August 14, 2014

Emergency Gallstone Surgery: Do You Need It, Or Can You Afford To Wait?

Gallstone pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit emergency rooms. Figuring out who needs emergency gallbladder removal and who can be sent home and schedule surgery at their convenience is a tricky question, and it isn’t always answered correctly. A new Mayo Clinic study found that 1 in 5 patients who went to the emergency room with gallbladder pain and were sent home returned to the ER within 30 days needing emergency gallbladder removal, and the surgical complication rate and likelihood of needing open surgery rather than a minimally invasive procedure rose with the delay before surgery. Lead author Juliane Bingener-Casey, M.D., a gastroenterologic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., explains. For more information, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Credit: Mayo Clinic

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