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How are gallstones treated?

There are several possible options for treating gallstones. These include:

  • Cholecystectomy: a surgical procedure where surgeons remove the gallbladder and restructure the biliary system so that bile flows directly from the liver into the small intestine. This procedure is usually performed laparoscopically, lowering the risk for patients and shortening their recovery time, compared with traditional, open surgery.
  • Oral drug therapy: Drugs produced from bile acid may dissolve stones.
  • Directly injected therapy: A solution may be injected directly into the gallbladder to dissolve the stones.
  • Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy: A procedure that uses shock waves to break up stones into smaller pieces so they can pass through the bile ducts.

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