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  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

    This procedure allows the stones to pass into your intestine.

  • Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

    This is a common surgery performed when stones are stuck in your gallbladder and cannot be removed. Your body can still work well without your gallbladder and you can have a healthy life.

  • Percutaneous drainage/cholecystostomy

    This procedure temporarily removes the blockage and drains any infection.

  • Methyl-tert-butyl ether

    Your GI doctor will inject this solution directly into your gallbladder to dissolve the stones.





  • Physical exam

    We can accurately diagnose your gallstones through a medical examination and review of your past health history.

  • Ultrasound

    Your GI doctor may order ultrasound imaging to create images of your internal organs on a computer screen.

  • HIDA scan (cholescintigraphy)

    This test checks for any abnormal contractions of the gallbladder or blockages in your bile ducts.

  • Blood test

    Your GI doctor may order a blood test to check for signs of infection, blockage, liver problems, jaundice, or pancreatitis.

  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan

    Your GI doctor may order a CT scan of your gallbladder to locate gallstones, check for infection, or bursting of the gallbladder or bile ducts.

  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

    In this test, your GI specialist can see the inside of your organs on a video screen to check for any problems.