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Gallbladder surgery while on blood thinners

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Hi,

My father is a heart patient and has been prescribed blood thinners.

He has also got a stone in his gall bladder that is being managed with medicine and a restricted diet.

When he was about to go into surgery for stone removal here in India, the surgeon advised he would have to stop the blood thinners but the heart doctor advised against stopping the blood thinners.

Are you able to refer me to a surgeon in USA or anywhere else who is known to be able to do a gall bladder surgery while the patient is on blood thinners.

My father is 55 years old and his stomach is swollen due to the stone in his gall bladder.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated in this situation
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replied November 14th, 2009
In general, nobody should undergo gallbladder surgery while fully anticoagulated. An alternative, however (if the patient's blocked coronary arteries cannot be stented or bypassed), is to undergo the gallbladder surgery while the patient is taking low-dose aspirin and very low levels of blood thinners. Then, shortly after surgery, the blood thinners can be rapidly resumed if there have been no bleeding complications from the surgery.


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