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 and reducing your intake of “fatty” foods can reduce the risk of symptoms recurring. Although symptoms often recur once they develop, approximately 33%–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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