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Post Gallbladder Surgery Diet

Drink plenty of fruit juice, but avoid pulp, when recovering from a gallbladder operation.
Drink plenty of fruit juice, but avoid pulp, when recovering from a gallbladder operation.

Wondering about your diet after gallbladder surgery? I was too! Many doctors will tell you that you can return to a normal diet after a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery) But, for many people that is simply not the case. So, what can you eat? Are there any foods you should avoid? Keep reading to find out!

I had my gallbladder removed using a procedure called laparoscopic cholecystectomy in October 2010. The fact that it was a laparoscopic surgery meant that the healing process after surgery was faster and easier. However, my doctor told me it was still important to make sure that I ate the right foods after surgery to aid in healing and avoid digestive issues.

A few days after my surgery I started to feel hungry again and then I started to really wonder what exactly the right foods were. So, I've done a lot of research on the topic and decided to share it here so that others can hopefully benefit from my experience! If you will be having surgery or know someone who is having surgery to remove the gallbladder, I hope you find this useful!

24 Hours After Surgery

For the first 2-3 days after surgery, you probably won't be very hungry. Anesthesia can cause nausea and it is generally recommended that you stay on a clear liquid diet for 24 hours after surgery. After that the anesthesia has cleared out of your system completely.

Note: A clear liquid diet means that you can pretty much eat anything you can see through.

Also, remember that although the outside of your body does not look very traumatized (if you had a laparoscopic surgery) you did just go through a trauma. Your organs are adjusting to the effects of the gas that was used during surgery as well as the fact that an organ was removed.

Clear Liquid Diet

  • Water
  • Broth
  • Jell-O
  • Fruit juice, without pulp (apple, grape, or cranberry are best)
  • Clear soda (avoid caffeine)
  • Tea
  • Popsicles (without bits of fruit)

For Two Weeks Post-Surgery

Grilled chicken, but not fried, is safe to eat during the first two to three weeks after surgery.
Grilled chicken, but not fried, is safe to eat during the first two to three weeks after surgery.

After 24 hours, you can start eating more solid food. Remember to take it slow. Instead of eating three big meals, spread it out to 5 or 6 very small meals over the course of the day. I know from personal experience that I felt full even after eating only a little bit! Listen to your body and if you start feeling full, stop eating!

You can of course continue to eat items from the clear liquid diet. Your nausea may return even a few days after surgery. Sometimes a little broth or tea will help you feel better when you're feeling nauseous.

It would be impossible to list everything that may be tolerated since everyone is different. I have listed some suggestions based on what worked for me and for people I know.

  • Soup (Avoid creamy soups. Chicken noodle or similar soups are good.)
  • Mashed potatoes (Mix with broth instead of butter.)
  • Fruits (Moderate amounts.)
  • Bananas (Avoid if you're having problems with constipation.)
  • Toast (Use minimal amounts of butter or none at all.)
  • Rice (Avoid if you are having problems with constipation.)
  • Applesauce (Avoid if you are having problems with constipation.)
  • Oatmeal
  • Chicken (Not fried.)
  • Crackers

Avoid These Foods

  • Generally, you should avoid any foods that gave you pain before surgery.
  • It will take a while for your body to learn how to digest fats, so you should stick to a low-fat diet for at least a few weeks after surgery. Reintroduce them very slowly.
  • Dairy products and too much fiber can also cause problems.
  • The BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) should be avoided if you are having problems with constipation. However, if you are having diarrhea you may want to eat more of these foods.
  • Fried food
  • Dairy products (especially cheese)
  • Peanut butter
  • Red meat
  • Greasy foods
  • Raw vegetables
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol (especially if you're on prescription pain pills.)

Bile Salts

Bile Salts can help aid in the digestion of fats. They seem to work particularly well for people who have had their gallbladders removed and can not tolerate fatty meals. If you are continue to experience digestion issues and bloating months after your gallbladder removal, you might want to consider adding bile salt supplements to your diet.

Three Weeks and Beyond

  • You should be able to begin re-introducing your old favorite foods 3 or 4 weeks after surgery. Remember to take it slow and listen to your body. It could take months to completely adjust to the removal of your gallbladder.
  • If your diet was poor before surgery, don't return to the same diet after you have healed from surgery. For the health of your liver, keep fat intake to a minimal level. As with any healthy diet, you want to keep your meals well balanced with fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, and dairy.
  • Be careful not to eat too much in one sitting. Your body will most likely digest food more slowly and eating too much will cause indigestion. Add new food back into your diet slowly and listen to your body. If something makes you sick return to more bland foods for awhile and try again in a week or so.

For the rest of your life, your liver will be compensating for the loss of your gallbladder. It's important to eat foods that help support the liver. It's also important to eat for the health of your intestinal tract which will help you avoid indigestion. The following food will help support your liver and intestines and should be fairly easy for your body to handle.

  • High fiber foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains)
  • Non-fat yogurt
  • Flax seed or hemp seed oil (contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and can be taken in supplement form)
  • Protein (Fish and chicken are best. Avoid beef and pork.)
  • Cottage cheese

Cottage cheese is a great food for your long-term diet post gallbladder surgery.
Cottage cheese is a great food for your long-term diet post gallbladder surgery.

What Does a Gallbladder Do?

I assume if you're preparing to have your gallbladder out, then you know what it does. Here is a brief description just in case!

The gallbladder is located in your upper right abdomen, sort of behind your liver. It stores the bile that the liver creates. Bile is important for digestion. After you eat your gallbladder releases bile to help break down the food.

Sometimes gallbladders get "sick" and stop working correctly. You may develop cholecystitis, which is a swelling of the gallbladder. Cholecystitis can be caused by gallstones but also by infection. If cholecystitis and gallstones go untreated they can cause the gallbladder to burst, which is a very serious emergency.

The gallbladder is an important organ. No, it's not necessary in order to live, but it does make life easier (unless it goes bad!). After gallbladder removal, the liver has to work harder to help digest foods and filter waste. The liver can no longer rely on the gallbladder to store the bile it produces, which means the bile is continuously dripping out of the liver into your stomach.

When you eat a meal that is high in fat, the liver must work extra hard to try to provide enough bile to help you digest it. For these reasons, it's very important to watch what you eat. Your body will eventually adjust, and you will most likely be able to start eating food that you enjoy again, but this can take months or even years.

Have You Had Your Gallbladder Removed?

  • Yes, I had it removed recently
  • Yes, I had it removed more than a year ago
  • No, but I will be having it removed soon
  • No, my gallbladder is healthy
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The Gall Bladder Survival Guide

Written by a man who has survived a sick gall bladder, had it removed and suffered through many post-surgery side effects, this book is a must have for anyone who has undergone gall bladder removal surgery!

I am 4 years out from my surgery and don't really miss my gall bladder anymore. But, I have had a lot of symptoms of malabsorbtion lately and I was surprised to learn that not having a gallbladder can mean that your body does not absorb nutrients like it should. This book was incredibly helpful to me in figuring out how to eat right for my gall bladder-less body.

The Gall Bladder Survival Guide: How to live a normal life with a missing or dysfunctional gall bladder.
The Gall Bladder Survival Guide: How to live a normal life with a missing or dysfunctional gall bladder.

Easy to read, concise information. You do not need to be a doctor to understand this book and improve your health.

 

Have you had your gallbladder removed? Did you find these tips helpful? What foods worked or didn't work for you after surgery?

I want to thank all of the wonderful people who have commented here and shared their stories and advice! It means so much to me. I'm glad this is a place where people can feel comfortable talking about uncomfortable things. I want you to know I read every comment (even though I can't always respond) Also, when you comment here, you are helping the next person who reads this page. Thank you!

Gallbladder Diet Feedback 1234 comments

Frank 6 days ago

I am 4 yrs post -surgery and I have digestion and bowel problems constantly. Can weight gain be attributed to gallbladder removal? I read the DO NOT EAT list and wonder how does one survive without PIZZA? Seriously I eat venison and wild game and wonder if this diet is good since it doesn't contain fat. What about pasta? I continue to have frequent diarrhea with painful gas. Suggestions please.


Gee 5 weeks ago

I had my gallbladder removed almost 10 years ago and it still feels like I'm living a nightmare


Deb Bartels 6 weeks ago

I had my gallbladder removed two days ago and I feel great! I was admitted to hospital four days ago with a severe gallbladder attack. I was diagnosed four years ago with cirrhosis of the liver, stage 4 and, shortly after that diagnosis, I started having problems with my gallbladder. I have had very little appetite, pain most every time I ate, most times along with vomiting. I consumed Ensure daily to at least get some nutrients into me. It was horrible and I was sick all the time. Finally, the day after admission to hospital, I had a procedure to remove a gallstone. My gallbladder was infected and inflamed and my pancreas was also severely inflamed. The next morning I was booked for a laparoscopic removal of my gallbladder. That evening, I ate my first meal of solid food (moderately, of course!) and I felt wonderful! I took my time, because I kept waiting for usual flare-ups that had always occurred whenever I would try to eat regular food. I took the advice from this article and I try to eat the "good" foods, in moderation, with small helping throughout the day and I still avoid certain foods that I had trouble with before my painful experience with my gallbladder. I have had minimal pain post-op and am grateful for that, considering the pain I had been living with the past few years was almost unbearable. I feel better than I have in years and I am so, so grateful to be getting my appetite back!


HA! 7 weeks ago

Had removal 6 months ago... still can't eat practically ANYTHING without some discomfort.. and that includes supposedly "good" food such as fruits and veggies. Doesn't matter what I ingest.. my stomach will feel horrible 5 minutes later.


Dustin Allen 2 months ago

I had surgery four days ago. Just wanted to say thank you this site has been helpful. Although for me I have eaten anything I wanted in the past two days and it really didn't make any difference! I think I just got lucky! I wish the best to all of you!! I did have some.signifigant post op pain but am feeling better now.


Ally 2 months ago

Had mine out when i was 16 its been 10 years. Mine went bad the summer before i turned 15. I heard the doctor tell my mom when she took my to the Er "if you wouldn't have brought her in when you did she would have died in the next 24 hours "its been soooooo long and im just now doing the reserch about it. I had NO idea that half the foods i eat i wasn't supposed to be eating. Still can't eat hardly anything without getting sick. Was in er again and decided to start doing reserch on the gall baldder. Now im like OMG thats why im always throughing up now my best friends mom had hers out i texted my friend and told her don't let your mom eat these foods with the list. Now im definitely going to eat better. I never want to go to the Er for this again. Thank you sooooooo much for this list and information


BunnyFriend 3 months ago

I had my gall bladder removed 7 days ago. I am fortunate to enjoy good health (apart from the dastardly gall bladder) and went into the surgery very fit. I am sure this has helped a quick recovery. Despite the surgery taking twice as long as expected due to a "extremely difficult gall bladder to remove" (surgeon's words), I have experienced rapid recovery in the last 7 days. There was considerable initial core pain and some shoulder pain but this lessened quickly over the initial four days. I had found this blog before surgery so stocked up on the foods recommended and have stuck to this plan except accelerated slightly (had a small handful of fries last night and worked in a croissant) and not had any problems. Except for experiencing a loss of appetite and rapid fullness after only eating small meals I have not seen any other change.

A good friend who is an anesthesiologist recommended that I take a probiotic (1 capsule of 3 - 5 billion per capsule daily) for a month post op to help my digestive system recover from the antibiotics given during surgery. This may well have helped in my relative ease of adjusting to eating post op. She also recommended that I take magnesium malate (4 capsules of 250 mg daily 4 hours apart) for a month post op to assist in muscle healing and also digestion. You may wish to ask your doctor about these supplements.

Having read many of the posts on this blog I feel so fortunate to have had a smooth and quick recovery (albeit still in progress). Good luck to all those experiencing post op difficulties.


Helen 4 months ago

Hi have started reading the posts on here and thank god. I had my gall bladder removed a little over 2 weeks ago, and have been in terrible pain since with my back and constipation plus feeling exhausted. It is different from one day to the next.

Feeling lethargic is the worst.

I find the only relief for the back pain is to have a hot shower, which helps for about an hour, I am/was starting to feel depressed especially when my girls are telling me they are getting worried over how long I am taking to get over this.

This thread is very helpful, thank you


Anna 4 months ago

I just had my gall bladder out 2 days ago. I'm still jaundiced & get tired easily. But the stitches are hurting less every days. I had severe pain a week before my surgery & I thought it was food poisoning so I treated it the natural way & I was fine for a week. Then the pain returned & wouldn't go away so I asked my husband to call an ambulance. Was taken to the ER straight away & they figured out that it was my gall bladder.

I was then transferred to a care unit where I waited to get an ERCP. After the ERCP they told me they took out stones the size of my pinkie & lots of puss. The docs said I needed my gall bladder out. I was in so much pain I would've done anything to stop it so I said okay. They kept me waiting two days as I kept getting bumped from the surgery list. Finally had the surgery very late in the evening on July 16. Was released from hospital July 17.

Now I'm at home recovering. I'm glad to be home & reading this article was helpful. Now I have some guidelines to follow along with my other research. But the docs really didn't give much guidance as to after care post surgery. I understand they are busy & probably exhausted but even just a pamphlet would've been nice.


Cajundego 10 months ago

Had my GB out today. Was able to count 45 stones with the smallest the size of corn in the photo I saw. (anxious to see what the pathology count is). I was told to eat "low fat for a month" and that was it. Glad I came across this website. Thank you for the advice.


Johnd420 14 months ago

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ReviewsfromSandy 19 months ago from Wisconsin

Seems like gallbladder problems are more common lately. Thanks for explaining this more. Appreciate the add to my chicken noodle soup.


PJ 23 months ago

Had my removed almost 3yrs ago , glad to hear I'm not crazy. I can go weeks without any issues. But when I do its bad usually last 30mintues or so about 4 trips to bathroom and severe stomach pain that can bring to your knees. Its weird I can eat something one day it won't bother me the

The next day it will about kill me forget Burger King hurts every time. Thanks for the info


Vera J 2 years ago

I had GB surgery on 10/1/14... Still having pains, scared to eat, but have been eating progresso chicken soup... My concerns are When is it alright to bathe/ shower?? Cause these birds bath's are getting a little irritating!!! Please help me!!! ( glad I live alone!)


Jon 2 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed this year back in January and I'm 17 I've been seeing weight gain and I'm very active and don't eat that many foods that are unhealthy. But I've realized Everytime I eat hard boiled eggs my stomach hurts a lot and I get diarreah.


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TJHousel 2 years ago from NE Ohio

I honestly had no idea that I had gallbladder issues before I ended up in the hospital after a nine day illness that ended up being a gallbladder attack. My gallbladder nearly burst, I had pancreatitis, hepatitis, and felt miserable. After my emergency gallbladder removal the doctors said eat anything. Um, worst advice ever. Then, I went into panic mode and foolishly decided to only eat things that flew or swam (advice from my grandmother) and ended up sick with low potassium. I love your diet advice and wish I had found it six months ago when I was struggling to find what I could and could not eat. Great job!


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Scarlettohairy 2 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

Well, this sounds like a pain! I would miss many of those foods.


kerrygal 2 years ago

I had mine taken out when I was 2 months old, now at the age of 18 I've had this mystery list of foods that would upset my stomach. My parents ruled out doughnuts and sugary breakfast foods because I tended to have more issues with stomach aches in the morning. Over the years a few hunches led me to believe the stomach aches were from butterflies or nervous feelings, but after a week of observation we realized that had not much to do with anything. I tried cutting gluten out, thinking that may have been the culprit to the indigestion and wicked bad stomach aches, but that showed very little changes except no stomach aches but that led me to look closer at how crappy some of the gluten foods i was eating were,for example muffins, mac and cheese, fried chicken, etc. sometimes I find that salad upsets my stomach.

The whole gallbladder removal diet is so hard to get down, I feel it will take me many more years to get the hang of it considering I dont really know what its like to have one in the first place. But this article seems very accurate and I'm gonna try to abide by all the tips on this page. cutting down on cheese will deffinitely be the hardest on me.


kaleitamarie 2 years ago

This site has been very helpful. I find a lot of sites have a lot of conflicts in what you can and cannot eat. I know everyone adjusts differently to their gallbladder being removed so everyone will tolerate a variety of foods differently. I was just diagnosed with a non-functioning gallbladder as I have a 0% ejection fraction rate. I am not sure how this will effect me when it is removed as I have no bile (at least to my understanding) going into my gallbladder. When I went for a HIDA scan the radioactive dye tracer was not seen in my gallbladder at all. It was seen in my liver and then in my intestines.

I am hoping surgery will relieve me of all the pain and nausea and I can go back to my normal life after dealing with misdiagnosis's for over a year and a half.


getsmartgrl 2 years ago

I'm having the surgery in two days so my husband has been doing the research. Up until now everything i had read made it more confusing so I put it off for two+ yrs. Since my health insurance is being cancelled and my deduct. is paid i thought now is as good as time as any... I'm thinking how stupid I've been for waiting this long. Thanks for your info.. It truly has put the seriousness of a hurt gallbladder in perspective and the post-surgery in a better light. Thank to hubby! Xo


alison-curtis-714 2 years ago

I had my op on 11 June, after suffering gb attacks that left me vomiting, in extreme agony and literally unable to walk. I also have IBS. I was in the hospital for 6 hours, and came home with 30/500 cocodamol for pain. I cannot believe how well I feel, with only mild pain around the incisions and my back. My daughters researched a food list that I am sticking to. I have an idea they may have looked at this page, so many thanks. I had bad constipation and did not 'go' for four days, but am now okay. I have lost 7lb so far. I am looking forward to a less painful future and am so pleased at the difference it has made to my life already.


holly-demo 2 years ago

This article helped me out a lot Thanks! I had my gall bladder removed in an emergency surgery at the end of August 2013. I've been doing really well but lately I have been so sick. This reminded me that beef and pork are not too good for me so I'm headed out to buy some lower fat foods. I also have celiacs, just to complicate matters! I have been eating in for two weeks to be sure I wasn't getting gluten so I'm sure now it's the higher fat meats and dairy. Beef and sausages were on sale so I've had way too much of those :-\


collet-jones 2 years ago

This article is so helpful to me. Thank you to everyone that have posted here. I had my first GB attack 2 days ago in the middle of the night. I didn't know what was happening so I went to ER. I was told I had gall stones (knew nothing about them). I'm seeing a surgeon on Wednesday 6/10/14 and will be discussing my situation. Reading the articles have helped me decide on having the surgery. I really appreciate all the feed back on what to eat as well (super helpful). I will be saving this article for post surgery to reflect back to with any questions I may have after surgery. Again Thanks for the article.


Itzdeb 2 years ago

I heard to watch nuts and some crackers as they are full of fats; I am a vegan and have high cholesterol and low thyroid so it is really tricky; then I had my gall bladder taken out due to a blockage and many large marble sized stones, just this last week. You want to be careful and find that bland foods are not so bland if you are not going to suffer; I like the idea of mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables so that is helpful; also I like oatmeal but have to watch the sugar. I would like to find out more about seasonings like cinnamon, and garlic and those types of things that are very healthy and beneficial, in regard to using after the gall bladder removal.


janison58 2 years ago

@anonymous: It's normal to experience the pain in the shoulder's after lap surgery. They expand your organs with gas, so that's why.


janison58 2 years ago

@AVaScout: I too have been having iching skin, slow thought process and nausea, but I feel like a new person after having mine removed. Excessive thirst too! All gone!


janison58 2 years ago

I had mine removed almost two weeks ago and I feel awesome! I didn't realize how sick I was! Of course I waited until mine turned into pancreatitis and almost killed me. I would not recommend that. It can go from bad to worse overnight or less. The month prior to my "emergency" surgery I was so thirsty all the time and just felt like crap, tired, lethargic and generally just felt horrible. Not much pain, if there was, it would subside in an hour or so. Gallbladder issues are not something to play with, it you have stones, they won't go away. You run the risk of having them block several major sites. I feel like a new person and I am so glad it's out! My doctor also said my gallbladder has not been functioning for years. I have returned to my "normal" diet, I don't eat a fatty diet any way, no red meat. I don't fit the profile or normal gallbladder patient. I am thin and active, eat well and so you never know.


holli-dunagan 2 years ago

Helpful


Gloriaanna 2 years ago

Thanks for this info! I had my sugary yesterday (the 19th) in the morning at 7am. This has been so helpful!


jennifer-gaudetlubow 2 years ago

Thank you so much!! I am having surgery on the 28th and I have been hunting around on what to stock up on before the surgery, so that I am not at the grocery store the day of.


abeagale2264 2 years ago

@anonymous: also sometimes some pain medications can make you itch


abeagale2264 2 years ago

@anonymous: if you are still haveing problems you might want to go to an allergist


abeagale2264 2 years ago

@anonymous: take ducolax and stool softeners that what the nurse told me


abeagale2264 2 years ago

@anonymous: I know this may sound gross but have you tried phenagen supppositories, they work wonders and you cant throw them up. good luck


mistiF 2 years ago

Thank you so much for this site! I had surgery yesterday and was at a loss on what to eat,etc.. Thank you!!


mistiF 2 years ago

HI!!

I wouldn't put off having your gallbladder removed if it is giving you pain. I went in to the ER in Nov. Unfortunately the person performing the US, and the Dr's mistook and misread my ultrasound. I ended up in the ER again (a week away from my scheduled surgery which was yesterday) in horrible pain. They went in to remove my gallbladder and it was SOOO full of stones, they had started being pushed out and escaped into my cystic duct. They had to make an additional cut below my braline to remove the stones from my duct. If they do escape into your duct they can cause MAJOR issues, and possibly be fatal. I'd rather have to adjust my eating for a few more weeks until I heal. than to have to deal with the pain that I was already experiencing before. Good luck to everyone! I got lucky they hadn't escaped any further than what they did!!!


SandyDee 2 years ago

Hello All,

I stumbled upon this page by accident and glad I did. I was looking for a solid argument for keeping my gallstones for the upcoming laparoscopy surgery I'll be having next week.

In my early 20's a chiropractor found a mass he detected in some x-rays he had taken of my abdomen. Not knowing what this was, and later finding out, he asked me if he could use my images as a case study. Cool

My grandmother had her gallbladder removed, I remember asking her if she noticed any difference now that it was out. She said no, so just going on this information and not experiencing any symptom at that time, or so I thought I decided it wouldn't be worth an operation and lived with symptoms for many years.

I experienced rapped unexplained weight loss, but was able to keep myself hydrated with boiled water, vomiting and watery stool for weeks lead me to the emergency room but was sent home and was told to see my family doctor.

A couple of years ago I had an endoscopy, the doctor asked me if I'd had surgery to my esophagus, I said no, why? He told me there is scaring on it but failed to mention this in his report, just indicating that the mucus biopsy was negative.

I have not felt supported though the years with my unhealthy gallbladder; explosive episodes from eating something that didn't agree with me, the burning in my upper stomach and pressure that felt like a heart attack, and the bloating, oh the bloating. These symptoms came and went without any pattern. It was very confusing for me and hard to describe in the doctors office, when I didn't feel the pain I felt normal.

Tests and exams came back negative, this added to the growing feeling that nothing could be done for the way I feel. Antacids, Maalox, and the equivalent, and now Ranitidine have no effect on me.

What got me begging for help was the attack I had last year. I scheduled an appointment at the hospital, saw the surgeon then went for an ultrasound, and immediately got booked for surgery. This process took 6 months from the time I saw my family doctor to surgery, through the public health system.

I was disheartened to discover that by having my gallbladder removed this will not guaranty my sensitive digestion problems will get any better but by having a clear and concise place to start like this page, recommending what to eat, it's a great place to start. Thank you.

I wish everyone a speedy recovery, and good health.

-SD.


Manonct 2 years ago

Thanks a lot for the advice. I had mine removed 6 days ago and the surgeon told me no fat for 1 month. I have to admit that my diet prior the surgery was unhealthy. So I came back home to a fridge full of fat. I am eating small portions of chicken, rice, fruits, toast. I did drink a bit of milk (cereal and a few sip to curb hunger at 2am) and It gave me loose stool. Wanted to try soup day 2 but the smell only gave me nausea lol.

Being told no fat diet Is very vague, especially after anesthesia hehe and your tips are helping me making good choice. I will save this page for daily reference.

So far I have lost 7+ pounds in 6 days. I feel so much better, much more alert since the surgery. My skin looks better, no more headache and I am not retaining fluid In my lower limbs like before. Less fatigue also. It may not be related but...

I had a lot of sand In my gallbladder but only few stones (the biggest being 3cm). My gallbladder's walls were very hard. This after years of mild constant pain. Medical visits, sonograms, blood work (that were always normal) etc. The GI doctor I saw 2 years ago told me, we know your gallbladder Is sick but we don't do elective surgery for this anymore. Wait for a big attack.

I moved since and the pain and symptoms In the last year kept increasing and increasing fast. I saw a surgeon mid-december and he was not happy. Told me we had to act fast. So here I am 3 weeks later lol,

Feeling better than ever.

Also I am scared to gain weight since a lot of people complain about It. I lost about 75 pounds since 2004 (probably the trigger for my gallbladder problems) and I don't really want to go back there. Any tips ?

Thanks again, sorry for the rant lol


Emrnewell 2 years ago

I just had the exact same experience as Sergio below....

I am 39. I also have PKD with cysts on liver and both kidneys so we were concerned about surgery complication... It was really no big deal! I had laparoscopic robot surgery. I was up and out of the hospital within a couple hours without any issue. I have even already started eating jello, rice pudding, and crackers and can walk and use the restroom no problem? My post op nurse tipped me off to using ice packs on the abdomen to ward off pain from air pressure. It works!!! I feel really good so far!!!

My EF was 34% when they tested after my first attack two years ago. I refused to have it out due to being borderline with no stones. After several more attacks and two years of discomfort I finally gave in. My surgeon said while it still had no stones it was scarred from what looks like multiple swellings. So glad I did it now as I was at risk for rupture but we did not truly know that until now. Don't know why I was so worried....! It can be a good experience!!


Lee0869 2 years ago

It's been one month since I had my gallbladder removed & I'm a new woman! So glad to be without pain & eating again-although my waist line may not be as pleased. Surgery was easy after all I was asleep! Shuffled home later in day, only prob in first week was sitting up & getting in & out of bed. I began eating 'normally' pretty much from about day 3, with no side effects. Over the holiday period I have been able to enjoy chocolate, alcohol, cheese, pork & many other foods that I have avoided for over a year, now the trick is cutting back to moderation. Goodluck to those about to have surgery I am glad to have my life back & get a full night sleep!


jennie-light 2 years ago

I am having my gallbladder removed later this month, and until I found this article, I had no clue what I was supposed to eat or drink after surgery. My doctor told me to go back to "normal" after surgery, but I find it hard to believe that you can have a major digestive organ removed, and go back to completely normal after. Plus, I have not been eating like a normal person for months anyway. I am so glad I happened upon this article. I will definitely be taking this advise, since my doctor really isn't giving any. I am just glad to hear that my doctor isn't the only one who said to go back to "normal". Thanks again!


AVaScout 2 years ago

6 weeks after having my "1st" gallbladder attack i had my gallbladder removed on Dec 4th. I didn't know until after the fact that all the odd symptoms I'd been having for the past year were gallbladder related, ie virus like symptoms, headaches nausea, major itching, and slow thought process. Now 3 weeks post op I still gets headaches if I eat anything with more then 2.5g of fat but ALL the other symptoms are gone! I really feel like a new person and I'm loosing weight. Wish I'd had the surgery along time ago.


