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Is surgery necessary for gallbladder polyps?

Is surgery necessary for gallbladder polyps?

Size matters: Larger polyps over 1 cm in size should be considered for surgery. Also depends if there any abdominal symptoms, realizing that surgery only for tiny poylps may not result in much symptom relief either. ...Read more

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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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Is surgery needed for gallbladder polyps?

Is surgery needed for gallbladder polyps?

Depends on size: Depends on the size of the polyps on ultrasound. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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A 7.5 mm gallbladder polyp incidentally found during ultrasound, surgeon said it is a good size and recommended surgery. Should I do it?

A 7.5 mm gallbladder polyp incidentally found during ultrasound, surgeon said it is a good size and recommended surgery. Should I do it?

Removal safe: Your ultrasound showed a 7.5 mm polyp on the gallbladder. A consult surgeon recommends removal. The surgery will be safe removal of gallbladder at your age. It is unusual to need a gallbladder at your age and gender(male). The surgeon wants to make sure no cancer so if a second consult surgeon also recommends removal you should consider it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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During a ultra sound scan in my abdomen I was diagnosed with all normal but my gallbladder has multiple polyps less than .5 CM . Surgery needed ?

During a ultra sound scan in my abdomen I was diagnosed with all normal but my gallbladder has multiple polyps less than .5 CM . Surgery needed ?

Depends on: your symptoms. Gallbladder polyps usually consist of cholesterol, and can be precursors of gallstones. These polyps, and even stones, can be asymptomatic, in which case you probably will not benefit from cholecystectomy if you are otherwise healthy. Follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has had testicular cancer surgery, through ultra sounds they found a polyps on his gallbladder. Is that as serious as it sounds?

My boyfriend has had testicular cancer surgery, through ultra sounds they found a polyps on his gallbladder. Is that as serious as it sounds?

Here are some...: Clinically, the incidental US finding of gallbladder polyps should not be directly related to testicular cancer. Instead, such finding may be associated with inflammatory change. To assess this incidental finding, one has to correlate it with the clinical picture with possibly repeating another US for comparison in 6-12 months. Nevertheless, asking the ordering doctor would be the best thing to... ...Read more

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I have an enlarged fatty liver I have polyps and stones in my gallbladder. I must have thyroid surgery first my high.Calcium. Do i remove gallbladdne?

I have an enlarged fatty liver I have polyps and stones in my gallbladder. I must have thyroid surgery first my high.Calcium. Do i remove gallbladdne?

It depnds on Symptom: Gall stones are frequently asymptomatic(silent) and do not require removal of the gall bladder on any urgent basis unless you have pain caused by the stones. So your doctor can guide you about what is more important to handle first...Thyroid, calcium problem, or gall stones. Follw the advice of your famnily doctor who can help you priortize what should be handled first. ...Read more

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Asking again have gallbladder polyp u/s every year no changes since found 2009 tomorrow is yearly how likely changes ?

Asking again have gallbladder polyp u/s every year no changes since found 2009 tomorrow is yearly how likely changes ?

Gallbladder polyp: Depends on symptoms and size of polyps. If no symptoms and polyps are less than 10mm in size, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy recommends annual ultrasounds. If polyps increase in size surgical removal of gallbladder is recommended. In one large study about 3.5% of polyps increased in size within a year. Yours seem stable. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I have had gallbladder polyps for 6 years skipped u/s last year last one two years ago 1 polyp wenr from 4 mm to 6 in 2 years on u/s now is that bad?

I have had gallbladder polyps for 6 years skipped u/s last year last one two years ago 1 polyp wenr from 4 mm to 6 in 2 years on u/s now is that bad?

No: Generally gallbladder polyps are observed unless they are larger than 1 cm (10 mm). On ultrasound measurements, changes of only 2 mm in 2 years can even be the difference from one observing radiologist to the next as to how they measure things. ...Read more

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Should a small gallbladder polyp cause constant pain?

Should a small gallbladder polyp cause constant pain?

No: Gall bladder polyps should not cause any discomfort unless the are big enough to block the outlet to the gall bladder ...Read more

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Hi docs, how serious is it to have a gallbladder polyp?

Depends on size: Gallbladder polyps are growths that protrude from the lining of the inside of the gallbladder. Polyps can be cancerous, but they rarely are. About 95% of gallbladder polyps are benign. The size of a gallbladder polyp can help predict whether it's cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). Small gallbladder polyps that are less than 10 millimeters in diameter are unlikely to be cancerous ...Read more

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Can gallbladder polyps cause same discomfort as stones?

Can: Polyps are common. Can cause similar symptoms as stones. Polyps should be monitored by sono. If they enlarge or are >1 cm, gb should be removed-risk for malignancy/cancer. ...Read more

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Do benign gallbladder polyps grow or just cancerous ones?

Do benign gallbladder polyps grow or just cancerous ones?

Yes, both.: Gallbladder "polyps" may be true polypoid lesions or cholesterolosis, related to fats in the gallbladder wall. Both lesions can "grow". If significant polypoid disease is found on ultrasound, most surgeons recommend cholecystectomy, as there is a small, but real, chance of true polyps becoming adenocarcinoma over time. ...Read more

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Is is normal for a gallbladder polyp to cause a lot of pain?

