My Post-Gallbladder Surgery Diet

Updated on March 26, 2017
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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.

Eating Right After Gallbladder Surgery

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 this procedure, I hope you find this information 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)

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.

For Two Weeks Post-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.

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Final Thoughts

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!

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      Marianita Quilaqu 11 days ago

      I had my galbladder removed 9;days ago, so after carrying the pain before surgery,now I feel relief but have a little sensation from where my cuts still in pain..but like before my surgery the pain now is I am now in the process of now I realize that eating unhealthy foods are not good for our body.i am in state of depression since I have a heart problem which is risky, but thanks I'm fine now and just still taking my take home medication.

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      Jane Maxwell 3 weeks ago

      I had my gallbladder out two years ago. If the Doctors told you what could happen after gallbladder surgery many people wouldn’t do it. They don’t want to lose that $$$. You can eat regular food without pain again after the surgery... that is true. But there are side effects. If I eat any high fat food it is immediately a run for the bathroom and occasionally I haven’t made it. Horrible gas and bloating... at times I look 10 months pregnant. If I stay on a very low fat diet, baked fish, chicken, vegetables, fruit, nuts. I am fine. If I take a trip I cannot not go near any fatty food or I’m in trouble. You have to change your lifestyle and eating habits after gallbladder removal or you could be miserable. It is healthier for you anyway.

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      Thank you for posting this ever most helpful article.

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      Barb 8 weeks ago

      I am 25 years post op gallbladder surgery. My doc said I could eat anything. Well, that was true if I wanted to be sick for days afterward.

      I experienced elevated liver enzymes for years. I have adopted a plant based diet with occasional omega 3 rich fish, grilled or baked, NO FRIED anything. I have eliminated dairy, red meat, fried food, and anything with lips or eyelashes. I am able to consume tree nuts daily and only miss avacados which send me to the hospital if consumed. I find my weight stays within 2 to 3 pounds of my high school 120 lb.weight. Combined with daily exercise, my lipid panel is amazing! No issues with elevated liver enzymes any more and no issues with blood sugar or hypertension.

      It's easy to stay healthy when you know what your food triggers are and what you can and cannot eat. The standard American Diet is full of unhealthy fats. Having no gallbladder is not only easy to live without but I find becomes a way of life in making healthy food choices.

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      Hilary Kyte 2 months ago

      This was the most useful article I have read. This is the only one that has actually given a diet. Thanks

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      Dj 3 months ago

      Had mine out Aug 1st and was miserable for months and missing lots of work. Bad stomach pains were similar to pains before but not as severe to need pain meds and ice packs! Everything I ate was just going through me. My doctor prescribed Prevalite Powder (orange flavor)

      2-3 times a day and diarrhea stopped immediately! That medicine helps with cholesterol as well so I didn't have to continue statin script. I do have to be careful of fat although it's very hard. Avoid fat and sugar together as well if you also have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Avoid fatty meat.. Rinse as much fat off meat if you decide to eat it anyway. Ice-cream is a killer on me but if I've had an ice-cream cone maybe 3 times and it only bothered me the next morning. I also know ones that said they never had any problems with diet! For me? It was a long enduring experience for a couple months before I was FINALLY hospitalized for a week undergoing about 5 tests/procedures for them to figure out what was wrong. I had to insist it had to be my gallbladder so hospitalist would finally run a test. They turned me down 2 other times in the ER. Evidently, my liver enzymes were up more since the last ER visit. I'm just thankful it's behind me and I didn't have pancreatic cancer as they had thought during Hospitalization.

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      I had gallbladder surgery 10 months ago. I am nicely recovered . It is still wise toeat s 3 months ago

      It is still wise to eat several small meals per day. If you feel full, stop eating! I have reintroduced foods that gave me problems before surgery.most give me no trouble; some I find I must eliminate forever . Nuts and popcorn mostly.

