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Treatments for Gallstones in Children

Your Child's Care Begins Here

Children with gallstones are in a lot of pain, so you want expert treatment as soon as possible.

Welcome to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Here, you’ll meet some of the most experienced pediatric gastroenterologists in Michigan. Our treatment approach starts with medicine to help dissolve those gallstones. We also know that gallstone surgery is sometimes the more effective approach. Removing the gallbladder may be necessary. Children usually recover from this surgery with no adverse side effects. Our pediatric surgeons are especially skilled in minimally invasive high-tech procedures that mean quicker recovery time for children with gallbladder disease. We'll find and remove those painful gallstones so your kid can get back to a normal, active life. This is the right path and you’re in the right place.

Treatments We Provide

  • Endoscopic Surgery

    Surgeons use a thin scope-and-camera apparatus to find and remove small gallstones and other abnormalities in the gallbladder.

  • Gallbladder Surgery

    Gallbladder removal is usually done using minimally invasive surgical techniques for smaller scars and faster recovery. Your child can live a full life without a gallbladder.

  • Hospitalization with IV Treatment

    Hospitalization may be needed so that supplemental nutrition can be administered intravenously. We can also administer IV pain medicine and antibiotics to fight infection.

  • Oral Dissolution Therapy

    Medicine made from bile acid is sometimes used to dissolve small gallstones.