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Sarah Switalski 3 years ago from Iowa Author

@therealtoni: I think those with bad experiences are in the minority. My diet was basically back to normal after about a month. My surgery was 3 years ago now and I hardly ever think about it. Fast food sometimes gives me problems but otherwise, you'd never know I'm gallbladder free! Good luck with your surgery. I hope you have a quick and easy recovery! (hugs)


therealtoni 3 years ago

Well, now I'm really nervous. Having surgery 12/5 (tomorrow). Not told anything about diet after surgery. Friends have helped more than doctors. What a world. I hope it will not be as terrible as all are saying but I plan to stay light and clear for food for a while. I do appreciate all the stories shared and advice given. Will check back in after surgery. THanks everyone and take care!


nellypain25 3 years ago

i had my gallbladder taking out to 11/26/13 and I'm in so much pain. I've been looking up everything possible to help me deal wit the pain and what to and not to eat and i finally found something helpful i don't have any advice just very thankful for yours


rbmama 3 years ago

I had my gall bladder removed 5 days ago. I had an exploratory laparoscopy and endometrial ablation a month ago, and that triggered a ginormous gall bladder attack, so I had my gall bladder out. I've had horrible constipation ever since the first surgery. One of my peri-operative nurses suggested taking vitamin C as a natural laxative, every 4 hours until I don't need it anymore. I went off my pain meds as soon as I could after my gall bladder surgery but still had the bad constipation and bloating that comes with it. I started taking the vitamin C like she told me to, as well as drinking warm celestial seasonings herbal tea, and that has really helped me. I had previously been taking stool softeners and Phillip's Magnesium tablets and they just made the bloating and discomfort worse, without much help. Try the vitamin C and tea if you're having trouble with constipation.


bobbie-nakamura 3 years ago

Had my GB removed on 10/28th/2013th! Laparoscopic surgery went well! However, problem was before the surgery! When initial GB attack occurred, I was given morphine at ER: allergic reaction! Itched up to the time of surgery! Was given 50mg Of Benadryl: went into continuous spasm reaction (like having stroke after stroke, etc)! Was given a relaxer! Was OUT by the time I got to surgery: given anesthesia! Was out for several hours! Arr at hospital 5:30am; left at 5:30pm!

Post Surgery: Was not given any dietary instructions; wish I did! However, had only broth first few days! 2nd day ate solid food sparingly! Eating much less w/lots of fiber! Just read ur article as I've been searching for a gall bladder removal diet! Your article & the many comments: very helpful! My only pain; my back muscles from the many spasms! To everyone here: have a speedy & healthful recovery! Aloha!


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Sarah Switalski 3 years ago from Iowa Author

@seahart: I'm glad the surgery went well for you and that this article helped with recovery! I hope you're still doing well!


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Sarah Switalski 3 years ago from Iowa Author

@dddonnn: Are you sure it's the lack of gallbladder causing problems? Have you talked to your doctor? I hope you can find a solution!


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Sarah Switalski 3 years ago from Iowa Author

@Donna7: Hi Donna! I don't know if you'll stop back here but I hope you're feeling better now! I'm sorry you had such a horrible experience with surgery. Hang in there <3


seahart 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed on 10/4/13, laparoscopic. I'm 27 and in pretty good health, except for the whole gallbladder thing. It's been just over a week and I feel great. I'm so happy I had it removed. I've been taking it slow and haven't been hungry really at all but all of the pain I had before the surgery is gone. I had never had surgery before and really never go to the Dr. so I didn't know what to expect but I really feel great. I was home by 2pm on the day of my surgery. I didn't even take my pain meds for 24hr and haven't touched them since. I've followed the diet for after surgery to a tee and I think it made a huge difference. Anyone who has problems shouldn't hesitate at all to get they're gallbladder out.


dddonnn 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed about 5 years ago. I am 51 years old now, and I find that the list of things that I can eat without a negative result continues to grow. I had a problem with constipation before surgery, but since, virtually anything good is off the list of things that I can eat. I would cheerfully put my old gallbladder back in if that were an option. Basically, the only thing that I can eat is whole grain rice will maybe a little flavoring. Anything else, and I am stopped up for days. If I eat Tex Mex (I´m from the south) I will be on the blandest food imagineable for days. Oh, how I want my old gallbladder back!


Donna7 3 years ago

Donna

You have renewed my hope, thank you for your article.

Had my gallbladder removed 09/27/13, l had Laparoscopic surgery. I'm 64 years old, first surgery ever, had lost 70 pounds the last 24 months, eating healthy. Thyroid quite working, gallbladder attack 3 months prior to surgery. Thought attack was painful, no, not like after surgery. I am on my 5th day & wished I had seen your article before. Feel like I'm fighting with Mohamed Ali every day, not good. Diarrhea all day long. Was eating, broth, Boost, a banana (cut up into 4ths) a little turkey (I'm diabetic so have to eat and monitor blood). This is the worst pain I have ever been in. I'm a strong person, work on our 2 acres, lifting 50 pounds, etc. Week before surgery I dead lifted 250 pounds off my husband (he had accident, wasn't injured) so I'm in pretty good shape. Have lost 11 pounds since operation and wouldn't wish this on anyone. Husband is going to store to get me the BRAT diet, plus white crackers & chicken noodle soup. Hope this helps with the diarrhea and pain. Pain so severe in stomach area, right side, back and right shoulder blade. Go see doctor next week. My doctor did send me home with list of food items: low fat, clear liquids and medication that doesn't help with pain. Thank you so much for your article, I was lost as to what to do. I feel renewed hope after reading your article. Thank you, Donna H


debbie0809 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had my gall bladder removed on the 21 Sept and am still having pain in my back!Do you still have pain! Have you started eating normal food?


dbarros 3 years ago

i had my gallbladder removed on 8-23-13 I am in more pain then before I had the gallbladder removed 4 weeks later still in pain I have lost almost 60lbs in 4 weeks most woman would be happy not me anyways to this day I am in pain was rushed to the er on 9-19-13 as I could not move the left side of my body well with 60 lbs gone and not being able to eat or keep anything down or in my body had nothing left in it to eat off of well now they are saying that it might not even been my gallbladder causing all the pain to begin with thanks .......


anonymous 3 years ago

Had mine out 9-9, wish my system would get even close to normal. Running like a river. Down to oatmeal or plain bagel in the morning, small piece of turkey for lunch, apple,pear or grapes as a snack. Something very lean for supper if I even fell like eating. Hot and cold sweats are fun. Last 5 min then gone. Nausea finally has let up. Nice thing is I used to get headaches every day or so and not one since. Guess if you want to lose weight have your GB out. Dropped 28lbs in 4 weeks. Would be nice to see if my long disappeared 6 pack was just hiding all these years!!


anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you for this very informative blog. Luckily my surgeon and his nurse gave me lots of good advice post laproscopic surgery. Your blog filled in the gaps. I had surgery on 9/12 and I am doing quite well.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Try ginger for nausea.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gall bladder removed on 05/09/2013 by laparoscopic surgery and had an overnight stay in hospital. I researched this article before my operation and it has helped me tremendously with my post op diet. Thank you very much for your insights and recommendations. I have been on clear chicken broth, crackers, lemon/barley cordial, tea, the occasional coffee and plenty of water. I have introduced solid foods from today. Rice and garlic prawns cooked in pro active margarine with fresh tomatoes, coriander and lemon juice and eating just a couple of spoonfulls every 2 or 3 hours. I miss my spicy, hot curries, but remembering the pain from before, I will wait a couple of months before I introduce chilli in small amounts back into my diet. I have given up bacon and anything cooked in Ghee. I won't be using oils to cook anymore and will stay away from fried foods, cheese and eating big meals at one sitting. I have no pain and am doing well 4 days after the op. Looking forward to a pain free abdomen from now on. God bless you for this article.


anonymous 3 years ago

I ended up needing my gallbladder removed back on July 119th 2013 after it hemorrhaged and filled the liver with blood which made the liver non functional. I had lost 35 pounds in the month from July 9th when my problems started to when I saw my family Dr. for my followup visit.

Overall I have recuperated fairly well from this, but I do continue to have problems with appatite, constipation and nausea. not horrible but definitely nagging. I am just now trying one of the remedies mentioned - bullion. I only had beef but will get some chicken which sounds more inviting. the beef is seeming to quiet down the nausea a bit though.....


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my Gallbladder removed on 6th August 2013 now four weeks on, I was very sick after the op and had to stay in overnight as was dehydrated and low blood pressure. I didn't have much pain, the problem with me is the bloating, I have a huge bloated stomach all the time and it feels tight and hard, I am very constipated and have put on half a stone in weight.The doc says to eat plenty of fresh fruit and veg and water and especially prunes. I find it hard not to eat Indian Curry's and fish and chips....which I have been eating and feeling bad after, I get nausea as well but not too bad, the main thing is bloating and constipation.....don't feel any better after having it removed, same symptoms as before (no pain though) I hope it improves......


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed yesterday 09/06/2013 and was home by 1 pm. Surgery was at 8am. So far so good. The pain is bearable and I havent taken any meds all day today. Can't.seem to eat and drink much. Feel kinda nauseous.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Milk of magnesia. Its the only thing that got me through it!


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my GB removed on 8/21/2013. Surgery & recovery lasted all together about 3 hours, but the pain lasted for days! I had lap surgery through the belly button & thought this would be less painful & a quicker recovery. I'm very small so maybe the pain I experienced is from that. My sister-n-law had hers out & did not have any of my symptoms. Severe gas & bloating. Very sharp pain in my right shoulder & belly. I couldn't sleep the first 2 nights, just kept walking around the house which was the only thing that really helped the pain. I did start taking Gas-X & still do because I have occasional bloating. Bowels are kinda soft every morning. I did have constipation for days after surgery & a hemorrhoid. I'm feeling so much better now, but still get the pain in shoulder & gas. I really watch what I eat, low fats & when I have very soft stools I go to the BRAT diet. It'll take a while for things to adjust.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had gallbladder removed yesterday afternoon (8/29). Mostly just localized pain in incision areas and lower ribs so far. A little bloated - not as much as some below - and some indigestion. From previous back surgeries this year I know that opiods cause constipation. This resolves itself within a couple days after stopping meds. I plan on stopping meds tomorrow. Have had only water, applesauce and very runny cream of wheat (no milk) so far. Did not receive post-surgery diet plan from doc. Wish I had. Will use advice above.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had mine removed on the 26th. Everything went well. I am just now getting an appetite back and have experienced a small bout of diarrhea. I only took the prescribed pain meds the first day/night to get some sleep. Went back to work today and was able to be there all day. Overall so far so good!


anonymous 3 years ago

Well - I had my Gallbladder removed on Aug 26th and it has been 3 days Post Op. The first day was not to bad due to (what I think to be) some local drugs to the laparoscopic areas. The second day was the worst. Had a lot of pain, but by the third day I am almost pain free. I do seem to have the constipation that most have spoke of and decided to try to Epson Salts with warm water and lemon idea. I have been eating and drinking, but minimal amounts. I have been drinking loads of water and liquids. As far as Surgeries go, this has not been to bad. I have been up and mobile for all three days, just pain associated with the procedure. Hoping for a full recovery soon.


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: Before I had mine out, I had a really bad attack which I had to go to the ER for. I went home & was so hungry but afraid to eat. I had a spoonful of peanut butter and ended up having to go back to the ER. This was the worst pain I ever had with an attack. The doctor told me it was a really bad idea to eat the peanut butter. It was even low fat! Not sure why it's so brutal but apparently it is.


anonymous 3 years ago

Suzanne, I had mine out 6 days ago. Outpatient laparoscopic I had severe vomiting all thru the next night had to go to er the next day. The next days I ate a liquid diet mostly and tried to "sneak" in crackers, fruit peanut utter don't do it. My digestion was so slow! I didn't have a bowel movement till yesterday! I took stool softners 2 a day, then senocot 2 in the morning 2 at night and prunes still nothing! Tool 2 more in themorning yesterday and the. At 5 at night, i drank tea with lemon and Finally I had relief. Today I ate half a peanut butter sandwich and was very un comfortable all day. I'm going back to little food liquid as much as I can. Thanks for this article


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arobbertse0242 3 years ago from South Africa

Thank you for this lens!

My gallbladder was removed, through a 15cm cut and we only discovered a few months later it was unnecessary! When we asked the doctor about diet he actually said "if you want a doughnut, eat a doughnut. If you vomit, you know you should not have eaten the doughnut.". It was the worst experience of my life!


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello everybody. I had my gallbladder removed in August 15 2013, Laparoscopic. I read this article and comments before and it help me a lot before the surgery. I was very stressed about it. Now, 10 days after, I can say that all my concerns were not worth it. I had a very very easy recovery and I can say I can eat almost everything already. No constipation, no nauseas, no diarrhea at all for me. I am 37 years old though in good shape, maybe that helped a bit... I wish everybody a good and fast recovery and courage for those whom are about to have the surgery. In my case, I was put to sleep at 9:30AM, at 11AM I woke up, at 1:30PM I left the hospital. Sometimes can be that simple.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had gallbladder removed 7/24/13. I also felt that truck and a month later still have diarrhea nausea food taste different weak and only eat chicken mashed potatoes ang popsicles. I have lost my strength and missing work. Any suggestions on the weakness


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Take miralax (or any store brand). This pus water into your colon and helps you go naturally.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had surgery on 13th August. I too had the rash too, due to the dressings hey used and the iodine used during op! Was very annoying I used sudocreme around the wounds and laid cold flannels on the rest to help soothe, has taken two weeks almost to go down. X


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi all. I had my gallbladder removed on August 2 2013. So far I have experienced all the symptoms mentioned here. I had the center cut as I have very bad adhesions. My recovery is longer and I am constantly in pain (not severe) but my side and back hurts and I am really uncomfortable when it comes to sleeping at nights. I have been taking Nexium for the acid reflux. As it relates to the constipation I have tried stewed prunes, prune juice, drinking hot water immediately after waking. This reduces the length of time between movements. I am now experiencing constant bloating and pain when I get up to walk. I often feel weak. I am dying for all this to be over and I have my life back. I eat smaller portion, though I may sneak in a larger portion sometimes but its usually vegies brown rice and chicken (when I am really hungry). I know things will get better...... it has to!!!!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

had my gall bladder removed on 22nd aug,13. so far so good.few known minor problems like constipation and soar tummy.. no eating problems going slow on fatty foods..veg soups ..etc.. very happy have done this and surgeon did a great job !!good luck to everyone waiting and don't delay.. I am sure i will/am be more healthy rather with a sick inflamed gall bladder..


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi I had my gallbladder removed on August 13th. Was few complication during surgery due to the amount of stones I had, well over 100 apparently!! Felt really rough first few days being sick etc. then once started eating small bits have been ok. Appetite has come back fully and pretty much eating normally without any problems. So glad I had this done, the pain of surgery is nothing compared to the pain of the gallbladder attacks that I was having before!! Good luck to anyone else that's having this done. Xx


soltouch 3 years ago

@anonymous: The only thing pretty much I can stomach since my surgery is a protein drink powder called Ultra InflamX by Metagenics. The original spice flavor has turmeric in it which really settles the tummy. You need to get it from a health practitioner. I don't know what I would do without it.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: My dr didn't give me ANY info.

I'm one week out. I've had constipation also. My aunt who is a surgery nurse suggested that I take milk of magnesia & mylanta. Seemed to help me!!! Do you have nausea? I can't get rid of nausea


anonymous 3 years ago

I need advice for nausea!!! is it normal? I had my gallbladder removed one week ago today. I have one incision through my belly button.

Surgery went well and my soreness is almost gone. I never had to take a narcotic pain pill!! only tylenol.

My problem is nausea & dizziness.

I can not really eat anything at all but I drink ALOT of water.

I've had bloodwork & ct of abdomen and my surgeon says its all normal & doesn't seem concerned.

Any suggestions or just experience with this would help!!!

Is bad nausea normal & what can I do to help?!?

Prescription anti-nausea meds don't help.


soltouch 3 years ago

@anonymous: Give it up to about 10 hours to work. But do not take another dose for at least 24 hours if you don't get relief. I am telling you this is the miracle cure, weird as it may sound. You may have diarrhea for a few days, but that will allow all the bad stuff to leave your body. Try very hard to drink a lot of water eat a little something with your pain pills if you are still taking them. The other thing my doctor told me to do is get a good probiotic from the health food store. A good one costs a pretty penny, but it allows good bacteria to form in your bowels. More than likely you were given antibiotics in the hospital (I was). When a person takes antibiotics, both the harmful bacteria and the beneficial bacteria are killed. A reduction of beneficial bacteria can lead to digestive problems, such as diarrhea, yeast infections and urinary tract infections. Don't eat any dairy products for awhile either.

Hope you get better and better as the days go by. Please let me know how it all works out. Just remember, you are a radiant being of healing and JOY!


anonymous 3 years ago

@soltouch: ty i will give it a try,,, hope you feel better soon. be well


soltouch 3 years ago

@anonymous: I know exactly how you feel. I was in the same boat. I was in the hospital for two day also, not normal for a gallbladder surgery. My surgery was on 8/12. By the fifth day the stool softeners I was prescribed didn't work either. I took one teaspoon of Epsom Salts in warm water with lemon and it fixed me right up. I haven't had an appetite at all, and that has never happened to me in my life. The only thing that has saved my life is a protein drink that treats inflammation (with turmeric). Two days ago I went back to the doctor because my pain was more than I could bare. It turns out that a suture in my tummy was wrapped around a nerve and was causing the most unbelievable pain you could imagine. This morning I went in and had it removed and I feel completely euphoric!!!! DO NOT hesitate to call your doctor and ask...no demand some help. I went from the depths of despair to the top of the world in one clip of a thread. My appetite and my joy and love of life returned instantly and I finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. You can do it!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

i just had my gb removed 8\19, and my god the pain was so real, it hurt like hell, but after the first day (was in hospital for 2 days) was feeling a little better.. my problem now is i cant poo and dont know what to do,,, i have taken ducolax twice and have had no results, i also have blotting, feels like my stomach is in my rib cage, i do have gas, and mostly in the morning, it makes me think i am going to go, but nothing happens. i have read most of the post in the blog, and i have found it very helpful, going back to liquids,, i would like some info on how i can finally poo. i also wish doc would have given me more info, thank you so much for this blog


anonymous 3 years ago

I had laparoscopic surgery on 8/15/13. I have been eating low fat and that seems to work for me. I am not in any pain and feeling good. The problem I am having is I developed a rash and itching around the site of my surgery about 4-5 days after the surgery. The doctor saw it at my post op and said it was due to something they might have used during surgery?? Benadryl hasn't helped and hydrocortisone doesn't do much either. Ice is the only thing that seems to help. Has anyone else had this problem? I was wondering if possibly they shaved the area and maybe its due to regrowth? Not really sure.


anonymous 3 years ago

I drank Guinness for two weeks after surgery and felt great never better just no fat food and don't eat 3 meals a day eat small lite food when you're hungry, and only eat when hungry break the regime, mine was removed August 13th discharged without meds and well on the way TG to recovery


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: thanks MWShank. appetite is getting a little better, and my stitches are now almost completely dissolved. went to my follow up appointment last friday, 8/16 and i had lost 3 pounds since before the surgery. just hoping i can get back to eating more than 2-3 tiny meals a day. nothing sounds appetizing till i lay down for bed /: thought that i may have acquired GERD because of the ridiculous amount of acid reflux, and the constant gagging while eating during the earlier parts of the day, so if it continues ill make an appointment. been taking zantac 75 1-2 times a day, and seems to help a little. pepcid did not help enough. its officially been about 11 days since surgery. hoping everyday gets better.


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had some issues when I had mine out so there was a longer healing time but man....was it ever nice when I could sleep on my side again. I've always slept on my side, it wasn't easy to try and sleep on my back.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had mine out 8-8-13. The post op as terrible couldn't get the pain under control staying 2.5 days afterwards awesome! Also got a hemroid that had to be drained a week later, drs. didn't tell me about the constipation issues or what to eat. I was also mis-diagnoised by 5 other drs. 4 e.r. visits. The food thing scares me a lot. Been living on liquids about 7 weeks solid before and after surgury. I have managed chicken, mashed potatoes, broth, jello, pudding, and popsicles in moderation in the last week or so. I still have abodminal pain and can't sleep on my sides. Sitting and trying to sleep have been interesting. I have had a few crackers here and there for the nausea, but your dr. can give you medicaiton for that if you really need it! Food takes time, tastes funny and boy I wish I could go back to eating something junk food related. I was never a big eater, but I would kill to eat chinese food again! I wasen't sure what to expect. My brother had his out two months ago and has had to completely change his diet, and I've had a co-worker who had hers out a year ago and can eat whatever she wants! You never know, I've decided to keep a food journal to see what works and what doesn't. Best of luck to you all, and please keep any advice coming!! I really need it and so do others!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi, I had my surgery one week ago. Upon returning home from the hospital the doctor subscribed doc q lace (stool softener). I took it twice a day for two days with no relief. On the third day (five days post surgery) I took one teaspoon of epsom salts in warm water with lemon. That did the trick within 10 hours.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my surgery 4 days ago. I am constipated. What should I do? I am afraid of being in pain again. The day before I had my gallbaddler I thought I was gonna die. The pain was indescribable.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I agree. I had mine out 7/29/06 and it was a blessing. Soreness will go away before your next Doctor follow up visit. I had to sleep on my back for a week and wasn't liking it. It took about a week before the soreness subsided. You will be just fine!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi, I had mine out 08/12/13. I had the same problem. They told me not having a bowel movement for a week after is normal. They told me to take miralax. Now I'm just praying and waiting.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Had mine removed on 8.16.13 it was inflamed and Dr said it was nasty feel pretty good just a little tired.. glad I did it


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gall bladder removed two days ago. feel fine eating normally, just a little sore where they made the incisions


anonymous 3 years ago

Gall bladder is now out and i feel as if ive been hit by a truck. I cant sit upand to walk its painful. No appetite for solids at all.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed yesterday 8.16.13....it was inflamed, after going to the Er a second time a CAT scan showed the problem. I just had a baby a month ago and I believe that's wat I believe triggered it


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder out 7/18/13. I was in pain from gas they pump in for about four days in my abdomen not shoulder and then extremely bloated for another week. I am four weeks out and have burning sensations, possibly from healing and the nerves? Also I get bloated not sure from what yet..possibly fresh veggies. I have always watched what I ate and exercise. I had a nonfunctioning gallbladder and no gallstones. My HIDA scan was 7 percent. I just want to feel good again. My dad had his gallbladder surgery 6 days after mine and he had no issues.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I too had that problem but I have gastritis. Ask your doctor about that. I now take Nexiuum once a day. It has helped.


anonymous 3 years ago

I am having my gall bladder removed, great to read about everyone's experience so that I can be prepared for what lies ahead. Thanks everyone!


anonymous 3 years ago

I had surgery on 8/7/13 and once i got out of surgery i was very tried but i was nauseous my shoulder just hurt alot and i could rly move out of my bed my parents. Had to help me go to the bathroom and the nurses brought me some broth jello and water i was kept hydrated the entire night and once i got home i had to start trying to walk and surly after a week im finally back to my old self but the only thing iv been eatting is chicken chicken soup veggies and oatmeal and i wasnt rly sure when i would be able to return to eatting some of my old foods again so this has rly help

-Sam


anonymous 3 years ago

I had surgery on the 8th of Aug. and have worked at least 1/2 days everyday this week so far. My mid back is very achy and frankly, people thinking I have become pregnant is getting a bit old already. Lol. I have bouts of nausea throughout the day but nothing I can't handle. I've been on a diet of mashed potatoes (vegie stock), chicken breast, homemade vegie soup ( thanks to my wonderful husband ) and oatmeal all in very small portions and sporadically throughout the day. Would love some advice on the bloat issue... Yuk!

I know I'm probably pushing it a smidge but life and work do still exist. I did have rectal bleeding tonight during a Bowel movement. Hemorrhoids, I'm sure.

Your comments are greatly appreciated.

Love and light,

Terri


anonymous 3 years ago

Just had my Gallbladder out 8/9/13. Not as easy as I thought. I got terribly constipated. Now I'm just eating soft foods and will slowly adjust. One of the big issues for me was nausea, and bloating, came home 7 lbs heavier then when I went in for surgery. This thread is great I'm glad I found you all. Seeing the Dr tomorrow. Have lots of questions for him. I guess I need to educate myself and give myself time. Peace


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: visitor JC, I felt the same way. I was told it was no big deal and I wasn't given much instruction on what to eat or what not to eat. I had my gb taken out July 15th and I'm still having problems. I don't have all of my energy back and some things I eat definitely don't agree with me. I was nauseous and dizzy too. I didn't realize that the dizziness went with it. On the 3rd day after surgery I fainted and I was not expecting that at all. I hope I can get back to normal soon. I feel like such a wimp not being totally back to normal now.


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Tim, have you ruled out a gluten allergy? Unrelated to the gall bladder of course but my niece had the same symptoms, cut out gluten and she feels 100% better.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had to have an emergency removal in October of 2012. Not fun at all. Life after the removal, not fun either. It seems as though I can not eat anything without causing unbelievable bloating and the gas to go with it. I know life will never be the way it was which is a blessing in disguise, but I can't seem to narrow down the cause of the bloating...any ideas out there that I might be overlooking?


anonymous 3 years ago

Well, the advantage to getting my gall bladder out is that I've gotten rid of the 10 pounds, plus more, that I wanted to lose! Had surgery 7/22/13, nausea seems to finally subsided but I'm being very cautious about what I eat and eating very little. Diarrhea is clearing up. I'm just taking it slow. See the doctor Thursday and went ahead with liver blood tests which another doctor said I should get if I was still nauseous, even though that has gone away I thought I'd do it just for the information. I have ordered the book referenced above. Despite about how easy this surgery and recovery is suppose to be it looks like it does change one's eating habits for life. The good news is it looks like my diet will be healthier and I'll remain trimmer without so much dairy, never ate much meat, more fruits and veggies. Can't wait to eat a salad been a little nervous about raw vegs and only eating bananas and watermelon.

Thanks so much for this site and everyone sharing, it helps a lot, don't feel so all alone!


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gall bladder surgery on July 2,2013.Everything was well until 3 weeks post surgery. I had explosive diarrhea for 4 days. A couple of days ago, I noticed that the area just above my belly button(where my incision was is like a pea sized bump.It is tender to the touch.Could this be a hernia? Should I be concerned?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Abigayle,"Your Diet 1-2 Week post surgery" is good start. Also, the following link has some good suggestions - www.everydayhealth.com/gallbladder/foods-to-avoid-after-gallbladder-surgery.aspx

The loss of appetite is normal - and all bowel urges are considered passing of stools until after you sit down on the toilet and hear otherwise. :)

Have fun in college - be aware of what you eat.


anonymous 3 years ago

GB removed 24Jul13 - bought & read The Gall Bladder Survival Guide, used about $6, on amazon.com when searching for dietary after GB Surgery. The book provides simple answers about post surgery expectations, reading your stool, what foods to avoid and enjoy (short list). The info provided me a guide line of post surgery foods to avoid (and why) - which prevented any disasters. Also, what he did to resolve his issues, which, currently are not mine - but could be. This book has been very helpful - let me repeat that - the book has been very helpful. The hospital should provide the book to their patients while in the hospital waiting for or recovery from.

Another book I am working my way through, "Healthy Digestion the Natural Way" by D. Lindsey Berkson, ISBN O-471-34962-3. This book covers Preventing, Healing, Heartburn, Constipation, Gas, Diarrhea, Inflammatory Bowel and Gallbladder Diseases, Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Food Allergies and more. Also purchased on Amazon.com used for under $12. It is helping me understand the relationship of food, digestion and my feeling well.

