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Gallstones Specialist

Leo Treyzon, MD

Gastroenterologist & Clinical Nutrition Specialist located in Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers & Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Treyzon is skilled in providing the most advanced treatment options for gallstones in his Cedars Sinai Medical Towers, Los Angeles and Santa Monica, CA, patients, using state-of-the-art technology to diagnose stones and determine the most appropriate treatment options for relief of symptoms and better overall health.

Gallstones Q&A

What are Gallstones?

Gallstones are hardened deposits of varying size that form in the gallbladder, but can move to through to other parts of the biliary tract (into ducts that carry bile from the gallbladder to the small intestine). It is possible to have one gallstone or multiple.

What are the Symptoms of Gallstones?

The majority of gallstones do not cause any symptoms. However, some people do experience symptoms, most commonly sudden, right upper abdominal pain. Other symptoms can include:

  • Central abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Jaundice
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting

How are Gallstones Diagnosed?

If gallstones are suspected, imaging can be ordered. For visualization of the gallbladder, abdominal ultrasound or CT or is ordered, whereas HIDA scan, MRI, or ERCP is used for imaging of the bile ducts. Blood tests can also be drawn to check liver function and investigate potential complications.

How are Gallstones Treated?

Most often, gallstones that do not cause symptoms do not require treatment. For those that are symptomatic, it is possible to try medications that dissolve the gallstones. However, this can take time and is not always effective. Alternatively, a surgery can be preformed to remove the gallbladder (called a cholecystectomy).

Insurances We Work With

Here is a list of just some of the plans we work with -- depending on your insurance plan, your co-pay due upon the visit is variable. You might be responsible for a small co-pay like $10, or you might be responsible for the full amount. It is dependent on your insurance unmet deductible, which insurance network you are in, and other insurance factors. Please contact our office if you have any questions. We can verify on the phone what your co-pay would be. Please note that we are not contracted with Medicare. If a claim is submitted to your insurance, we submit the necessary billing forms ourselves.

Anthem Blue Cross of California
Director's Guild (DGA)
Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
United Healthcare
Writers Guild