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15 Apr 2006

if one has gallstones can one take medicine to remove it had surgery 3 years ago for gallstones don`t want to do it again thanx for the help
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Antonette
Not really - the stones can maybe be broken up by laser but you may need Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy requires several small incisions in the abdomen to allow the insertion of surgical instruments and a small video camera. The camera sends a magnified image from inside the body to a video monitor, giving the surgeon a close-up view of the organs and tissues. The surgeon watches the monitor and performs the operation by manipulating the surgical instruments through separate small incisions. The gallbladder is identified and carefully separated from the liver and other structures. Finally, the cystic duct is clipped with tiny titanium clips and cut, then the gallbladder is removed through one of the small incisions. This type of surgery requires meticulous surgical skill, but in straightforward cases can be done in about an hour.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy does not require the abdominal muscles to be cut, resulting in less pain, quicker healing, improved cosmetic results, and fewer complications such as infection. Most patients can be discharged on the same day as the surgery, and most patients can return to any type of occupation in about a week.

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