Removing the stones without removing the organ (gallbladder)?

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Is it possible to remove stones without removing the  gallbladder?

My stone is 18mm.

I have an appointment with the surgeon next week but I want to know some extra info now.

I don’t want my gallbladder removed, but my stone is 18mm - is it possible to pass is through or is there a procedure to remove the stones but keeping the organ?

Please help!! Thank you 

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    Once you start getting symptoms of gallbladder disease you will always get them which is why they mostly always remove the gallbladder x
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    hi as poppy has said already once it starts it usually will continue and get worse !

    18 mom is a pretty large stone ! 

    ‘Firstly they tend to increase in size by around 1mm a year !

    could you pass it ? Ohh I don’t think you would want your body to attempt to pass a stone that size through your common bile duck which is around 3 to 4mm in diameter , as likely it wouldn’t make the long distance it would have to without getting lodged in the common bile duct or even worse the pancreatic duct , then you have real dangerous life threatening problems to contend with !

    and it’s most unlikely that it would ever get past the cystic duct which is the neck of the gallbladder ,where my 2.2cm got lodged and as good as ruined my life !! And my gallbladder became gangrenous infected and full of puss please be warned Katy.

    and I’m extremely lucky to be alive right now ,however I am not without problems as a result and unsure to be honest if I am going to be alright or not from here on !!

    mine removed 4 months ago I’m still in pain !!

    can a stone be removed without removing the gallbladder!

    well I read a guys story online who went to China and a Chinese pioneering surgeon has developed a way of removing stones without removing the gallbladder, however it was still surgery, and he then went on to develop more stones rapidly and then had to have his gallbladder removed anyway !!

    hope this helps you with your decision and all goes well Katy.

    my take on it ?

    its a large stone if it’s given you problems ,it’s highly likely that these issues will not only continue to plague you, but get worse and more dangerous, get it out before you get very ill as did I .

    my take on the best surgeon in London ?

    chales imber.

    he saved my life and what an amazing surgeon!

    google him.

    i wish you all the very best in your decision and recovery.

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    That is quite a big stone. Doubtful if medication to dissolve it would work. Also don’t think you could pass such a large stone. Maybe ERCP might remove it  orally?  Not sure. It is quite large. 

    Nobody in their right mind wants surgery, but sometimes there’s simply no other option. If your gallbladder is making stones and they’re causing symptoms, surgery is the best option. Leaving in a gallbladder that isn’t functioning can cause so many other, and much more serious, problems. Yes surgery itself is not without problems but these are usually transient and after a few weeks you are more or less back to normal. 

    You don’t mention symptoms, but I’d eat a low fat diet and try and shed a few pounds even if you’re only slightly overweight as this makes surgery easier.

    Hope all goes well.

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      Well if your gallbladder was not working since 2011 I would think you would have multiple problems going on and tinnitus is not one of them !!!

      non functioning gallbladder has nothing to do with your tinnitus I’m sure.

      however you would have very pale stools for one , have you ?

      you also would have very dark urine , have you ?

      you would also have many digestive issues .like d or constipation.have you ?

      gas wind,feeling sick ,being sick.are you ?

      stomache pains and bloating. Are you ?

      thats to name but a few and if you don’t have at least some of these symptoms!!

      i would be inclined to say that I do not be leave that your gallbladder has not been working since 2011 and get a hide scan repeated and other testing done !!

      kindest regards.

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      well that don’t sound like fun or anything someone could carry on living a normal life with ! Does it ?

      i mean I just had mine out it turns gangrenous because I had a large stone blocking the cystic duct so I guess mine wasn’t functioning properly if at all .

      but surely if it’s not functional it’s going to get worse and infected eventually I would think ! 

      Would it not ?

      i mean don’t quote me on that I’m not a specialist and you would need to seek their advise ?

      but what are they saying ?

      as I would assume if it don’t work it needs to come out !!!

      but as I said don’t quote me on that !!

      wish you well.

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