About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Español
VNA of Care New England
VNA of Care New England

Treatments for Gallstones

The treatment and management of gallstones may involve taking a wait-and-see approach or using medications, surgery, or other treatments as decided by you and your doctor. The exception to this approach is anyone who has gallstones larger than 3 centimeters (cm), gallbladder polyps, or is at high risk for gallbladder cancer when surgery would be performed.
Unless your gallbladder is surgically removed, gallstones may occur again.
Click on the following to learn about the treatment options for gallstones:
Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryAlternative and complementary therapiesOther treatments

References

Adler DG, Baron TH, et al. ASGE guideline: the role of ERCP in diseases of the biliary tract and the pancreas. Gastrointest Endosc. 2005;62:1-8.

Ahmed A, Cheung RC, et al. Management of gallstones and their complications. Am Fam Physician. 2000;61:1673-1678.

Clayton ES, Connor S, et al. Meta-analysis of endoscopy and surgery versus surgery alone for common bile duct stones with the gallbladder in situ. Br J Surg. 2006;93:1185-1191.

Gallstones. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated October 23, 2013. Accessed December 5, 2013.

Revision Information

Health Headlines
'Spare Tire' May Be Especially Bad for Your Blood PressureView in a lightbox
Action-Packed TV a Threat to Your Waistline?View in a lightbox
ADHD Medications Won't Stunt Kids' Growth, Study FindsView in a lightbox
Drug Gives 'New Hope' Against Heart Failure, Expert SaysView in a lightbox
Health Highlights: Sept. 2, 2014View in a lightbox
VNA of Care New England
© 2011 Site Index | Disclaimer | Legal Notices