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Have COPD with gall stones. Any option other than surgery?

My mother has COPD but she also has gall stones in her Gallbladder and every doctor that we have talked to has said that it is impossiable to do the surgery to remove her gallbadder because she would be stuck on a ventrolator for the rest of her life and a feeding tube . Is this the only way is there some way they can help to save her life because right now she s beatheing on her own but she is very sick because of her gallbadder.
Asked On : Tue, 12 Feb 2013
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If you mother is sick or has complications DUE TO her gallstones then they have to be removed. It is true though she might be on ventilator for prolonged period but then if it is complicated surgery is a must. However there is no non surgical modes of removing gall bladder or gall stones. Also important to know the age of your mother. And it has to be sure that she has major issues primarily due to the stone. In a nutshell the benefits should outweigh the risks. If that is so surgery is the only way
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Answered: Tue, 12 Feb 2013
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