Gallbladder polyps are quite common and a lot of patients ask us what can be done about them.
Polyps in the gallbladder usually do not cause any symptoms and are generally discovered incidentally during an upper abdominal ultrasound. If one or more polyps have been found in your gallbladder, you should have another ultrasound in three to six months to check if they’ve increased in size. Gallbladder polyps should not have increased in size significantly after that time. If a polyp has turned cancerous, it usually becomes substantially larger in that time frame.
Some doctors recommend the gallbladder be removed if a polyp is greater than 0.4 inches in size because of the risk it may turn cancerous. This is usually not necessary. It’s best to just keep monitoring it with ultrasounds and in the meantime, follow the healthy guidelines in our book, Save your Gallbladder Naturally and what to do if you have already lost it.
Since polyps can be a precancerous condition, it is important to increase your intake of vegetables and try to make your diet as healthy as possible. Selenium and Vitamin D can help to strengthen your immune system.