I am sad that I have to limit my coffee - because it will provide a "cleansing" event quickly. Peanut Butter and French Fries are on the banned list. But they smell so good.

Both books are useful - now developing a good food shopping list - what ingredients to watch for. I realize that this is a trial and error process to learn what works and doesn't. Eating healthy and more in moderation is a new experience for me - but timely.

I have read from the required dietary changes one can expect to lose up to 16 lbs. Great, that is a start!


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my gallbladder out the 9th. I'm 19 and headed o college in less thana week. So scary. Anesthesia and I did not get along the greatest. Had to stay in the hospital the night of my surgery because I could not keep anything down. Been home for almost three days and the nausea has not stopped. I just want to eat again! Had two normal bowel movements and then had an accident this morning. Thought I was passing gas and that was not the case! Highlighter yellow acid. No fun. Appetite got a lot better lastnight, but I have to take pepcid in the mornings because that's the worst time for my nausea. Incision pain is not bad, shoulders no longer ache. Just hoping to get appetite back and be able to stop gagging when I eat. Any suggestions?


anonymous 3 years ago

I had mine removed in 2009 and have noticed many changes in my body. I began to lose my hair, became more constipated, vertical breakage on my nails, and blemishes on my skin. Two tears ago I began drinking green juices and smoothies, avoid drinking cow milk, I added Kefir to my diet and fermented foods, avoid grains and certain nuts. I did add some supplements to my diet like magnesium, calcium, omega oil, vita C, and enzymes. My digestive system is working so much better and my skin is glowing. It also helped with my hair problem. I think people need to pay attention to their body, especially the digestive system. After a few years you will notice signs of nutrient mal absorbtion. Pay attention to your stool...it sounds awful but that will let you know if your body is breaking down food properly. Good luck and keep healthy.


anonymous 3 years ago

had surgery 8-06-2013 been having attacks for years, been in emergency room 4 times in 2 years , never once did they check gall bladder . Had to ask my gastroenterologist to check for stones, and wala stones, been treated for stomach problems forever and nothing worked, people be sure to ask for test not medicine, I felt good until the next afternoon then was sore as hell at the belly button, got better every day since. started eating what I wanted and at day 4 my stomach and chest were inflamed so bad felt like I still had my gall bladder, back off to the food I am suppose to eat crackers, rice etc, feel much better. Still light headed and only light nausea. Follow the eating habits will feel much better.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Eat jello, non fat yogurt or chicken broth to start, then try mashed potatoes, chicken noodle soup or potato soup made with chicken broth.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed on August 9th. So far recovery is going well. I ate chicken broth, yogurt and jello the day after surgery and then had mashed potatoes, chicken noodle soup, more yogurt day 2 post op. I've added back while grain bread, fish and chicken plus steamed veggies at day 3 post op and am not having any trouble with the food. I have taken Colace laxative once and may need to again. Overall I'm amazed at how well I'm dealing with recovery. I even added a single cup of coffee with toast and scrambled egg whites today and things are fine with my stomach. I hope I continue to do well and don't experience the problems that some people have mentioned here!


anonymous 3 years ago

hii guys, i had my gall bladder removed on 9th august 2013. I don't feel any nausea or any severe pain. only problem I have is the constipation. I don't want to take any meds for constipation as that might cause some other problems. Please, suggest anything I can eat to get over this thing. I am not sure what I should eat to get over this pain.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had laproscopic gallbladder surgery July 31, 2013. The doctor decided to remove my gallbladder because an 8mm polyp was found in it. I also had an umbilical hernia repaired at the same time. Today was my first real day being up and out. Couldn't even tolerate a Popsicle the first day without vomiting. I get severe chest pain that goes into my back especially when I try to eat even something like chicken broth with rice. The indigestion and burning are horrible. The one positive thing I've noticed is that my shoulder no longer hurts. I really thought things would have improved immediately. The doctors also did not give a lot of information regarding diet post surgery so thank you for this site.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my GB removed 2 weeks ago and recovery going well. Thanks so much for the info on the site, the doctors really didn't give me much information about what foods to eat/not eat


anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you for posting this info. I had a laporacopic emergency surgery for gall bladder removal four weeks ago. Was necrotic, gangrenous, septic. Hospitalized five days. Am on a liquid diet going toward solids. Unfortunately, I had a post op infection and was on antibiotic for 6 days. Now on lomotil for diarhea that has reduced activity but is ongoing. Energy level greatly reduced but improving. Weight loss is 10% and am now 150#.. UGH!! Will follow your diet suggestions. Thanks again.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had gall bladder surgery on 7/22/2013 and felt better immediately after years of suffering. My surgery took about 1 1/2 hours I had inside stitches that will dissolve and was suoer glued outside so there was no blood, seepage or dressing to change. I felt good for about 1 1/2 weeks and then was cleared as being recovered. Unfortunately I overdid it because I had to travel and did not continue to be as careful with myself as I should have. I am so glad I found this sight because was afraid that I would continue to endure the nausea and diarrhea. for the rest of my life, So I am absolutely miserable tonight but I have hope ...thanx to everyone


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder out three weeks ago and all went well. the incisions have healed and I was feeling better than I had in years. However on Saturday, I ate a taco salad and have been in so much pain in my chest area that I want to cry. I have eaten the tums, many of them and I cannot get comfortable sleeping as my chest is in so much pain. Any ideas what will releive this pain.. I am back on the liquid diet until I feel better.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I also take supplements: A liver cleanser called Ultra clear (by Metagenics) this helps with good liver function and I also take digestive enzymes containing oxbile (By Enzyme Process) and this helps metabolize meals with protein. Without them I would have worse symptoms


anonymous 3 years ago

On 12 July 2013 I had an emergency surgery for a highly infected and necrotic gall bladder. I had been suffering from gall stone attacks for about 5 years until I had some small stones lodged in the Gall Bladder entrance causing severe non stop pain. Only 1 week later could I manage to get surgery after trying everything to treat the pain. Even an ER visit and an IV for pain did not help. The surgery for me was fine, apparently had complications and lasted 2.5 hours. I was discharged the next day. The pain was manageable and I didn't have gas problems either. My problem is nausea and dizziness. I sleep fairly well, and all other functions working ok however after 3 weeks of recovery, I still have nausea, dizziness. Not feeling great, did bloods yesterday for liver function(enzymes), CRP & white cell count and waiting for results. Still on a limited diet and can handle soups, veggies, skinless chicken breasts, muesli & tea but I too got zero advice on diet. Not too happy about that. I have discovered a herbal tea, boiling lemon and grated fresh ginger and raw honey helps my nausea. Hopefully however I can find our what the problem is. Maybe it still early days. Great site and very interesting to read the other posts. All the best for those recovering like me and for those about to go into surgery. I'm amazed at how different the post surgery symptoms are for everyone. Andrew / Cape Town


anonymous 3 years ago

I have my GB removed on aug 3, 2013, which is last friday after I had since Jan to Aug this year about 5 pain attack. The last attack was on July 23th, 2013 which hopefully was the last one. I stayed at the hospital that day and for a week I took bloodsamples, make a echo and also a MRI was needed to assist the doctors in their evaluation if the galway is clear. After that was verified, the removal was executed last friday at 10:00am . At 3pm I was back in my room with no pain whatsover. I can feel the operation effect but on a scale from 0 to 10, I can say it us less than 1. I returned home this afternoon and feel no dizzy at all. Saturday I have eaten stewed chicken with rice and vegetables and my stomach did accept it all. However I will be working on my meals to adjust my body with the meals. After 3 days of lap surgery, I am feeling very good. Hopefully future patients will let their galway to be clear before removing their GB...AMS


anonymous 3 years ago

I had an emergency GB removal on 7/29/13, my 4th time to the ER.....3rd time within 3 weeks. I was misdiagnosed as having an ulcer, based on H-Pylori blood test showing positive, and was being treated with antibiotics/PrevPak. I was in excruciating pain Sunday night, and went back to the ER, **demanding it was more than an ulcer and that I was not leaving until a proper diagnosis was made**. Thankfully surgery was able to be done laparoscopically, however due to the misdiagnosis and time passing, an infection had set in and my bilirubin levels (liver) began to rise causing jaundice. The whites of my eyes were yellow, as was my skin tone, and my urine was a dark orange. My liver had been working overtime due to my toxic gallbladder.....which was being treated as an ulcer. If only an ultrasound was done the first ER visit, or if only I had known to ask for one. I was released on the 6th day and yes, the Jackson-Pratt drainage tube being removed was horrific. Creepy is definitely a good way to describe the feeling, until the filter (white perforated) portion got stuck! After the nurses had tried unsuccessfully, they had to call in a Dr., and I swear I saw him put his foot on the side of the bed for leverage. Post surgery: my biggest problem has been excessive bloating, shortness of breath, gagging (feeling like you can't take a breath), & difficulty finding any position in which you can sleep comfortably. Also, beware of your first sneeze or hic-cup. Note to all: do not put this surgery off. Much worse can happen with your liver or pancreas as a result of an infected gallbladder. My surgeon told me my case was one of the worse ones he'd ever seen, and that he couldn't stress to my enough how critical it was that I came in the day that I did. Great site and thank you!


anonymous 3 years ago

My surgery was July 30th. Over all doing great. However, with a gluten intolerance, and allergies to nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, etc.) and dairy makes the new way of eating quite the challee.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I too, am having tremendous nausea issues. Can not eat, can not drink. I purge yellow to green straight bile and feel miserable. My surgery was 7/29 and I am so very sick. I found that popsicles help me...I can keep them down and they help with bitterness.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: For the burning desitin(diaper rash cream) works well and protects too. Try the BRAT diet(bananas,rice,applesauce and toast) for the diarrhea hope this helps


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Susie

Had robotic surgery to remove gallbladder on July 22 (one incision at navel). High pain, took mostly prescription strength Ibuprophen (with occasional prescription pain med)...and on day 7 post-op, pain became tolerable. Now pain even less, but still there...it's a burning and stinging pain..and of course i'm very swollen still. I learned early on when i ate too much, too fast (and then felt horribly nauseous)...to eat more slowly, and eat less amounts more frequently. This really helps. I'm experimenting and improvising with adding on foods. At first, just clear liquids post-op, but quickly started with the bland diet and added from there, one food at a time (which I learned the hard way). Immediately could tell which foods were tolerable and which weren't eg, almond butter, scrambled egg (cooked without any fat), and mayonaise. but i could tolerate a hard-boiled egg..go figure. I took Colase and ate dried apricots for post-op effects of anesthesia & pain meds constipation. Worked beautifully. Since I tend to worry, I try to relax and trust that my body knows exactly how to heal itself and that i should just "get out of its way"...I listen to what my body is telling me and respect that (really have no choice).eg. if I'm in pain...go lie down, if that food made me nauseous, try to slow down and eat a bit bland again for awhile. Surgery is traumatic on the body, emotions,etc. and can be scary (even tho some doctors tend to minimize effects of surgery or what we're even experiencing)..we're individuals and all react and heal differently. My expectations (and my doctor's) of myself pre-op was that I'd be back on my feet in 3-4 days. But that hasn't quite been my story. It's taking longer than expected, but moving in the right direction. Take it slow, be gentle on yourself, listen to your body...and try to laugh whenever possible. Coughing and sneezing were painful at first, so the pillow on the abdomen thing for support is great advice. Be well. And thx for all the above sharing of your experiences...really helps me.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Going back to the doctor today. Nausea does not seem to be related to anything I'm eating just there all most of the time. Lose bowls daily but manageable. Took Tylenol for pain after eating an egg, but think much of my pain may be the way I am sleeping which causes pressure on my lower back and abdomine area. Been difficult to get the doctors here to pay attention to me. My surgeon left town before I was out of recovery and my follow up appt was Aug 15th, 3 1/2 weeks after surgery. Since I felt so bad I did go see another surgeon in the same practice but he was not very helpful, that was Monday. Today I'm going to my family doctor to see about a referral to a gastroenterologist since I'm still so nausea I can't eat and losing so much weight I'm under 100 lbs now. I'm short and small but the lowest weight I've ever been as an adult and that was low for me was 107. Thank you for responding it does help to have a listening ear and some feed back, I'll keep you posted as others may run into these issues. Very discouraged as this surgery was suppose to be pretty easy, silly me!


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi everyone,

I had my gall bladder removal on 30/7/13 laparoscopic cholecystectomy

It was a like a bad dream to me anaesthesia sucks a big time!!

More over now after 3 days i am feeling much better ,drainage had been removed.

I have been taking broths and apple juice and pomegranate juice,coconut water and mostly liquid food.

Hope so will recover before i leave for russia again for my last year medical course!!

Worried about my gym ,lost all my gains and will have to start from 1 st as new!!

Talk to ur doctor before joining gym once again


anonymous 3 years ago

I suffered incredible gas pains for three days after my surgery. Almost as bad as the attacks that I was having before. Called the doc and the nurse said to "walk it off" and take GasX. It seemed I walked 20 miles but nothing happened and the GasX was useless. Rocking in a hard rocking chair helped move some but the best advice came from my mother...yogurt. Just plain ole live cultured yogurt. 30 seconds after eating it, the gas started to move. Amazing!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Monique,

I resumed walking 3 miles every other day one week following laparoscopic surgery. There was some minor discomfort at incision sites following the walks, but within a week I was walking 3 miles every day with no difficulty. Three weeks after surgery, I was able to resume bike riding without problems. Four weeks after surgery, I resumed abdominal crunches with, surprisingly, no pain at all. I'm 67 and in generally good health. I have no problems with diet (I can eat anything I want) and I'm sure that contributes to the quick recovery.

If you're not experiencing digestive problems, I'd encourage you to ease back into some regular activities like walking. Within a month, you should be able to resume your normal exercise regime as long as you're not experiencing inordinate pain.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I think creepy is a great way to describe the sensation. It's like nothing I've felt before.

What is really odd is how quickly the entry hole for the tube on the JP drain into my abdomen has healed. After one day out the hole has healed over and the twinge from the hole in the muscle wall has disappeared. The surgeon said it would heal quickly but this is surprising - in a good way.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: One of the issues often reported is nausea related to initial higher acid levels in the small intestine due to the lack of bile. Again, this is why little and often with food is a good idea in the early stages. It does seem odd to still be feeling nausea after 8 days when not related directly to ingestion of a specific food or drink. If I were in your position I would monitor exactly what and when I ate, the onset and duration of the nausea, and what made it subside.

You didn't mention what you're taking the Tylenol for as 8 days after a laparoscopic cholecystectomy there should be very little post-op pain.

If the nausea continues much longer you should revisit your doctor with as much information above and push for the blood tests.

Let the thread know how you get on.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my gall bladder removed as an out-patient July 22 using laparoscopic surgery and it is now 8 days past. Surgery was at 11am, arrived at 10am, got prepped (changed out of clothes into gown, left boxers on, wear knee high pressure hose and non-slip footies they gave me, no catheter, take info, met anesthesiologist, surgeon checks in with you, they start IV,) while sitting in a recliner and woke again after surgery in the recliner (don't remember getting up to sit in it). Came home with belly button incision, two horizontal ones ride side of flank and larger one just off center off belly. Each covered with clear bandage material over a white gauze. Belly button did seep blood a little but nurse said it might. But it did not run, just pool a small bit under dressing. YOU MUST HAVE SOMEONE STAY WITH YOU FIRST DAY/NIGHT AND NEXT DAY AFTER SURGERY! As well as someone to drive you to & from facility. Simply put - getting up & down in a chair is no fun and having someone as a gopher, answer phone, simply keep an eye on you is great and smart. Saltines, clear jello cups, jello with fruit cups, sugar-free sherbert and Sprite were my diet for 2-3 days. Used Citrucel fiber powder to combat constipation from pain meds you should use first 2-3 days and alternated with Ibuprofen. Keep a couch pillow close too in case of coughs and hug it to belly during a cough to keep things from moving and causing pain. Walking around the house eases the gas absorption used during surgery to fill abdomen while Dr. works. Also, will benefit soreness from getting to bad - always stood up slowly as to let belly stretch slowly after sitting at first. Actually went out by the 4th day but tired quickly. Had my follow-up appt. with Surgeon today - 1 week and a day after surgery - and will back to work this coming Monday two weeks after the surgery. Peanut butter, ice cream, regular McDonalds single cheeseburger all did not agree with me up to now so avoid. Slept in chair first night home after surgery and probably should have next night since getting out of bed in morning is difficult with a "hand pulling you up" and back sleep position was only option at first.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: So it sounds like nausea can follow for a while after surgery, correct? It's 8 days since surgery been off all meds except a tylenol here and there for days but have nausea daily especially in the morning. My doctor said he didn't know why and to do liver blood work if it is still a problem next week. It's hard to force myself to eat. Any ideas what this is all about?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Make sure you change your dressings regularly, keep the wounds clean, and finish the course of antibiotics. Gravol is good for nausea but you may need to not block all nausea so you can understand which foods have that effect on you as you reintroduce over the coming weeks.

Hydration is key whilst you're reparing as is protein and little and often appears to be the easiest.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gall bladder removed today (7/29). The surgery was at 11:30am and then was out of the hospital at 5pm. I later revisited the ER at midnight due to blood around the gauze of my bellybutton and incredible nausea from the anethaesia. Everything is OK so far though. Only had water and a cup of chicken broth. I am young and work out a lot so it actually hurts more as I don't have fat around my core muscles to help. I hope not to have complications... Try sleeping curled up in a fetal position, it helps. Doc also said to take Gravel to prevent from gagging much. Good luck to all!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: This tube was removed on the day I left the hospital and removal was frightening and painful. I think I bruised the nurses wrist as she pulled it out, the horrible feeling of the tube seemingly pulling on and dragging against your other organs. The bag remained on the outside though, with the foot long length of tube curled around the inside. The feeling of the tube being removed is painful and creepy. Pain goes away within minutes after removed.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I'm on day seven and have started my morning with low fat yoghurt since day 5 - no problems with the low fat yoghurt.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Miranda, I'm just reading your post and wondered if you knew about the stones in your bile duct before you had the gallbladder out? I've had mine out, also noted at the time that the bile duct had 10 stones inside, which has filled it. ERCP could not remove the stones, however 2 stents have been installed, with a second ERCP scheduled for 4 weeks. Did the pancreatitis clear up in the 13 days you remained in hospital? Was this caused by the ERCP?


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed on June 21 after one month. One of the incisions the one under my bellybutton was bleeding a little and the incision hurt!! Have anybody had the same problem?


Randimarcus 3 years ago

If u like peanut butter try PB2! It has almost no fat. It's powered peanut dust. You add water and u have peanut butter. I slice an apple and put in a ziplock bag. I sprinkle cinnamon and PB2. ð My surgery was 7/18. The entire experience was easy!!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Angie. I'm a school teacher as well and had my first gallbladder attack in front of a room full of 3rd graders. Scared them to death! Decided to have it out over the summer so that kind of incident won't happen again. Had my surgery on 7/25 and have been doing fairly well so far. I'm also nervous about starting school again and how my body will behave after lunchtime. So far, the only solid food I am tolerating is baked or grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, and crackers. Planning to do my own food testing as well until school starts next month. Good luck! I hope we both find several foods we can enjoy without problems.


anonymous 3 years ago

Day 9 after GB removal and today I had my Jackson-Pratt drain removed.

It is essentially a balloon on the end of a tube that sits in the abdominal cavity. The balloon has all the air squashed out and any fluid build up around the surgery location is drawn out into the vacuum of the balloon.

The removal is at the speed of ripping off a band aid plaster. The surgeon told me it would hurt and he was right. He placed one hand on my chest and yanked the tube out really quickly. It hurt like a punch to the stomach, not at the hole where the tube entered my abdomen. There was about a foot long piece of flattened holey tube inside me and it felt as though it tugged my stomach and liver on the way out. Very disconcerting and I had to sit for about five minutes to just feel normal.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I'm on day 9 after surgery and made the transition to solid foods at about day six. I even had a go at broccoli and this wasn't a problem either. The nausea and diarrhea I had I felt was solely attributable to the antibiotics.

One thing that has helped me is staying very well hydrated. Not being a regular water drinker meant that this took a lot of effort but was worthwhile.

The best way I found of regulating my intake was to eat a couple of forks of food then wait for 5 minutes to gauge my reaction before eating the whole meal. Oddly, this actually makes me eat less too as I'm giving food time to land.


anonymous 3 years ago

JC, had my surgery a week ago, still suffering from diarrhea when eating about anything but the worst it I still have nausea much of the time, sometimes just eating something seems to help but it's still there. Have not vomited yet. Anyone else experiencing that a week after surgery? Did it go away?


anonymous 3 years ago

I had mine removed in 2004 and it has been difficult. I have a regular diet (no sodas or fast foods) and when I go to sleep and wake up in the morning I need to vomit the bile that stored in my stomach during the night. I have had this for about 3 years now. If I don't vomit the bile I feel really bad with stomachache.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi there. the reason for your gall bladder removal was your 'normal' food. Please understand: The body can not be cheated, he reacts truthfully to what we eat.

Good stuff = health.

Bad stuff = problems.

Eating your 'normal' food again after all you went through might probably invite more serious problems. Again, our body reacts very honest and cant be bribed.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had mine removed on 7/24 after suffering on and off episodes of attacks for more than 15 years! Doing good excepting the bloating and minor pain from the incisions. Been having very small meals and mostly liquid, broth, small amt of rice, chicken breast and fish. Doing good so far, a great opportunity to start fresh and live a low fat life (give my liver the help needed)


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gall bladder on June 3rd and I am back to living a normal life. I can eat anything I want like mcdonalds, pizza, hotdogs, ice cream, fish and chips with no problems at all. Sometimes I get like phantom pain that lasts for a few minutes but other than that I'm all good! So it does get better =)


anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you!! A year after gallbladder surgery I've gained 25 lbs. couldn't figure out why.... But I've been paleo most of that time (high fat/high protein/no grain/lower carb) and no wonder. That fat is being stored at fat instead of broken down. So helpful!


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my gallbladder removed 6/21, went home 2 hrs later recovered well following low fat diet & resting. Nausea/vomitting returned 6/30 was readmitted with dilated bile ducts, had ERCP (scope to clear bile ducts) 7/1 then developed pancreatitis OUCH!!!! Was in hospital 13 days, went home 7/12, have stuck to low fat diet, no FRESH fruits or veggies for now, DOING GREAT! Modifying your diet is key to living a healthy PAIN FREE life after this surgery, everything in moderation is what I'm doing, even had a piece of chocolate yesterday!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had my Gallbladder taken out on 7/24/13 and I've lost 15lbs. since 7/4/13 due to being afraid of eating anything that would set a gallbladder attack off! Are you having problems with losing weight too fast?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I have wondered the same thing, I may try celery since it is mostly water based. Anyone have any suggestions?


anonymous 3 years ago

I just had my gallbladder removed on Tuesday of this week and I have been fortunate to not have severe issues eating -- tolerating Jell-O, soups, water, tea, sherbet, toast and the like fairly well. I am nervous about reintroducing proteins into my diet, any suggestions?


anonymous 3 years ago

My surgery was yesterday 7/25 and i was really nervous i actually put it off for a year and a half. i was maintaining by eating healthy like no red meat, pork or fried foods. I never went to the E.R because i watched what i ate. Sooooo, i finally had it done and i'm doing well, i don't have much pain just pressure and soreness usually when i move a lot. I'm wheelchair bound so i gottta make sure to lay down at times and not be on my chair all the time. I'm eating a lot of soups and protein but im staying away from gassy stuff like brocoli. Oh yeah, cant take a shower for 3 days ugh! and i gotta go back to the dr. next week. For those of you who are afraid of getting the surgery done, i suggest you do it before it becomes an infection or it bursts. I was really tired of the pain, the bloating every dam night!


anonymous 3 years ago

I went into emergency Sunday night, 7/21 and surgery Monday morning 7/22. I had what I would call expected pain from the surgery for two days. Now the pain is only when I cough or take a deep breath. My diet after surgery was similar to others: apple juice, jello, chicken broth, orange sorbet and coffee. The same menu for dinner and for breakfast Tuesday morning. I was told that I had to pee 1/3 of the bottle and fart to show that everything was working properly. I have expanded my diet to sherbets, skinless chicken and vegetables. No problem yet. Some people call me the cookie monster so I have even indulged in a few cookies. No probs yet.


anonymous 3 years ago

My gb surgery was Tues morning, July 23 and I was released from hospital Wednesday afternoon. Post surgery diet was 3 fine meals of apple or grape juice, warm liquid broth, clear plain jello, frozen sorbet, and interestingly enough, coffee or tea. Boring to be sure but after two days of no food at all, it tasted great and I had no discomfort at all from drinking it. The only real discomfort I've been experiencing is the bloating and complete inability to find a comfortable sleeping position. I've tried the body pillows, under the knees pillow and have yet to find relief. My post op followup is Monday and I hope to be sleeping more comfortably by then. I haven't been walking probably as much as I should as my home has multiple flights of stairs. Going for plain pasta for dinner tonight with fresh watermelon - wish me luck!


anonymous 3 years ago

Wow, glad to have found this site too. My gallbladder was removed 7/22, Monday. I got no instructions on what to eat or not to eat so this is very helpful. I wasn't very hungry until yesterday, very ill last night after eating tuna casserole, so won't do that again, I'm sticking to the jello, liquids and maybe some apple sauce/banana after last night. The gas pain was the worst. They "the medical field" certainly present this as a no big deal operation but they neglect to tell you that you probably will never be able to eat the same way again.


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Coffee-Break 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Thank you so much for this article. A relative of mine will have his gallbladder removed, and this is going to come in very handy.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed three days ago after another significant GB attack.

I am now eating more solid food and initially found I was suffering from instant diahorrea but have now identified the root cause and stopped it instantly. My issue was that I was doing exactly what the doctor ordered, which was taking my antibiotic tablets with each meal. Antibiotics are notoriously hard on the stomach, which is why we're always told to take them with food. So I tested this. I ate and took the tablet at the same time and this, without exception, causes me to dash for the toilet. So then I decided to eat, wait 15 minutes, then take the tablet. After eating there were no problems at all but as soon as I took the tablet the same gurgling in the bowels happened but subsided after about five minutes. So now I eat, wait 15 minutes and take half of my antibiotic dose then take the remaining half 10 minutes after that.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had mine out on July 1. Went well but I'm feeling hungry most of the time and not sure what to munch on since raw veggies are not recommended. Any suggestions - it has to be crunchy and filling.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my Gallbladder removed July 11. The surgery and post op went well for the first week but I did not stick close enough to

the correct foods the second week and paid the price. Severe gastric issues, and major feeling of not feeling well. Back on plan and feel much better...


