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Can you try other treatments before surgery for gallstones?

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You may be able to manage your symptoms for a short time by making changes to your diet. This includes cutting back on fatty foods. But dietary changes don’t always help prevent gallbladder attacks. If surgery isn’t an option for you, your doctor can prescribe a medication to dissolve your gallstones. But this can take months or even years to work. And even if your gallstones do go away, there’s a chance they’ll return.

From: Do I Need Surgery for Gallstones? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Gallstones.”

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons: “Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy) Patient Information from SAGES.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Dieting and Gallstones.”

Harvard Health Publications: “What to To Do About Gallstones?”

NHS Choices: “Gallstone Treatment,” “Gallbladder Removal -- Complications,” “Gallbladder Removal -- What Happens.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal),” “Endoscopic Ultrasound.”

Better Health Channel/State Government of Victoria, Australia: “Gallbladder: Gallstones and Surgery.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on April 02, 2017

SOURCES: University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Gallstones.”

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons: “Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy) Patient Information from SAGES.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Dieting and Gallstones.”

Harvard Health Publications: “What to To Do About Gallstones?”

NHS Choices: “Gallstone Treatment,” “Gallbladder Removal -- Complications,” “Gallbladder Removal -- What Happens.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal),” “Endoscopic Ultrasound.”

Better Health Channel/State Government of Victoria, Australia: “Gallbladder: Gallstones and Surgery.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on April 02, 2017

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