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What’s the treatment for gallstones?

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Many people with gallstones get surgery to take out the gallbladder. There are two different kinds of operations:

If gallstones are in your bile ducts, the doctor may use endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography to find and remove them before or during gallbladder surgery.

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This is the more common procedure. The surgeon passes instruments, a light, and a camera through several small cuts in the belly. He or she views the inside of the body on a video monitor. You can usually go home the same day.
  • Open cholecystectomy. The surgeon makes bigger cuts in the belly to remove the gallbladder. You stay in the hospital for a few days after the operation.

From: Gallstones: What You Should Know WebMD Medical Reference

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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

American College of Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:


National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

American College of Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 28, 2018

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