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Ae u having laparoscopic?


anonymous 3 years ago

This surgery was the easiest. I was so nervous pre surgery you have no idea. Glad it was elective and over and done. 24 hours post op I was singing and dancing. The 2nd day was the toughest. I ate really light. Jello, tea, bagel, eggs.... The surgery was 7/18 and I just went out for dinner. I ate sushi. ðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðªðª


anonymous 3 years ago

I am having my surgery tomorrow @11am, your posts are really informative.my concern is I am a diabetic on an insulin pump and have systemic lupus, how fast will I recover from this? Also approximately 1month ago I has an emergency appendectomy and it took awhile to get back to working, is this going to be the same thing? Please if someone knows please tell me their experience thank yo


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had mine out on 7/20. My doc placed me on a low fat diet that I'm sticking to religiously. I started with clears and jello on day 1. Days 2&3 I introduced small amounts of applesauce, cantaloupe, banana, toast, Cheerios. I'm taking it slowly but have had no problems with digestion. Eat 5 smaller meals throughout the day and drink water or crystal light. I have had to change my relationship with food but its for the better! Good luck.


anonymous 3 years ago

I am having my gallbladder removed tomorrow morning 7/24. I'm laying in a hospital room bored so I decided to search Pinterest for gallbladder info and found this. I am really scared about eating after the surgery. Help!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: weezee

I had my gallbladder removed June 28th.I had soft bm's the first three weeks.This week I am having very bad cramping and loose stools several times a day.Trying to figure out what is causing this now.I have been eating a lot of cucumbers and I am going to eliminate these for a few days and see if it helps.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed July 19th. I am a school teacher and needless to say having a bum gallbladder is not fun when you're stuck in a classroom with 30+ teens. I am really nervous about beginning school again, but reading these comments has helped to lower my anxiety level. I will use the rest of the summer to test different food combinations.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed on July 16th. I know I am not ready to workout yet, but who long did others wait before starting to ease back into to working out? I haven't worked out for about 2 1/2 months because I just felt so crappy. Also about eating,,,,, i am one of those people who try to eat to feel better. So when I feel bad I eat everything to feel better. I learned yesterday, DON"T DO THAT. I felt like crap all day yesterday because I tried lots of different foods together. Today I am keeping it simple and sticking to low fat. So one thing at a time. Several small feedings. I feel a lot better.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed in 1978, when I was only 25 years old. Before that I was in so much pain for a year, that all I wanted was just to stop the pain. At the time, the operation was not as simple as today and I had my stomach cut from top to bottom. :) Never mind, the life was so much better after a month, that I could not care less about my scar. Since then I learnt to eat smaller portions more often during the day, I found out that garlic and onion in big quantities will give me pain, I do not eat fat food as my liver reacts to it badly, I avoid eating very fried food, and I know definitely that if I eat Indian and Chinese food, I will be in pain for a few days, but hey, this is bout me, and everybody will have to find their own diet. I realised that, in fact, one can try anything, if in moderate portions. Do not overeat! I never drank, so I do not know how I would react to alcohol, but I guess it is better to stay away from it, as alcohol would destroy even a healthy liver and bowels. So, cheer up ladies and gentlemen, I have been living without a gallbladder for so long, and life is beautiful, and by the way, nobody ever gave me my age! :) So may be this is the secret to looking good! Ha ha!


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed yesterday and have never been in so much pain. I didnt get any sleep just could not get comfortable. I always sleep on my side and it just hurt to much. Had some chicken noodle soup and crackers last night. Scared to eat this morning as I am sure it will hurt a lot if I get sick. This page really helped. I didnt think I would have to be as careful as all of you had said. My doctor said to stay on a clear diet until I pass gas and have a bowel movement. Thank you all for sharing your experiences it has helped a lot!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Thank you for sharing. Our 18yr old son has 3 lg stones, and GB removal is suggested in 3 weeks. This son hopen heart surgery at two with flying colors, but after reading the comments, I was becoming concerned. Thanks for the humor


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Thanks!! Good to know walking helps with bloating! i look as if im a few months pregnant :-( Ill try to walk more often despite the pain (surgery was yesterday 7-21-13)


anonymous 3 years ago

I just had my gallbladder removed yesterday (7-20-13) and this website really helped me alot! Very informative and easy to understand what is safe to eat not to mention WHAT EXACTLY your gallbladder was intended while it was intact! :-) thank you again for this info. I will fwd it to my aunt which she also has gallbladder surgery 3 months ago.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gall bladder removed on June 29, 2013. I am still recoving, still can't do much physically. Everything seems to still tire me out. As far as eating goes, I am still not able to eat much. Even bland foods seem to go straight through me. When I went for my 1 week post opt. I did loose 5 lbs within a week. I just wish they wiould provide you with a diet plan or a list of foods to eat and not to wat when you are released. All they told me was everything needs to be low-fat. I have also had to start buying lactose free milk- can't eat any dairy anymore. It's more frustrating than anything, especially if my family decides to go out to dinner, it's hard for me to ever know what I can and can't eat. Somedays I choose not to eat just so I don't have to put up with the pain afterwards. I pray my body will adjust. All the women in my family has never adjusted back, they still to this day, after having the surgery 10-15 years ago, still can't eat what they used to eat before the surgery.


anonymous 3 years ago

Marilyn

Had my Gallbladder and huge stone removed on Tuesday. Doing ok but very sore. However, ate some cheese this morning and suffering since. So good to read everyone's tips. Thanks for this site so helpful


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had my surgery on Thursday and constipated despite using Metamucil, colace, Miralax and suppositories, any advice on what to eat? Can I eat salad?


anonymous 3 years ago

I am so glad I found this website, there's a lot of information here for someone like me who just had my gall bladder removed last Monday! I was fine the first two days, then started throwing up Wednesday. I stopped the percocet they gave me as painkiller, took ibuprofen instead. I was constipated until Thursday, inspite of taking Miralax for 3 days. Then, I had diarrhea yesterday. I am eating just oatmeal, clear soup, crackers, banana, pear, the past few days. Thanks for this site, I know what to watch out for and what to eat post surgery! Oh yeah, walking around is really good post surgery, to prevent constipation and the feeling of being bloated! Good luck to everyone!


anonymous 3 years ago

This was the best information I have read yet. Provides at a level any layman can understand as well as in a step-by-step way that guides you. I am 7 days out from my surgery and careful about what I should eat. Had a health diet before surgery - gallbladder removed as a precautionary measure during another surgery to discover a diseased gallbladder with gallstones. All better now - just need to adjust my diet. Thanks for your help.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: ur follow up with dr mine is in two days, they said they would remove tape then shower as usual and walk alot and breathe deeply i was told at hospital


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: get a good dr, mine is the best Dr Frost he works out of Memorial Hospital West and in Pembroke pines, FL, he also teaches at Nova after 8 days now only my side hurts lost 10 pds, needed it, I think its in the diet and what u eat


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gall bladder out 8 months ago, for the first few months I suffered with the dreaded diarrhoea but thankfully that's now settled. I am however now struggling with my weight, I have come to realise that I will never be able to eat normally again, I will always be on a low fat/ limited meat and dairy diet. I wish I had found this article sooner it would have really helped me .


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Darcy, this has happened to me too, luckily for only about 20 minutes at the most. It happened after eating cheese for me. I have to avoid it. Did you eat anything different?


anonymous 3 years ago

@phil-tx: Had my gall bladder out 2 years ago - visited the ER last night for what felt like a horrific gall bladder issue. Thought this would end after having it removed!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

Kelli

I just had mine out yesterday. It had to be better than living with the pain. But I really didn't know what to eat. Thanks for this page. Its very helpful. The surgery went fine but I ended up with 5 slits. My stomach is very sore and its hard to get up or down. So I wouldn't be home alone for the first few days. Good luck to everybody.


anonymous 3 years ago

Am seeing a surgeon on Wednesday for GB removal. Am sick of the pain, as it comes at times other than after eating. According to the HIDA scan I have a sick gallbladder, no stones. This is a great forum and I have learned a lot as to what to expect and how to eat to minimize pain after surgery. Keeping my fingers crossed that this works.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hello,

I had the same issue, can not tell you how many times I had to go to the ER. It ended up being my back. Where is the pain?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: just email me the list if possible noel24601@gmail.com


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: What is your exact diet... I'm experiencing similar things and I would like some help with my stomach.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Try glycerine suppositories... it will work...fast!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had mine removed on June 21 and I slept on my side, but I had a pillow tucked between me & the bed, I found this helped me! good Luck!


anonymous 3 years ago

I just had my gb removed yesterday morning, thank goodness I have no pain besides the fact that I threw up 4 times yesterday, slep good through the night but was hard to move. Is it ok to sleep on my side?


anonymous 3 years ago

My girlfriend needs help, she had her gb removed years ago and is still in pain, she doesn't mind what she eats very often and several med centers and hospitals can find the reason behind the pain. She's about to go to the hospital in a few days where I can almost guarantee she'll be given more pain pills to take by the dozens, any suggestions? And how bad are these pain killers for someone whose liver has been doing the gallbladders job for so long now?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I saw my doctor two weeks after surgery and he removed them for me.


Randimarcus 3 years ago

Here is a great snack for you to have in the freezer at all times. Go to YouTube and search "frozen yogurt kisses". You'll thank me! My surgery is scheduled for 7/18. I'm going to make a batch for when I get home.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder out June 24th plus a 7cm adenoma recomved from my liver. So know I have no gallbladder a missing some of my liver!

Miralax really does work don't forget to take stool softerners.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had surgery on the June 11, try Miralax..it helped me.


anonymous 3 years ago

I just had my gb out on July 3 and the pain afterwards hurt so bad from the gas I think I would rather go thou labor again lol but now its the eighth and now I'm not doing the number two I have tryed everything and I'm still hurting is that normal


anonymous 3 years ago

I am 76 years old & after having diverticulitis learned I also had to have GB removed, which turned out to be swollen with stones & infection. So I had two things going on, as they removed part of my colon as well. Recovered nicely but since the surgery in March, 2013, I continue to have occasional, sudden diarrhea, usually lasting only one episode but sometimes 2 or 3 in a row. It is very unpredictable, and as far as food is concerned, there is NO COMMON DENOMINATOR! Usually I can eat greasy food with no after effects tho I do limit these. So don't blame it on the fatty foods. Same with all the other foods that you suggest avoidance. Due to the diverticulosis I must eat high fiber foods, as constipation is to be avoided. So four months post surgery, I am still having bile problems. My doctor told me to stop taking Calcium as it has been proven not to help women my age bone-wise. My question is should I start back on the Calcium with D in hopes that would make a difference and absorb some of the bile as mentioned in some posts? If it were black and white (one certain food causing the diarrhea) it would be easier to deal with. The way it is not, it is very frustrating.


anonymous 3 years ago

If you are having gas pains post surgery, my cousin who is an RN told me to boil the bubbles out of gingerale, then steep a teabag in it for several minutes and then drink it. Like anything else, it may work for some and not others, worth a try. By time I found this out, my gas pains were done with, but it was a week of hell. It hurt more than the surgery! Other than that, you can try a heating pad or heat pack, which helps. Don't be a hero - take the pain meds when you need them.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: It took me a week before my appetite switch turned back on. Some people can eat anything post surgery, some continue to have problems, some have minimal problems. Let your body tell you what it is ready for. Introduce food slowly to see if any give you problems. Keep a food diary so you know if a food is a problem or not.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had emergency gallbladder surgery last night and came hone this morning I am taking Tylenol 3s and stool softeners what food's would be best as I am now just starting to feel hungry


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: You should be walking regularly after the surgery, even if just a lap around your apt or home a couple times a day to prevent any blood clots. Anything out of the norm do not hesitate to call the Doctor ASAP.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I was told that I could take them off after 1 week, but waited a few days past that. One of them was still a little "raw" I guess the scab lifted off with the steri-tape. I kept bandaids over them for a few more days. More annoying was the sensation of my underwear and comfy lounging pants annoying me, I wore a loose T shirt and pulled them down-looked like "Buddha belly" lol, that took longer to go away than I thought.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Don't take them off! They will fall off themselves. I took one off to see and that scar is bigger than the others.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I still have the tab that is in my navel and the one that is over the bruised area at the top, the bandages were removed but the two tabs remained behind, will they fall off, I justhad my gallbladder removed on june 29th. I don't want to do anything detrimental but can't seem to find any answers


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello! Everybody I have a question? I had my gallbladder removed on the 21 of June I've been doing well the only thing is that I have tapes on top of my incisions and they have not fallow off! Should I take them off? Does anybody have the same problem?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I Had A Chicken Salad And The Same Thing Happened To Me. The Bile Is Definitely The Worst Part So Far. Have You Found Anything That Helps?


anonymous 3 years ago

I Had My Gall Bladder Out On The 18th of June. I Stayed In The Hospital That Day And Went Home The Next. I Didnt Have Any Problems Using The Bathroom But I Did Noticd My Stool Was Very Soft And Loose. Almost Like Diarrhea. Has Anyone Else Had The Same Problem? Ive Been Eating Light Meals. So I'm Not Sure Whats Going On And My Dr Didn't Specify Anything. Today Has Sucked Majorly.I Have Diarrhea And My Anus Burns horribly After Every Bowel Movement. Someone Told Me Calcium Helps Absorb The Bile And Acids In Your Stomach. Has Anyone Been Going Through The Same Or Know Of Anything That Can Help With This? ,


anonymous 3 years ago

I went into the er on the 14 th. for gallbladder pains. And found out I had gallstones and a bladder infection. I had been having pains since I had my son back in February. And barely went to get checked. Well I was sent home and ended going back on the 16th and got diagnosed with gallbladder pancreatitis. And was in the hospital continuously vomiting for a week until I was able to have surgery. And wasn't able to eat or drink anything that whole week so my pancreas would come down. Finally I had surgery on the 21st. Then I had to stay an extra week because my pancreas levels were extremely high so I had to be taken off my liquid diet because of it. And then after they finally dropped I was put back on the clear liquids for a few days before I was released. So this helps alot to gradually increase my diet even though I am completely afraid because I don't want to have to go back to the hospital.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed in 1985. I don't notice any issues with any foods. I do try to eat healthy but even when I don't, i have not had any issues.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Our supermarkets stock it (NZ). If not there, try a health food shop. Am very grateful to a young GP who recommended this, it's more effective than any stool softener I've tried as well as being an effective diuretic. One cup is usually enough.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Where do you get alpine tea. I'm in australia


anonymous 3 years ago

I am 21 and had over 100 gallstones, no joke. Had it removed about 3 weeks ago. The weird thing was that I was barely in any pain before it was taken out. A bit of discomfort that I mistook for gas pains (max pain level being a 6 or 7). The doctors were surprised that it hadn't ruptured for one and that I was still alive on top of that. My gallbladder problems were of course genetic.


anonymous 3 years ago

i had mine out yesterday morning, they let me home very quickly, i have a fair bit of pain round me belly button area but thats all, didnt get much sleep...couldn't get comfy, i am drinking cups of tea and flavoured water, i am 18 stone and really need to find the right sort of foods to eat rather then all the junk food i have been eating for years hope every body finds there right foods to :)


anonymous 3 years ago

If you are constipated no bowels movements definitely try this.. Blend a riped papaya with water zip 16 oz sit 15 min up 90 degrees you will feel bowel movements ASAP it really works.. First thing in the morning


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed yesterday morning and was allowed home later that day. I was in a lot of pain from the gas used to inflate the abdomen, especially in the right shoulder but the Co-dydramol and Diclofenac I've been given does the trick. I ate a small wholegrain chicken sandwich, some melon, a little yoghurt and some fruit juice yesterday evening with no problems. I think the key for at least the first week is very little or no fat - I'm trying to stick below 5g a day which is difficult as even the foods supposedly 'low fat' have 5-10g+. I'm sticking with low fat yoghurt, fresh fruit and wholegrain foods until I feel a lot better.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed (laparoscopically/robot assist) a week ago. I felt so well that I never needed to take even an aspirin. My biggest issue is what I should be eating. Even my Doctor won't commit to a specific diet. The first couple of days my appetite was very low and I ate jello & clear soup. After a few days I started eating soft cooked vegetables, chicken, toast w/a little strawberry jam, light chicken noodle soup. All that settles good. However, if I try to incorporate some fat in my diet I get very gassy & can get a lower back ache. I started getting concerned about this until I read this article. Everyone around me wants me to try this, try that ..... but my body just isn't ready as this article points out. I hope to have full recovery (as so many people I know have) but I must be allowed to go at it slowly. Thank you for your tips....... I feel encouraged now.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Marcork city Ireland


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Jill

Had my gall bladder out June26 feel ok,no pain. Thank you one and all for diet advice which I will follow. Had a plain tomato sandwich at lunch but too heavy, soup for dinner,should not have had the Turkish bread, feel like some fruit.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: surgery done june 21. Still having pain, was constipated while taking stool softener tablets. Found relief next dat after taking MiraLAX. Mix it with juice, has no smell, tasteless, and no after taste. Happy camper!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: lots and lots of water! it will work when nothing else will.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my gallbladder removed Monday laproscopy feel great no bad pains up walking around eating small but often with no real fat. I found eating the Danone yougurts helped with my bowel movements ! I haven't taken any pain meds since Monday as I haven't felt I've needed them. I'm finding the mint tea is helping with the gas and a hot water bottle between my shoulder blades and walking really does help with the release!!!!! I'm delighted I decided to have it done I know my op went particularly well ( they had the gallbladder out and me stitched within 30mins) and I'm lucky that I have had no pain. But I think I would have put up with pain after surgery just to know there were no more gallbladder attacks awaiting me!!!! Best of luck to you all x


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: My nurse td me to eat prunes to help with BM's.. They sell them in single's.. Have you tried them?


anonymous 3 years ago

I just had my gallbladder removed yesterday.. I haven't been hungry at all.. I just happened to come across this post to see what to eat post-surgery. Thank you!!


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gall bladder removed in 1989. I have had to cut out a lot of foods since then, especially meat and anything fatty. Very important to be careful what you eat after surgery and for the rest of your life.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Just have light soap and juice, no dairy ,only fat free yogurt, no oil ,no no on any coconut peouducts they are liver enemy. After you feel lighter get started with fishtoping with pesto suse from Costco and rice with out oil, and alWays have veggies on side. Mono on red meet ans all restaurants foods, its poisen. No heavy seasoning because you don't have gallbladder anymore to digest. Oil is big enemey. I did surgery at march 21 and gained waigh but start the cleansing di, uit and veggior 7s and felt super light aans I'm going to do it evrymonth reppited. This is all my experiance , d if you- I don't folw I know I loose my liver or pancreatic cancer I will have , so o love myself ans I want ro see the future. Good luck with all of you. Ow, don't forget 1/2 HR walk every day or 3 time a week ro don't gain weight around belly which we get bloodpressur and diabetes easier than anyone else. Good luck everyone.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: You might have infection , I dis have and I got antibiotics.


anonymous 3 years ago

pizza spaggettii sauce hamburg ham pork cheese soda ice cream pb and j sugary bowls of cereal all things i loved but everytime i eat them now im either on the pooper poopin out bile/ diareea mixture or puking up the food cause it hurt my belly


anonymous 3 years ago

I seriously need advice I still haven't had a bm my surgery was june 19 th called doc gave me stool softner 4 days ago n nothing I've taken milk of magnesium several prunes drinking like 8 16 oz bottles of water every day n nothing :( I stopped pain meds like 3 days ago also please help asap


anonymous 3 years ago

I've learned after 7 years of struggling with no gall bladder that when i tryed to eat anything sweet ,

any milk product beside goat milk, yeast of any kind was a no-no, gluetin oh no, any kind of salad

dressing no-no, i use olive oil and a touch of lemon juice with salad and lots of spinish a side of meat,

steak, baked chicken, boil my ham for breaskfast with scramble eggs , fruit that i can tolerate because

of allegeric reaction or going to the bath room repeately. I first started with over the counter curtelle from

walmart to get a solid BM. before my stomach cramped, bladder problem, head itched, felt like i had diabeties symptoms , I was

miserable now i watch the foods that have sugar, glutien, yeast, dairy produts. I thought the doctor had

did something to me. he did good but didn't tell me what to look for later because that little gall bladder

was very important to my body. just a few tips to get you started. i hav a better life now.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Just take things slow ladies, mine was removed on June 21 & I'm feeling great, so far!


anonymous 3 years ago

I just had my gallbladder removed on June 21, first day was the pits!!! But each day I'm feeling better & better, so far! Today I started with diarrhea, I drank about 4 ozs of fat free organic milk, so I'll be putting that to the side for now. I eat Jello, soup, grilled chicken or grilled Talapia, fresh fruit & drink lots of water. So far so good!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had my surgery the same day with similar symptoms after the surgery. They told me the fever and breathing difficulties were a result of small amount of fluid in the lungs. I was told to talk walks and work on deep breathing and to use my breathing exercise tool at least once every hour. It has improved and I'm sure it's working.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my GB lapo surgery on June 11th. The day after I turned 31. Everything went great. Was told to stick to a bland diet for two weeks...which was easy enough. Mind you having family eat mcdonalds all the time around you makes you really want french fries haha. Tramacets were given to me only needed them for about four days. Though im introducing foods back in i have noticed diarhrea so back to the BRAT diet. Any suggestions as to other foods to incorperate to the diet would be helpful.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my surgery done on Friday the 21 I feel much better today! The only thing is that sometimes I feel I can't breath!! I don't know if its normal or its a anxiety attract. And feel a little warm also. I've been taking my temperature and its been 100.4 or 100.5 at the hospital they told me that it was 101 I had to go in to the ER. I also can go to the bathroom I've been taking stool softener since Friday I only went Sunday a little.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi I had a hysterectomy in Jan gallbladder out March 28th.

I have put on 10 pounds and I still exercise a lot. Trouble also with using the restroom. I wondered if you have had any of the same problems that I have.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Cookie


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed today 6/24. I arrived at 8:30 am and went to er at 11 AM. Surgery took 2 hrs. All went well. My Dr said to eat anything except dairy or spicy foods for a week. I took the pain meds oxycoden @ 4 I'm having a little discomfort but not unbearable. I had 2 hardboiled egg whites and a piece of dry wheat toast at 3 pm. I ate dinner at 6:30 pm 1 chicken breast and 1 cup white rice and mint tea. I do not feel as bad as I thought I would. For all who are having problems sorry for your ails. Most surgeries are successful. but please get it done its worth it


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder out April 8. Recovery and healing were uneventful. I can eat most things I want to except chocolate. Even small amouts cause hours of pain and misery. Has anyone else had this experience?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Amie! I am having mine out the 26th! So I guess you go first! I am feeling anxious also but trying my hardest not to freak out. :-) and I think I am doing a good job by not over thinking it. Let me know how your surgery goes ok? You are in my thoughts.....


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello I had my gallbladder remove on May 24 2013. The procedure was easy and I recovered fast. I was out of work for about a week. The only problem I see after gallbadder being removed is that my digestive system is not working like before. I am not able to release myself everyday like I used too. It takes me maybe two days before I could have a bowel movement; which its very frustrating because I was regular before I had the surgery. I continue to have a healthy diet and when I do eat a slight fatty food - I still have the same problem. I bought some Flaxseed which is good for digesting your food. I am also using a tea stomach cleaner which is also good but hard to use it while I am work because I find myself going to the bathroom more than I should. So what I do now is use the tea during the weekend so I am able to use the bathroom at the comfort of my own home.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Thanks for your info. I am having my GB removed Tues 25th and feeling quite anxious about it. I have only had surgery 2 times in my life, both c=sections and the last was almost 12 years ago so I am really scared! I think I am quite apprehensive about how my body will be after surgery so thanks for your comment!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Thanks for the tip. I will definitely try the alpine tea!


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder out May 31st. I am still having loose stools every day and discomfort in the mornings and after eating. I am taking nexium as the doc thinks I may have ulcers. Going for endoscopy and colonoscopy July 2nd. Still eating bland. Meanwhile my diet for breakfast is oatmeal, cream of wheat, waffles with no syrup and a hint of butter and a 1/4 of banana, bagels plain. Other meals are white rice with chicken and added mushrooms, mash potatoes a hint of butter and chicken, salmon and white rice no flavor :( Energy level is low. I long for the day to have a normal bm and being able to function normally.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Can assure you, you're not the only one. My legs swelled to at least 30% more than their normal size. I drank some alpine tea and lost 3 kilos of fluid overnight.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello Everyone!! I had my gallbladder out on Wednesday, June 19th. My surgery was done as out patient and was scheduled for 1045am but due to some computer problems and problems with a surgery right before me, I didn't get in till 3pm. Not good if you have had nothing to eat since the night before. After the surgery I was a bit nauseated so they kept me in recovery for a bit longer and administered medication to ease the nausea. I was finally discharged at 8pm. Took pain pills when I got home and about 4 hours after that, but I haven't taken any since. For the first 24 hours after the surgery I had juice and jello. I must say that I feel really good, no pain. I have had mashed potatoes and ground turkey today for lunch and no problems except for a little bit of loose stools. My only problem right now is that my feet and my legs are swelling quite a bit. Can anyone relate to the swelling or am I the only one.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: My husband had his taken out yesterday too and his doc told me that if he had the same symptoms that you have described there could possibly still be a stone moving around in there and that will actually be a separate surgey. If you are still in serious pain tomorrow you might want to go to the ER just in case. I dont mean to scare you and I hope you are feeling better soon


anonymous 3 years ago

Bob


anonymous 3 years ago

Well day 3 still only have had crackers when I take my meds still in pain controlable during the day its just awful when I first wake up


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi,

I had my GB removed on Fri 19th and went home the same day. I took tramadol that day but with anti sickness drugs which helped. On day two I only took paracetamol and day three I've coped without medication. The wind in my shoulders has calmed down and I've been for a little walk to help. Straight after the operation I was given a salad which stayed down ok. Day after op I managed porridge and roast chicken. I kept my meals very small as I feel full quickly. Small and slow is the key. My stomach is black around the wounds but healing well. A deffo is to be inclined after the operation because the trapped wind isn't pleasant. I've been given Movicol to help with constipation as medication can cause this, that was the reason I tried to manage with just paracetamol. Good Luck to anyone having their GB removed ... Lots of rest, fluid and small meals.

Lisa X


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello, my name is Donna and I am a 21 year old female. I had my gallbladder out yesterday (June 20th) and went home the same day. Since then, I have had a great deal of difficulty moving or sitting up as it causes a great deal of pain. The surgeon prescribed Hydrocodone but it is little help. I also have not been able to stomach anything other than sips of Sprite. I called the doctor and they said to just go to the ER but I was hoping to avoid doing so and see if anyone knew any tips that would help. I greatly appreciate it!


anonymous 3 years ago

Ok so I feel a little better than yesterday my husband got me a recliner n my grandparents brought me a heating pad im so thankful for my family! But doc called in stronger pain meds n stool softner im still only eating crackers when I take my meds but I drink alot of water I really am not hungry at all


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello: I had my gallbladder out on 6/14 (Friday) as a lapo day surgery. Note to self: in the future, do not schedule day surgery on a Friday and be the last on the surgical schedule-I had to fast from the night before, my 1:15 pm procedure was delayed until 4:30 and the surgical center closed at 7 pm which meant everyone wants to GO HOME.. I had barely come up from the anesthesia and had a lot of nausea, which they gave me meds for that made me sleepy (which is not good for trying to leave the center). Am now 6 days post op, having some loose stool still, no pain meds, managing with a single Imodium and a banana on occasion. Some gas after eating (but nothing like the gallstone attack gas). Dr said "no restrictions" however I have played it pretty safe. Incisions are healing (starting to itch a little) and I am black and blue around the largest one where the tools went in. Compared to my hysterectomy, this was pretty easy. Planning to go back to work on Monday (have worked from home entire time other than surgical day). Lots of rest, juice, water and patience! Feel better!


anonymous 3 years ago

Ok, take 2 on this, got muddled on the directions first time :-)

Had my gallbladder removed on 6/17/13, and now three days later I'm feeling quite well all things considered ( thought I would post so that those having not had the surgery yet would not be deluged by bad news...). I declined to take any hydro condone that they prescribed to not have to deal with the side effects, instead, I just take 200mg of ibuprofen at night before bed so I get a good nights sleep. During the day I let it hurt a little to remind me that I'm healing and not to do too much.....like everyone else, I was surprised that there was no guidance given on what to eat after surgery, fortunately I've been dealing with this thing for 4+ years with diet and supplements, I know a little about anatomy and how my digestive system works, and I have some common sense :-) the day after surgery I stuck to green juice and brothy soup with veggies, 2nd day green juices, fruits, little bit of yogurt, and some cooked veggies for dinner. And I plan to do that again today, day 3. Tomorrow, I may add a small amount of chicken at dinner if I feel up to it. Pain is almost completely gone, I do have loose stools, but think that's inevitable between the surgery and my diet.

