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What treatments are available for gallstones besides cholecystectomy?

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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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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Homeopathic treatment for gallbladder stones?

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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Treatments for obstipation?

Treatments for obstipation?

Prevention: Prevent obstipation (constipation) with drinking plenty of liquids, take fiber supplements like metamucil, eat healthy high fiber foods and avoid junk foods, use enemas (fleets) and laxative like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) from the drug store. See a doctor if you develop abdominal pain or vomiting. ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for patients with gallbladder cancer?

What alternative treatments exist for patients with gallbladder cancer?

None: Surgery is the only method of achieving cure for gallbladder cancer. When not discovered incidentally during routine gallbladder surgery, gallbladder cancer usually presents in advanced stages. Therefore even with surgery, chances of total cure are low. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, though used, have not proven to be very successful in treating this disease. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatment for gallbladder polyp?

What are alternative treatment for gallbladder polyp?

None: If the polyp is 1 cm or larger, the gall bladder should be removed. If it is smaller than 1 cm and you do not have symptoms suggestive of gb disease, then it can be followed with us studies. If you have typical symptoms of biliary colic, then removal of the gb is the only effective treatment. ...Read more

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What treatments are available for pancreatitis?

What treatments are available for pancreatitis?

Difficult question: It is really impossible to answer that question without more information. Acute and chronic pancreatitis are treated very differently. ...Read more

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Any alternative treatment for gallstones except laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Any alternative treatment for gallstones except laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Surgery not a must: Gallstones are very common and more common with age. Most of the time these cause no problems but they can become symptomatic and cause pain. At their worst they can cause gallbladder infection and pancreatitis. At times they block the biliary system. Surgery is done on an elective basis for most people with symptomatic stones and on an urgent basis for gallbladder infection/ inflammation. ...Read more

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What interventions work for cholecystitis?

What interventions work for cholecystitis?

Cholecystitis Tx: IV antibiotics can be given to treat an acute inflammation of the gallbladder. However, the only way to cure and prevent further attacks of cholecystitis is to have the gallbladder surgically removed (cholecystectomy) ...Read more

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What are effective treatments for gastroparesis?

What are effective treatments for gastroparesis?

Erythromycin: I am sure you have consulted GI at this point if you know the word gastroparesis, and please follow their advise. Erythromycin is an antibiotic that has prokinetic properties, meaning it causes food to move forward in the GI tract. In the past Reglan (metoclopramide) used to be prescribed a lot, however due to possible non-reversible neurologic side effects more and more doctors are not using it for long term. ...Read more

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Are there alternative therapies for pancreatitis?

Are there alternative therapies for pancreatitis?

Depends: The pancreas is a gland in the back of the abdomen which produces enzymes to digest proteins, fats, and carbs. In pancreatitis, the enzymes start working inside the gland and begin digesting it. The first treatment is fasting, to shut off the enzyme production. Sometimes replacement enzymes are given. Removing the gallbladder, if there are gallstones, can prevent another attack. ...Read more

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What non surgical treatments for endometriosis are effective?

What non surgical treatments for endometriosis are effective?

Many: There are many treatments and some women respond better to different treatments. Birth control pills can be taking in different ways to help with pain. Lupron injections are a very powerful and effective treatment.. Sometimes Progesterone or Norethindrone acetate helps. Acupuncturist can provide relief to some women. A Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud may help as well. Many options exist! ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for patients with gastrinoma?

What alternative treatments exist for patients with gastrinoma?

Chemotherapy: Other than surgery medication including chemotherapy can be used, depending on the histology and aggressiveness of the tumor. ...Read more

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Are there permanent solutions or treatments for pancreatitis?

Are there permanent solutions or treatments for pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis : It depend which etiology we are dealing with. If it is related to stone disease for instance this can dealt with ERCP and stone extraction, if it is related to chronic pancreatitis, this might require more time and effort, including investigation. ...Read more

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What are the treatments available for kidney stones?

What are the treatments available for kidney stones?

Many: Conservative management is hydration, pain management and perhaps a medication to facilitate passage. If stone fails to pass, it may require a procedure such as laser fragmentation under direct vision using a ureteroscope, or alternatively, shock wave lithotripsy. ...Read more

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What are available treatment options for biliary atresia?

What are available treatment options for biliary atresia?

Surgery: Kasai procedure attaches liver to bowel to drian bile. Nutrition support, especially for calories, fats, fat soluble vitamins, zn. May need liver transplant. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative therapies for acute cholecystitis?

Are there any alternative therapies for acute cholecystitis?

No: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a safe proven procedure with an experienced surgeon. The complications of gallstone disease are much more difficult to treat. ...Read more

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Are there alternative treatments for reflux?

Are there alternative treatments for reflux?

GERD treatments: Lifestyle changes such as avoiding trigger foods, caffeine, chocolate, tomato sauces. Weight loss. Tilting beds up with blocks underneath, avoiding tight clothes, etc. ...Read more