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What treatments are available for gallstones besides cholecystectomy?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gregory Schwartzman
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Dr. A. tarig Ahmed
Internal Medicine

In brief: Gallstones

If gallstones are not causing any symptoms then nothing needs to be done.
However if it becomes symptomatic e.G cholecystitis, stones in bile duct or pancreatitis, your gallbladder needs to be removed.

In brief: Gallstones

If gallstones are not causing any symptoms then nothing needs to be done.
However if it becomes symptomatic e.G cholecystitis, stones in bile duct or pancreatitis, your gallbladder needs to be removed.
Dr. A. tarig Ahmed
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Dr. Tracy Berg
Surgery

In brief: Gallstones

Gallbladder disease, stones or passing a gallstone can have no symptoms or range to life threatening pancreatitis and liver obstruction.
Absent symptoms no treatment is needed. With symptoms your doc will make diagnosis. Risk/benefit analysis is in favor of cholecystectomy. If you are not a surgical candidate and very sick, your doc may offer temporary therapy to unblock a biliary duct.

In brief: Gallstones

Gallbladder disease, stones or passing a gallstone can have no symptoms or range to life threatening pancreatitis and liver obstruction.
Absent symptoms no treatment is needed. With symptoms your doc will make diagnosis. Risk/benefit analysis is in favor of cholecystectomy. If you are not a surgical candidate and very sick, your doc may offer temporary therapy to unblock a biliary duct.
Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg
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