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      Rebecca 3 months ago

      Just had my gallbladder removed 3 days ago. I've been fighting attacks for about 4 years, until in the last 1 and a half my attacks got more recent, longer, and barely manageable. I was throwing up with about every one. I did my own gallbladder cleanses, and that seemed to help me for a couple months. My last attack which happened on Jan 4, 2018 was 15hrs long. After that one, I decided it was time to see what was up. Had an ultrasound done, and it showed gallstones. From that day on I was put on a vegetable and fruit diet. It was really hard but well worth it to keep my attacks under control, and on the plus side i lost about 40lbs. So I didn't allow any fat or dairy in my diet for a whole month. I had surgery on the 31st of Jan 2018. Now I'm trying to recover. Staying on my fruits and vegetables diet for about 2 weeks, so that I can give my body time to heal. Hoping someday I can get back to eating normal again.

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      Sharon 4 months ago

      I am having surgery in 3 days to remove my galbladder. Have had stones for over 10 years. Honestly, no real problem with the galbladder until past couple months and then, it is only a weak pain on my right side just below waist. Weird. Of course some vomiting after spicy foods, gravies, high fat foods. This article is a God send! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I was about in tears not knowing what to eat. Have not found a whole lot of help until I came across this article. I'm so grateful! Good luck everyone and Good health!

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      Connie 4 months ago

      Had my gallbladder removed 12/22/17 started having excruciating pain the Sunday b4 went to er and they couldn't find anything so went home still in pain with pain meds a nausea meds for almost 3 days I ate nothing and didn't get out of my recliner except to use the bathroom. So went back to the er on Wed and then he said my white blood count was at 21000 so did another CT scan and said my gallbladder was swollen so tranferred me to another hospital waiting for Mri to c if any stones found 5 so had to have endoscopy first to remove the stones then a couple hrs later did the cholecystectomy they couldn't do a laparoscopy so got the big cut Dr told my daughter it was about to burst when he went in. Eating is a challenge can only eat a little but just a few hrs and I'm hungry again and about 530 in the morning I'm straving but I wait. The pain is minimal at this point almost 4 wks later when I walk feels like my belly was so heavy (weird) I guess it still feels numb is your. Bending is a challenge too but I thank God he brought me through it all! I never want to feel pain like that again it was horrible! Oh been experiencing abdominal cramps every so many days and that's not fun. Lol . May God be with all going through this! Sorry so long

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      Jeanette 4 months ago

      Hand surgery 6 days ago. Struggled immediately after with nausea. Took zofran and kept to clear liquids mostly. Now on to rice and toasts and sticking with clear liquids mostly. I feel very full immediately after eating almost like my stomach shrunk. Going to start some enzymes this weekend to see if that helps. Perhaps it is just bloating. Definitely not eating as much as I used to. Have had gas here and there but my Bowel movements are normal. So that is good news. Overall feel weak and lethargic.

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      Eillenram23 4 months ago

      Thanks for this article in which I have learned a lot.. I have just undergo an open gallbladder removal sugery a few days ago.. actually until now I am still at the Hospital for recovery..

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      Marlene Hibbets 5 months ago

      Just had my gallbladder surgery on December 13th. Still struggling through the pain and uncertainty of what I can eat. This helped alot as I find was eating some foods that were not helpful to me. I have lost about 10 pounds and only eat small amount of food. You are right your stomach will let you know when to stop. Thank you for your insight on this subject. It was very helpful.

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      mrsfarmer 5 months ago

      I had my surgery 10 days ago. Doing great. Only uncomfortable wearing jeans and working at a desk. I haven't had a problem eating regular foods, just not so much of it. So any newbies, not everyone has a bad time after surgery. 2 of my co-workers also never had any problems.

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      Ellie 5 months ago

      Does anybody has a problem with soy milk? I always drink regular whole organic milk but for nearly two moths I drink soy milk after I stared having pain do to my gallbladder but now 4 days after the surgery I am afraid to drink it since some people have mention that you are not supposed to eat soy after having your gallbladder removed. Thanks!

