Gall stones

Your GP will have referred you to GI Choice for management of your gall stones which may be causing you problems with pain or a blockage of one of the tubes that bile flows down (bile ducts). You will be offered an appointment the same week to see one of our surgical team specializing in this type of problem (Neil Pearce, Mo’d Abu-Hilal). During your appointment we will take a full history, undertake a thorough examination and offer a preliminary opinion. The next step will usually be to obtain some further blood tests and then (if you haven’t had one already) to arrange a scan with one of our radiologists (Hacking, Stedman). The scan will usually take place on the same day.

After this we will discuss with you the diagnosis and arrange for further management which will often be keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery to remove your gallbladder.

Where there is a blockage of the bile duct it will be necessary to relieve this as soon as possible prior to surgery by performing an ERCP.