Do I Need Gallstone Surgery?

Q:
Do I need gallstone surgery?

A:
If your gallstones don’t cause symptoms, then you don’t need to have surgery. You only need it if a stone blocks one of your bile ducts.

As I just said, if a gallstone blocks your bile ducts, you need surgery. This is because it can cause a gallbladder attack. When you have it, you feel intense pain in the belly which may last for hours.

There are 2 types of gallstone surgery
:

  • Open surgery. The surgeon makes a 5-7 inches’ cut on your belly and take out your gallbladder. People who need this type of surgery usually have a bleeding disorder or severe gallbladder disease.
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The doctor makes 4 small cuts in your belly and inserts a thin, flexible tube containing a tiny camera into your belly. This helps your doctor see clearly. Then, the doctor use special tools to remove the organ.

 

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