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Complications and treatment for gallstones - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you?
User :   sir, recently during my medical exam, I came to know that I have 2 gallstones.
Doctor :   ok
User :   i am quite apprehensive about surgery.
User :   are there any alternative medicines forthe same?
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User :   age 27yrs, male, govt. service, single, living in mumbai.
Doctor :   ok
User :   I am not having any pain or any uncomfortable feeling in abdomen.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   majority of gallstones produce no symptoms, they require no treatment
Doctor :   are you there.?
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Doctor :   hi
User :   Sir, what if it poses any problem in future?
User :   is there any alternative to surgery?
Doctor :   Complications of gallstones
User :   yes sir
Doctor :   yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin (jaundice), dark urine, and pain in the upper abdomen
Doctor :   If you also have fever and chills, you may have an underlying complication such as an inflamed gallbladder
Doctor :   did you get that?>
User :   Yes Sir,
Doctor :   Nonsurgical options inthe treatment of gall stones
Doctor :   are
Doctor :   Bile salt tablets.
Doctor :   but is only effective about 50 percent of the time.
Doctor :   Sound wave therapy
User :   sound wave therapy is an invasive one?
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Doctor :   This treatment uses high-frequency sound waves to break up gallstones.
Doctor :   are you there?
User :   How do they remove the stones after that?
Doctor :   is minimally invasive
User :   you mean laparoscopic
Doctor :   they provide with bile salt tablets
Doctor :   not exactly
Doctor :   Imaging systems are used to localize the stone and to direct the shockwaves onto the calculus(stones)
User :   do the broken stones pass through the digective track? Is there any risk involved in sound wave therapy?
Doctor :   Sound wave therapy is appropriate for only a small percentage of people with gallstones
Doctor :   If you have more than one stone
Doctor :   your stone is large,
Doctor :   or you have acute cholecystitis or cholangitis,(inflammation of the gall blader and bile duct)
Doctor :   then you are probably not a good patient for this therapy
User :   my stones are about 1.2 cm each.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   more than one stone not an ideal patient for sound therapy
Doctor :   have i answered your query?
Doctor :   are you there?
User :   yes
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is there any thing else that i can help you with?
User :   that's all.
Sir, thank you very much for information.
Doctor :   Have you filled the feedback form which I have sent?
User :   yeah.
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