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Monday, March 4, 2013

Post Gallbladder Surgery Diet

What To Eat 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 surgery to remove the gallbladder, I hope you find this useful!
What is a Gallbladder?

And Why Do I Need One?

Gallbladder
I assume if you're preparing to have your gallbladder out then you know what it does but I will provide a brief description just in case!

The gallbladder is located in your upper right abdomen, sort of behind your liver. The gallbladder 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 right. You may develop Cholecystitis which is a swelling of the gallbladder. Cholecystitis can be caused by gallstones but it also may be caused by infection. If Cholecystitis and gallstones go untreated they can cause the gallbladder to burst which is a very serious emergency. For these reasons, it is often recommended that the Gallbladder be removed.

Despite what some people may tell you, the gallbladder is an important organ. No, it's not necessary to have one 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 the fat. For these reasons, it's very important to watch what you eat after gallbladder removal. 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.
Your Diet 24 Hours Post 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 - until the anesthesia has cleared out of your system completely.

Also, remember that although the outside of your body does not look very traumatized (if you had a laparoscopic surgery) your body 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. A clear liquid diet means that you can pretty much eat anything you can see through.
  • Water
  • Broth
  • Jell-O
  • Fruit Juice Without Pulp (Apple Juice, Grape Juice and Cranberry Juice
  • Clear Soda (Avoid Caffeine)
  • Tea
  • Popsicles (Without Bits of Fruit)

Foods To Avoid

There are some foods that should be avoided after gallbladder surgery. Generally, any foods that gave you pain before surgery will need to be avoided. It will take awhile 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 and 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.

Every one should avoid these:
  • Fried Food
  • Dairy Products Especially Cheese
  • Peanut Butter
  • Red Meat
  • Greasy Foods
  • Raw Vegetables
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol (especially if you're on prescription pain pills!)

Peanut Butter Fast Fact

Did You Know...?
Peanut Butter has 16 grams of fat and 200 calories per 2 tablespoon serving? The fat content is the reason you may want to avoid peanut butter after gallbladder surgery.

Your Diet 1-2 Weeks Post Surgery

Chicken Noodle SoupAfter 24 hours you should be clear to start eating more solid food. Remember to take it slow. Instead of eating 3 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. Some people will be able to tolerate more foods sooner than others. I have listed some suggestions based on what worked for me and what I have heard worked for other people.

  • Soup (Avoid creamy soups. Chicken & Noodles or similar soups are good)
  • Get A Tasty Chicken Noodle Soup recipe here!

  • Mashed Potatoes (Mix broth in with the potatoes instead of butter)

  • Fruits (Don't eat too many Bananas 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


  • 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.

    Your Diet 3 Weeks Post Surgery And Beyond
    Healthy MealYou should be able to start 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 for your body to completely adjust to the removal of your gallbladder.

    If your diet was poor before surgery you should probably not plan to return to the same diet after you have healed from surgery. For the health of your liver you want to 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.

    Food To Help You Heal

    and to help you live healthy!

    There are certain food that will help your body heal faster and maintain optimum health. Try to add some of the foods listed below to your diet to help your incisions heal and help you get back to "normal" faster!

    For the rest of your life your liver will be compensating for the loss of your gallbladder so 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 Oil 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. Beef and pork should be avoided)
    • Cottage Cheese

    Dealing With Diarrhea

    It's not fun to talk about, but diarrhea is a problem for many people who have had their gall bladders out. Here are some tips for preventing and treating diarrhea after gallbladder surgery.

    Foods To Avoid:
  • Dairy Products
  • Caffeine
  • Really Sugary Foods
  • Greasy foods


  • Foods To Eat
    Maintain a normal healthy diet when you're suffering from diarrhea and add the following:
  • BRAT Diet - Bananas, Rice, Applesauce & Toast
  • Yogurt can help build up the good bacteria in your gut to prevent and treat diarrhea
  • Drink lots of water. You should normally have half your body weight in ounces every day - drink extra when you're dealing with diarrhea.