Everything I've heard and read seems to indicate it's different for everyone. I'm glad at least my surgery went well, and I'm sorry to those of you with complications following it....


anonymous 3 years ago

Angela


anonymous 3 years ago

John


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Ash, this is similar to what happened to me! My surgery was on March 9th & I went back to the ER on March 16th & they found the bile leak. One of the clamps had come loose. I was pretty sick & was in the hospital for 2 weeks after the stent was put in. I was told though that those meds could take a week to completely leave your system depending on how much you had. I just had my stent taken out on Tuesday. I still don't feel 100%. Getting there though.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello All. I had my GB removed (laparoscopic) on Friday June 14th. I came home that day still out of it due to the anesthesia. I had the gas pains off and on and took the prescribed Vicodin as directed (1-500mg every 4 hrs). By Saturday the pains were so bad. I called my surgeon and he told me to double up on my Vicodin. I was now taking 2 every 4 hours. Still the pains were coming back so badly. Nothing helped. I heard walking to release the gas but at that point I was just hovered over on the floor. I called the surgeon again and he told me to go back to the ER. The ER ran a blood test and a CT scan. The scan and blood came back abnormal. I was admitted! =( The next day another HIDA scan was done. It showed that I had bile leakage from the GB removal. My surgeon said it was common and that my GI Dr. will be called to perform an Emergency ERCP. Monday the GI came in. The ERCP was done by putting in a stent to stop the leakage. I was released that day (Monday). Monday night i was ok. Tuesday i had bad back pain and felt jittery. I think the Vicodin makes me that way. I stopped the Vicodin on Tuesday evening. Tuesday my diet was bland. Wednesday still had back pain and abdominal discomfort along with a bruised belly. I tried to add some plain chicken and about 2 tablespoons of potatoes. Bad idea...that night I had cold sweats. My stomach kept gurgling and the jitters came back but no fever. Today I woke up to diarrhea, chills but no fever and stomach upset. I'm thinking it was the chicken and potatoes =( Did anyone have any reactions to the medications? Or does anyone know how long it takes for all the meds to leave your body? I feel like i had a lot through IV and orally since Friday: Anesthesia twice, Dilaudid through IV about 4 times, Ativan for anxiety when i was told I needed an ERCP, antiboiotics through IV, and then Vicodin orally. Sorry this was lengthy. Just trying to put it all out there for anyone suffering the same thing. I just want to feel normal again and get back to taking care of my girls.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Thank u my husband is going to get a recliner to dayand a heating pad this gas is hihorrible but other than it im just really sore im so glad ur doing better ill pray u continue to do so have a good day


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had my surgery yesterday as well. I have found that sleeping in a recliner upright really helps with the pain. The hospital told me to try sleeping like this, because when you lay down the gases they put in you move up into your chest and cause excruciating pain. I was I a lot of pain right after surgery as well. I still hurt badly but it is much more tolerable. I have also been using a rice sock to sooth the pain.


anonymous 3 years ago

Well I had my gallbladder out on 6/19/13. Most the pain I am experiencing is from the gases the put in me to be able to see. I am in pain but I already feel 75% better than I did with my gallbladder in me. I have been unable to eat for over two weeks and lost 15 pounds in that time frame. I had sludge and polyps in my gallbladder. I constantly threw up, very nauseated, and chronic diarrhea. So naturally the first thing I wanted to research on day one post op is what I can eat. Trust me I don't want to be sick anymore so this article really helped me in knowing what to try and avoid to eat. The hospital I had my surgery at was wonderful, but no one ever said what diet to come home and start on. I ate some toast this morning and it went okay. Me and pain meds don't tend to get along either. So I am sure eating will be tough over the next few days. Again thank you for the helpful article.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi,

Try using fiber before meals. My surgeon recommended this and it works very well. The fiber binds the bile so it slows the digestion process. I use sugar free Citrucil.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Amillard, I had my Surgery in June 14th too. Thank you for sharing. I'm with I had those agonizing pains too. My Surgeon gave me stool softner prescribed and I was told to take it until I had a bowel movement and I started diarrhea to stop that's what I did I went normal once then had some diarrhea after that I stopped the stool softner. My problem now is the prescribed pain killers I have stopped them 24hrs now I have an upset stomach constantly. I'm only taking Tylenol if I needed. My upset stomache is starting to get better. I hope this helps you. I read everyone's comments and they are greatly appreciated!! God Bless Us All!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

I had surgery 06/19/13 at 930 am its now 2 am I have servere pain in my neck n shoulder fever chills so sore I can't move I just called my surgeon n she said take my ibuprofen for the fever idk but this sux I had several stones took 3 hrs to do the surgery n they gave me 3 pain block shots n my abdomen before I woke up well I woke up they still had the tube down my throat they took it out I guess I started puking up every where well went back out woke up screamin n si much pain cuz the nerve block didnt work the quickly gave me dilaudid n nothing then morphine n nothing then oxytocin n finally it was tolerable mind u I don't even take Tylenol at home let alone that strong stuff but it knocked me back out till I wanted to go home at around 6 pm my poor husband thank god is taking care of me n my 2 n 3 year old babys as I cant hardly move I thought it wasn't supposed to be this bad :( n the coughing is the worst which I expected but I just want to feel better any advice would be great n ill post again tomorrow with any updates but my surgeon just called back again n said to get some sleep n call her in the am n let her know how the fever n all is she is by far the best doc I ever met :) that my positive part with all the negative stuff I already wrote


anonymous 3 years ago

My gallbladder was removed on June 10. The only pain med I took was a single Tylenol that night. The surgeon prescribed percoset but because I heard opioids cause constipation I decided to forgo the rx. Pretty uncomfortable first three days. As for eating I only drank water on the 10th. The next morning I ate a bit of the hospital breakfast and some tomato soup and crackers that night at home. It wasn't until day 4 that I had a bowel movement. Took some stool softener to help. I began walking to and from the bathroom and down the hall to the water fountain while still in the hospital and my bed was put in a sitting up position which helped relieve the gas. Move as much as u can and avoid the pain med as much as possible.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi, I went thru the exact same thing and i ended up being rushed back to hospital as my wound over my bellybutton had become septic. I would recommend going back to the hospital to have it checked out


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Jenn, I had my Surgery on June 14th. I have been with an upset stomach for the last two days. My wounds pain have demished. I stopped my prescribed meds and currently take Tylenol only. I love taking Advil for pain but I have read to avoid Advil. My upset stomach is getting better since I have stopped my prescribed meds. My surgeon gave me stool softner I took it after 24 hrs and started to go to have a bowel movement after the 3rd day after the Surgery as soon as I started diarrhea I stopped them and I don't feel constipated anymore just miserable for the upset stomach pain. I hope this helps you!! God Bless!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

I am having my gallbladder out on June 28. I will probably be going home the same day hopefully. The nurse at my PCP had hers out and she told me number one thing to remember is after the surgery DO NOT LAY FLAT... She said it will make the gas go to your shoulders.

My story: I had some discomfort on my right side below my rib cage. Went to my doctor and he ordered a sonogram and that is how I found out I had gallstones. They really were not bothering me so I did not have the surgery. In January 2013, I woke up one night and thought I was having a heart attack... severe pain in the middle of my chest under my diaphram and radiating to my right side.. I figured out it was my gallbladder. I suffered for about four months, two to three nights a week, until I went online and figured out to change my diet to make them go away. April 30 thru May 30 I did not have a single attack. Then Memorial Day holiday weekend, wham! I had another attack and three more right in a row. I am done and have decided it is time to get it out. When I have the attacks, it is always at night. If I lie on my stomach with my hands beneath me where the pain is, I can sometimes sleep through an attack. If I make myself throw up, the attack will stop. Nothing even needs to "come up" just the squeezing of my muscles makes it go away for some reason. The next day, I am wiped out. Sometimes my whole body hurts after an attack. My surgeon said this could be sepsis. They found I also have fatty liver. I still may have to take medicine to control cholestrol. They just took tests today to find my cholestrol level. I actually had my eye doctor tell me two years ago that I should get my cholesterol checked because I had these white rings around my corneas and he said that is typical in people with high cholesterol.

I also found this site helpful as no one has given me what to eat after the surgery and I'm sure I am not going to feel like going to the store.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hey everyone! I had my gallbladder removed on Monday the 17th (first surgery & laparoscopic) I know it's only been a few days but has anyone else not been able to keep anything down? No matter what I eat (broth noodles bread etc) I end up vomiting :( I think it may be from the norcos they prescribed, but I'm not certain. I have stopped taking them as of 130pm yesterday to test myself & see if that's my problem. I took an 800mg ibprofen this morning and got nausea but I did not vomit like usual. I also have an issue with constipation. I'm able to pass gas which I've read is good but I'm so uncomfortable! I spoke to my surgeons nurse & she said not to take anything for a bowel movement yet as its most likely caused by the pain meds. Does anyone have any suggestions to feel comfortable again ASAP? I just wanna feel like myself again :(


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my gallbladder out on June 10. Everyone said you'll bounce right back to normal. I am not bouncing- I am dribbling! But today was a good day, No tightening in the chest, and eating a lot of fruit. This website is very beneficial.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Yes Trapped gas is common in the chest after an operation, i remember this after my op. You could try some Scopex or some sort of anti spasmodic. If in doubt just call through to your doctors rooms.Good Luck


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I also had gall bladder surgery on Mon (17th) and wasn't told what to eat except to avoid fatty foods. I am also swollen above the belly button but haven't had the hot/cold sweats. I'm not hungry at all and have had 1/2 bagel and banana and toast and lots of water since my surgery. I got on this site to check out what I should eat so will try oatmeal today.


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hey, if I were you I'd go to emergency to get checked out. It could be normal but better safe than sorry. I was told to come to the ER if I got hot & cold sweats.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hellie45. Had my gallbladder removed on mon (17th June) was wondering if anyone pre-op suffered from severe bloating above the belly button and relentless hot and cold sweats, I was having upwards of 30 per day, haven't eaten very much at all have had all the symptoms listed by the people that have commented below, really helpful thanks very much. Thought I was going mad!! I have got chrons disease and had the part of my small illieum that aids breakdown of all the other stuff, I wasn't given any information what so ever, told to research it my self as I've done with all my illnesses. But if anyone else has had similar surgery I would be grateful for your thoughts and advice. Sick of feeling sick. :-()


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: I was scared of that too but it will be over before you know it. Good luck!


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: You are SO right. I suffered for 2 years with mine, had it out in March. I went through some complications but still think it was so very worth it. A couple of days ago I overdid it with some cheese & had some "mini attacks" like a gall bladder attack but only lasting 10 minutes. Thinking about how I used to suffer for hours at a time with that pain made me so happy that it's gone now. I just have to have the will power to resist some things lol


anonymous 3 years ago

Having my gallbladder out the 20th of this month. I have suffered for almost one year and it is time to say good bye to it. I found your site very informative and plan on using your suggestions. Thank you!


anonymous 3 years ago

I'm glad to hear that all of you guys are doing well after having your gallbladder removed! I'm having mine on Friday the 21 of this month I'm really Scare!! Just to think that I will be put out! Please pray for me.... Thanks for all your comments:))


anonymous 3 years ago

I had the surgery on June 14. Terrible, agonizing gas pains, post op. I thought I would have to die. I believe this was because I was constipated going into the surgery and the [healthcare professionals] did not see this as a potential problem. I woke up with no place for the added gas to go-- or so I believe. The agony- truly agony-- persisted for 12 hours. I ended up on IV Delaudid. While this was going on, a friend who is an RN dragged me out of bed every hour to make me walk the halls to try to free up the gas. Got discharged, came home to chicken broth. Ate it and my stomach seemed to just explode. Back to the E.R. because of acute pain and vomiting. I found, after coming home 10 hours later, that I could sit up and sleep in one position for short periods with severe pain intervals. Don't know why this has been so unbelievably painful. Right now I am sipping Peppermint Herb Tea on Ice with a tiny bit of honey. That is soothing. Chicken broth-- a spoonful at a time. Jello is good. It's been 4 days.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Ilene, thanks for your comments. I am also a vegetarian, however, more of a vegan. I had my gallbladder removed 5 days ago and am worried now about what I can eat if beans are going to be a problem. I have had some mild diarrhea already from eating some steamed vegetables. It will be tough for me to eat meat again after 25 years.


anonymous 3 years ago

I must be very lucky, I had my gallbladder out on Monday the 10th of June and its been 1 week.... I was sore the first day, getting up and down, by day 3 I was eating pudding, spaghetti with meat sauce, and working from home. By Friday I drove to work and back only to show my scares and now it's been 1 week and I'm working at about 3/4's speed ( I'm a union electrician .... And 49 years old ) eating food from 7-11 and feel really good. All the pain in my chest is gone, only the hole hurt.... Feels like I lost a knife fight. I feel like I could eat like normal no pain pills for 3 days and I'm wondering if I need to slow down.... I feel great! No diarrhea, no bloating, no nothing. I was wondering how good drinking Jaegermeister would be, I should boost your digestive fluids ? Make your bile flow better.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder out 2 weeks ago today. Healing is going ok except I can't eat anything without causing diarrhea! I am down right miserable!


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed on June 6th. Although the incisions are healing nicely and I am no longer on pain meds I am having issues with food. Yesterday was a bad nausea day. Now today I feel fine. I am eating broth and noodles, potatoes, rice, applesauce, toast and oatmeal. Anything else I've tried has caused diarrhea. Will keep trying as the nurse at the doctor's office told me it could take up to 12 weeks for these symptoms to pass.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my surgery ( laparoscopic) June 11. I am now eating normally just 5 days later. Of course, I eat fats in moderation. The paid was very manageable. I took the Percocet that was prescribed at night for the first 2 nights and slept very well, even though I had to stay on my back. After that, I didn't want to risk constipation, so I switched to extra strength Tylenol and that worked fine to relieve pain. Getting in and out of bed the first 3 days was the worst, and now I'm fine.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: sometimes it is the bile ducts clogged and you have to have them cleaned out, they told me this could happen to people and I am taking care of someone who had to have that done and she had her gallbladder removed years ago.


anonymous 3 years ago

I am headed to day 3 of post-op. I am being careful of what I eat but most of my pain seems to come from my belly button area. Lots of pressure and bloating. I have been very constipated but that is starting to let up. I am hoping the bloating goes away soon because it is very uncomfortable.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi I wonder is this still the trapped gas which is causing the problem. Maybe more moving around will help the shoulder pain, which I had terribly . I had my gallbladder out on the 6th also and have lower stomach cramps, but these are certainly brought on by certain foods....chocolate being one. Also suffer 1st thing in the morning with cramps, I visited my gp on Friday and she said these will ease and it is early days and then signed me off for another week, which i wasn't happy about.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my gallbladder removed 6th june 2013.op went well and wounds are healing nicely.but have been suffering from chronic heartburn which nothing seems to give any respite from.the pain is like a large ball of pain in my chest which can be felt in shoulders and lower stomach cramps.as yet I have not found anything to relieve this.so if anybody can help would be greatful.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I'm 3 days post op too! I was told it was the drugs they used to knock me out and the pain meds, which take a while to work their way out of your system even after you stop taking them


anonymous 3 years ago

@MN-CTS: low-fat and fat free yogurt is ok, and so is fat-free or low-fat cottage cheese. you gotta watch serving sizes too


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had my gallbladder removed Jun 3rd - recuperating well, but like you my belly button incision is bleeding. Doctor checked it out and said there is a layer of fatty tissue between the top layer skin incision and muscle incision where blood may collect from surgery. If the blood is dark red - its old blood and its okay for it to leak out. If it is bright red - not good, see your doctor. Mine has been draining for the past two days and have to keep gauze on it. If it continues into next week I will see the doctor again.


anonymous 3 years ago

Anyone on here have strange feelings of being out of it or lightheaded after gallbladder surgery? I am 3 days post op and just don't feel like myself today. My head is a little fuzzy and some light left side chest pain. I went to the ED on the night I was released from the hospital and they said my heart looked good and I need to follow up with my pcp.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: YOU can eat low fat yogurt. I asked my Dr. he said that was fine to eat.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had mine out on June 6, 2013 and ate ham/cheese on a multi grain pita and had no problems. I have tried all sorts of foods and haven't had any problems. I do take an ant-acid every morning just in case. I suggest if you are having problems have yours removed.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Could it be IBS or GERDS I take omaprezole, and mebervine. I am 8 days after having my gallbladder out and the surgeon is hoping it will solve both these problems as well as the stones, good idea to keep a diary :)


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Liann, I have a medication called Pariet that I take once a day in the morning, about 15 minutes before I eat, for acid reflux. I didn't get heartburn but pain like you described and also a cough that didn't seem to go away. This was the acid coming up just a little. The medication stopped this for me anyway. Have you been to the doctor?


anonymous 3 years ago

I had mine out in 2002 five months after having my first baby. I have never eaten things like bacon because of the high fat content. Here I am 11 years later and suddenly find myself dealing with bile reflux! I think this is what I have- no Dr has confirmed it. It's painful almost like when I had gallstones but its more like being stabbed and the knife twisting in my upper stomach. I am keeping a log of what I eat to see if I can figure it out. Big note is my use if Advil as a pain reliever-very very bad for your stomach!


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surfingtheweb 3 years ago

Hadmy gallbladder out many years ago. Still see the big scar across my stomach. Was not fun, but after I recovered no more painful flare-ups.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Meant to add I was told to take my dressings off after 48 hrs bath and dry with a hair dryer (cool setting) and leave uncovered unless clothes are rubbing. Although nurses gave me water proof dressings and said to keep them on for a week. I have done the first option, left the. Uncovered and they are healing well, 7 days today


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I also mentioned this to my surgeon and he said after 5 days to take movicol or laxido, these add fluid to the gut, but he wasn't concerned. Obviously he knows my medical history, but maybe eating some of the foods listed on here will help you.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my gallbladder out in june 11th the hospital gave me no advice on things like changing my dressings ...I still haven't been to the toilet either which is worrying , have introduced toast back into my diet


anonymous 3 years ago

Gpmum2.. I had my gallbladder removed on the 6th June where they found 3 very large stones. I had the most horrendous gas pain in my shoulders, no meds touched it, but heat pads helped. I was told to keep moving and resting and sent home the next day. I have taken pain relief regularly and haven't too much trouble with the wounds except the smallest one. I know about it if I stretch or bend over. I wasn't told about diet :( and by day 4 have been feeling sick with stomach cramps needing me to dash to the loo. I shall be cutting out the peanut butter (my favourite on toast for breakie ) . Will being seeing the surgeon again on the 19th and shall be asking why I wasn't sent home with any diet advice... Glad my symptoms seem to be following a normal pattern


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gall bladder removed Saturday and thought I'd be home Sunday. I still had pain and my blood work wasn't coming back normal so more testing and two days later had an ERCP to find out what was blocking the ducts. Turns out it was too narrow. They cut it open and I felt 100% better that day. I've eaten a low fat diet the past two days as I'm afraid of any side effects (I.e. diarrhea). Glad to see a site with a helpful diet guide.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: thanks perri, great info... had mine out yesterday.


anonymous 3 years ago

@phil-tx: Thanks for that advice Phil. I had mine removed yesterday and haven't had a bowel movement yet... I'm nervous about that because I am normally constipated. This is an awesome site!


anonymous 3 years ago

@DebraHew: Let me know how this goes, I get mine out in 3 weeks. The ERCP caused me to get pancreatitis but it was due to the fact that the surgery took 6 hours -ugh. Good luck


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder out at 7:30 thismorning. All went well and was lapo. I had no stones but have been sick since January with what I thought was panic attacks that kept getting worse. I would get dizzy, pain on left side of chest, heart racing, (never above 155) feeling of being out of it and headaches. The right upper quad pain didn't start untill end of April and I lost 26lbs with all of this. Docs did lots of tests on heart and endoscopy and colonoscopy all looked good then finally a hida scan which showed ejection fraction of 20%. Sorry long story anyway after surgery my heart went up to 133 and I got nauseous prob all from the anestisia. But I'm home now and aside from some chest pressure and a really dry mouth/throat I'm doing ok. I had some boxed chicken soup around 1pm so I could take some ibuprofen and it felt good to eat no nausea. Just now had a butterscotch pudding. Not nauseaous but am having pain between shoulders. I pray that all my pre symptoms go away and appreciate all these comments on here. I've been reading them over the last week preparing. Thank you!


DebraHew 3 years ago

Hey all, next week I go in to get the stent removed that they put in during my surgery. Well they say it should be easy but they said that about the surgery itself too, which was anything but easy. Any advice for this? They are going in via ERCP.


anonymous 3 years ago

Excellent Article, yes we are not alone on this new process. Blessings to all!

Alfredo


anonymous 3 years ago

Hey there everyone 7 days since op and I'm starting to feel like me again. That is if you overlook all the burping !!! Started to eat a teas noble diet as well although did notice that if I don't eat a small amount i feel like throwing up. Peppermint tea helps if I eat something heavier. So good luck to all of you this site made me feel like I'm not alone thanx .


MN-CTS 3 years ago

@anonymous: I can't personally vouch for this as my surgery is in two days, but met with a nurse and anasthesiologist today and they said any dairy under 5% fat is acceptable. Pizza would certainly be more than 5%; and yes, yoghurt is dairy (unless it is soy yoghurt).

What foods have you had the best and worst luck with so far?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I have become addicted to non-fat yogurt c/w avocado smoothies....non-fat dairy products have not been an issue for me since I had my gallbladder removed.. (June 27/2013)If you can tolerate pizza you should not have a problem with yogurt.....


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my surgery on May 20th and it has been difficult introducing some foods to my body. I get really bad stomach pains. However, when i ate pizza it wasnt that bad. I wanna try eating yogurt but isnt it considered a dairy product?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: You are a marvel of nature...evolution has been more kind to you than many others on this site.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had surgery May 31 and all pain is gone but still having loose bowels and nausea a lot of the time. Itis harder for me since i am a diabetic and have to eat to avoid low sugar even when I am not hungry. I want some normal food but it goes right through me and makes me sick to stomach. I have found that I have to eat very small amounts. I am tired of jello, toast, applesauce etc. After reading some of these enteries I feel better knowing that this seems to be the norm.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Marie,

It does get really frustrating, but over time it does get better. Remember to rest, drink lots of water to flush your system, that will get rid of the stuff they pumped you full of and get rid of that taste. Good luck.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: You are so lucky. Consider yourself blessed.


phil-tx 3 years ago

What's with all the ad's on here now?


anonymous 3 years ago

I really didn't know what to expect because I've heard that recovery should be very easy and then I've heard people say it was very rough. Thankfully, I seem to be on the easy end. I had it out on June 7th...two days ago...I am just sitting and laying around watching tv still, but I do not have a lot of pain, and I can eat normally. I think possibly my gallbladder has not been functioning for some time because I ate pizza and wings last night and it was completely fine.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my gallbladder removed on the 5th of June. Recovery has not been easy as everyone made me believe. The gas pain is excruciating and i'm really scared to eat as it seems like it makes it worse. I am not particularly hungry and also have a weird metal taste in my mouth. Is this normal? I do hope I'll get better soon as it is getting quite frustrating!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I'm at the same stage of recovery as you and pretty much have no pain at all. I can get in and out of bed easy and walk around for a while with no problems. Though I have heard from others that my recovery has been speedy. It hurt for me to laugh for a few days. I think you should either keep taking your pain meds or see your doctor about the level of pain


anonymous 3 years ago

had my gallbladder removed 6 days ago and the first night I slept in a recliner chair because of comments I had read. That wasn't too bad. The couple of nights after that I slept at my moms in a nice comfy bed and had no real issue with lying down and getting up. I've been at my own place the last two nights and last night was absolutely horrible. I got excruciating pain across my abdomen, it felt like it was going to burst open when i went to lie down. Should I be worried about this? I had to have my fiancee get me up and down from my bed. I haven't taken my painkillers in a few days, so I'm wondering if its because they are out of my system or because I was walking around for 2 hours yesterday... It hurts to laugh. Is this normal?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hello I am also 6 days post op :). I've become a little afraid of food also but it helps being at home when deciding to try certain food for the first time again and it's like a huge excitement when it doesn't go straight through. I too have been getting odd pains in my tummy every now and then. But I don't get the burning feeling from my cuts. It's a little odd sometimes I feel completely normal again and feel like eating normal but I know I can't and it's soo frustrating!


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello there!

had my gall bladder removed on the 3/6/2013 so 5 days after op. I for one love food but have become afraid of it as it making me burp and backs up on me no matter what i eat.I have mantained a low fat diet and eating small amounts helps. it does hurt when i swallow right in the place where i had the gall bladder and a sharp piercing on my right when walking to fast not sure if that is meant to happen? My tummy is bruised a bit and the cuts seem to burn when i bend over . is anyone there that has the same feeling?


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Drink a ton of water, and try a stool softner. Does wonders:) the first BM is going to shock you when you start getting rid of all the stuff they pumped you full of.


prettydaisy65 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Tmor, I experienced constipation, it was due to the meds, from surgery and pain meds, Lots of water!!! Will help & I kept myself fully hydrated, it began to relieve that symptom, as I flushed the meds out of my system, it's been 2 weeks for me, and I was a little too anxious and ate too many fatty foods the past 24 he's, I am suffering the consequences, the dreaded Diarrhea.. My suggestion, be patient & slow to add foods back into diet, then you'll know which foods your body will or will not digest desirably... Take care & Good luck, it gets better! :)


prettydaisy65 3 years ago

Hello, I had surgery two weeks ago. I found periodically I am nauseated, which I have not previously experienced? I've had Gall stones for 8 years, maintained a smart diet, however the beginning of May a gallstone was blocking my pancreas ducts. I was hospitalized four days, when my enzymes were back to an acceptable range & pancreas was not swollen, they released me for 2 weeks before surgery, I have been So hungry! My surgery was May 24, I just started adding back foods I like into my diet. I am learning what moderation means :/ I can eat foods I enjoyed before, eggs, toast with butter, even peanut butter, I just need to moderate which foods I have and not consume too many fatty foods in the same day. The main side effect I am experiencing is nausea. I am a small person with a fast metabolism, and I enjoy eating, I thank you all for input, suggestions and valuable information! I am going to practice discipline :) it was easy when it was more life threatening with the pancreas attack, so if I recommit to the more fat free diet, I know I will feel good, again. I found some Fat free can be good, Angel food cake, fat free whip cream & Strawberries! Fat free cream cheese & bagels, fat free cottage cheese & fat free Greek yogurt... Skim milk, I Love Dairy, and these items I've grown to accept & enjoy! Well, that's all I have for now, I heard cotton candy is Fat free, haven't tried it... Yet!


anonymous 3 years ago

Please help, just had my galBladder removed 2 days ago and everyone talks about diarrhea , really? What about constipation???? Anybody?? When is it normal to have a bowel movement after surgery?