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      Ellie 5 months ago

      I had mine remove 4 days ago, and I am feeling okay, been eating jello, chicken broth, crackers and some fruit, I am a big foodie and love to cook and this is all new and scary for me but I guess is not that bad since I am not in pain like I was before having it removed. I am really looking forward to feel normal which i don’t know if that would be posible, still trying to figure out what to eat and not to eat. I am sorry for everyone of you that have had it not so easy I really hope everyone of you get to feel better, find a job and get to play with you little ones. Thanks for this blog it’s a blessing.

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      Lj 7 months ago

      I had my gallbladder removed in december last year 10 months ago to the day. I am only just starting to feel well again. I was couch bound for 5 months as I could not sit only lay. Drs put it down to nerve damage but i really dont think they knew what was happening. Maybe in afew months ill be able to get a job again and get on with my life. Its been horrific! Wish i found this book 10 months ago!

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      Miss Mullins 8 months ago

      I had surgery on 9/20/17 still on a lot of pain, can't really sleep on my side without a pillow tucked underneath my stomach . I can barely walk and due to go back to work next week . The most painful part is around my navel area when I try to sit or get up from sitting .I have a follow up apt with my sergeant on 9/28/ . I eat about 1-2 a day small portions but just from reading I'm not sure what or what not to eat . I am so afraid of getting sick so I just want eat anything . I only eat chicken and fish baked or boiled now of course but I am not a big vegetable eater . I try to google the things I would like to eat before eating but that gives me mixed information. Please continue on posting the things you guys are able to eat daily..........Hopefully my pain will end soon , I have a 6 yr old who loves playing with mommy....

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      Alice m 8 months ago

      Got my gal bladder removed a year ago, still having trouble with digestion, seems like everything I eat is a no go. Diarrhea every day after meals. Trying to be better with my diet, 3 grams of fat or less per serving is what my nutritionist said, so, here starts my new life of low fat or non fat meals. Goodbye pizza, donuts, bacon, cake, ice cream, bagels, chocolate. I will miss you. As for Tara, don't stress about work. You'll get back to work when you're ready, I was up and moving about a week after, but no heavy lifting, your body just experienced trauma and should be treated as such. Good luck with your surgery. You'll be fine. Just take the time to rest and get better. I didn't have a job at the time so I didn't have to worry about getting back, but like I said, I was up and about a week after surgery.

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      Tara 8 months ago

      This info is amazing Thank you

      Will be having my gallbladder removed the end of this coming Friday 29th. Im really nerves. I've been told I can return to work in two weeks after having the surgery. My job is high pace. Im a little nerves about that. How long before any of you could return to work full duty. Im ok with changing my diet. I started two weeks ago after being in the ER AND talking to the surgeon. Thanks again for this info.

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      Stephanie 8 months ago

      I got my gallbladder removed yesterday I had horrible side effects from anesthesia couldn't stay up, now I can't sleep unless on my back and when I try my left side to have better flow of blood I get horrible pains that shoot up to my shoulders need help on sleeping and also meal size?

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      Judy 9 months ago

      Hi everyone, I'm going to see my b surgern tomorrow to set date for my surgery. Hire long does the operation take? I new that you could live without your gallbladder but what i didn't no was that your liver now works really hard since the gallbladder is removed. Has anyone ever had a problem with there liver? That's kinda scary. Is all gallbladder removal successful? If not why not? I would appreciate any feed back. And may everyone that has had or going to have there's removed get back to there old self v real fast and may God be with each of you before, during and after surgery...

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      Trish 9 months ago

      Just had my surgery 2 days ago still feeling sore top middle abdomen its so hard to get comfortable to sleep can i lay on my side what stuff can i eat no bm either

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      Cheryl 9 months ago

      My surgeon told me I can NOW eat anything...I said...should I be restricted to anything. "No" he said. My daughter was getting married 2 days after my surgery. He can eat as much cake and food, but no alcohol. What gives!? I'm reading below about food restrictions. I'm confused.

