Sorry if I left anybody out, but I was specifically asking some names who have spoken from experience on this subject.
I have a strange question. Why isn't it possible for a doctor to simply open up somebody's gall bladder, remove any large stones that are causing a blockage (because they are too large too pass through the biliary duct), and sew it back up? They can operate on urinary bladders, can't they? It just seems to me that if they could identify a large stone(s) in the gall bladder as being the potential source of a cholestasis problem, that they could (and would) simply remove the stone(s) surgically without removing the entire gall bladder itself.
I haven't seen any mention of this on the board. And I'm only wondering because there may be many people with recurring GB pain that actually have a large stone in there but are unaware of it because they haven't had an ultrasound.
Any ideas? Hanna, have you considered this option for your large stone, or have you already been there, done that, and refused the t-shirt? Ha!