stones after gall bladder surgery

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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 10/26/2007 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
My friend was just telling me her DIL just had surgery to remove stones that formed after she had her gall bladder out years ago. Apparantly the liver produces some form of stones that get into the intestines. They were removed by going down the throat into the intestine. She wasn't clear exactly where they were but that is how they got them. I am just passing this along since so many of you have had gall bladder's out and still experience pain. Apparantly this pain was very bad as she was rushed to surgery when they diagnosed the problem. You all probably know this but I didn't so passing it along.

Keriamon
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   Posted 10/29/2007 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmm. I have heard of people with stones having some stuck in their bile duct that didn't get removed when the gall bladder got removed, but I don't think I've heard of the liver itself producing them either.

Sarita
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   Posted 10/29/2007 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
You can form stones pretty much any time.  Extra chunks of cholesterol (mmm...) - and these can get lodged in the bile duct even after gallbladder surgery.  It just so happens that most stones are formed in the gallbladder and most of them don't become lodged in the bile duct, so it's a pretty rare occurrence for stones to form outside of the gallbladder AND become lodged in the bile duct.  But possible (as is pretty much anything else you can think of, in terms of medicine).

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Keriamon
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   Posted 10/30/2007 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I finally found a full description of how Welcol (including Questran and that other one) works. It binds up all of your bile (thus why it's good for us with too much floating around loose!), and keeps your body from reabsorbing it and reusing it. This makes your liver draw bad cholesterol out of your blood stream in order to make new bile. Apparently this isn't as effective for lowering your cholesterol as other medicines, but the only real side effect is constipation, and it doesn't interact with other medicines (only interferes with the absorption of some), so for some people it's better than nothing if their other medicine dictates they can't have typical cholesterol medicine.

I wonder, then, if Welchol (etc.) would help keep people from getting stones by causing such a derth of cholesterol that there's not enough of it to harden into stones?

Hey, Sarita, there's you a clinical study to do for one of your final tests/thesis!
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