MN-CTS 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Ilene,

I'm scheduled for surgery next week and have received no nutritional information (or otherwise - my post is a few entries below). I'm a 22 year vegetarian. I do eat dairy and eggs also, but only reluctantly and in prepared foods. I can't imagine eating meat after all these years. I more or less believe that I am a born, lifetime vegetarian.

Just to confirm what you've written and make sure I understand what you're saying fully: for you to live in a healthy way post-surgery, you felt as if you had to incorporate meat, right?

I've heard that before about soy and cruciferous veggies. Also about legumes, but I thought it was only at the beginnng.


anonymous 3 years ago

Helpful site. I didn't have a lot of symptoms, but had a 1 cm polyp in my gallbladder and some stones. Surgeon explained the risks and recommended removing it, so I'm two days post-op. Had gallbladder removed and colonoscopy at the same time, so they pumped lots of air into my body. That's been the biggest issue for me is the gas pain and nausea after surgery. Wasn't really given any info on what to eat/not to eat. Nurse said it's an individual thing. I know to lay off fatty foods. I'm already off dairy, gluten and soy, so that's a plus. Not very hungry yet, but trying to eat very bland foods - brown rice, gluten free toast with a tiny amount of margarine, some fruits and juices. Trying to drink water. Nothing really feels good. Maybe take a few days?


anonymous 3 years ago

Interesting site. Mine is a different story from what I read here. I had NO symptom of gallbladder disease as far as I know. I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian for 30 years, and when I went to a dance teacher training for two weeks, was appalled when I got there and they hadn't returned info that they couldn't accommodate my dietary needs. This after I filled in the form dealing with that issue! I told the cook that I did eat dairy and eggs, which is all that he cooked for me for the two weeks. I ended up in an emergency room with extreme pain, vomiting and diarrhea, an ultra sound revealing many small stones blocking a duct. Long story short, I ended up with surgery because I was so sick I lost 8 pounds in 3 days. After a return to my healthy diet, sans lots of fats, less dairy and eggs, I spent six years with terrible diarrhea, extreme bloating and gas, and no real help from my doctor. An interenet search led me to info about avoiding legumes and cole family veggies,(broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage), as well as the usual suspects. I did this, and after 3 weeks of of incredible relief, but a great deal of hunger with only fish as my protein source, I was faced with a dilemma and a decision to make. I eschewed my vegetarian diet, added poultry, still eat limited dairy, with no soy products and no legumes. After six years I am amazed at the difference in how I feel. I am eating the very healthy diet you outlined, have energy, no abdominal pain and bloat, and an added benefit is that I no longer have weight fluctuations. I have met others who also discovered this for themselves. It is tough to decide, and goes against the trend to add vegetarian meals and eating less meat. While most people benefit from this, folks without a gallbladder have the added issues to consider.

Still pleased and very active at 63!


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi, I'm 21 and had my gall bladder removed last monday. Going well with healing and don't have any pain now really, finding it a lot easier to move around. I have found that I'm tending to get hungrier quicker, haven't really lost my appetite at all. Although, I'm really over the tummy cramps, constipation and diarrhea...not fun! So far I can tolerate steak and veg, and sandwiches on wholemeal bread with a bit of butter. Tried some oven baked wedges tonight and they went straight through me. It's really frustrating. Oh and jelly, I could tolerate it the other day but not tonight for some reason. I know it hasn't been long and I know it takes time but it's hard not to feel like you're going to be stuck with tummy cramps, diarrhea and a bland low fat diet for the rest of your life!


phil-tx 3 years ago

@bellaboo79: bell, if your incisions are bloody, you may have issues. For eating, I have always suggested getting some Boost or other supplement to get your calories in. You can always get your protein in the shake as well. It just takes time to heal, and you practically hgave yo force yourself to eat..............take it slow. Good luck.


anonymous 3 years ago

@bellaboo79: I had my surgery may 31st. I do not think your incisions should be bloody. Maybe you want to have the doc check them out. I was also told to wait for the sticker tape to fall off. I also am experiencing the dizzy and weakness off and on during the day. I was wondering myself is this normal or part of not enough calories. I too do not get hungry either and having a hard time getting calories in.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi~

So i had my surgery about a month ago. And i know i've read that people were up and at it days later and what-have-u but i havent. I have epilepsy so that might have played a big part. Its just that getting over the pain has been hard. One of my incisions still bleeding and had to go back to the doc the other day. And working in food has been soo hard, its like you want to eat..but your not hungry. If any one has any suggestions.. cause i'm getting kinda sick of boiled chicken..lol


bellaboo79 3 years ago

so, i had my surgery 4 days ago and I'm not sure what to do about my incisions. They are bloody and i want to clean them, but I've been told to wait for the sticker tape to fall off on its own. What would happen if I pulled it off to clean the area. As far as eating, I'm still taking it easy, Not all that hungry, but feel dizzy and weak. Do you make yourself eat? Does anyone find their stomach looks bigger than normal? I read that I should have lots of gas, but haven't had much. I want to eat protein to help heal my muscles but find that most food with protein come with a lot of fat, any suggestions.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Thanks that is what I'll do :). I mean I wasn't like waiting to eat the worlds biggest steak...lol. I just everything upset me before surgery and so I was confused as to what would happen. I only hope that one day I can eat a regular size cheesburger again (I love those things). :). I have hope for that at least. Thanks for replying so quickly.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: You just need a low fat diet to start... Slowly add some fatty foods in and see how they work for you. If they upset your system, the most you will get is some stomach cramps and diarrhea, its NOTHING like a gallbladder pain. I had mine removed almost 3 years ago after a stone got stuck in a tube on the way out. I eat tons of fatty foods. It just takes slow introduction of them. Eventually your system bounces back and you can eat anything again :) Stick to a Low fat, Low acid, no red meat diet for about 2 weeks and then slowly start adding different things in small increments. It worked for me :)

Good luck!


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello, first I really have to say how nice it is to see a site where there doesn't seem to be any negativity or criticism of ones questions. Very refreshing :). Secondly, I would like to share my story (it is quite a long one so please bare with me,) and then I have a couple of questions for those who have had theirs out longer. When I was 15 I started having really bad stomach problems. I went to the doctor and he said it sounded like my gallbladder. But they ran two different tests and determined that there didn't seem to be anything with my gallbladder, and seens as how I was only 15 they refused to remove it simply for the sake of removing it, I spent the next few years in and out of the doctors office without answers. At 19 the pain became so bad I was but on work leave until the doctors could determine what was going on. Well then I turned 20 and lost my mom's insurance and had no choice but to get back to work. Due to the extreme on again off again pain, attending classes at my local college proved more difficult then I had originally thought. I could only take one a week, and ended up at a job at BK where I worked nights. I began my own 'treatment' of sorts, I knew food caused me great pain, so I simply didn't eat on days I had class or work or well anything else outside the house. I lost 40 pounds in less then 2 months and my mom took me in again, the drastic weight loss and lack of hunger pains had him pretty concerned. He did another gallbladder test that showed...you guessed it NOTHING!!!. I was starting to get really annoyed. When I was 21 I was on four different pills, and still not eating if I had to work etc. So I continued this 'treatment' up until I got pregnant which then forced me to eat. I was nervous to do so at first but for some reason the pain in my side and my stomach troubles seemed to calm during my pregnancy (this may be due to the several pregnancy issues I had, but different blog ;)) After my baby was born, I still had a few good months of eating without pain etc. But then it came back, I just started up 'my treatment' again and it worked for the pain again outside of the home (when I ate at home I had pain come and go). Until be child grew up and began having more after school activites, in school activities, doctors appt...etc. etc. Two years ago I began eating only once a day due to how busy I was outside of the house. It began to take it's toll I became very tired too tired to do anything I wouldn't be hungry AT ALL all day and then at dinner I could barely eat all of it and then I would be starving at midnight, but if I ate too much the pain was unreal! Then the nausea started I thought maybe I was coming down with something, but not only was there not any 'release' for the nausea but it just hung around my appetite dipped even lower. I was no longer 'slowly' getting sicker I was getting sick quick, my husband and my mom forced me to the doctors (literally, I didn't want to go I knew what they were going to say...they had no idea what was wrong). But I went, the doctor I seen this time just a few months ago was young fresh out of school and looking to prove he knew what he was doing (and THAT was just the doctor I needed). He set me up with another gallbladder ultrasound with the warning 'Due to the number of doctor's you have seen already, and the amount of tests that have already been done on your Gallbladder, I would not get your hopes up, but at least we can eliminate it from the possible causes.' So, four weeks after that appointment, two weeks after my ultrasound. I eventually had to call the doctors to find out my results. When the doctor called me back I was really nervous, I kept thinking 'they didn't call me because nothing is wrong'. But something WAS wrong, I had a two INCH gall stone that had been slowly growing over the years! I was shocked I didn't know what to do they had actually found what was wrong with me. Well I had surgery a week ago tomorrow and I had the laprowhatever one,but it took longer because not only was my gallbladder completely inflamed it had caused the lower part of my liver to become inflamed, and my gallbladder had become SO inflamed that my body took action to try to prevent any more damage from the sick organ by wrapping it in a thick layer of fat. That surgery was 14 years and 7 months from the first doctors appt. Now that is my really long story, and I have some questions. A lot of you are saying that as long as you don't eat what made you sick before surgery you'll be fine, but I couldn't eat ANYTHING in the last few months before surgery. Also, if having pain when you eat the wrong thing, and having to use the bathroom every 20 minutes no matter what you eat is what it's like what is the difference between what it was before? I'm really sad and scared right now, I thought I would actually be able to enjoy life again. Take my kids camping, go out with friends etc. But it seems I will have to keep not eating if I'm leaving the house which isn't different from before. Am I wrong in this. I don't want to come off sounding crabby or dumb. I'm just really confused I thought removing my gallbladder was suppose to make a new me of sorts, not the same me without a gall bladder. Please help me understand this.


anonymous 3 years ago

Sorry about the typos , my cell is acting up I can't hardly type on my touch screen lol


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello I had my gallbladder removed when I was 18 that was 12 years ago at the time my doctors gave me no info on what to expect or diets after removal I've been on my own to figure it out , the day of the surgery I felt so very sick I tried to sleep it off Ithrew up a lot , the nurse at the timeiI woke up asked me if my shoulder hurt it did not at first. The day after surgery I woke up with excruciating pain in my shoulder , I remembered the nurse asking if my shoulder hurt so I called the hospitaltthinking it was from the surgery. The nurse then informed me that they had dropped me while moving me to the hospital bed and had dislocated my shoulder , they reset it and moved on lol well that's a pain that I can't explain. I still have pain from time to time in that shoulder and to this dahave to eat watch what I eat everything makes me poo lol and for th first year I couldn't be far from a toilet,like clock work within 20 mins of eng any fa foods I had to poop, and the cramps happened every day,I even had to stop the car to poo in the woods it got so bad . 12 years later it's better but still can't eat fast food unless I'm close to a toilet lol best ofl luck to you all :)


anonymous 3 years ago

I am 20 days post op and apart from me over doing the exercise a little bit on day5 I believe this has been the best descion i have ever made. Yes i was a little sore and stiff after surgery, but that was nothing compare to the attacks that i used to have regularly, 4*per week and they would last at least 4-5hours. I have stuck to the gallbladder diet since the op and drink lots of fluid regularly. The only problem i seem to have at the moment is dry skin but my body is still getting used to processing nutrients. I wish everyone all the best with their recovery.


anonymous 3 years ago

Mine was functioning at 1%, I was going out of town for 2 weeks and was very careful what I ate, lots of veggies,fish,chicken,pasta no red sauces, spicy was my enemy. I could eat eggs, breakfast was my friend, yet I have read 95% of people cannot tolerate eggs. I had surgery May 31, excellent surgeon, am shocked at some of the comments about no information. I was told to keep a low fat diet 1-2 weeks after surgery and gradually introduce other foods. I have been living on homemade chicken noodle soup, tuna noodle casserole, toast,eggs, vegetables, potatoes and lots of fruit. Fruit is your friend, makes a quick snack also. Pain has been minimal and THANK GOD I did not have the issues with the gas they pumped in my stomach, I have had that done before and you seriously think you are having a heart attack! Surgery was at 930 am and I left at 1120 am, I came home and sat in a chair, and wlaked around during the day, that may have helped the gas issue. Getting in and off the couch or bed you look like a crazed octopus thrashing around and it does put a strain on your stomach muscles, take the pain pills, I was the sorest on the 3rd day, did lay around and watch movies, today is day 5 and very little pain getting out of bed. On Day 4 I only took a pain pill at bedtime, will do the same tonight. Immediately start taking a stool softner, my pooper is kinda messed up, but your food is digesting in a different manner, this should be corrected in a few days. I was lucky and this compared to other surgeries is a piece of cake, IF you have a good surgeon! So far so good, just found this site trying to google how long I should baby my tummy, I want a TACO !!!!! Take the pain pills, try to walk around the house, try sitting in a chair vs lying down all the time and take a stool softner! Hopefully if you are getting ready to have yours out this will help. (by the way Tuna and chicken salad made with mayo had no effect on me) I will check back in next week and give an update on adding other foods. best of luck to all


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my gallbladder removed 5/30/13. Surgeon gave me no information following surgery other than that I would have diarrhea if I ate too much fat. So far, I am always nausea no matter what I eat. Also feel very weak and run down. Was told that this surgery was like having a tooth pulled. I really have no pain other than a horrible bloated feeling and a lot of gas in the morning. If I don't eat when I am hungry I feel like I will pass out and start shaking. This is the really annoying thing, two days ago my feet started tingling and won't stop. I have not missed a walk since I had surgery 2 miles or better a day so it is not from laying around. Unfortunately, my family treats me like I have had a tooth pulled and the minute I left the hospital I did exactly what I did the before the surgery. No special treatment or help here!!!! Called the doctor about my feet and the NURSE told me she never heard of such a thing and that it wasn't from the surgery. Have not been on pain meds since the night after the surgery. Can't take that stuff. No trouble sleeping, in fact I sleep like the dead. Very hard waking up. Can't stand the weakness. Anybody have a clue as to what is going on. By the way I am a 57 year old female. Thanks


anonymous 3 years ago

I bought the delightful, helpful Gall Bladder Survival Guide a month ago and - having nothing to lose except chronic diarrhea, malabsorption & anorexia from years of indigestion since my surgery no matter what drugs I took or diet I followed - decided to try eliminating wheat and soy from my diet, as Mr. Bernal reports helped him tremendously. By about the 9th or 10th day... like night and day! Once I truly avoided all foods (and beer) made with wheat or soy, my digestive system relaxed, normalized and digested food again like I haven't for almost 3 years now. THANK YOU Mr. Bernal for your advice and Rasudesign for creating this blog!!


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: sorry for the typos, I was watching a show, and typing at the same time. NOT a good idea, LOL. I do know how to spell.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: I feel your pain. I had such an epiosde of not being able to sleep after my surgery that I wanted to scream. I ended up taking some zz-quil and that worked. I know the Boost and others taste nasty, but them good and cold and just chug it down for the calories. For the gas, try some gas-x. I got the strips that melt in your mouth and those helped a ton. I have had tons of panic attacks, perfectly normal. Take your pain pills, they will help you sleep as well. I know all of this is scarey, been through all of it. It does get better. Just hang in there. Tonight I had a cheese burger, and fries, no problems. You just have to let your body heal and try to relax. I feel your pain, as I have been there. The ensure chocolate is the best, if you like chocolate. Try it, let me know how you are doing. You are not alone. I still wonder, after almost 2 months why did I have to go through this. It is just the hand we were dealt right now. Feel free to ask questions, it helps. If you can, get a body pillow, that has helped a lot too.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Deb I am in the same boat.


anonymous 3 years ago

@phil-tx: Phil-tx, I had my surgery May 31st. Yes I had the lapo. Trying to get comfortable last night was a joke. I have been up since 4am. No way I could lay down. It felt like my insides were twisting when I tried to lay down. I tried to eat a red new potato with chicken broth on it and only was able to eat a few bites. Tasted good but felt full. I tried the 360 calorie extra Boost vanilla and gagged. I may have to try the choc flavor original instead. I definitely need the calories. I am glad I found this site. I am not a cook and was tired of already eating bland so it helps to see other stuff on here than what I was eating. Earlier today the gas pains were so bad I thought I was about to have some kind of panic attack. They gave me pain pills but I think that is more for the results of the gallbladder being removed and not the gas. I was also told to take nexium daily but they did not tell me for how long. I sure hope you are right about forgetting because the diagnosis of food posioning was the first time I had experienced dry heaves and that traumatized me to the point at the hint of nausea I freak.


emmabgrateful 3 years ago

@anonymous: you can take some digestive enzymes. After surgery you no longer have the bile to digest fats, so you might need some ox bile in your enzymes.


emmabgrateful 3 years ago

@phil-tx: The doctors usually tell you not to look up stuff on the internet, because they don't think we are smart enough to interpret the info.


anonymous 3 years ago

I just stumbled across this site doing research about gall bladder surgery. Two trips to the ER and an admission later, I have gall stones and an inflamed/infected gall bladder. I have to have my gall bladder removed, but the dr wants to wait for all the inflammation and infection to subside to avoid potential risks in surgery. In any case, I will be making daily stops here to read. Thank the heavens above for this site! God Bless each of you with healing and happy thoughts...


MN-CTS 3 years ago

@phil-tx: Exactly. Apparently a three minute "consultation" prior to cutting out a part of my body was too taxing for him. And that's a private doctor in a country of public medicine.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi had surgery 3 days ago i too had the worst shoulder pain iam sitting going thru this site and to read other ppls story has been helpful ive been eating peanut butter on my toast in morning didnt know it was a no no lol still swollen in legs an feet take care everyone :-)hope all is good for you always


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Your surgeon actually told you to look up your concerns on the internet? Who does that?


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Linda,

When did you finally have your surgery? Walking helps with the gas pains in the chest. Your situation sounds like mine, it tool them almost 5 months to finally figure out what was going on. I think the longer it takes them to finally make the diagnosis, the longer it takes to heal. Try introducing some chicken (skinless) and vegetables back into your diet, and have about 5-6 small meals a day. I found that cottage cheese and yogurt helped as well. I immediately bought some ensure and boost to bring up my calorie intake, plus they have a ton of vitamins in them. I lost close to 30 pounds and didn't need to. You should be able to sleep paying down right awa. Did you have your surgery lapo? Just trut, you will heal. I went throught the same thing as you. All the pain of the attacks will soon be forgotten when you start feeling better. Listen to your body and rest.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had been on a bland diet for 33 days prior to my surgery. Not by choice but because my body was not letting me eat much. I went to ER Thankgsgiving diagnosed with food posioning. Went to the doctor again Valentine's Day, Easter, with same nausea, diarrhea. I kept asking for a sonogram because my sister had similar symptoms as me and had her gallbladder removed and was not sure she was going to make it because her pancreas was affected as well. I was told insurance likes for us do steps first. I lost 18 pounds in a month and was down to 120 pounds when I went to the ER because I could not take it anymore. Never again do I want dilaudid given to me. Horrible side effects. Now because I had already suffered all those days with the bland diet and prior to surgery the last 3 days was already on liquid I like some of you on here that I read am terrified of eating period. So far chicken broth and popcicle and italian ice is all I have had. It is hard to feel hungry when you have all the gas stuck in your chest. Nibbled on some sugar free vanilla pudding made with nonfat milk. How long before you are able to sleep laying down?


MN-CTS 3 years ago

@anonymous: Glad you asked. I also am not understanding these contradictions.


MN-CTS 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Jenny, I just posted today about my story. Haven't yet had the surgery - waiting for a date - but I also have a four month old (chubby) nursing baby. His needs are my main concern post-op. I also have a very active older one.

Would be very appreciative to hear your thoughts, especially about nursing and baby care.

TIA.


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: You know, I never had pain on the right side where the gallbladder was. Mine was in the center & radiating to my back. It felt like it would start at my bellybutton & start building up towards the center of my chest. That's why I never suspected gallbladder when I would have the pain but not go to the ER. When I finally went to the ER, the doctor knew right away. He pressed in where the gallbladder is & I nearly fell out of the bed, it hurt so much. Afterwards I did have pain on the right side. I had many attacks before I had mine removed.


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: I'd say to just let the water run over it, you can clean it with those alcohol swabs. I got a bit of an infection in mine, I had to get some ointment from my doctor which cleared it up pretty quickly. Just keep it as clean as you can. That one is the slowest to heal. I'm almost 3 months post surgery & mine is all healed up finally.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy and drainage) on May 3, 2013 and found this site to be my saviour (: Like many others, I was discharged from day surgery with little information. I experienced a lot of the same issues as others and was reassured to find these were common. (bloated, back pains etc.) I did not have nausea and vomiting which I imagine would have been extremely painful on the incisions. I did sleep in a my recliner for quite awhile, in fact I would have been lost without it as I tried to lay on the bed and found it impossible for me. Thanks so much everyone for your comments, advice and support. Happy healing all!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had my surgery two days ago. I was told to get up and walk and that will help the shoulder pain. The nurse told me during surgery they pump your stomach with carbon dioxide and try to get it all out but they usually do not. Therefore it gets trapped in your body and can travel to your back and shoulders. It settled in my right shoulder and upper back. That hurt more than the stomach area. I did find walking helps but cause with gravity it pulls down and breaks up the gas and burping helps. I know I have been sitting too long when I start feeling it..like right now and have to walk. It makes it difficult to sleep. I have been home one night and could not sleep well at all. I need a chair to sleep in.


anonymous 3 years ago

I just want to say that this site has been amazing. I had my gall bladder removed lacrascopicly ? on 5.28.13, and am a 26 year old male who has survived cancer. I found the diets on here to be very beneficial, and everyone's comments even more helpful because of the wide variety of peoples ages, and diagnosis. I had horrible nausea after the surgery, and vomited at the hospital even though i was given multiple does of medicine. I was advised to not drive for 10 days, but I had to pay rent & take care of living situations. Driving definitely was not good to me I see slight bruising above the incision, and minor pains as well. They have all gone away with rest day after, but driving should not have been done on my part. Like many I have been very nervous about what to eat post surgery. My main concern right now is the incision at belly button. I am nervous about ripping it ope, but my after care instructions state to let the water run down my body in the shower, not to scrub it, and to pad with gauze after from what my nurse said. I see how some of the skin is softening, but am extremely nervous on how to clean it . Any suggestions from the community ?


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: About 3 weeks after the second surgery (so 4 weeks after the initial surgery) I found I could eat almost anything. Delissio frozen pizza made me very sick, but a slice from the local pizza joint gives me no issues. I've had fish & chips a few times. I am trying to not get back into the bad habits so this stuff is a treat, not a daily thing. Oh, Doritos also still bother me. But other than those couple of odd things I can eat what I want. Just not too much at one sitting.


MN-CTS 3 years ago

@anonymous: Kimsoon, the gallbladder is on the right side of the body.

I tried to send you a very helpful link to an image, but Squidoo is saying it "looks like spam." Maybe we can't post links here at all?

Go to Pinterest.com and search for "diagnosing stomach pain." You'll see an image of a woman's abdomen divided into six sections. Each section tells you what it could possibly be. Hope this helps. If you want to leave me your e-mail address, just post it and I can send you a direct link.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Also, for what it's worth for anyone reading this who is not so far along, I heard that eating a significant amount of radishes after early attacks/diagnosis can virtually eliminate problems and help "dissolve" (or however you would classify it scientifically) the gallstone(s). Pure hearsay, but thought I'd share.


anonymous 3 years ago

I want to tell my story because I am getting scared. (It's long, but I hope you'll keep reading.)

I have a four month old baby and a young child (under 5). I had a very difficult first pregnancy and waited a long time to get pregnant with the second because the first was near-unbearable. The second was ten times worse. For the entire term of the pregnancy I was vomiting daily, unable to keep any food down, very uncomfortable (not to mention dehydrated and exhausted from what must have been malnutrition). I also had frequent sharp pains.

To be brief, I told every healthcare professional I could that I was in severe pain and that I thought it was something outside of the pregnancy. They kept telling me it was normal. When I went to the hospital in my 9th month with unbearable pain, they hooked me to a monitor, told me that I wasn't contracting in any relevant way, did an ultrasound to see if the baby was fine, and "assured" me I was fine. No medicine, no treatment, nothing. I don't talk about this with many people, but with those whom I do, they tell me not to worry as the pain will pass once the baby is born.

Fast forward. Nine excruciating months conclude. Beautiful, lovely, perfect baby is born. I am scared to eat after not eating so long. After the baby is born, the pain continues. I have a spell for a week or so after the birth of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and fainting. I figure it is because I am so malnourished.

That was in January. The pain continues and becomes stronger and more frequent. Four months later and I have almost daily attacks of very significant, debilitating pain that last many hours to many days. Finally I am diagnosed with gallstones after I see a post on Pinterest (wasn't even looking) that says, "If your stomach hurts here, this is what's wrong." Take it to the doctor in the emergency clinic after another attack and am finally diagnosed. I'm matched with a surgeon who says that it's a basic surgery; you stay in one night only; recovery for about 10 days and then everything is normal ("no side effects"). When I try to ask questions about the specifics, he tells me to look it up on the internet...

Last week I went to a holistic healing center to see if I could get treatment for the pain and they said if my attacks were this regular and strong - I was in the midst of one at the time, albeit medicated - they couldn't treat me and risk antagonizing it and causing infection.

Although I try to take medicine very minimally in normal life, the increasing pain has made me max out the dosage I can take while nursing and I could tell you at any time of day when I can take the next pill. Among everything else, it's a situation I'm disgusted to be in (vegetarian, eat very low-fat/calorie diet, often organic, almost vegan, no smoking, alcohol, etc. - and now this).

So here are my questions.

- I'm nursing and worried about losing my supply if it is too painful to nurse or pump after surgery.

- I'm flying internationally about three weeks after surgery with the baby and older child with no assistance

Really concerned. Any words of advice would be so appreciated. Thanks for reading. (What an amazing set of comments; so grateful for your updates and shared experiences.)


anonymous 3 years ago

@DebraHew: Debra, how long after your surgery was it before you could eat without complications again?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: The pain in your shoulder is from the carbon dioxide they use to blow up your stomach for surgery which is typical in and lyparscpoic (not sure it that is spelled right) surgery. DO NOT eat any more peanut butter (VERY high fat), or banana (will not help with constipation which is also typical after being put under) for awhile. I just had surgery myself 2 days ago - and did a lot of homework before hand. Sitting here in pain, but tolerating the applesauce well, also sorbert (not ice cream), and try melons which will help you go the bathroom. Making a low fat chicken noodle soup for dinner tonight which will be my first big meal since Friday's surgery. However finding I am starving, but once I eat can only eat bits at a time. PLEASE Google what is the right thing to eat - as my Dr said if I didn't eat the right foods in the first few weeks, that I could have stomach issues for life, however each person is different. I am choosing not to go down that road, and will follow Drs orders, already lived 10 years being near a bathroom - not doing a repeat!! Look for any low fat recipes - chicken, fish, or turkey baked & don't use lunchmeat. You WILL be burping and having gas for a few days due to the carbon dioxide they used to inflate your stomach, expected along with the sharp pains in the shoulders. Walking will also help with that, albeit slowly!! Good luck


anonymous 3 years ago

One good thing from all this. I quit smoking after 40 years, 35 of those years were 3 packs a day. An x-ray showed no cancer, but I was worried about ripping open the glue they use post-op with my coughing. Doc found a hernia while he was in there, but we'll do nothing about it since it doesn't bother me. Having to go outside to smoke when it was sub-zero out really made me cough. That's probably what caused the hernia. It just seemed like a good time to quit, so I did the day of surgery.

