Lithotripsy, which is also called extracorporeal shock wave
treatment, uses shock waves focused by ultrasound to break up
gallstones. Lithotripsy may be used alone or along
with bile acids to break up stones.
The procedure, which is now rarely performed, has been used for
people who have long-term (chronic) inflammation of the gallbladder
(cholecystitis) and who are not strong enough for surgery. But it is not
appropriate in treating sudden (acute) cholecystitis.
Tired of being constipated and think you might need a laxative? Millions of Americans suffer with symptoms of constipation:
Straining while having a bowel movement
A feeling of obstruction or incomplete evacuation
Fewer than three bowel movements per week
Laxatives contain chemicals that help increase stool motility, bulk, and frequency -- thus relieving temporary constipation. But when misused or overused, they can cause problems, including chronic constipation. A healthy...