Posted by: Just me | 2006/10/27

Gallstones during pregnancy

I am 25 weeks pregnant. Through heavy abdominal pains discovered a gallstone. I have to remove my gallbladder before 28 weeks of pregnancy - will it be safe for the baby? Experts say its best to remove it now than wait for a possible infected gallbladder that might cause problems for the baby if I am in a later stage of pregnancy. I am still not sure what to do. Any advise?

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It is a problem either way, but probably safer to have it removed now, than have an emergency later. Abdominal operations can cause preterm labour, but there are drugs to stop this.

Best wishes

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Posted by: Anon | 2006/10/27

I will definitely get a second opinion... Problem is that if one of the galstones get stuck in the tube then it is a big problem. But I am not sure if it will be safe to take it out... I had my galbladder remove and it is very painfull. Luckily only for a day or two and then it gets much better, but still I dont think any operation is goood while you are pregnant. If i was you i would go to a surgeon and gets his opinion. Maybe see what Gyneo doc says as well. But you will have to think this thing through carefully. I am sure the medical professionals will know what is possible and what is not. I have heard that you can get a operation without anestetics, so that should be okay. It is luckily a quick operation. Well it should be a quick operation... Good luck I will be thinking of you.. I am sure youwill make the right decision.

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