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    94 comments:

    1. Thank you for your post.

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    2. I am looking for something to make my gf for valentines day I am in college becoming a chef so cooking is not a problem just need to no of something really nice I can make her can some one please help me

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    3. Thank you so much for posting the food list for after gall bladder removal surgery. I wish I found this sooner. It has been a week for me and I can't seem to escape any pain and I realized I'm making dumb food decisions. Making a new grocery list now. Great piece!

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    4. Thanks for the idea. I had gallbladder surgery 5 days ago and am still having pain. I ate a little food and it hurt so bad i am back to popcicles. I think i rushed it, and after doing some reading this is going to be a life changing experience. Hoping it helps me lose weight too.

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    5. I had gall bladder surgery a week ago and have had pain ever since especially when I eat and it doesn't matter what I eat. Thank you for the list.

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      1. I had gall bladder out on April 7th. I have been hurting ever since. CT scan turned out nothing, guess I'm not eating right. Looking for a good low fat diet.

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    6. Friends my burning type of pain lasted for about 6 weeks after my surgery. Felt like my insides were on fire. After 2 months I started back in with the nausea, that's when I cut the majority of my fat out of my diet, and I started to feel better. I also take Ox Bile twice a day. I lost 45 pounds as well.

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    7. I had surgery just over a week ago and about midway through the week developed about 4 days of diarhea, whether I ate saltine crackers or nothing at all. It was horrible. The dr recommended Activia (a probiotic yogurt) to try to reduce bad bacteria in my stomach and created good bacteria in my stomach. He also said bad bacteria can develop after being on an anti biotic, which I was in surgery. He also said to take immodium. So I ate Activia light and it stayed in, I tried plain white rice and boiled chicken together with salt and a little apple cider vinegar for flavor and one immodium pill. It helped and stayed in, this is where I started to mend. I am a few days past that and still afraid to eat. Yesterday I made canned biscuits and made an egg, no butter, no grease, and ate the egg biscuit and it went right through me. The biscuit had butter built into it, so I think that was the culprit. Ive had eggs 3 times this week and all times they made me sick. So I think I'm done with them for a while. Ive been ok with a small bowl of cereal, like toasted chex with a little sugar. Ive also been ok with baked potatoes with sour cream. But at this point I think I need protein.

      How can I get protein without the meat, which seems to be bad to eat (other than chicken)? Any one have ideas?

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      1. Try some reduced fat peanut butter, turkey bacon, extra lean turkey burger, reduced fat hot dogs, fat free lunch meat, popcorn. All sources of protein. Eggs have 5 grams of fat each, so ease off them for a while. Read labels on everything. Try getting some ox bile and take a pill at breakfast and one at dinner. This should help a bit too. It's sold at specialty stores or on the internet.

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      2. I had my gallbladder removed 2 weeks ago. I had my first loose bowel after four days and I figured, it was my fiber pills and since then, I stopped taking them. I have been reading food to eat and not to eat, eggs yolks has a high calories and fat but if you eat just the white, you'll be okay. I only eat steamed fish and chicken for protein and it does good to my body. I started taking probiotic and eating Activia yogurt as well. I stay away from butter and I used a little bit of olive oil because of its Omega 6. I stayed away from vegetables for a while because it doesn't digest and I end up in the bathroom after that. Stay away from sugar especially artificial sweetener, it will cause diarrhea. I suggest you cook instead of buying ready made meal. This will help you to recover quickly and avoid a lot of salt and diarrhea.

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      3. tofu is a good source of protein.

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    8. Thank you soo much!! I read here to try to stay 3 grams of fat and under. I am going to try what you've suggested. I haven't tried anything outside of boiled or baked chicken (plain) and a rotisserie without the skin. So when I get my courage up I will try what youve suggested with meat. Thank you again!

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    9. It's been a month since my surgery. I have had to learn to eat differently and I have found out that doing a Mediterrean or Asian methods of cooking is best. I rarely eat any meat now; now it's chicken, turkey and shrimp (I'm allergic to fish), very little dairy and NO butter. I am substituting extra virgin olive oil for butter, I can not tolerate any cow's milk so now it's Silk Almond milk and goat cheese. I need to eat every two hours and it could only be an apple, or 1/2 sandwich to fill me up. I have found out that eating more vegetables and fruits is the way to go. I used to eat out all the time, and now I have to carefully plan my meals and cook, and rarely eat out, because most restaurants cook with butters or non healthy oils/fats. So I don't take the risk anymore.

