Is there an alternate to surgery for gall stones?

Yes. Asymptomatic gallstones need no treatment. Gallstones causing pain can be treated with medication but patients usually prefer an operation to prevent another episode of the intense pain. Medications to dissolve the gallstones are very ineffective with a lot of side-effects. A healthy lifestyle is always advisable though many people with a very healthy lifestyle still develop gallstones !
Low Fat Diet. Gall Stones are irritated with fatty foods. If you limit your consumption you can prevent the pain and possible gall stone attack.
There was a medication by mouth called Actigall (ursodiol) in the United States. It wasn't used too often but is available to try to reduce gall stones in place of surgery.

Related Questions

I have asyntomatic gall stones. Meds or surgery. Age 62?

Neither. Many people have gallstones that are discovered incidentally while undergoing an imaging procedure. If you are not having pain over your right upper abdomen and have no fevers and the imaging study demonstrated uncomplicated gallstones with no evidence of obstruction or inflammation, the you can keep both your gallstone and gallbladder. You have likely had the for a long time. Read more...
Leave them alone. If they don't bother you and don't cause you any symptoms, leave them alone, you don't need medicine for them. If they cause you any pain, take the gall bladder out. The surgery is laparoscopic and generally well tolerated. Read more...

I have gall stones, very small but multiple stones, had 3 attack in 6 months. Shall I go for surgery or can I wait if they flush out automatically.

See a surgeon. if you've already had three attacks, it is likely that they will continue, it perhaps both in frequency and discomfort. I would recommend that you see a surgeon to discuss the pros and cons of proceeding with a cholecystectomy at this time. It is likely that surgery will be a good option for you. Good luck. Read more...
Gallstones. Being you're having symptoms, your stones are likely getting stuck as they try to leave the gallbladder. So it's unlikely that these stones will be leaving your body any time soon. You're experiencing biliary colic, and the solution will eventually be gallbladder removal. Read more...

Been diagnosed with lots of gall stones half CM long due to pain under ribs frequently in past 6 months will I need surgery?

You have symptoms. For the past 6 months , not going to disappear with out surgery, if you have no contraindication for surgery , speak to your surgeon and get it removed. If it is done electively is a low risk ambulatory surgery and no need to suffer. Read more...
Gallbladder disease. Non operative management of gallbladder disease is risky., with potential for infection, and pancreatitis. Surgical removal of gallbladder has low risk and offers a cure. Read more...

I have all symptoms of gall/b cancer. Jaundice, vometing, full of gallstones. G/stones being removed in 3 weeks. Is there any test to diagnose gall/b Cancer before surgery?

Low probability . you have a very low chance of cancer. The stones explain the symptoms. The symptoms are more of an obstructed biliary tree. Stones have clogged up your bile duct. Was any imaging done? I am presuming you may have had a ultrasound or ct scan. Hopefully they can help you sooner than 3 weeks. The imaging should pick up any mass in the gall bladder. Your risk is low. Best of luck . Read more...
No. Gall stone symptoms mimic all of the symptoms you are having so I think your chance of GB Cancer are very low. Discuss you fears with your surgeon. Read more...