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I found this forum very helpful and would greatly appreciate your advice on the following:
After accute cholecystitis 2 years ago I was recently prescribed gall bladder removal without fresh ultrasound and/or MRCP tests. Is that normal or shall I ask for the tests to be done prior to operation?
I've been treated for accute cholecystitis at QE hospital in Birmingham 2 years and they also found 2.4 mm stone blocking the exit from my gall bladder. After ~10 day treatment with intravenous antibiotics I was recommended gall bladder removal, from which I rejected at that time.
However, over the last 4-5 months the flare-ups frequency significantly increased (strong pain at night triggered by some foods) and I've decided to go for the operation.
My GP has written me a reference letter to a treatment center at Nottingham, where I was seen by a clinician, who only palpated my belly and asked me to retell the background of the condition.
The clinician didn't do any tests (except palpating my stomach and prescribing blood tests) and only relying on my words he prescribed me a GB removal operation.
When I offered to let him know the name of the doctor who treated me 2 years ago and also to show him the discharge letter from the QE hospital - he said this is unnecessary, and what he recorded from my words is enough.
I found this attitude to be very relaxed and worrying - how can they prescribe an operation only relying on patient words and without doing fresh tests (Ultrasound, MRPC )? Is that normal practice or shall I ask for the tests before the removal?
My operation is in 2.5 weeks from today and I do worry a lot of whether I should proceed with it without the tests being done? I would be very grateful for your kind advice.
Thanks a lot
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