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What kinds of questions should I ask my doctor about gallstones?

Creating a list of questions before you see your doctor will help you get the most from your appointment. Questions you might ask include the following:

  • Could there be other reasons for my abdominal pain besides gallstones?
  • Are there tests you can do that diagnose my condition?
  • If I ignore my symptoms, could they go away on their own?
  • Will I need to have my gallbladder removed?
  • Is gallbladder surgery safe, and how long would it take me to recover?
  • Are there other treatments I can consider?
  • Is there information I can read that will help me make a decision?

Be sure to ask other questions during your appointment if you don't understand something your doctor tells you.

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