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    10. For quick proteins on the run, trail mix or mixed nuts. They are good source of protein and have heart healthy fats.

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    11. Thank you for the advice. I miss chesse. I'll wait a few more weeks until I eat any.

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    12. Thank you for the post. Was confused on what to eat after my gallbladder removal. Made some bad decisions. :( thanks for the help :)

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    13. I am 6 weeks out from surgery. After a couple days of careful eating I went to what I ate before. I found out that was a bad idea. So I started eating bland and really watching the fats; they add up quickly! It is hard to remember to not eat the quantity I used to eat. At meals, I am generally eating about 1/2 of what I did before surgery. If I eat too much at a meal, I am not afraid to skip a meal. I've even skipped breakfast because I ate too much the night before and I feel like I am still digesting it. I've started to have yogurt for breakfast, usually nonfat/low fat greek. I make sure it has live cultures to help with digestion. I do need to have a snack mid morning and mid afternoon but not always. I carry granola bars or fruit if I am on the go. I have found that restaurants are accommodating and the new wrap rage is very good for a go to menu item.

      I have to remind myself: WATER, WATER, WATER! If I don't drink enough water in a day, I pay for it. I get a little constipated. I have had alcohol recently. Wine spritzer, and Jameson/Ginger Ale but I made it a little weak 2 oz Jameson to a can of Ginger Ale instead of 3 oz. The alcohol didn't bother me.

      I am constantly being mindful of what I eat and how will the change in my digestion system work with it. Stomach acid (bile) is used to break down food, and the system is now changed. It is now a constant drip instead of the amount needed, when needed.

      Sorry so long. But this has been a learning process, meal by meal.

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    14. Thank you soo much!! I study here to try to remain 3 grms of fat and under. I am going to try what you've recommended. I have not tried anything outside of boiled or cooked poultry (plain) and a rotisserie without the epidermis.

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    15. Thank you all for your comments! I'm so glad that we can all help each other. That's what this blog is all about, helping each other to get through, and figure out how to live as normal as we can. If anyone has any information, recipes, or help out there, please let me know, I'd love to post what you have. Thanks again!

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    16. I am getting my gallbladder out tomorrow due to abnormal functionality/ pain (no stones). I must say, I am very scared.
      Should I consult with my doctor before taking the Ox Bile? Also, had anyone had troubles with Tofu?
      Thanks!

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      1. I would for sure ask your doc about the Ox Bile. The docs didn't tell me anything. I found the Ox Bile on my own. It certainly helps!

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    17. Hey guys I had mine removed a few days ago and have been reading some scary things online. I know that for every bad story there are 100 good stories. I was hoping that someone can help me feel better. I was reading that when your gallbladder is removed your life expectancy is lowered considerably. Also that now that it's gone your liver is working 2x as hard and may develop liver stones or fail. Can anyone talk about this to make me feel better? Thank you.

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    18. the pink font on the green background makes it impossible to read your blog

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    19. Sorry it was so hard to read. I changed it to black. Hope that helps! Thanks for your input.

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    20. I had my gallbladder removed a week ago. To add to this, i also have Crohns disease. I have been watching whst i eat for years now so it is something that i'm use to doing.

      Your report was very insightful. Thank you. Due to the Crohns disease, i'm unable yo eat dairy so this won't affect me. I already eat a low fibre and bland diet due to the disease. Now i can add low fat to the mix.

      Wow! What a challenge? My backup had always been 'hot chips'. Now that's gone. I think it'll be trial and error for a while until we get to know what works for our 'changed' bodies.

      Thanks again for the information. And wish everyone 'happy snd healthy' changes!

