Diet after Gallbladder Removal

dietGallbladder problems are caused as a result of inflammation or because of uninformed eating habits. In this article, we will focus on the gallbladder itself, its functions and proper diet after gallbladder removal through surgery. Generally, the diet you have to adopt after surgery includes fibrous fruits, vegetables and lean meat just to mention. Let us understand the gall bladder better.

The gallbladder is a critical part of the digestive system. Its function is to regulate the concentration of bile juice in the liver while also aiding digestion of some food substances. It is located just below the liver. It is elastic in nature and can hold up to 50 ml of bile at a go. The gallbladder discharges the bile after fats are ingested into the digestive tract. It helps to emulsify the fats and enable quick digestion of the fats.

Surgery is recommended to remove the gallbladder in certain situations. The development of gallstones in the digestive tract or the gallbladder is arguably the most common cause. The gallbladder can be infected by cancer. Gallbladder problems can also occur when it suddenly fails to function properly. This condition is called the bladder disease.  Some of the symptoms that would be exemplified by the gallbladder problem are breathing problems and abdominal pains especially after meals.  Indigestion and vomiting are also common signs.

The gallbladder can be removed from the system through a surgical procedure called cholecystectomy, laparoscopy and the open surgery method. These types of surgical operations are all done under general anesthesia.

Lets us now look at the recommended diet after gallbladder removal. Well, after surgery you might exhibit some digestive problems. You may also be advised by your surgeon about proper dieting – the foods to eat and those you had better avoid. Digestive problems seen after the surgical operation are due to the fact that the body lacks the capability to emulsify fats naturally. You have to monitor you intake of fats since it can cause fluffiness of the operated area.

The diet after gallbladder removal is not just about the foods to eat, but also those not to dare eat and for those you have to eat, in what proportions. Ideally, your diet should include eggs, skimmed milk, lean meat, chicken and skinned fish, yoghurts, spreads and soups. Legumes and salads are also ideal to provide fibre to the body thus reducing any chances of constipation during the healing process.

In line with the proper diet after gallbladder removal, reduce or avoid intake of spicy foods, fried foods, whole grains, nut and cereals, cabbage, baked beans, cauliflower, peanuts just to mention but a few. Following the successful removal of the non-functional gallbladder, it is important to maintain a low carbohydrates diet and increase consumption of proteins. Also in relation to diet, reduction in cooking of fish and meats can work out positively.

The shift in dieting has to be effected as much as possible. This is because, after the removal of the gallbladder, digestion tends to be impaired.  Adopting a liquid dieting plan initially can prove much help. Just ensure that the foods you eat are low on carbohydrates and fats.

5 Responses to Diet after Gallbladder Removal

  1. Kim

    My moms having her gall bladder removed. Her doctor told her that she doesn’t have to change her diet after removal of her gall bladder. Help? What effect would the wrong food have on how she feels?

    • Jamesburrows

      My doc said I would not have to change my diet. Help!

  2. Richard

    I just had my gull bladder removed. I was told the same thing by the Surgeon. It was when the nutritionistcame in and explained that with out my gull bladder, fatty foods will cause more dame internally. Those fatty foods like pizza, McDonalds, Burger King, or just any food with a fat content over Total 3grms fat will cause heartburn, vomiting, and worse it could plug up our internal system.

    Trust me, I loved my high fat diet but learning to change to a low fat high protient diet is better for my life and yours.

  3. Janet Nazer

    I am facing gall bladder surgery myself. Have been told by friends that I can eat whatever I want–we’ll see.

  4. Nicole

    I had my gall bladder out in June of 2010 I can eat pretty much anything except dairy I have learned since the surgery I am lactose intolerant and have ibs so it’s hard to say what to eat !! But I had acute gall bladder disease with many stones …. I am 23 and thank god I had it removed that pain from the attacks were horrid :)

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