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What is the current recommendation concerning gallstones?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Most doctors recommend having your gallbladder removed as the best treatment for recurring gallstones.The gallbladder can be removed with laparoscopic surgery  in most cases. Nonsurgical treatment - dissolving gallstones with medication - takes a long time to work. Gallstones also usually return within about five years. Gallstones in the bile duct can be  removed with an endoscope, a treatment known as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (or ERCP).

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