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Experts disagree about whether the gallbladder should be
gallstones that do not cause symptoms. Surgery may be
needed if you have:
Doctors sometimes recommend surgery for women who are trying
to get pregnant. This may be true for a woman who has had symptoms in the
past that are believed to be caused by gallstones, and the woman and her doctor are concerned that her symptoms may get worse during pregnancy.
They may choose to do surgery to prevent any possible complications, especially
if the woman's pregnancy is likely to be high-risk because of other
do not recommend that people with
diabetes have surgery for gallstones that do not cause
symptoms. The risk of surgery in people who have diabetes may be higher than
the risk of a gallstone attack. Surgery is recommended after the first
occurrence of symptoms.
The gallbladder may be removed during bariatric surgery, even in people who haven't had a problem with gallstones.
July 15, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
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