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      kerriann 9 months ago

      thank you so much for this article- I will be having my gall bladder out in a week, I have already been eating bland easy to digest foods for a month now to keep the gallbladder attacks at bay. I guess I have multiple stones- my problem is I am pre diabetic, and taking metformin- so I have to watch the carb intake.- it has been difficult to control the blood sugars in the last month, but, I guess this is something I will have to deal with for the rest of my life!!!- hopefully all will go well- I will repost down the road

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      Jayne Hellier 9 months ago

      Wondering if anyone with prior diarrhea or colitis issues have had long term trouble since their gallbladder surgery? Having surgery next week, concerned my other issues will be even worse

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      Debbie 9 months ago

      Thank you so much for your information to me, the dos and don'ts was really helpful. Thanks again.

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      Iris Bornstein 10 months ago

      I just had my gallbladder removed 6 days ago. Upon discharge I was told "no spicy or greasy foods". That's it. My surgery was an emergency even tho I never had a problem before, only the night I went to emergency room, so I never did any research. I ate normally the minute I got home because I had had no solid food for almost 20 hours. Big mistake the gas pains were worse than gallbladder pain and it was weekend so I couldn't call dr. This is warning to anyone in same position. I'm still trying to figure out what to eat and my post op dr. visit is this afternoon

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      Midge 10 months ago

      I am 8weeks post op. I was readmitted with an infection with pus coming out of my navel.

      I am experiencing pain after eating and am just trying to find the best foods to eat to help my recovery .

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      Monique Reese 10 months ago

      Thank you for the helpful information. My Gall Bladder was removed a couple of years ago, and I am always looking for ways to improve my diet and overall health.

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      Paula Burchill 10 months ago

      I am still struggling with diarrhea for 4 months post-surgery to remove my very sick gall bladder. Makes me anxious about going. Dry far from a restroom.

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      Michelle Gonzales 10 months ago

      I love this article I wasn't told what to eat or not eat no special kind of diet st all. I was eating solid food the day after my surgery with no problems at all not even diarrhea. Then everyone who has had their gallbladder out are telling me I could die if I ate a salad it's fine to exactly the way you were. I am so glad I read your article helped me understand much more than my doctor even told me so thank you so mucj. I have a lot of questions for my follow up appointment now so glad you shared with us

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      zoekegan 10 months ago

      I've just had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy 3 weeks ago. I've been eating fat free for 8 weeks since the attack. Now my doctors tell me to eat normally. I want to go slowly reintroducing fats to my diet and I'm wondering if anyone can suggest HOW to approach this in a controlled way to avoid diarrhea etc. Do You start with just one food at a time? I.e. Start with minute quantities of butter and work your way up to buttered toast or cooking with butter again, and then move onto the next food when your body can tolerate the butter? Or have you had success with another method?

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      Anne Daniel 11 months ago

      I had my gallbladder removed 3 months ago ,

      please advise what kind of food I should take and what I should not

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      Healing Bladder 11 months ago

      TerriGb6917, If you Eat meat or pork, you will most likely feel very sick. Remember your liver has to function extra hard to digest these fatty foods.

      The other day I made a low fat banana cake with Walnuts, using a tablespoon off sunflower oil and 2 eggs. I was hungry and decided to have a huge piece of this cake. An hour later I felt sick and had regrets.

      Chicken, fish are good for you during your healing process.

      Google everything you are about to eat to research mainly the allowable fat content in each food based on your weight and height.

      Wish you luck.

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      Jan Cussen 11 months ago

      Seeing specialist Wednesday about having my gallbladder removed. Found this site helpful, learning what to eat afterwards & in the future. It all seems a little scary but I'm sure I will be ok.

