Marion & Rain,
Thanks for the response. I think I will go ahead and have gallbladder out. It seems everyone I ask think its a good thing to do.
No, the first stricture was not biopsied. Nor the second. Don't know about scarring after first ERCP. But my surgeon didnt indicate to me that he thought that was a possible cause.
I have Lyme Disesse, I'm wondering if it could cause the strictures. Kind of an odd thought, but something is causing the strictures. If its not one if the known causes, and its not cancer, it's a mystery.
Another question. The surgeon talked about putting in stents. He mentioned they could be put in during surgery or another ERCP. How do they determine that? Maybe I should have them done at same time of removing gallbladder?
Oh, another question - do the brushings aggravate things? Is there a greater chance of pancreatitis? Thanks!