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    21. I had my gallbladder out on 8th Oct, and am feeling good. Just a bit of swelling still and tender round my middle. I have not had a problem with the food that I've eaten so far. Probably because I have pretty much stuck to eating soups. I made Minestrone with lots of fresh veg. Cauliflower soup, and a couple of shop bought chicken and veg soups. Activia 0 Fat yogurt for breakfast and quite a few plain Digestive biscuits. After surgery i had a problem with constipation and have been taking 1 Dulcolax each evening which seems to have solved the problem. Good luck and eat sensibly and hopefully all should be good!

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    22. Hi, Gallbladder removed last wednesday 8th Oct. I have eaten lots of fresh soup ie. Minestrone, Chicken, etc. and Tea coffee and digestive biscuits so far no ill effects. Also have Activia 0 Fat yoghurt for breakfast and sometimes a piece of toast. Am slowly building up to more solid food as all is well at the moment. A bit of discomfort around my middle still but taking it easy and not lifting anything to heavy. Good luck all and eat healthy

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    23. Hello, I had my gallbladder removed on Wednesday, October 22nd. I have had good luck with Cambell's chicken and rice soup and Oatmeal. I have been able to tolerate the raisins, dates, and walnut as well as the brown sugar oatmeal. Drinking tons of water also. Try to walk around the house, straightening yourself instead of hunched over. Just take it slow.

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    24. Gallbladder removed yesterday. Hopefully it gets easier. The pain last night and this morning has been horrible. I will refer to all of your suggestions when I do get the courage up to eat something.

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    25. Gallbladder removed nov.14th. sleeping really well. thanks for all the suggestions. i am using them.

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    26. Hi! thanks for making this food list. Had my gallbladder removed in July 2014. I am looking for more low fat foods.

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    27. Thank you very much. Very informative, had my gallbladder removed 4 days ago and although I received some guidance regarding my diet from my surgeon, im still puzzled as to what I can and cant gradually.

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    28. Had my gallbladder out a week ago today! So far, the worst bit has been working the anesthesia out of my system. As far as diet goes, I am taking things extra slow. I've figured out that I need to start my mornings with a plain slice of white bread and lots of water to get my system going. I'm still on a bland diet, and anything whole grain or fibery makes huge amounts of pain about five minutes later. I cannot eat or drink anything hot, or the same thing happens. For soups, I drain the liquid and just eat the noodles and chicken. Jello and popsicles are my best friend. White rice works too. Dry cereal like Special K or Cheerios is easy. Plain pasta works nicely.
      Chewing gum while walking helps with digestion.

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    29. Just had an emergency gall bladder removal surgery four days ago and suffering hours with pain. Have Me iere's Disease which really limits my food due to low-sodium diet limit of 1,200mg per day. A real challenge, and I am suffering from constipation and trying to figure out how to eat. Still on antibiotics for a few more days and am introducing more fiber and always drinking water. It's been especially challenging, since I had none of the classic health issues leading up to the attack and surgery. Limitation of salt is hard, since it's in everything. Thanks for sharing your experience and allowing us to share ours.

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    30. Hey friend! I also have Meniere's Disease and no gallbladder. You will figure out how to eat, it just takes a while. Use ox bile as directed on the bottle. It helps to keep the cramping down from the fats that do go into your body. Also use unsweetened applesauce or Fat Free Chobani Yogurt in place of oils and butters. For the Meniere's try Lipo-Flavonoid Plus. It helps with the dizzies.

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    31. Very helpful site. I recently had surgery about 3 days ago. I am taking notes to adjust my diet. Hope to feel better. I have been suffering with a lot of gas. Just trying to get well. Thank you for your comments. All are helpful.

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    32. I just had my gallbladder out last Tuesday. All went well for a few days, but since Friday I have been nauseas and no appetite. I had peanut butter sandwich for lunch on Thurs. Could that have started this 24 hrs later?

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    33. Yes! Peanut butter always makes me sick. It's full of fat. Find the lowest fatty foods you can. Eat small meals often. It gets easier. Check into Ox Bile as well.

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    34. PB isn't the only fat thing I have had. I guess my question is wouldn't I get sick from something that didn't sit well sooner? Wondering if the cup of coffee I had Friday could have caused it, but it's been 3 days of no appetite and a bit nauseas.

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    35. I guess what I am struggling with is the fact I felt well for 3 days and then bam now I feel awful. I would have thought if a certain food didn't set well I would have known quicker.

