Talking to Your Doctor About Gallstones
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Do not be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Why do I have this condition?
- Is there any genetic influence that I should be aware of?
- Based on my symptoms, what other diseases could cause the same symptoms?
- How do you make the diagnosis?
- What are the pros and cons of surgery? Medicines?
- What type of surgical procedures are appropriate for me?
- How long does it take for the medication to work?
- Will I continue to be in pain even after I start the medicine?
- How long will I be out of work if I have surgery?
- What are the chances of the gallstones recurring after surgery?
- What are the chances of the gallstones recurring if I take medicines?
- How long before I feel better if I use the other treatments?
- Should I change my diet? If so, how?
- Can I ever eat fatty food again?
- Will changing my diet reduce my risk of getting gallstones again after they have been treated?
- Can you recommend a registered dietitian (RD) to help me with dietary changes?
- How can I lose weight safely?
- What exercises should I do?
- Are there any alternative treatments I can try?
American College of Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.facs.org .
American Gastroenterological Association website. Available at: http://www.acg.gi.org .
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov .
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
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