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Q: How can you dissolve gallstones without surgery?

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Nonsurgical ways to dissolve gallstones include:

  • Dissolving cholesterol gallstones with medication called ursodiol

  • Lithotripsy to break up gallstones, making them easier to dissolve with ursodiol

  • Endoscopy

Do not try to dissolve gallstones naturally, including apple cider vinegar, which does not dissolve gallstones.

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  1. Treatment for Gallstones. National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/gallstones/treatment
  2. What to do about gallstones. Harvard Health Publishing. https://www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/what-to-do-about-gallstones