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      Marie 11 months ago

      It's been 3 weeks today I had my surgery , all went well

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      Healing bladder 11 months ago

      Use this website to search foods with 0 Fat or Low Fa, it helped me. It's been a month since my surgery.

      I read online somewhere, 3 grams of fat per serving.

      Eat or chew your food slowly.

      No Creams, butter, Cheese, Lard, Fried or greasy foods.

      Try Grilling your food

      No pork and No meat.

      Examples are Mango has 0 Fat, 3 prunes has 0 fat

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      healing bladder 11 months ago

      Look for foods with 0 fat

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      Neesa 11 months ago

      Shall. I use enat400mg capsule plz tell me in detail

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      TerrisGB6917 11 months ago from Gulf Coast Florida

      Thank you for this Blog. I just had my surgery 3 days ago and have been overwhelmed by what I can or can't eat. There are SO MANY opinions and options. I am, however, NOT happy that I can"t eat meat (beef or pork) anymore.

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      Healing bladder 11 months ago

      I forgot to mention that I also had a Urinary Tract Infection

      Septra or Sulfatrim was prescribed which interacted with another medication I was taking, however, the doctor at Emergency indicated that there would be no interactions with any of the other medications. The Sulfatrim made my constipation worse, so much so when I found out online that Sulfatrim interacted with the drug I was taking and so I skipped the very last tablet of Sulfatrim. I used Colace Glycerin suppositories for 2 days, the 4th day, 6th day and everything's has gone back to normal.

      Tanya, you may want to research the fat content in what you eat and drink. It is very important to be able to digest your food. Apple juice, pear juice has fibre. A little prune juice with warm water after surely helps and you should be able to move your bowels with 15 minutes to 30 minutes.

      Potatoes????? I read somewhere initially to avoid it. Olive oil is good on your salads. I wouldn't heat it to fry something.

      Don't starve yourself. Eat a small portion of grilled or poached fish with carrots

      If you are experiencing pain, go back to your doctor.

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      Healing blader 11 months ago

      Constipation and bloating after your Gall bladder removal surgery is normal and can get very uncomfortable since gas is already pumped into your system. Even though some of it is released, it can still get very uncomfortable.

      To get a bowel movement 1/2 a glass of zero fat prune juice helps followed by a warm glass of water or a cup of tea.

      If you miss whole milk in your tea, you can use Skim milk, it has no fat.

      For Breakfast: Oatmeal with skim milk, A slice of Flax bread seed bread untoasted, no butter or fat, just jam or plain (boring however it's only for a few days)

      1 poached or scramble poached egg 3 x a week only.

      Astro Fat free yogurt

      A tablespoon No fat Cottage Cheese, in a mixed salad ( just a sprig of lettuce, kale and spinach and not too much). Lettuce produces Bile. Add cubes of chopped up apple, yellow or red peppers, just 3 cherry tomatoes, cucumber and zucchini

      is very good for you

      Apple juice. 1/2 glass of a Mango smoothie (Blend mango cubes with skim milk and yogurt, a dash of vanilla essence) no sugar added.

      Boil Pot Pearl Barley, drink that water. A glass a day, It's Healthy for you.

      The boiled barley can be used in soups or in place of rice.

      Grilled Salmon with Asparagus, carrots or green beans.

      Tuna on a pita with salad.

      Grilled Chicken with vegetables.

      Grapes, blueberries, strawberries.

      Keep a log, based on your current weight your total allowable intake. Avoid Alcohol.