This surgery is common, but not a piece of cake. Had my GB out 6 weeks ago. Only took pain meds for 2 days. Constipation the first week, then diarrhea and gas the next 3 weeks. 2 weeks off from work, then light duty for another month. On the 5th week I started taking those pain pills again. Bowel movements were pretty normal, although a greenish tint, but stomach pain is as bad as ever. I don't know if it's gas or what. Since it comes and goes through the day, I'll give it a couple more weeks and see what happens. I've again quit taking the pain pills. I only took them at night to sleep. Using pepcid Complete nightly, as I've had some acid reflux. Think I'll try Gas-X also. Doc gave me about 80 pain pills. Wondered why so many. Maybe I'll need them all, we'll see. He also said it'll be a couple months before things get back to normal. Definitely right about that. I'm just wondering what, besides Gas-X, people are taking for discomfort so long after surgery?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I also had my gallbladder removed very shortly after having my daughter. My surgeon told me it was a very common ailment for new moms, strangely enough. When I was about 4-5 days post-op my mom went and got a rotissere chicken from walmart and made mashed potoatoes(with broth instead of milk and butter) and stovetop stuffing. I didn't eat the chicken, but I had some broth with the sides. :) I wish you a speedy recovery!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Edie....had mine removed Monday May 27/2013....a week prior to the surgery I found this site and started to follow the (Your Diet 1-2 Weeks Post Surgery) suggested diet....post surgery I followed the same diet strictly until yesterday when I took 2 grandkids to a soccer tournament, Of course there was a smoothie at Dairy Queen and a chicken wrap at McDonalds involved...no ill effects yet.....There is hope!!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi. I had my gallbladder out on 5/30. Doc never really said what I could/couldn't eat aside from "low fat" I am scared to death to eat. I don't want to deal w/ diarrhea at all. I have very little appetite. Nothing sounds good and so much seems scary. I know it's only been 3 days and it's going to take time. How long do you stay on the bland/low fat diet before you start experimenting? Weeks? Months?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Your shoulder pain could be from gas you are releasing post op. I had that for several days as well as water retention from the IVs


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: My doctor was very conservative and had me stay on the clear diet for another 24hrs. I was allowed a piece of toast, with no butter, the next morning to take with my pain meds. Everything was going great for me until I had a sandwich with cheese and a few potato chips a few days ago!!! I got extremely ill. Back on the Brat diet. Things need to be gradually introduced . My surgery was 5/21 and I am still learning every day. This site has really helped.


anonymous 3 years ago

Michele

I had my gallbladder removed this morning and I didn't know what all I couldn't eat my dr told me to be on a low fat/low cholesterol diet but I ate a banana with peanut butter and applesauce thinking it would be alright and now the top of my right shoulder hurts really bad and I keep making myself burp but its not helping what else can I do to help with the shoulder pain? my incisions aren't really hurting just my shoulders I cant bend down or take a deep breathe. please help! and I also held my daughter earlier I didn't pick her up I had my mom put her in my arms on top of a pillow she will be 5 weeks old on Monday. and what is something I can have for dinner my mom wants to make something we all can eat tomorrow. if yall know of a link of recipes to eat please post it. thank you!


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Fred,

Bless your heart. You have had a hard time. Best of luck to you for a quick recovery.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Please go slow with beans. I am 4 months post and I would suggest you avoid anything that is known to be gassy.

I was ok for nearly a month, but then had 6 weeks of diarrhea. Thank heaven for cholestyramine powder. Think that's passed, but....I'm sorry, this is just unpleasant...still have to deal with terribly itchy bum from the excess bile salts.


anonymous 3 years ago

What a week from hell. I'm 50, overweight and a bit out of shape, but had no issues with my gallbladder or digestive system at all. Sunday, 5/26, I got up early to ride my Harley in Rolling Thunder in WA DC. Felt great, rode down to the staging area and parked my bike in line with hundreds of other motorcycles. Walked around for a few minutes and started to have stomach cramps. Broke out in a real bad sweat, completely soaked my clothes. Because of how the bikes were parked I could not make my way to my bike and my cellphone. I was really starting to suffer when I saw my wife's Jeep. I made it over to the front of the Jeep and collapsed in front of the car. A Red Cross Volunteer came over and offered assistance, tried to call my wife, but it was too loud for her to hear the phone, so he called 911. Got scooped up by an ambulance and transported to the ER. Tossed my cookies as soon as I got to the ER. Couple of test and it was discovered my GB was not working at all and had to be removed. Surgery went well, but this week had been just miserable. I had one BM in 6 days lots of bloating and pain. Finally yesterday the blockage broke loss and I feel a lot better. I am going to follow the diet tips here and go slow, I do not want to experience last week again. Thanks for all the tips!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Rajendra....if I were you I would completely eliminate oils, cheese and other fatty material for the present and later on try to reintroduce them into your diet....the rest of your diet seems like it should be ok although you may want to use non-fat dairy products. Try to match your diet items with the diet suggestions from this site as much as possible...Out of curiosity what was the cost of your surgery/hospital stay?


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi,

My name is Rajendra. I do live in India. On 10th May I underwent the laparoscopic cholecystectomy. its now about 3 weeks and still me and my wife are worried about the Diet after the surgery. First let me tell you about my diet before the surgery. I had normal diet with low use of Oil, Cheese and other fatty material. But I loved to eat Sweet thing more like Common Indian Sweets, and Rice, Chapati, steamed vegetables, cereals, yogurt, Milk and allied products.

So........ I wish to know whats kind of Proper Diet after the surgery in the future.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Rice and beans; fruits and veggies. That's a low cost, low fat diet.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Joan, what you are experiencing is perfectly normal. I am almost 2 months post=op and still get some of those back pains. I take a pill from time to time still, just to relieve the pressure. Just take it slow, you will be fine. When I feel like that, I compare it to the attacks prior to the surgery.................Good luck, you will be fine.


anonymous 3 years ago

I don't know if it was a cumulative of different things but as I posted earlier, I had my GB removed 5/21. I have pretty well post op until today. I decided to go grocery shopping and paint a little inside my house. I had a wrap sandwich with cheese and made the mistake of having a few potato chips. Stupid! I became very sweaty , vomited , and had major diahierra. I thought I would end up in the ER. I learned the hard way!!


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: I absolutely think that's part of the healing, I still get that when I overdo it.


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Wendy, it took me a while to get back to exercise because of complications, for me it was 6 weeks after my second surgery. That was a lengthy walk which I do every day now. However what I really wanted to say was that before my surgery, I couldn't eat pizza for 2 years without having an attack. Now, I can eat it again! So have hope! lol


anonymous 3 years ago

Just found this site - the diet tips are very helpful. I am one-week post op from laproscopic surgery (May 24th 2013). I was aware that I had at least one stone in 2009 when I had an ultrasound for something else and the gallstone was noted. I was asymptomatic, but my doctor at that time, and a surgeon, both recommended surgery! I got second and third opinions from two GI docs and both said that "watchful waiting" was recommended, rather than surgery, since I had no gallbladder symptoms. All was well until last week, when I woke up in the middle of the night with horrible nausea, abdominal pain and fever. Went to the ER, and ultrasound showed one very large stone (7cm) stuck at end of bile duct where it meets the gb - bile duct was measured at 6cm. They kept me in the hospital overnight and had surgery the next day. The surgeon told me afterwards that my gb was very inflamed. I had been TERRIFIED to have the surgery - had heard horror stories about people who have lifelong diarrhea afterwards, especially those with a history of IBS (which I have had for 20 years). The day after the surgery, I only had some slight pain near one of the incisions. Day 2 and 3, I had pretty bad trapped gas, and no appetite. Day 4 I was back in the ER with pancreatitis. Was given different pain meds, and an anti-nausea med, and sent home. Saw my current primary care physician on Day 5 - thank God, she was a dietician before she became a physician. She was mortified that I was told to "eat a normal diet" post op!! Her recommendations were in line with what is presented on this site. You MUST go slow, and reintroduce things as tolerated. The good news is that I was able to stop all pain meds Day 5, and have lost 9 pounds (which I wanted to lose anyway, although not like this!). I had bile-ish diarrhea in the hospital when I was readmitted on Day 4 (probably due the fact that they were pumping me full of fluids), but none since. In fact, I had no bowel movements for several days (probably due to anesthesia and pain meds still leaving my body). Took a stool softener, and finally had a (normal) bowel movement yesterday. I have a lot of anxiety about going out in public - worried that I will suddenly have urgent diarrhea. This is really hard, because I am a very active person. Thank God this happened during the summer - I am a teacher - and will have time to adjust. What I am realizing is that my bowels are normal (even a little constipated), as long as I am not eating fatty foods. I have always generally eaten healthy, and am a vegetarian who eats salmon. I love pizza, and hope that I will be able to eat it again some day. I love to eat out in general, and restaurant food can have so much hidden fat! I have been so paranoid about developing diarrhea problems...my doctor prescribed Cholestyramine (Questran), which is a powder that you take with liquid - it helps with the bile-ish issues that can fuel diarrhea -I have heard that it literally stops it in its tracks. I will not take it unless I start to have diarrhea, but I feel better just knowing that I have it in the house! I am still very tired one week post op, but am hopeful that my energy will return soon. The recommendations for foods on this website are great; does anyone have recommendations for returning to exercise? I want to hike, bike, run, etc., but have no idea when normal return to activity will be. Btw, having a supportive spouse/family is a godsend in all of this - my husband has been saint, and has helped me stay sane.


anonymous 3 years ago

hello everyone! I am 2 weeks out today had mine removed on May 17 was doing great after having a little rough of recovery eating all my old foods i get a little gas after eating though no problem comparing to what it was after surgery my ? is i seem to be really sore all of a sudden up underneath my rib cage maybe i strained myself cant really think of a reason other than i vacumed the other day also have middle back pain is this part of still healing? Dont want to be parinoid wondering if anyone else out there had the same symptoms.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Bernadette....about a week before my gallbladder removal I discovered this site while researching gallbladder laproscopic surgery(I also found several youtube videos of the procedure itself)....I adopted the... Your Diet 1-2 Weeks Post Surgery from this site.... for 5 days before my surgery...I also tried to eat more meals per day with smaller portions....After my surgery on Monday May 27/2013 I believe that this site was a Godsend as neither my Surgeon nor the Hospital provided any diet suggestions or restrictions....


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hello, Good luck with your surgery, and welcome to the club, LOL. Everyone is different, so all of the foods above I tried after my surgery. This website saved my life in searching all over the place on what to eat. The first 24-48 hours are the most difficult. Unfortunately my surgeon didn't tell me anything. Make sure and ask questions. Good luck.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello All - I was told yesterday that I have to have my gallbladder removed. I have my consultation with the surgeon on Tuesday 6/4/13. What foods should I eat (or avoid) prior o having surgery since everything affects me. I'm looking to have surgery in a week or so. Help!!!

Told yesterday


anonymous 3 years ago

Angel

Had my gallbladder out 5/20/13 and I am surprised after seeing all the comments on here that people's surgeons did not prepare many posters. My surgeon was very thorough and told me a strictly low fat diet. His exact words were "if it taste good don't eat it". He told me that because of my BMI that I need a serious lifestyle change I'm pretty close to obese since u guys don't know me I can say I'm 5'5 and 224lbs. I am just waiting to be able to have a normal bm or at least be able to go in two consecutive days lol. I have been told diarrhea is a side effect so I'm hoping I won't fall in that category. I am a very poor college student so I have been eating foods my roommates left in the apartment until I get paid. Word of advice do not eat anything fried or high in carbs. The pain does feel like an attack but its gas and then you have diarrhea. Here is my problem I am a picky eater and I am broke. Here is what I need...a low fat diet plan that only cost me $10-15 per day.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Great story. You are correct. I am almost 2 months post-op, and everything is almost back to normal:)_


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: start using GAS X it really helps


anonymous 3 years ago

Had gallbladder removed and umbilical hernia repaired laproscopically on Monday May 27/2013....the surgery was seemingly flawless. My Surgeon was outstanding in explaining and carrying out the procedures but did not address any post surgery diet issues. I spent one night recovering in the hospital and there was no special diet provided. I am following the diet as advised by this site. Thank you so much.


anonymous 3 years ago

had surgery 5/17/2013 what i thought would be in and out. LOL. I am feeling much better now. I thought what had i done to myself! #1 I still have exact pain that the surgeon said would be gone oh well guess i wont have to worry about stones. The worst part for me was the gas and severe heartburn but am doing better with that also ate Taco Johns yesterday and did well I wondered what would happen being in the public and all, just gas 20 min. later but didnt know you have to becareful after no longer having a gallbladder. Everyone take care. I do wish that my surgeon would have been honest with me and told me the side effects of not having a gallbladder I know i will adjust in time. Patients!!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

Alex, biochem phd from berkeley. I had mine out roughly 2weeks ago. I suffered from 5 attacks in the past year and im 34. They saw 5 giant stones, one of which was blocking the duct. Here are some things I learned: 1) the surgeon cut your abdomen muscles, then reattached them or "tied" as he said. So they are a little shorter and healing/scarring.  He said, do not simply rest in a hunched position or they will heal tight, and scar tight.  Try to stretch as best you can daily and do not let them heal too tight.  This explains why people can't stand up straight! 2) The pain you feel on your rib and near the incision is likely that abdomen muscle cut. This is the pain when getting up from bed, or lifting anything. My dog pulled me too hard a few days after surgery and it hurt terribly and started to swell! The surgeon said, no worries, it is not due to the internal surgery on the gb, but those abdomen muscles tearing and internally bleeding a little.  You will reabsorb that blood.  Usually internal bleeding of organs is a very bad sign but internal bleeding of the ab muscles in normal.  I iced them and the swelling went away in 2 days.  I iced my wound the entire first week.  I also stretch more and now am almost able to do most activities.  3) you need to train your liver to handle fats. Do not try to eat a burger, pizza, peanut butter, cream soup, or ice cream or else you will feel pains like never before, gas, and a quick trip to the toilet.  My first week was plain veggie soups w no noodles, no chicken, no fats.  Saltines, white bread, jello as a treat. Now I eat boneless, skinless chicken, fish and white rice, salads, simple clean food.  Fruits, yogurt and granola for breakfast. No eggs! You need to change your lifestyle or else suffer the consequences.  4) you need some "good fats" to make bile.  Slowly introduce avocado, nuts, into your diet. 5) constipation vs diarrhea. I barfed my last meal during my attack Saturday night, then I didn't eat Sunday, saw doc on Monday, had surgery Thursday. I should have gone to the ER by the way but was too bullheaded to ask my wife to drive me and wake the baby. So I was dehydrated and had little food intake prior to surgery. Then the meds of surgery and the codeine pills for a week after leave you very constipated. I decided that if I didn't go poo after 5-6 days, I would eat an Indian curry as a laxative.  Within an hour out came rock-like poop. Then stomach pains for 2 days and diahareah. It was worth it to go finally! I eat a great diet for a week after, and poop hard rock like excrement every ~2-3 days. Then I stopped the codeine.  I ate 2 wings, and a small rib and back comes the diarrhea for 2 days. Back to simple foods. Then rocks, then the d. The rocks are softer and smaller now, and the d is not as painful as week one. I am prepared for 6-12 months of this, expecting improvement as long as I eat well, and not eat wings, ribs, or curry. Still on week 3, the d came back with a tiny piece of cheese. Not crazy or an emergency, but you feel queasy a little if you diet is too fatty or spicy. 6) I read about a lot of people get sick if they drink. Blackout drunk, spinning, barfing all night, and hungover for 2-3 days after 1-2 drinks!!! Beware. Likely due to liver not processing alcohol properly.  Not sure what to do here or if this ever gets better.  7) my mom, mother-in-law, and the nurse I saw all had this surgery. They all eat whatever now a days.  The nurse said, you will eat well for a year, then please try to stick with it.  She is back to bad foods! I plan to eat pizza again one day, one week at a time I'll get there....

Alex


anonymous 3 years ago

My father just had his gall blast removed. He is in his eighties. What are some meals I could make for him until he gets his strength back.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Had my GB out 5/21/2013. Still feel like hell but it gets a little better everyday. I too have had very intense vivid dreams since the surgery! Even if I only get a few hours of sleep I still have intense memorable dreams...very strange. Oh, and I can't stand up straight, eat very much and still feel like hell a week after surgery. Everyone said the surgery would be easy and I would feel great. UMMM no. I lost over 25 pounds before the doctors figured out what was wrong with me. I am a walking skeleton. My husband keeps telling me (and forcing me) to eat, especially high fat foods and red meat. No wonder I am so sick and have indigestion. Thank you for the helpful information. Let's hope it works :)


anonymous 3 years ago

@phil-tx: Phil,

Could you eat normally after a week?


anonymous 3 years ago

Had mine out on 5/17 20% efr no stones. Gas pains hurt like heck the first two days. Wasn't hungry until the 4th day. I've been trying to eat but I'm really not too hungry. The last few days I've had a ton of acid refux. I've been taking Nexium and carafate plus probiotic. Can't seem to eat solid foods now. Bought some Boost just to get the calories. Hope this goes away soon. I would imagine if it was bile reflux I would have felt it right away. I've had this before but it usually goes away after a day or two. This is my third day. Anyone else have this problem?


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Cari Kay 11 3 years ago

I know that people have had to have their gallbladders removed after doing the hCG diet. I am adding this page to my hCG Diet story lens. I'm guessing it will help a person or two. Thank you for that!


anonymous 3 years ago

I had 4 attacks in 5 days in 2010 that went undiagnosed even though I knew what they were. 1 happened on my honeymoon in Costa Rica, 1 on the plane home that landed me in the hospital in Miami, then a few more at home. Fast forward to next attack on Easter of 2013!! That landed me in the ER where that FINALLY found "a stone." I decided to have it out on 5/10/13 laparoscopicaly. After 30 minutes of the surgeon trying he opened me up the old fashioned way and found that my GB was covered in scar tissue, adhesions and about to rupture! So I woke up with a tube down my nose, a 12.5" incision with 24 staples and a drain tube. I was in the hospital for 4 days then went back a week later because my right lung was starting to collapse! I just got home 5 days ago. I was expecting a fast, easy recovery & this has been a nightmare. But considering the alternative, I guess I'm glad I did it. I cannot stand up straight and have next to no appetite. I had lost 30 lbs prior to surgery and gained 20 in the hospital due to air and bloating. I just had a "safe" dinner , or so I thought, of french onion soup & I feel like hell. It feels like I'm having a GB attack...except that there's no GB anymore! So I need to learn how to eat. I was discharged with NO instructions other than take it easy...... People, ALL of my tests, HIDA scan, CT scan, ultrasound, etc, came back normal and this happened to me. I'm 38 and in decent health, moderately active, I don't smoke, do drugs and rarely drink. What I'm saying is if you think there;s a problem, you are most likely right. Press the issue with your doc and consult a gastroenterologist. Don't wait until it almost kills you. It's been 17 days and I can barely bend over, dress myself, shower alone and put on shoes.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Beth, you will be able to eat peanut butter again. Just give your body time to adjust.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Stephanie,

I was told that right after surgery, I would be up and around like nothing every happened. HA, boy ws that a joke. Listen to your body and don't over-do it. Take your time to heal. It took me about 7 weeks before I felt back to normal, and still have the occasional "off" days. It gets better, just hang on.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my gallbladder taken out may 17th. Having a tough time recovering its taking way longer then everyone said. Iim still having pain in my stomach close to my incisions. And I'm not able to stands straight. Is this normal? This site has been helpful.


anonymous 3 years ago

Everyones comments have been very helpful. I will be going for a consult with a surgeon Tuesday. I have a bit of "discomfort" now. Sitting is often uncomfortable, because my back hurts as does my upper chest, (around my stomach). I'm worried about the size of the gallblabber. I had a partial hysterectomy some years ago. The doctor thought it would be the size of my fist and it turned out to be a football. I have a condition called sarcoidosis that I believe exacerbated things. But, I don't know. I don't eat much as it is - mainly fish and greek yogurt, but I often feel ill sometimes just thinking about food. it's funny, with as little as I eat, usually under 1200 cal., (not on purpose); I still gain weight - and I exercise regularly. It will be interesting after everything is all said and done.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I broke out in a dry skin rash all over my face and had a huge blister on my lip. Interesting.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had mine removed 5/22. Bear with me: this is the first time I've posted with other people who would understand. I had an EF of 13% on the HIDA scan, no stones, cyclical pain beginning in December, only slightly related to my menstrual cycle. Short version: multiple doctors said I should remove it now, before the situation got worse. I fasted beginning at midnight, worked 5am-9am, and was dropped off for surgery at 10:45. Everything went well. They did have to give me Demerol twice for the shakes (due to EDS, they didn't put me under until I was on the (freezing) operating table, lol), and extra potassium in my IV when in my recovery room. At three, they were still trying to get the nausea under control; when they did, I received a clear liquids tray. Not good enough: I was still starving. I got up and walked, which meant I got to put on pants (whoo hoo!); then we waited for a "solid" tray. Note: If broccoli gave you gas before, do NOT eat it in the room, lol. I was home by 9pm. Pudding and oatmeal for 24 hours, along with constipation, meant that 36 hours later I was onto fish and bread and Milk of Magnesium. After an interesting shade of green BM (multiple times), I realized that my body had been adjusting to a lack of a gallbladder for months. The only difference now? The physical trauma. Moral of the story: if you couldn't eat it before, don't try it right away.

Oh. And be responsible with your pain. You were given painkillers for a reason.

And anyone else have incredibly vivid dreams afterwards? I knew it was odd that I haven't remembered my dreams for the last few months, but they have been back with a vengeance ever since the surgery.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Watch your gluten intake, it can be a sensitive food and cause you bloat. Don't be a mac& cheese girl, that would hurt. I'm having luck with white rice and lean chicken; rice chex w/a strawberry and fat free lactaid; lots of grape juice; and only allowing nibbles of other stuff (2 french fries, 3 chips with dip total--lol!--treats now).


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi. Okay, 5 days now without the gallbladder. Burping IS gas: yes, still have that. Am eating... *carefully.* The (lapro) incisions are tender frequently and the bruising is amazing. Couldn't keep the painkillers hosp gave me down so I started using ibupro yesterday with good results.

The biggest surprise for me is how much *** my FACE is BREAKING OUT!! *** Even a sore on the inside of my mouth (been rinsing it with salt water). I mean it makes sense: the body will secrete toxins through the skin. But I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this?


anonymous 3 years ago

I posted a few days ago about my weight gain, happy to say its gone and then some 4 days later. I am still having a hard time bending over, but much better overall. Eating small, basic things from the brat diet plus yogurt.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my GB out on 5/24/13. I cannot imagine life without peanut butter. Hope this was worth it. Had thyroid out in 2010. I do not want to gain my weight back and I

Reading of weight gains post LC. Not happy if that is the case.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my GB out on 5/23, pain real bad first day and a half but then came down...trying to find some things to eat, didn't get great list on what to eat from hospital. Thanks for all the comments.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Yeah just like me. I came out of hosp virtually throwing up. Four weeks later I still had the most nauseating feelings eve rand throwing up bile by the bucket load. Have no idea when it will stop.

My surgery was on April 15, all went well and healing but still vomiting.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Jeanette,

I am post-op 7 weeks now, so have experienced it all. Get some Gas-X. This helps a ton> Good luck.


anonymous 3 years ago

Had g.b surgery 5/4/13 and my complaint is, stomach bloating so bad my clothes dont fit anymore and I look like im pregnant! Need some advise!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Yes, weight gain is due to IV fluid. I came home 5 lbs heavier. Now 2 weeks later, I lost that 5 lbs plus 5 more!


anonymous 3 years ago

This has been very helpful. I am scheduled for surgery next week. I had a sever attach, Dr. thinks I may have passed a stone. I am still a little sick to my stomach and not wanting to eat. Thanks for all the good info.


anonymous 3 years ago

I also have that 'full ' feeling and am not really hungry. I haven't had a bowel movement yet, but that may be because ive only eaten a few things.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had mine removed on Tuesday, May 21st. I was in the hospital three days prior because my liver enzymes were evelated. They were waiting to do an ERCP on Monday because no one was available Sunday. For that reason I had to be NPO the entire stay! IV's of saline and antibiotics. My enzymes dropped significantly by Monday which meant the ERCP was cancelled thank goodness. My surgeon, who is highly recommended, felt the stone in my bile duct passed on it's own. So, gallbladder was removed Tuesday and like many of you, I was shocked. Ive had a. laproscopic hysterectomy a few years ago and jumped back within 2 days. With this, I can barely walk without pain. I haven't eaten much. I only eat what's on the list. Each day is better but I'm still bloated and swollen. I also came home 7 lbs heavier!!!! Could this be from the IV for 4 days? I haven't eaten in almost a week!!! Has anyone else experienced this?

and when I do, its toast (no butter),broth, plain pasta, etc. I am still bloated and swollen. Granted, each day is improvement but its slow. I also a


anonymous 3 years ago

@phil-tx: Avoid dairy. Avoid fibre until you're healed.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Skinless chicken moist cooked is good, avoid all pork and add in the lean red meat slowly. Does your grocery have Laura's Natural Beef? They have a burger that is, like, 96% fat free. And watch the fiber--it hurts as it passes through! Clear diet is 24 hrs after surgery then add back foods slowly. Avoid fats, esp animal fats. My surgery was tues the 21st. It's uncomfortable, oh yes, and coughing is the pits! I'm still burping. Juice is good, apple and grape, and vegetable (reg veg--not spicy--avoid all spicy).

Chicken: broth: mix some soy sauce, honey, dash of tobasco, and a little ginger together, marinate for a little while if you want but not necessary. Take boneless, skinless, fat trimmed breasts, sear in the pan both sides; add the sauce, cover, simmer, turn chicken again, recover, simmer--maybe 5-8 min for 3 pieces. Then store in a container with the broth, it stays juicy and you can cut off a little bit every now and then, reheat with a little rice or mashed potato (with that tasty broth) and it's a small meal that won't hurt you.cowwit


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Peggy. I'm 5 weeks post op and still have an upset stomach daily as well! I hope this passes soon. Feel better!


anonymous 3 years ago

I just gad my galbladder removed today. I found this article helpful now & prior to the surgery as to what to expect. I'm wondering if anyone has experienced excessive hiccups prior to removal? When my pain began, I would get hiccups 9 out of 10 times when eating or drink anything. I'm only hours post -op, so it's too early to know if removing it helped that. I'm looking forward to resuming eating in a few days to determine if the pain id gone. Thanks for the helpful information.


anonymous 3 years ago

My surgery was last week 5/16. I have the diarrhea kicking in, and the site is sore, maybe because I keep rubbing it. I am probably not helping it. I will try the BRAT diet to see if that helps. Thanks for all the posts. Makes me feel like i am not the only one out here.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi everyone had my gallbladder out on Tuesday 21st may.must say trying to find things you can eat is a mission,keyhole surgery for me and the sorest cut is the one near my belly button.i had 5stones and many weeks of pain before surgery only a little reflex couple days before surgery.finding food fills me up very quickly.have lost 2kgs since Tuesday.i have no problems with number 2 ATM.glad I don't have the pain like i did before surgery and hopefully I will get better soon.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Nicole Had my gallbladder removed on Tuesday 21st May, huge stones. Feeling fine, just very dizzy. When I am still this is fine, but as soon as I move around feels like I have been on a roller coaster, am eating slowly, what could this be?


