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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