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What is the treatment of gallbladder pain?
If you have no gallbladder pain (even if you have gallstones but never had
pain), you need no treatment. Some patients who have had one or two
attacks may elect to avoid treatment. Pain during an acute attack is often
treated with morphine. The definitive treatment is to remove the gallbladder
(and/or the obstructing gallstones) by surgery. Currently, the surgical method
of choice is laparoscopic surgery, where the gallbladder is removed by
instruments using only small incisions in the abdomen. However, some patients may require more
extensive surgery. Usually, people do well once the gallbladder is removed.
Women who are pregnant are treated like women who are not pregnant, although
is a risk factor for cholesterol gallstone development. Although supportive care
is tried in women who are pregnant, acute cholecystitis is the second most common
surgical emergency in pregnancy (appendicitis is the first).