There are alternatives to gallbladder removal in some circumstances
- Watchful waiting. If your gallstones are painless, or this is your first attack, you may be able to manage them with lifestyle changes. Increasing exercise, eating more fruit and vegetables and fewer processed, high-carbohydrate foods can reduce the risk of recurrence. 33% to 50% of people only ever have one attack of gallstone pain so your doctor may recommend a wait-and-see approach.
- Delaying surgery until your gallbladder settles down. If you’ve recently had an attack of pain due to gallstones, and your doctor has recommended surgery, antibiotics and dietary changes may be recommended until the attack and associated inflammation have passed. This is because gallbladder removal is simpler and safer when your gallbladder isn’t inflamed.
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