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What is the best solution for gallstones?

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What is the best solution for gallstones?

Postby Rock » Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:24 am

There's a lot of info out there.

Many docs say that you should just have gallbladder removed if stones sometimes cause biliary cholic (blockage of bile duct leading to extremely painful cramping as organ fights to secrete bile). But gallbladder serves a function and I think its better to keep it if you can.

MANY others swear by cleanses that supposedly get the stones out of your system. But that sounds too easy and good to be true. And most mainstream doctors don't seem to buy this.

THEN, there is one doctor in Dongguan China who actually performs a surgery to remove just the stones, not the organ. But it's expensive (not covered by any insurance) and the stones can return within months to years I believe.

Anyone know the real scoop on this question? Where's House been these days?
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Postby Yohan » Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:24 am

What I see here in the Japanese media, there is no general treatment regarding gallstones.

It depends on the materials of these gallstones, the size, where they are located and so on.

Depending on the material of the gallstones, even diet alone can help a lot already.

In Japan, additionally to diet medical doctors try to dissolve those gallstones. Patients have to take medicine every day, usually over months. Further, medical doctors try to break up big gallstones by shock waves.

This is quite cheap treatment, no surgery required and often helps.

However some kind of gallstones cannot be dissolved and cannot be broken, in this case often surgery and removal of the gall bladder is the best solution.

It is possible to remove stones from the gallbladder without removing the gallbladder itself by various methods - flushing them for example etc. but likely they will return again soon - often the gallbladder itself might be damaged or deformed already.

Many people have no problem after removal of the gallbladder if they keep some diet and taking some medicine with their meals. Only few complain about diarrhea and problems when eating fatty meals.
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