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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


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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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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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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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