Experts disagree about whether the gallbladder should be
gallstones that do not cause symptoms. Surgery may be
needed if you have:
Sickle cell disease.
Plans to get
organ transplant (such as a heart or kidney).
A high risk of
gallbladdercancer (for example, if you are a Pima
Indian, have a very large gallstone, or have a calcified
Doctors sometimes recommend surgery for women who are trying
to get pregnant. This may be true for a woman who has had symptoms in the
past that are believed to be caused by gallstones, and the woman and her doctor are concerned that her symptoms may get worse during pregnancy.
They may choose to do surgery to prevent any possible complications, especially
if the woman's pregnancy is likely to be high-risk because of other
By Janis Graham
Stuffing? Check. Stiff drinks? Check. Stress? Check. 'Tis the season -- for
stomachaches. "The holidays create a perfect storm for stomach problems because
of all the eating, traveling, and partying," says Roger D. Mitty, M.D., chief
of gastroenterology at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. And
women are especially vulnerable, since some gastrointestinal ills occur up to
six times more often in women than in men. What's more, a recent survey found
do not recommend that people with
diabetes have surgery for gallstones that do not cause
symptoms. The risk of surgery in people who have diabetes may be higher than
the risk of a gallstone attack. Surgery is recommended after the first
occurrence of symptoms.
The gallbladder may be removed during bariatric surgery, even in people who haven't had a problem with gallstones.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
July 15, 2011
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July 15, 2011
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