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Gallbladder stone. What are the treatments? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 19-Mar-2013
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Very Good Posted in: Liver and Gall Bladder
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User:Hi Doctor,Iam XXXXXX
Doctor:welcome to XXXXXXX
User:I havegot galbladder stone for the past 3 yrs
User:th sze of the stone from my last scan is around 1 cm
Doctor:are u sure, you had it for 3 years ? were u symptomatic since 3 years ?
User:Iam XXXX wife, he wats me to take opinion for treatment
User:I dont have any symptoms till now, no pain, I do scan once in 6 months
User:I took the sca duing sep 2011, it was around 1c
Doctor:so when was the first scan done ?
Doctor:so , it is a single stone, of 1 cm size ? or are there multiple stones ?
User:during 2008
User:is a single stone
Doctor:with regarding to treatment, single stone of 1 cm is a small stone
User:iam not on any medications
Doctor:since there is no symptoms since now, surgical treatment is not needed
Doctor:it is common for women to develop stones , during pregnancy, due to the elevated estrogen levels
Doctor:may i know ur height and weight ?
User:5.4 , 65kgs
User:Woul you recommend for a scan now and send reports to you to know the present status
Doctor:has the stone increased in size since 2008 ? or is it stable ?
Doctor:you seem to have a BMI of 24.6 which is just within the range of normal
User:increased in size, it was 0.8mm at te firstsca, now it is 1.0cm during last year wen I checked
Doctor:so it is just 2 mm , growth, and it is still single
Doctor:so, you dont need to bother about going for surgery now
Doctor:but still you can do a lot of things, to prevent the stone from increasing in size as well as probably reduce the size with time
Doctor:i would advice you to increase or start a exercise routine , and try to lose weight in a slow manner
Doctor:this is the 1st step
Doctor:in addition, follow a LOW FAT diet and a high fibre diet
Doctor:foods containing monounsaturated fats (found in olive and canola oils) or omega-3 fatty acids (found in canola, flaxseed, and fish oil) should be used
Doctor:saturated fats found in meats, butter, ghee, etc should be reduced
Doctor:eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, which will prevent stones . At least 2-3 servings daily is good
Doctor:eat a low carbohydrate diet, this means reducing intake of rice, potatos and starch containing foods
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