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Gallbladder Disease

Treatments for Gallbladder Disease

While there are a few options when it comes to treatments, gallbladder surgery is one of the most well known. Since there are no known side effects of gallbladder removal, Florida Hospital specialists can remove the gallbladder when it causes pain or inflammation. They also prescribe oral medications to help dissolve the gallstone or break them apart using shock waves therapy.

Gallbladder Surgery

Florida Hospital specialists usually perform gallbladder removal using a laparoscope to minimize incisions and reduce pain. The physician uses the scope to see inside the body to remove the gallbladder and gallstones. This type of procedure usually only uses local anesthesia, so recovery time is decreased.

While there are always risks to surgery, be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, have liver disease, kidney problems or if you have any health issues. Florida Hospital specialists take their time to explain the risks and answer your questions.

Drug Therapy for Gallbladder Disease

Oral drug therapy is another treatment option for gallbladder disease. The medications, made from bile acid help to dissolve the gallstones, unblock the gallbladder or duct and give patients gallbladder pain relief. While this can eliminate the need for surgery, it can take up to two years for a stone to dissolve, and gallstones can return.

Another option is to have the drug injected directly into the bile duct to dissolve the gallstones.

Shock Wave Therapy

Using shock waves to break up gallstones, Florida Hospital specialists can use shock wave therapy to treat gallbladder disease. While this treatment is restricted from widespread use in the United States, it is safe for select patients.

Each patient’s situation is different. Our specialists help diagnose your specific condition and recommend a gallbladder treatment option to fit your needs, age, overall health and medical history. Schedule an appointment at Florida Hospital today to see one of our specialists.