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It probably depends on what is causing the gallbladder problems. Is it gallstones, polyps, "sludge", inflammation, or problems with billiary ducts?

I failed the HIDA scan at 23%; the ultrasound could only detect a small polyp. My GI doc has placed me on Ursodiol, there is a similar product called actigall, which is supposed to help dissolve sludge and some types of stones. The ursodiol treatment can take up to one year, is rather expensive and the problem may reoccur. I am also taking large quantities of fish oil per the doctors instructions.

In my case this treatment has over the past six months greatly reduced the pain that I had in my ribs, back and right side of my abdomen. I am glad that my doctor is conservative about surgery.

Each case is different and the bottom line in my opinion is the amount of pain that one his having to put up with.
[QUOTE=Collector167;3268312]I failed the HIDA scan at 23%; the ultrasound could only detect a small polyp. My GI doc has placed me on Ursodiol, there is a similar product called actigall, which is supposed to help dissolve sludge and some types of stones. The ursodiol treatment can take up to one year, is rather expensive and the problem may reoccur. I am also taking large quantities of fish oil per the doctors instructions.

Hi, just want to see if there is an update on Ursodiol/Omega 3 Fish Oil? I "might" have sludge as well but my Doctor says Cholecystectomy is better than Ursodiol for me. (I am 35 yrs old with no gallbladder pain! But 7% HIDA).
I recently went to the gastro for the one year follow-up on the ursodiol and omega-3 regimen. I am now down to half dose of 500mg of urso, but Dr. recommends that I stay at 3000mg of omega-3 a day. Virtually all pain has disappeared, along with unusual noises from the digestive system and loose bowels. The only lingering sign is the color of stools (TMI), which have not returned to a medium brown and remain a medium tan color.

One of the benefits of the omega-3 as I understand it, is that it acts as an anti-inflammatory, which can be important because gallbladders can become inflamed and fail to function properly, regardless of whether there are stones and sludge.

My key test has always been pain, if it had become increasingly painful I would have had them to remove it. I also understand that those taking urso frequently have recurrences within five years. So far so good.