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Is surgery for cholecystitis a medical emergency?

I was diagnosed with cholecystitus and was told that surgery was the only option. I have a cluster of gallstones, one being measured at 13mm. I am home after a night in the hospital and awaiting a surgery date. I am experiencing bloating but at the moment no pain. i am 36 years old and am not obese. I would like to put off surgey until after the holidays and would like to know if there's a way to avoid doing so.
Thu, 26 Jun 2014
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Dear Friend.
Welcome to HCM. I am Dr Anshul Varshney. I understand your concern.

Asymptomatic Cholelithiasis doesn't require surgery.

Indications for surgery are:
1. Symptomatic cholelithiasis
2. Stone obstructing Common Bile duct
3. Attacks of Acute Pancreatitis
4. Obstructive jaundice
5. Any evidence or suspicion of malignancy.

In your situation, if we see, you have symptoms as well as cholecystitis.
So, getting gall bladder removed is indicated in your case.
For symptomatic relief, you can observe following:
1. To take a combination of Pantoprazole and Domperidone.
2. To take fat free diet.

This is my personal opinion for you based on available details. If you have any further query please ask me.
Stay Healthy
Dr Anshul Varshney, MD
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