What Is the Diagnosis and Treatment of Gallstones?

Q:
What is the diagnosis and treatment of gallstones?

A:
Tests and procedures used to diagnose gallstones include:

  • Tests to create pictures of your gallbladder.
  • Tests to check your bile ducts for gallstones.
  • Blood tests to look for complications.

Treatment options for gallstones include:

  • Surgery to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy). Your doctor may recommend surgery to remove your gallbladder, since gallstones frequently recur. Once your gallbladder is removed, bile flows directly from your liver into your small intestine, rather than being stored in your gallbladder.
  • Medications to dissolve gallstones. Medications you take by mouth may help dissolve gallstones. But it may take months or years of treatment to dissolve your gallstones in this way and gallstones will likely form again if treatment is stopped.
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