatment for it?

Unknown: Although rare, gallstones and sludge can be seen during routine fetal ultrasounds. This has not been correlated with any diseases associated with gallstones in children or adults. No treatment is needed since they typically resolve on their own. ...Read more

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What are the causes of gallstones in unborn babies and what is the best treatment for it?

No treatment needed: Fetal cholelithiasis is relatively common (1 in 300 pregnancies). It is caused usually by hemolytic conditions of newborns or maternal hemolytic anemias. The prognosis is excellent, with most stones gone by the babies' first year of life. ...Read more

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What is the difference between gallstones and other gallbladder problems? What are the difference in symptoms and treatments also?

What is the difference between gallstones and other gallbladder problems? What are the difference in symptoms and treatments also?

Gallbladder symptoms: "biliary" symptoms are sub-acute onset of right upper quadrant abdominal discomfort (radiates to right shoulder blade, crescendoing over several minutes, resolving over 6-8 hours +/-nausea/vomit. This typically occurs after a fatty meal due to a gallstone becoming impacted in the cystic duct (connection of gallbladder to biliary tree). Acalculous cholecystitis is a sick gallbladder without stones. ...Read more

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Homeopathic treatment for gallbladder stones?

None: There is no effective homeopathic treatment for gallstones. In the past some prescribed medicines were used to dissolve stones, but they had many side effects and were not that effective. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has replaced medical dissolution and shock wave treatment. ...Read more

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I am 53, I have a 150 mm gallstone, never had one before. Is Actigall (ursodiol) treatment a good option for my condition?

I am 53, I have a 150 mm gallstone, never had one before. Is Actigall (ursodiol) treatment a good option for my condition?

Yes, but...: Why bother, when the stones may recur after dissolution? If you are dead-set against gallbladder removal, or have medical contraindications to the surgery, then stone dissolution therapy is an option. Can use oral cheno or urso) which is costly and works about 1/2 the time over 6 months (poor candidates have calcified stones), or direct infusion of mtbe into the biliary tree. 150 mm=6 inch stone?! ...Read more

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Fatty liver and gallstones what are the treatment should I be very worried really scared 27 year old male 270 weight?

Fatty liver and gallstones what are the treatment should I be very worried really scared 27 year old male 270 weight?

Weight loss: And a healthier lifestyle are the best ways to treat the above problems. You are young and have time on your side so get to work! Obesity, fatty liver, and gallstones can sometimes lead to heart problems, vascular disease and liver failure. Work with your self and your doctor to get your weight and cholesterol under control. Be sure to note smoke. Best of luck :) ...Read more

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My brother has Thalasemia, little liver sweeling. Recently 17mm gallstones has diagnosed. What will be the treatment and risk factors for him?

My brother has Thalasemia, little liver sweeling. Recently 17mm gallstones has diagnosed. What will be the treatment and risk factors for him?

Gallstone? Disease: Stones in the gallbladder (gb) seldom cause symptoms unless they migrate into the neck of the gb (& block exit of bile) or into the common bile duct. Symptomless gallstones may be diagnosed by chance by imaging or during investigation for some other condition. Only 10% become symptomatic within 5 years of detection. Ultrasound, ct scan, mrcp finds stones; cck-hida scan can tell if gb is diseased. ...Read more

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