Silent gallstones typically don't require surgery

About 70% of people with gallstones have the silent type -- stones that don't give them any pain or trouble, says Dr. Paul Donohue in his medical column. He says for these people, gallbladder surgery is not needed. People who have a true gallbladder attack, however, benefit most from removal of the gallbladder because of the pain and debilitating effects associated with these episodes.

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