Alternatives to gallbladder surgery
I didn't realize that I wasn't supposed to post this on different boards and so it was deleted. I deleted the other post and am reposting this here. I appreciate any replies!
I have had mild gallbladder symptoms for years, although, until this week I didn't know it was my gallbladder.
I would have the mid-chest pain and fullness feeling after eating certain foods. A year ago I suffered a bad attack that sent me to the ER. They diagnosed me with reflux and sent me home.
Had continuing symptoms but no pain until last Sunday. I started having pain @ 4PM after eating a fatty meal. By Monday evening with no relief, I went to the ER. Diagnosed with reflux again.
I called my regular Dr in the AM and had an untrasound which determined gallstones.The DR did blood work which showed a high liver function count?
I was scheduled for Surgery yesterday to remove my gallbladder. Went to the surgery floor, had the IV started. Met with the Anesthesiologist and then the surgeon. With 20 minutes to go, the Dr asked @ the high liver function?
Next thing I know I am being sent home without the surgery. They think I might have a stone stuck in the bilary ducts. I need to go to a medical center 3 hours away and have an ERCP done.
I am nervous about all this and think I do need the ERCP as I am still jaundiced, but after that stone is removed, do I still need to have my gallbladder out?
Can I control this with diet alone? My regular Dr said I had a few large stones in my GB so I am afraid of a flush. Is there anything I can do to soften or shrink the stones?
I would really like to avoid surgery and I am prepared to change my diet and do what ever I can to prevent surgery.