Gallstones Treatment

Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery) is the primary treatment for gallstones that are causing pain, inflammation or infection. This surgery is the only way to prevent gallstones.

Gallstones Treatment in Burlington, VT

Gallstones treatment options at Fletcher Allen include:


Cholecystectomy is a common surgery and the risk of complications is small. This gallbladder removal surgery can be performed one of two ways:

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

This is typically the preferred method since it is minimally invasive and healing time is shorter. The surgeon inserts a tiny video camera and special surgical tools through four small incisions to see inside your abdomen and remove the gallbladder.

Open Surgery

If your gallbladder cannot be removed laparoscopically, then surgeons may use one large incision.

Medications for Gallstones

Patients with gallstones who cannot have surgery may be treated with medications. However, these medications aren't commonly used since it may take months or years to dissolve your gallstones in this way.

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