How are gallstones treated?
If gallstones are causing pain and other symptoms, your child’s doctor will probably recommend removing the gallbladder. Most of the time, this is done in a minimally invasive surgery called a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Children are under general anesthesia for gallbladder removal and usually go home the next day.
Children with severe gallstone symptoms may spend a few days in the hospital before surgery. We treat them with pain medication and IV fluids to get them ready for the operation.
Why choose us to treat gallstones?
At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we diagnose and treat many patients with cholelithiasis every year. Our Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery was recently ranked #1 in the nation by US News & World Report for our expertise and results. We pride ourselves on quicker recovery times, less pain and fewer missed days of school. Our whole team — from ultrasound technicians, to nurses, to surgeons and anesthesiologists — is dedicated to bringing the very best care to the children we care for.