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    36. What about Jelly Beans? I haven't been feeling well for 3 days. Just had mine out 6 days ago and am starting to wander if the jelly beans have caused this. Uggh....

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    37. I don't think jelly beans would do it, they are low in fat. Black coffee isn't high in fat either, but if you are putting creamer in it, then that could do it. I like to keep things under 2.5 grams of fat per serving. Try rice, unsweetened applesauce, dry toast, low sugar and low fat foods. Remember small and frequent meals. Hang in there, it does get better. I didn't feel good for months after surgery. Your body is just trying to heal. Give it time. Did you look into the Ox Bile? It saved me.

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    38. I had my gallbladder removed 12 weeks ago and it's been a nightmare! Had diarrhea for 8 weeks and have had horrendous nausea and sometimes vomit for the last 6 weeks which is worse in the morning. Feel a lot worse than before surgery. I take probiotics and caltrate calcium for the diarrhea. Ramsey how long did it take you to recover and feel normal again. Could ox bile help the nausea? My surgeon says its just taking time to settle down. Any advise? Thanks

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    39. The diarrhea is from to much fat as is the nausea. Cut the fat back in your diet. Turkey bacon, extra lean turkey burger, rice cakes, check the fat content on everything you put in your mouth. Cook with unsweetened applesauce and/or fat free chobani yogurt instead of oil and butter. Use cooking spray for your pans. Yes, the Ox bile helps with the nausea, cramping, and diarrhea. Take a capsule in the morning and one at night. You could take one at lunch too. It'll take you a while to get the diet thing down, but you'll get it. There is a lot more low fat and fat free food out there than you think. You'll get used to the food, and it's tastes and before you know it, the fatty foods will taste awful to you.

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    40. Good evening everybody. I had mine removed 6 days ago. For me it was really bad, had the symptoms for many years but did not know it was for this. I also struggle very bad with Meniere's. Gallbladder was removed with a lot of gallstones and bad infection. My biggest problem now is that the country we are in do not understand or speak English. Everything has to be translated to them. I am re-thinking everything I eat and drink. Thank you for everybody's info, it is helping a lot. Now I can draw up a list for supplements and questions to ask the doctor on Saturday when I see him again.
      Kind Regards

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    41. I had my gallbladder out this morning. I have just been on liquids today, but am guessing from this that maybe I can have something in the food realm like a cracker, or dry toast?? I need to take my pain medication but get wicked nauseated on an empty stomach.
      Also, holy wow, the gas pain in my upper right rib area, right shoulder/neck and back is HORRIBLE. Was told its because of the air/gas they pump in to do the lap (abbreviated) type surgery. Man is this difficult...was told to walk, walk, walk, but Im now nauseated (probably from taking pain med on empty stomach AND left over effects of anesthetic) and it makes the gas pain hurt my side soooo bad I feel stuck lying down. Any suggestions about the gas pain? How long does it last??
      Thanks for food suggestions though.

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    42. I just joined the club yesterday. I had laparoscopic removal. Just having instant oatmeal for breakfast. So far so good. Bookmarking this blog.

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    43. The pain from the gas/air should only last a day to a week. Yes, keep moving your body, especially your arms to make the pain go away quicker. Seems impossible to move because the pain is so extreme. Small meals often and the nausea won't be so bad. Hang in there, this too shall pass.

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    44. I have been reading all the comments that you are giving out on the Gallbladder removal. I had my taken out on the 12th of this month and I've been looking for food to eat what not to eat. and I came across this. This have helped me a lot thank you for all the input and information that y'all are given out.

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    45. I just had my Gallbladder removed a week ago. I have been struggling with what to eat because I have had issues and they told me that it would be a hit and miss on foods I can eat just take it slow... Not Good..
      This has really been helpful. Thank you all.

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    46. I had to get my gallbladder removed on Apr. 27. So far so good. Still trying to get over the pains of the surgery itself. I have found this website helpful because I'm trying to re-route my diet, but not trying to loose weight doing so. Seems to me, cutting out fried foods, greasy foods, salty foods and sweets are going to play a big roll in this healing process. Good luck to everyone, I will I update if any new issues arise.