      Fat: 1 gram = 9 calories

      Protein: 1 gram = 4 calories

      Carbohydrates: 1 gram = 4 calories

      Alcohol: 1 gram = 7 cal

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      Mel Christenson 11 months ago

      I had my gallbladder removed 5 days ago. I was quite bad immediately after. My blood pressure plummeted and I had heart arrhythmia and they kept me in an extra day to resolve it. Very little pain after that first day, I didn't need to take the Tramadol they prescribed me (didn't want to either as it causes constipation) so stuck to paracetamol instead after consulting my doctor. The issue was the nausea for 4 days after, but I was told I was still recovering from the anesthesia and morphine they gave me on day 1. I'm being careful about what I eat but sadly the 'gallbladder' pains have started up again. The same pain, located in the same place, right side, just under my ribs. My diet has consisted of: clear broth, almond milk, plain potatoes, carrots, grapes, lots of water, a little grilled turkey when I can manage it. And that's it. Very disheartened to feel the pain start to creep back. I've had this issue for nearly 2 years, regardless of what I eat. I've lost 56 pounds, am clinically underweight and still losing a pound or so every week. My last hope was this gallbladder surgery. There's a small chance there's a stone in one of my bile ducts, I know, but I think it's unlikely at this point; I have a good surgeon. I'm going to save for an MRI, request an upper-right-quadrant scan and go from there once my abdomen heals.

      That said, I found the advice on helping your liver very useful in this article and haven't really come across it before. It makes sense you'd need to compensate for the loss of a gallbladder and I'll be looking more into that as my liver enzymes (in blood tests) have come back with occasionally very elevated levels. Good article. Very helpful.

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      Aleia 12 months ago

      Tanya, I had my surgery 6 days ago and i didn't have a BM till 5 days later. I was happen when I finally had one. If your having pain and discomfort, it sounds like you may be constipated and you should diffinitely check back with your doctor so they can help with your relief. I stayed in the hospital for 2 more days after my surgery, so some of my concerns with the functions of my body were addressed before they discharged me. No I'm just trying to figure out the whole eating thing. Like, I know they say you can't eat fried food but is the effect the same if the food was fried with olive oil. Lol

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      Tanya 12 months ago

      I just had my gallbladder taken out 2 1/2 days ago I still have not had a bowel movement, still very uncomfortable any suggestions.. I already took miralax 3 times.

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      Todd Karutz 12 months ago

      Katie Had mine out a week ago and everything has been great. I was a little sore after the surgery but after 4 days, felt great! The toughest part is learning to eat right and change my diet but so far so good. Dont be afraid

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      Katie 12 months ago

      Hi! I'm having my gallbladder out on Friday and I'm a little bit more nervous about it than I've let on to my family. I've been reading as much as I can about a good diet after the surgery and I came across your blog, thanks for the info!

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      diane barrett 13 months ago

      I had gallbladder taken out 8 months ago I am still living in hell because of it. I had so many things go wrong after the surgery. First thing was the dr. didnt clamp off the duct after removing the GB he said he did but after 9 days of having a bile leak and in surver pain i finally found a dr another dr that would see me after test being run they discovered i had a bile leak. This other dr had to put a stinct in and put clamps on the duct work from where the galbladder was. I am sick everyday. Now my stomache has almost quit working i can eat something throw up 24 to 30 hours later and throw up the food that has been sitting in my stomache that many hours. And I also wonder if the first dr did clamp the ducts where are the clamps locationed in my body now and what kind of harm are they doing. I would have done better to have gone to my pets vet to have had the surgery i would have trusted he would have done a better job.

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      Tahereh 13 months ago

      i had the surgery 3 weeks ago, and since last week i am experiencing severe itchiness.

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      Renae 13 months ago

      I am a week out and have had nothing but problems. I am in emergency room. Now..

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      Evanora 14 months ago

      I had mine out about a week and a half ago and my life has been awful I've had nothing but complications

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      Melinda 14 months ago

      I'm having mine out in 8 days

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      Sara 14 months ago

      I will be having mine out at the end of the month. I am not the healthiest eater and am concerned on how my quality of life will be following this procedure.

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      ash 15 months ago

      This was so helpful! I had mine out today and for the last 2 weeks prior i have been trying to put together the pieces of everythig. Bit by bit it was hard to understand but the way u put it together makes perfect sense. Thank u so much.

