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Should I have a 1" gallstone removed if it causes tolerable discomfort to avoid a gb attack?

9 doctors weighed in
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Unless the risk of the operation is too high, the best time to remove your gallbladder is between attacks.
Don't wait until you get sick. A 1" stone will not go away on its own.

In brief: Yes

Unless the risk of the operation is too high, the best time to remove your gallbladder is between attacks.
Don't wait until you get sick. A 1" stone will not go away on its own.
Dr. Barry Browne
Dr. Barry Browne
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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
5 doctors agree

In brief: Discomfort = Surgery

If a link between stones in a gallbladder and symptoms such as pain or "discomfort" is convincing, then it does not make sense to ignore the cause.
Although no one "wants" surgery, the best question to ask is whether it is better to have a planned (elective), controlled procedure, or to subsequently have an urgent, less optimized operation when you have become sick? Discuss honestly with your md.

In brief: Discomfort = Surgery

If a link between stones in a gallbladder and symptoms such as pain or "discomfort" is convincing, then it does not make sense to ignore the cause.
Although no one "wants" surgery, the best question to ask is whether it is better to have a planned (elective), controlled procedure, or to subsequently have an urgent, less optimized operation when you have become sick? Discuss honestly with your md.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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3 comments
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
If you are having discomfort for gallstones, then surgery is probably better sooner than later, as often gallstone symptoms will slowly escalate or get worse.
Dr. Alexander Barkan
acute gallbladder surgery can be very technically challenging for the surgeon. Better to remove it when symptoms are minimal
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