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Should I get surgery to remove my gall bladder if I have stones but no pain?


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Amount Saved: $15,900 cost of gall bladder removal post


MedHead Message:

If you found stone in your gallbladder and aren’t having any pain, there is usually no reason to have it removed. Try to eat less fatty foods (especially dairy) and a lot of time you’ll be fine. There are medications like Actigall that can help dissolve certain types of gallstones. By saving almost $16,000, that’s enough to buy a pretty nice car! (or two used minivans, they’re pretty great–I drive one)


1. http://www.choosingwisely.org/clinician-lists/sages-routine-cholecystectomy-for-asymptomatic-cholelithiasis/ 2. https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/page_ProcedureDetails.aspx?cftId=75&directsearch=true


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