DEAR DOCTOR K: I was recently diagnosed with gallstones, and my doctor recommended surgery. Is this the best option, or can I consider other treatments?
DEAR READER: Gallstones are pebble-like deposits that form inside the gallbladder, a pouch that sits below the liver. It collects bile that has been made in the liver, then releases it into the small intestine through narrow tubes called bile ducts. Bile is a fluid that helps with digestion. It contains salts, cholesterol and bilirubin.