I am a male age 61 in generally good health-cholesterol about 200 on a 40mg daily statin
I saw my GP after having what appeared to be Irritable Bowel Syndrome(exact symptoms that appeared on medical websites). He gave me an antibiotic recommended Metamucil and an ultrasound of the abdomen area.
After the completing the meds and taking the metamucil, I felt fine.
The GP called me with the results of the ultrasound report, it showed the galbladder was distended, with stones and signs of being calcified, (not exact wording) Other organs viewed in the ultrasound were identified as being normal. He said I need to talk to a surgeon to have my galbladder removed.
Then he emphasized by saying it has the potential to turn cancerous. This was just before Christmas and said I will wait until after the holidays. He called after the holidays to follow up with a recommended surgeon. I want to think because he has a genuine concern about my health. Still did not make an appointment.
I did a lot of research, including watching the operation on youtube (probably not a good idea). and reading about everything from "I went home the same day and had no problems" to "on going problems months after the surgery" and the potential side effects. It appears to be a very high volumn procedure in the US. I have talked to family members and friends that have gone through it, they have different opinions pro and con.
My question, I have no discomfort or pain at all. The IBS hasn't returned. Is there an immediate need for such a radical procedure based on the findings of the ultrasound (no other testing has been done)?
Thanks in advance for your reply