Is is normal for a gallbladder polyp to cause a lot of pain?

No. : Gb polyps are usually incidental findings on ultrasound that require no treatment unless they are >1cm. However, a gallstone adherent to the wall of the gb can resemble a polyp; therefore, you may have gallstones. I advise you to see a general surgeon: if your symptoms are classic for gallbladder disease, further testing or surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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Should I have my gallbladder removed due to having polyps inside of it?

Discuss with surgeon: Gallbladder polyps may be true polyps or may be stones forming in the wall of your gallbladder. Are you having symptoms? Have you seen a surgeon? I recommend you see a surgeon to discuss this matter further. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a 2mm polyp (cyst) on my gallbladder, what can I do for the pain?

What to do if I have a 2mm polyp (cyst) on my gallbladder, what can I do for the pain?

Gallbladder polyps: GB polyps less than 5 mm are almost always benign and caused by cholesterolosis. A followup ultrasound is advised after a year to ensure not growing. Polyps 6-10 mm. need more close followup, 3 and 6 months, then yearly. Polyps 10 mm and larger may be cancerous, 20 mm and up almost always malignant. Yours is tiny, no worry, do US in a year. If you have pain, you should see your provider. ...Read more

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How concerned should I be with a 3mm polyp on my gallbladder only the one and no stones?

How concerned should I be with a 3mm polyp on my gallbladder only the one and no stones?

Nothing to worry: 3mm polyp on the Gall Bladder is nothing to worry about.It is benign and need no treatment.Plyps larger than1 cm with co occurring gall stones in people over 50 may need Gall Bladder to be removed.Also if there are several polyps or appear malignant then need to have GallBladder removed too.Follow up with your Doctor,why the test was ordered and the symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi. I have pain in my right side of my back...right in the middle. I had gallbladder removed with polyps.

Hi. I have pain in my right side of my back...right in the middle. I had gallbladder removed with polyps.

? retained stone: There are a number of tests, ultrasound, mrcp that you could have to rule out a retained or new primary gallstone in your bile ducts. If these are clear an ERCP may help. Ulcers, gastritis, constipation can also cause this type of pain. Pulled muscles, neuromas can cause pain. see your surgeon to evaluate ...Read more

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I have a polyp in my gallbladder...Would it be better to have the gallbladder removed instead of waiting to see what the polyp will do?

I have a polyp in my gallbladder...Would it be better to have the gallbladder removed instead of waiting to see what the polyp will do?

Depends on symptoms: Gallbladder polyp can be observed with a repeat ultrasound in 3 to 6 months safely. Without stones, infection, or symptoms of biliary colic this is a fine option. Your doctor will help you decide if a surgery consult will be helpful. ...Read more

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Had another u/s gallbladder polyp went down from6.5 mm to 4 mm is that good and had borderline mild fatty liver lost 25 lbs but still there why?

Had another u/s gallbladder polyp went down from6.5 mm to 4 mm is that good and had borderline mild fatty liver lost 25 lbs but still there why?

Monitor: Polyp that size is very unlikely to be a cancer. 1 cm or greater generally point of concern. Can monitor with sonograms over time at this point. Additional tests like ct or MRI not warranted at this time. Borderline fatty liver is improvement for you. Meds or alcohol, high fat or high carb (simple sugars) can add to it. ...Read more

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Tiny polyp on gallbladder. Wats this mean?

Tiny polyp on gallbladder. Wats this mean?

observation needed: Small % of polyps will develop cancers , especially the large ones , small ones could be observed , if they are large ones ( 2 cm ) should be removed by cholecystectmy ...Read more

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Can a gallbladder polyp turn into something?

Can a gallbladder polyp turn into something?

Yes: There is an association with gallbladder polyps and gallbladder cancer which is very dangerous if left untreated. ...Read more

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23 years old with gallbladder polyp 7mm, should I be worried?

23 years old with gallbladder polyp 7mm, should I be worried?

Do not worry: I would repeat sonogram in 6 months in the same facility so they can compare the studies. Is polyp is increasing in size or is more then1cm - recommend gallbladder removal. In my experience most of them turn out to be a soft gb stone. If you having symptoms of typical for gallbladder stones ie. Right upper abdominal pain, pain radiating to right back or shoulder then etc. Then remove it sooner. ...Read more

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What are some common reasons I might have developed gallbladder polyps?

What are some common reasons I might have developed gallbladder polyps?

See below.: Gb polyps affect 5% of the adult population. Exact cause is not known but related to age and presence of gallstones which in turn is related to obesity as well. ...Read more

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How are multiple gallbladder polyps and solitary gallbladder polyps different?

How are multiple gallbladder polyps and solitary gallbladder polyps different?

Taken literally: Only the number. But both conditions, regardless of number of polyps, is abnormal. Gallbladder polyps, unlike others in the GI tract, are formed by cholesterol crystals. So if you have symptoms with either finding, your gallbladder is the likely source of it. Ask the doctor who ordered the test to see if you are a surgical candidate. ...Read more

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Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more


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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more