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Doctor insights on: Why Do People Get Gallstones

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How did i get these gallstones removed?

How did i get these gallstones removed?

See a surgeon: For a cholecystectomy. The only viable treatment, if it is required, is gallbladder removal. ...Read more

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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Why is it that people do get gallstones?

Why is it that people do get gallstones?

Not exactly known: Exactly why people get gallstones is not fully known. Ethnicity, older age, female gender, hormone therapy, high fat diet, obesity, rapid weight loss, diabetes, high triglycerides, and lipid-lowering medication can increase your risk. Cholesterol stones form when bile contains too much cholesterol, too much bilirubin, or not enough bile salts, or when the gallbladder does not empty efficiently. ...Read more

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What foods make you most likely to get gallstones?

What foods make you most likely to get gallstones?

Lifestyle & diet: Lifestyle & diet are important--10% incidence of gallstones in western world, much less in black africans & eastern world (unless adopt western diet). Highest with low serum hdl/high triglycerides (watch your fat intake!), higher age, sex (females 2x more), obesity, deficient fiber use. More stones also with cholesterol-lowering diets (high in unsaturated fats), Cholestyramine & Clofibrate use. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have gallstones before you get pain or problems?

How do you know if you have gallstones before you get pain or problems?

Painless gallstones?: 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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What position should I get into to stop gallstone pain? I had it a few weeks ago and it's come back

What position should I get into to stop gallstone pain? I had it a few weeks ago and it's come back

Gallstone pain: hi ~ if you are having "gallstone pain", the best position to be in is on your back on an OR table. Gallstones that are asymptomatic, theres no RUSH to get them out. If you are getting pain from it, a BIG pain with obstruction is almost a certainty, and can be complicated by gangrene of the GB fundus and you ll be 6 weeks sick iso 6 days. The grumbling GB should be given no slack. Have it out ! tx ...Read more

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How fast can gallstones grow? Is it possible for them to get a lot bigger or grow to a large size within a month or two?

Not likely that: Gallstones grow rapidly within a month or two. Size of stones is not as important as the symptoms they cause, however. Multiple small stones can sometimes cause more problems than single larger stone. ...Read more

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How to get rid of gallbladder stones?

Only realistic way: Is to remove diseased gallbladder which made the stones in the first place. Oral dissolution is reserved only for those who are not surgical candidates. Consult your doctor to confirm. ...Read more

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I get these painful gallstone attacks. How can I stop them?

I get these painful gallstone attacks. How can I stop them?

If you are: Sure that they are gallbladder attacks, you should have surgery asap. If you wait too long, your gallbladder can get acutely inflamed, which makes your surgery and post op recovery that much more difficult. Sometimes, the gallbladder becomes so inflamed that open surgery becomes necessary. Go see your surgeon now. ...Read more

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