Why do Gallstones form?
Women, particularly between the ages of 20 and 60 years, are more likely to form gallstones than men. In general, those over 60 (men and women) are at a higher risk of developing gallstones.
What problems can gallstones cause?
Often, gallstones remain “silent” and do not cause any symptoms at all. Silent gallstones are usually discovered by accident when tests are done for other problems.
Surgery for gallstones
Gallstones are best treated by an operation that removes the gallbladder. Some medicines do exist that may gradually dissolve gallstones, if taken over a period of time.