If I have gallstones, do I have to have surgery?

I believe I have have suffered from gallstones for years. I did have an ultrasound done this week which shows that I do have gallstones. If I am careful about my diet, it doesn't really bother me. But, yes, if I eat too much fat, I do get a lot of indigestion and discomfort. Last week I did have a full... show more I believe I have have suffered from gallstones for years. I did have an ultrasound done this week which shows that I do have gallstones.

If I am careful about my diet, it doesn't really bother me. But, yes, if I eat too much fat, I do get a lot of indigestion and discomfort. Last week I did have a full blown gallbladder attack that was baad from too much fattening food!

I have a feeling my doctor is going to want me to have the gallbladder out. But, if I prefer to not have surgery and just stick to a low fat diet, would this be a safe alternative?
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