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My son is 6 years old and about a week ago we found out that he has 2 gallstones. he is asymptomatic and other then this a healthy boy. the doctor told us that our only option is surgery to remove his gallbladder in order to prevent the worst. i feel that this is not what i want but looking online i didn't find any other treatment for kids because it is something very rare. does anyone have a child with the same problem? what did you do? what are the long term effects from the surgery. anything else helpfull i should know? thanks

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hi im sorry about your child. this is alittle different but my mum had the same problem and she had the surgery, it was a day surgery afterwards she had to rest for a few days, but afterwards she has had no problems at all is now very happy she had the surgery and has no problems. im just thinking if my mum aged 46 can have the surgery and be ok after im sure you child would heal quicker and take the surgery alot better. i hope this helps alittle bit.

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Oh gosh, please no. Don't agree to this surgery, especially if he is asymptomatic. Surgery should be a last resort, especially in children! Please get a second opinion, and a third, and a fourth if necessary. Any doctor who would resort to surgery on an asymptomatic child is just looking to make some quick money. Why not use Ursodiol or one of the other prescription gallstone-dissolving medications? Yes, they are expensive and take a long time to work. But good heavens, just read the other posts from people who have had their gallbladders removed, and the lifelong misery many of them are sentenced to as a result. Once it's gone, you cannot EVER put that organ back!!



If you have no health insurance, look up an NIS.gov study called "Rowachol--a possible treatment for cholesterol gallstones". Ask your doctor about it, and about figuring out an appropriate dose for a 6 year old child. (effective dose at which large gallstones dissolved in adults was 16 capsules per day, divided into 4 doses). It will still cost about $70-$100 per month (compared to triple that for Ursodiol or its relatives), but even that is still much cheaper than surgery, or the lifelong effects of having no gallbladder..
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