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Dave,

Try some skinless chicken and vegetables. It will all come back to you. Listen to your body, when full stop eating. Try several small meals through the day. I had mine done lapo so I am sure it is more difficult to eat with the incisions. Try some yogurt and cottage cheese. Also, try some ensure or Boost. It saved my life, also good calories.

Good luck, I can say, it gets better with time. I went through H*** and back with my surgery.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Peggy,

Good grief, you have been through the surgeries. I lost a total of 22lbs, over the course of 3 weeks. I am now 7 weeks post-op and have put back on 8. I didn't need to lose any weight. If you get some ensure, or Boost that was an excellent supplement until I could eat again. The taste will come back after a week or so, but eat several small meals until you can handle it. I am just now able to stomach burgers and such. Just take it easy. It will all come back. If you read the above, the cottage cheese and yogurt are really good to start,,,,,,,good luck.


anonymous 3 years ago

i had my gall bladder removed on 4/1/13. Then had total knee replacement a week later. Knee is recovering really well, but I stay sick to my stomach most of the time. I have lost over 10lbs since my surgery. Nothing I eat taste good. Is this normal?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I think it's the pork/bacon. Bacon is soooo fatty that it will cause you problems, plus it's a meat fat plus it's pork. The meat it was wrapped around also got infused with this bacon grease AND red meat is on the avoid list for the first little while after surgery. Hard for me, too, with Memorial Day weekend here and my love of grilled cheeseburgers--and cheese is on the avoid list, too!


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gall bladder removed yesterday and like a lot of the other posts I read I was told how it wasn't too painful. Well, 24 hours after its still really painful. Mostly the incisions are the main discomfort. I am however, starving and scared to death to eat anything. I was in the hospital since monday and had the surgery yesterday. How long does everyone suggest being on the clear diet? I may try some plain chicken tonight anyone try that food or bad?


anonymous 3 years ago

My daughter had her gallbladder surgery May 13, 2013. Before the surgery she was diagnosed with gastritis which when her attacks happen she would have stomach & intestine pain, burping, hiccups, indegestion which led to severe vomiting. Which the longest event was for 12 days, keeping nothing on her stomach. She was prescribed zantac & phenergan suppositories. As the bouts progressed in length and a trip to ER, GI dr schedule a HIDA scan that reveiled gb function at 13%. Naturally removel of gb. Ignorantly thinkin all was corrected, here we are again. After surgery, the usual pains subsided in about a week. Starting on liquids and was bringin in bland food and she was hit again 1 week after the surgery with another bout of nausea and vomiting. Most comments i read mention constipation and diarrhea, she has not had that. The severe vomiting is all. She becomes very weak, loses weight and it lasts for days. We r at day 3 now. GI doctors when i call say just continue zantac & phenergan. We r at a loss. After gallbladder removal i know it takes a while for digestion to regulate and for her to learn what to eat but that is hard when water wont stay down. Does this sound like anyone one else symptoms? Thanks and good luck to all.


anonymous 3 years ago

@phil-tx: I'm almost 4 weeks post-op; mine was just shy of emergency surgery - I had no idea that my GB wasn't happy in there anymore. Had multiple stones ranging in size from .4 cm to 1.6 cm. I can't believe how tired I am by the end of the day. I am working 3-4 hours/day at most, but if I do anything more than that I end up going to bed by 8pm and sleeping for 10 hours. It's crazy Glad to read these posts, much of what I'm experiencing seems to be pretty common. Thanks to all who post.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Tracey, I am almost 7 weeks post-op and still have the back pain from time to time. A heating pad does wonders. It gets better, hang in there.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: David, Thanks. I will go and see the video. Perhaps this is why they keep telling me it will dry up in time......


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi everyone. Thanks for all the posts. I am scheduled for surgery next week so it has been helpful reading others experiences so I know what I could go through myself. Good luck to everyone post op!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@phil-tx: I watched a youtube video about laproscopic removal of the gall bladder and noted that the area is flushed with saline solution during the surgery...the fluid is suctioned out before the incisions are closed up...perhaps some was missed in your case....


anonymous 3 years ago

Wow, am I glad I found this site. I had my gallbladder removed on 17 May and was also told that this surgery was a breeze and not typically a painful one. I must admit that I found it very painful for the first three or four days and now it hurts occasionally. My biggest complaint is mid back pain . There was a point where I thought I must be a very weak person because this is not supposed to be a difficult recovery, and I feel like poop. Eating the right stuff is also a challenge...it is all trial and error. Fortunately I have not experienced any nausea or diarrhea.


phil-tx 3 years ago

So 6 weeks post-op and they keep telling me that there is a collection of fluid where the gallbladder was. I am having CT scans like every 2 weeks to check the progress. Has this happened to anyone? I am scared to keep having these scans, I am going to be glowing soon......................Needless to say.............concerned.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Is that what it is?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: As long as you are still eating the worms as opposed to them eating you its all good.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Wow Jan I had my surgery on April 19, 2013 and still have gas, bloating, and the same pains on my sides as before surgery. I know I have to watch what I eat and that is really hard to do but bacon really makes me feel bad. I feel the same about hanging in there and waiting to see how I feel next week.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Thanks, Danielle. I'm sorry to hear that you're also experiencing the low back pain. I chalked that up to my previous lower back nerve issue being brought back up, perhaps not. (Because healing after being "punctured" isn't quiet enough...lol) I went to physical therapy during the winter for my back. (If you can tolerate it, you may want to try side leg lifts. Lay on your side in a long straight line (like you're standing with your feet in a standing position) and raise your leg (keep it as straight as you can) from the feet--only 6-12 inches-- 5 times on each side. (Right now, I use a pillow to help support my middle.)

I definitely feel better tonight. It was pointed out that I'm not really taking in a lot of calories just yet and the dizziness might be due to low blood sugar. I actually ate some noodles tonight--without incident. (So far, so good.) I haven't felt dizzy tonight, we'll see in the morning.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Dear Susan, I had my surgery on May 14/13. I experienced the same symptoms like you a few days after my surgery, but now, as the days progress, I feel better and better. My big problem is my lower back which is killing me, but the dizziness slowly has gone. Take it easy, rest and go for small walks and you will realize that every day is an improvement.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi everyone. I had my gallbladder out 4/23/13 been feeling ok I started introducing foods back into my diet. Oddly enouh everything has pretty much stayed. I had serlion wrapped in bacon last night and now I feel so sick. I have been in and out of the bathroom all day and I feel so nausous. It didn't hit me till this morning. Has anyone else had a similar problem? Thanks.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had my gallbladder out on 04/10/13. I also had post op pain and it turned out to be a bile leak from the common bile duct. I was very sick and in the hospital for 9 days and i am still not 100 %. I strongly reccomend you see your doctor as soon as possible it could be very serious.


anonymous 3 years ago

Thanks for this site! I read as much as I could from here before my surgery on 5/16. (laparoscopic: 14% ejection rate, no stones) I had some pain from the gas but walked and drank the hot liquids as suggested: it really helped. I'm not big on meds, so only took it the day of surgery. I'm tender and sore, but not unmanageable. I feel pretty good for the most part; just taking it slow. What has me baffled is how dizzy I am. I thought I'd be able to work a bit from home (via computer) or even go in to work by now. The day after surgery I was loopy and couldn't focus my eyes well. (Not pleasant!) That went away. What I'm having now is being lightheaded and dizzy almost every time I move. If I'm still, I'm fine. It reminds me of when I had a concussion as a kid. No nausea. Anybody else experience this? Any suggestions? I have been eating light frequent meals, mostly soups. (I'm a bit afraid to venture too far from the suggested list just yet as I'm still learning how my body is adjusting. :P )


anonymous 3 years ago

Sharon: just had gallbladder removed 5/16/2013. Dr used robot. Came home same day. Did not eat much liquids mostly. Lots of bruising. Lots of gas and very sore. not very hungry. Good to read Really


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Bless your heart, keep the pain pills handy. DO not wait for the pain to get bad. It might worth the trip to the ER. I have been twice since my surgery 6 weeks ago. I still need a pain pill from time to time. But that is due to them saying I have some sort of collection of fluid where the GB used to be. Take your pills, don't suffer.


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: Peppermint can help with that. I used to get those pains before I had my gallbladder out. If it's that bad, it might be worth the trip to the ER though. Better safe than sorry.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed 6 days ago. I was expecting some pain from the incisions, but I did NOT expect to have severe abdominal muscle contractions. These were not just minor muscle cramps. My abdominal muscles contracted so violently that I literally could not breathe. Thank goodness for my old LaMaze class that taught me how to rapid, small, shallow breaths to get me through the contractions.

I was recovering very quickly, and yesterday did not need a pain pill all day, but last night, the excruciatingly painful contractios started again. It takes 30 minutes for a pain pill to take effect, so by that time, the pain was so intense I honestly wondered why I didn't pass out or throw up. I have always had a very high pain tolerance, but I was literally screaming pain. Unfortunately, by the time you get to that stage, the pain/spasm cycle makes it very difficult for the pain pill to do ts job. It's now been 10 hours, and the contractions are at least somewhat under control, but they still hurt just as much when they occur.

Worried that something bad might have happened, I called my doctor, who was not available. The on-call doctor really wasn't helpful at all. He just said, "we can see you tomorrow, or you can go to the emergeny room." The hospital is 45 minutes away. I dread the thought of another night like last night, but from his response, it doesn't sound like anything lilfe-threatening, and I don't think our finances can handle an emergency room. I'll call the doctor in the morning, and in the meantime, just try to avoid any movement that might trigger an abdominal contraction.


anonymous 3 years ago

wanda I had my gallbladder out may 3, 2013 been feeling ok but food has caused nausea and diarrhea

I found a website that tells that calcium 600+D helps diarrhea the web is CureZone.com

Calcium can help with diarrhea after gallbladder removed

I also am trying the sea-bands that i wear on my wrist when I am on a cruise ship the are seeming to work for the nausea I forgot about my bands I do not like pills thats what I was taking I am willing to try anything that can help me This is an experiment for me did not know if anyone is interested or not I took the calcium before I ate today so far so good

I am hoping this works if anyone knows for sure I be interested in knowing


anonymous 3 years ago

wanda


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed March 5,2013 and my appendix was removed at the same time due to severe inflammation. I also have allergies to dairy and nuts. I was also told just not to eat fatty foods and I would be able to eat normally again.That's not true! It seems no matter what I eat I am in pain in my stomach....not indigestion or heart burn but as if someone punched me just below where my gallbladder was . The pain seems to last forever. Some people have told me to lower my stress level. Easier said then done when you have 2 kids with disabilities. Any suggestions?


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my gallbladder removed a week ago, but now getting heartburn. Wondering if anyone has experienced heartburn? I have only been eating foods on the "approved" list, but even they are causing the burn...


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: ive just had my gaul bladder out oooo boy im in pain cant eat but drinking water ive been sick keeping off cups of tea.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder out on May 6th. My gallbladder was non functioning with no stones but I have the added complication of suffering from Gastroparesis (non functioning stomach). I have suffered from almost daily nausea and vomiting for almost a year now. My surgery went ok except that apparently they had to go into my liver some to get the gallbladder out. I wasnt told that so I wnet back to work a few hour 4 days after......not my smaartest move. I believed all the stories about what a breeze things would be. I am pretty much pain free at this point but do have some very tender spots. I didnt sufeer from gas pain...thank god. I still am having a hard time eating ut is is hard to know if it is from the surgery or my stomach condition. Thank you for this blog....reading it tonight made me feel somewhat normal for the first time in a long time. I wish I had found it sooner.....


anonymous 3 years ago

@phil-tx: I had my surgery on May 13, I have been very apprehensive about the surgery and had no information from my doctor on what kind of diet I needed to follow after surgery. I read this site and followed some of the suggestions you all have made and today being the third day I must say that I have not had any problems other than constipation. I have been drinking a lot of water and had been on clear fluids for two days. My pain also seems to be in control. Thanks to the site and all those who have posted. I have found it to be very useful. :-)


anonymous 3 years ago

Had my GB out 05/09/13..it's been a week..cannot thank you all enough for writing in your stories..as this is the only real communication/feedback I have gotten my hands on..I also heard from a woman that the surgery is a breeze and her friend had told her she went back to work 2 days after her surgery!!!...Don't listen to these stories...I am soon to be 63 yrs old..in good shape..and exercise ALL the time..Am not a "wimp" with pain or complaining..but 1 week later it took to just BEGIN to feel like me again..Have quite a bit of pain each time I get up from bed..and am walking very slowly...So far..am following all the "diet rules" and rather live that way anyway...Soo my input,so far is..eat small meals thruout the day..move slowly and be patient..This is not a small surgery..Be kind to yourself......can anyone give me input on....eating Popcorn??I am a huge fan of Kettle corn w/my favorite seasoning salt(veggie)..but don't know if I should or shouldn't eat this...Also...I have b een taking "green tea pills" (for caffeine and weight watching)..Have any input on these??

Thx so much everyone and stay in touch!!


anonymous 3 years ago

I just had my gallbladder out on May10th. My dr did not give me any diet to follow and was insistent that I could go back to eating normally. Boy was he wrong. This site and the comments have really helped. I am having the same post op symptoms as a lot of you. I have pain on my right side, nausea, and yes even the diarrhea. I think the worst has been the gas. All I can say is take ur pills, get plenty of rest and just take it as easy as possible.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I am in the same boat! I had surgery yesterday morning. The pain front the incisions are nothing compared to the pain from the gas. I have a pretty high pain tolerance, but am pretty uncomfortable. I am not overly nauseous, only when the pain becomes unbearable. Thanks goodness for pain pills. I want to eat though. But need to hold off, don't want to end up back in the hospital. I found that I wasn't given a lot of resources upon leaving the hospital as far as info on: when I can go back to work, when I can start to eat solids, etc. kind of at a loss as to where to begin after surgery.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I had my surgery on April 26, 2013. I have been having gas, bloating and constipation for the last week. Now I am having pain on my right side where they took the gall bladder out. I am finding out what foods I can and cannot eat. I guess I will hang in there and wait to see how I feel next week. I hope it gets better as the weeks progress.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: This isn't really gallbladder related, but your symptoms sound very close to a friend of mine. She too was diagnosed with Pots, but couldn't seem to get symptoms under control. She has since been re diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease. Maybe this is something you should look into. She has a blog that is called My life as a Mito Momma. Maybe you should goigle it and see if your having the same problems. Just a thought. Good luck


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed 5 weeks ago. It was uncomfortable for 1 week. Did start on clear fluids and moved on to low protein, low fat, low sodium diet. Went back to work after 10 days and I am very grateful to say that I am doing well. I saw a dietitian and she suggested that I follow the Low GI diet. I bought the cookbooks 1 - 4 Eating for sustained energy which is available here in South Africa. I do find that eating 5 - 6 smaller meals helps a lot and although the food tastes different from what I am used to it's is still tasty and more than enough. I always had a sweet tooth and I had terrible cravings after the op. The dietitian suggested that I take supplements of magnesium and chromium and this seems to do the trick. I have much more energy than before the op and I feel great and I am losing weight too. Remember that everybody is different and your body may react differently to that of the next person. Give yourself time to recover. Remember that it is a change of lifestyle and worthwhile to live healthy. I do not want to go back to feeling tired constantly and the pain that was cause by a sick gallbladder.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Had the same problem. Underwent another surgery to remove a stone that was blocking the bile duct. I was in the same shape you were.. Taking pain pills every 4 hrs just to survive the pain. The other surgery took place 6 days after the original gall bladder removal. After that came the onset of nausea and vomiting that took place for 2 days. Been a steady improvement since. Hang in there. The diarrhea is the worst. Good luck.


mugtang 3 years ago

I'm having my surgery on Wednesday. I've had pain on my right side for about 4 months now. I was misdiagnosed with; heart burn, irritable bowl, appendicitis, a kidney problem and muscle pain. I finally was able to see a surgeon and he quickly said it's likely gallbladder problems. We talked and made a decision that it's best to take it out. After reading some of your comments I feel good about the surgery and my surgeon. He already called in a prescription of stool softeners for me and went through the diet with me. Hopefully everything goes smoothly. I'll give updates as I can.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Yes, I had the same problem up to 2 weeks ago. I'm 6 weeks post op and occ get nauseous. The dr was worried there might be a stone stuck in the duct. They do blood work every week to check liver function.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: William, what are you eating?


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Connie,

I am sorry you are having these issues. Don't be afraid of taking your pain pills. It is up to the surgeon to make you comfortable! Mine was the same way, I told them stop it with the feeling guilty about calling in for a refill. Everyone's pain level is different. I am now 5 weeks post op, and when I over-do it I still have to take one from time to time. If you can't sleep, I have tried z-quil, and it works like a charm with no hangover feeling. After my surgery I was up for almost 72 hours because the pain pills were having the adverse reaction and keeping me awake. I also was told this surgery would be a breeze, YEAH right.

Just hang one, it gets better.


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: I was lucky in that my nausea stopped after surgery. Is it after eating certain foods? Or all the time? I feel something like nausea when I am hungry. Sometimes I forget to eat.


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: I was told the same but when you think about, we had an organ removed....it will take a while to heal. Take your pain pills, if something feels really wrong, go to the ER. I've written here a few times that one of the clamps inside me came loose and I almost died. Trust how your body feels. Everyone seems to think this surgery is a breeze until they have it (me included).


anonymous 3 years ago

Just had my surgery May 8 and I've been writhing in pain ever since. I was getting very aggrevated with people telling me how this would be a breeze and I'll be back to work the next day blah blah blah....My doc didn't give me any diet to follow he just said avoid fats. Well I was still eating a lot of bad things like peanut butter and fruit smoothies filled with fiber.... it's WAY too soon for that. I woke up at 2am last night and never went back to sleep, even considered going to the emergency room cause I thought something must be going wrong. This site has been such a relief and I feel so much better already. I'm going to take it easy and not push myself to rush back to work. I'll try 3-4 hours for the next couple of days. I'm hoping I get a better night of rest tonight I was afraid to take my pain pills cause the bottle didn't have a refill and the doctors make you feel like a criminal if you ask for more.... but I realized that it was ridiculous to suffer like I was so now i'm taking the pain pills every 4 hours! I will keep you all posted of how the next few days unfold. I'm also dealing with diverticulitis that is infected so I'm on 3 different antibiotics for that and having pain on my left side from that but I was really hoping that would subside after my gallbladder came out!


anonymous 3 years ago

Still have nausea 3 weeks post op. Anyone experience this?


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: I never slept on my back before this but I think you will get used to it. I just now can sleep on my right side again. Boy did I miss that! My surgery was 2 months ago but I had complications & another surgery a week later plus an infection. So you should be able to be back sleeping on your side a lot sooner than me. It DOES get better. The first couple of weeks are hard, not going to lie. Try Gas-X for the gas, it really helped me a lot.


DebraHew 3 years ago

@phil-tx: You haven't heard the best part. I saw my surgeon on Friday. He informed me that he would be talking to the team who would be removing my stent next month. I wasn't told I had a stent or that it would have to come out later. Not one person mentioned this to me. My sister says when I was in ICU someone mentioned it to her but nothing about the follow-up.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Tracy, Just hang on!!!!! It does get better. Remember to take your medication. Do not wait for the pain to hit you. Drink plenty of water, this will help as well. A heating pad is your best friend at this point. It tool quite a while for the gas to get out of me, but walking helps. It gets easier, just hang on. If you have a body pillow this will help you sleep on your side as well.


anonymous 3 years ago

Gall Bladder was removed yesterday at noon. Today the aches and pains are almost unbearable. Shortness of breath, problems sitting up (from horizontal position), can only sleep on my back (not a comfort sleeping position for me) achiness in my shoulders and neck that I have tried to walk off (figuring it was the CO2).. Now trying the heating pad to see if it helps.. Please tell me this gets easier!


phil-tx 3 years ago

I am now addicted to this site. I am now 5 weeks post-op. Does anyone still get tired at the end of their day? I am an office manager and get up and down all day long. By the end of the day I am still exhausted and sometimes still feel a little pain on the right side. Is this normal?

I do like learning of other experiences that people have.


phil-tx 3 years ago

@DebraHew: Debra,

You are so right. I just don't get the Medical world anymore. They just want to do the surgery. It's all about the money. I probably got the same booklet you got. When you go throught this type of ordeal, you want to be educated on what to expect. It's insane. Now I need to go see my regular doctor and get on xanaz., LOLLLLLLLLL


anonymous 3 years ago

This post is very helpful. I went into the ER Sat am and ended up having emergency gall bladder removal surgery that night. I was admitted to the hospital overnight. I was served liquid diet that morning, then lunch was first cream of chicken soup, then what they called soft GI consisting of Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable soup. I assumed these were ok to eat when I got sent home later that day. They told me no caffiene, carbonated beverages, alcohol, and fatty foods. Today- 4 days later, I am having lots of stomach cramps and bloating. I am going back to the liquids diet and starting over. A LOT SLOWER. Thanks for this post. Seems like the hospital should be more informed. I have my follow up next week and I am going to request a nutritionalist.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I have to agree with DebraHew.. I don't think you would get stones after GB removal... and from what my Dr. told me they do xray's at time of surgery to make sure that there were none that had moved into the bile duct before they operate. I've read that some people just have problems with a lot of foods after their surgery and have to take some types of medications. I'm not sure if that is called for in your case or not. But at least you are able to function better on a low-fat diet. That worked pretty well for me for the little while I did it. Good luck! I hope you can find some answers!


DebraHew 3 years ago

@anonymous: Kim, I don't think you would get stones again since the gallbladder is gone there's nothing to create them. By now they would have passed or caused you ER-worthy pain. If your diet is terrible, you will feel terrible, even more so with an organ missing. If you change your diet, it will take a while for you to feel better still. Your body has to get used to it. Have you ever looked into a gluten allergy? My niece has some of the same issues as you, and she is trying to figure out what's going on too. She's now cutting gluten out & she actually does feel a little better. It wouldn't hurt to try eating gluten-free for a few weeks & see if you improve.


DebraHew 3 years ago

@phil-tx: I have a post-op nurse who I see weekly since my surgery and he says the same, there isn't nearly enough info given to patients about what to expect after surgery. If they don't want to do it, they could at least refer patients to see their family doctor right away & let them do it. I got a little booklet anyway, and it had some info in it. Not nearly enough though. It's interesting that it seems to be the standard practice no matter where you are from,


phil-tx 3 years ago

I have posted here several times, and thought I would give an update. I am now almost 5 weeks post-op, and everything is going fine now. I am slowly introducing foods back into the diet. I had lost almost 24 lbs in 3 weeks, and have gained 4 back. I didn't need to lose the weight as I had nutrisystems last year. You must be vigilant in your recovery and ask questions. If something doesn't seem right, it probably isn't. Give your body time to heal, and you will be fine. Slow down, you have had a major organ removed and you body has to have time to heal and react to the change. The medical world needs to be a little more patient, and LET US know what to expect. This site saved me from going insane during my recovery as I could see what others went through and what to expect. Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!


phil-tx 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hello, yes. I am 4 weeks post-op and things are finally getting back to normal. I blame the surgical staff about education!!!! They need to have a video or something to watch on what to expect after surgery. Thanks for the concerns.


anonymous 3 years ago

i had my surgery a couple months ago i wasnt worried about the actual surgery because i trusted the surgeon i got but reading about some of the post op stories had me really worried. the first few days were about what you'de expect it wasnt unbearably painful but you could certainly feel it luckily it went away after about a week. for my diet i did 3 days of rice and soup then i started having chicken and toast that lasted for about 2 weeks then i slowly started adding in other easy on the stomach foods. 4 weeks in i tried some dairy which gave me mild cramps, i was still having diarrhea about once a day so i decided not to try again for a few weeks. another 3 weeks went by my digestive system was completely back to normal and i could eat anything from spicy chili to pizza and steak without issue.

- to anyone who is going to have surgery soon good luck and stay positive.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: It is good to hear you are doing well. I posted something about 5 posts down, and I was wondering if you have any ideas about my post? I'm only 20...and when my gall bladder was removed no GI doctor said anything about diet so I ate terribly. And I'm wondering if that is what has caused me to be doing soo badly now that maybe I caused myself to get stones in the bile duct or something? Just wondering if you could shed any light on that since you seem to be doing well and have a good doctor you see.


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my emergency surgery on 4/27. The DR started doing laproscopic but realized I was too bad off so they had to cut me open. Getting out of the hospital bed was painful, but I was up & walking as I was told to do. I went back to work part time on 4/30. I'm still pretty sore, & my mid-back hurts by the end of the day. I was afraid to eat at first, but have slowly starting been putting small amounts of my favorite foods into the rotation. (this is a fantastic site!)


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Thanks for sharing your experience. I go for surgery in 3 days and like to see some fairly positive posts once in a while. :)


anonymous 3 years ago

I had my gallbladder removed by laparoscope on 4/3/13. The surgery went very well, and they did not have to open me up during the procedure. I had stones that were about 3cm â total I think he said. He did also say that one was the size of a marble. I wanted to comment here because I read as much as I could find about this surgery before and after I had it. Most of what I read was horror stories, which scared me! I was concerned mostly with the lasting effects of living without a gallbladder. So this is my recovery story; I hope it puts some other people at ease a bit! I went in for surgery at 10:30AM, and was home by 2:00PM. The first day was hard to move around, but the pain medication helped. I took the pain meds for 2-3 days, and they had a constipating effect for me. Once I stopped those, I started to have bowel movements (the first one after surgery is not the easiest thing in the world â so be prepared!). After that, the diarrhea came whenever I ate things that were not really low in fat. Peanut butter and mayonnaise were killers! So, I started reading more about diet after surgery. I ate very low fat for about two weeks after the surgery with pretty good results (lots of yogurt, bananas, mashed potatoes, rice etc). I went back to work on the 15th. Around that time, I had my follow up appointment, and my surgeon said I should be at about 65% at that point, and I felt better than that, so I was happy. He also removed my Steri-strips, and said my incisions looked good. I had 5 incisions, not the normal 4 â apparently they had to switch positions for one of the scopes. About two weeks after surgery, I started to introduce high-fat foods back into my diet. I needed to test my system a bit, as I had a cruise planned for the past year that was to leave 3.5 weeks after my surgery! So, when I was making the decision, I was stuck between a rock and a hard place⦠do I wait on the surgery and risk being stuck in a Belizean hospital with a stone stuck in my bile duct? Or just have the surgery as early as I could (which turned out to be 2 days after I first met with the surgeon!). I opted to have the surgery. So this is where I wanted to know how my body was going to react to high fat, mainly how fast it was going to react! I needed to know if I had to run to the bathroom immediately â during my meals, or if I had a half hour, or two hours⦠whatever â I just wanted to be prepared! So, unfortunately my tests didnât really tell me much! Some meals I was able to eat and not even have diarrhea, but others were not so successful! So, then I went on the cruise, and I guess, because more time had passed â I did not have a single diarrhea episode on the ship! I ate so much food too, and drank my share of alcohol! I seem to be pretty much back to normal now, and Iâm just past the 1 month mark. My incisions are healing up well, and I donât have any pain. I really donât feel differently now at all. That being said, I am sure I will have my âepisodesâ or times when my system is going to react badly to something I eat, but to be honest, I didnât have the most problem free digestive system before the surgery so that isnât all that different for me! So, good luck to those of you that are going in for surgery, and are scared! I know there are people that have bad effects from this surgery, but just know there are people that recover fully too. Iâm still playing with a theory⦠havenât read much about this, but Iâm kind of wondering if you donât eat much, or often enough, if that is more likely to cause diarrhea than if you eat consistently throughout the day. Anyone else have any thoughts on that?


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