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      Sarrah Vance 16 months ago

      If you are still having digestive pain after surgery it may be due to low/no stomach acid from medications taken prior to removal. I recommend silymarin for the liver, colostrum for digestive healing, d8gestive enzymes and bile salts until your d8gestive tract returns to narmal

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      Francisco RodrĂ­guez 16 months ago

      Wonderful and very clear information. Good article.

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      Eileenm694 16 months ago

      Six months ago I went to the ER and was diagnosed with gallstones. The surgeon decided not to take it out, and I was put on a low fat/nonfat diet. After three months I was in pain again, and had very bad indigestion. I had two more attacks like that within a month. I then had to go to my doctor, and then had to be referred to a surgeon. Then set the surgery. I just had surgery last week to remove my gallbladder. My gallbladder was in very bad condition. The surgeon said it was inflamed, had pus in it and I had three big gallstones that were blocking the bile ducts. Because it was so bad, they had to put a drain in. I was admitted to the hospital after. Stayed overnight. They removed the drain the next day, and I was able to go home. I was put on liquids that night at the hospital,and was able to keep those down,so they bumped me up to full liquids the next day. I have been eating jello, applesauce, pudding,soups, mashed potatoes, and chicken.This article was very helpful.

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      Ash 16 months ago

      I had mine out coming up in a year ago now (doctors waited too long it turned into an emergency) once I was out for the first week I was on a liquid diet, jell-o, soup, things like that, then went to soft foods mashed potatoes and stuff. After 2 weeks I slowly started introducing more things and I found I've been fine with almost anything but things that are high in citrus (though that may be because of another issue) and pork seems to give me severe stomach pains. Beyond that I'm back to a regular diet.

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      JJ 17 months ago

      Terry, if you were eating unhealthy before the surgery this is some you will experience. Its IMPORTANT to start a healthy diet weeks before the surgery so your body is not in shock. I just had mine removed 3 days and I'm good. Remember to take vitamins/supplements before and after to help recovery. I would recommend Vitamin A, K, C, B complex, Zinc. Do not confuse potassium mineral (K) with vitamin K, two separate things. Take C 1000 mgc x 3 a day. Zinc 50mg only with A and C, Zinc alone can be bad for you. Eat pineapples or drink good quality juice to help with healing. All the best!

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      terry collins 17 months ago

      Hi I had my GB out 15 days ago and I am so much in pain in my stomach I wish I did not do it. My surgeon said it was horrible. what ever that means. I can not eat nothing, I am eating fat free things not much when ever i eat i can not take it anymore. I do not know how to eat normal. what can I do?

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      Frank 18 months 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.

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      Gee 19 months ago

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

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      Deb Bartels 19 months 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!

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      HA! 19 months 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.

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      Dustin Allen 20 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.

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      Ally 20 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

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      BunnyFriend 21 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.

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      Helen 22 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

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      Anna 22 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.

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      Cajundego 2 years 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.

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      Johnd420 2 years ago

      I really like your writing style, good information, thankyou for posting D. dceckccagekf

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin

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

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      PJ 3 years 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

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      Vera J 3 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!)

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      Jon 3 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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      Tawnya 3 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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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

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

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      kerrygal 3 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.

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      kaleitamarie 3 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.

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      getsmartgrl 3 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

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      alison-curtis-714 3 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.

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      holly-demo 3 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 :-\

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      collet-jones 3 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.

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      Itzdeb 4 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.

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      janison58 4 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.

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      janison58 4 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!

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      janison58 4 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.

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      Gloriaanna 4 years ago

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

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      jennifer-gaudetlubow 4 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.

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      abeagale2264 4 years ago

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

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      abeagale2264 4 years ago

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

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      abeagale2264 4 years ago

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

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      abeagale2264 4 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

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      mistiF 4 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!!

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      mistiF 4 years ago


      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!!!

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      SandyDee 4 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.


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      Manonct 4 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

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      Emrnewell 4 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!!


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