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Why after 140 years, is the primary surgical treatment for gallstones to still just chop out the gallbladder?

I share your feelings about gallbladder removal being barbaric. Here is some reasoning why most gallbladder conditions are treated by gallbladder removal. Alternative treatments, such as gallstone ...
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Why can one not simply remove gallstones, not the whole gallbladder?

According to this article from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Gallstones do not go away on their own. Some can be temporarily managed by making dietary ...
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Can ulcer pain be distinguished from gallstone pain?

Even a gastroenterologist may not be able to reliable differentiate between the stomach ulcer and gallstone pain just from history/physical examination. This is typical (but not obligatory): ...
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How/why is it possible for a body to produce gallstones -- yrs after gallbladder was removed?

So, they never officially confirmed if the problem 9 years ago was from gallstones? After the gallbladder is removed, a doctor usually cuts it and checks if there is any stone in it, so if it were, ...
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Does this paper report miscalculated metrics?

As the other answer points out, the authors here have clearly calculated the positive and negative predictive values (PPV and NPV) rather than sensitivity/specificity. They report these clearly in ...
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Does this paper report miscalculated metrics?

It seems that they meant to say PPV(positive predictive value) and NPV instead of sensitivity and specificity. This provided a positive predictive value (PPV) of 0.85 and a negative predictive value (...
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Why after 140 years, is the primary surgical treatment for gallstones to still just chop out the gallbladder?

Simple answer. "Once a stone former, always a stone former" "Gallstones recur in about 50% of patients, and that the risk of recurrence is confined mainly to the first 5 years after dissolution." ...
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