Treatment for Gallstones
Treatment options include the following:
Removal of the gallbladder, or
Sound waves can be used to break up gallstones. Once broken up into smaller pieces, gallstones can pass into the small intestine. Also, smaller stones are easier to treat with oral bile salt therapy. Because the gallbladder is still present, however, gallstones are likely to recur after this therapy.
Oral Bile Salts
If surgery is not desirable, bile salts to dissolve gallstones can be taken by mouth. However, it may take a long time to dissolve the gallstones, and because the gallbladder is still present, gallstones may recur.
Contact Dissolution Therapy
A chemical that dissolves gallstones is injected directly into the gallbladder. This is a newer form of therapy, and still under investigation.
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