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    47. Thank you this site is so helpful had surgery on 4-28

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    48. Saving this blog very helpful
      Had my gallbladder removed in4-28

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    49. I am bloated, puffy, uncomfortable, gained 50 pounds, miserable, I need help. I'll try your ideas. I am nearly 200 pounds now after my surgery. Unbelieveable

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    50. Has anyone got any positive comments? I had my gallbladder out 8 days ago. I had diarrhoea quite badly on day 4/5, but it seems to have settled. I'd hate to think that I will never be able to eat a BBQ sausage or go to the local Italian ever again! Surely some people can eat normally with few effects?

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    51. I am on my third month after surgery eat a half apple twice a day you will not be constipated.eat salmon and chicken mashed potatoes whole wheat bread. Spagetti or another pasta with Ragu or Catelli ordinary spaghetti sauce. eat nuts tomatoes and cucumbers. Raisin Bran cereal Enjoy all this keeps you healthy .Drink lots of water. The cereal will help you also with regular bowel movements.

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    52. I had my gallbladder out June 10th and am now back to my regular diet on my 6th day post op! I did not suffer from any gas pains, nausea, or bathroom issues! I am a diabetic, heart patient, and lactose intolerant so I've been on a "diet" the last 23 years! So, going back to MY diet was easy. I heard and read all the horror stories on the web and was prepared for the worst; but for me...it didn't happen. Still early in my recovery so something could develop. Thanks for the posts. I remain optimistic!

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    53. I had mine removed 4 years ago. I follow a strict, plain diet and am still sick every day. Nothing makes any difference. I've been to 2 of the best hospitals in the U.S., and came away after too many tests to count, with the same symptoms and nothing helpful. I'm down to 108 lbs., averaging about a 10 lb. weight loss a year. By this time next year I figure my system will start failing, and I will probably need IV support just to keep living. Having my gallbladder out was a death sentence. It has taken my life from me.

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    54. So sorry to hear this! Do you take Ox Bile 3 times a day, and do you eat 6 small meals a day? This is how I keep mine under control.

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    55. This is really great info.
      I suffered from gallstones for many years and
      this is the type of advice that really helped
      me to overcome my problem. So, to all you sufferers,
      YES! There is hope! Just don't lose faith and know that
      your body can heal itself. I was lucky to find some great
      plans that helped me heal my gallbladder, eliminate my gallstones,
      and get better. Here is one of the resources that helped me a lot:

      http://www.gallstoneadvice.com/gallstones.html

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    56. Thanks for this article! Had my gallbladder removed Nov 2013 and still battle with diarrhea, or constipation and cramping.

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    57. I had my gallbladder removed on 1 August 2015. It was badly infected and had leakage of pus over my liver. My diet consist or rice porridge without anything, clear soup Angel hair pasta with shredded chicken and bread with diluted hot chocolate. These are ok for me but after every meals I get the pain or hunger pangs pain. Anyone has it? If yes, how to overcome?

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    58. Ox Bile helps with the pain, take one before breakfast and dinner at least.

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    61. Thanks for the blog! I'm on day 5 post operation. Was on a clear liquid diet for about 24 hrs then slowly introduced dry toast, crackers, and mashed potatoes the next day. By day three I was introducing chicken and more solid foods. Day 4 I got cocky and tried pizza....bad idea! No pain, just felt like I ate way too much. I wanted to try it just so I would go to the bathroom. I'm having constipation troubles but a stool softer seems to be helping. Had some pain in my right shoulder and side the first three days. I found that taking short but frequent walks helped tremendously. I also used a heating pad which worked wonders...especially when it came time to sleep. So far I'm doing great! Fat free yogurt and coffee for breakfast, cooked chicken and veggies for lunch, and tonight I had quinoa for dinner with chicken and vegetables. Quinoa is great because I put a ton of veggies in it and no fat. Also, from my experience, if I feel like something isn't going to sit well I immediate steep a cup of peppermint tea or chew some peppermint gum and go for a short walk. I think it REALLY helps aid digestion. I noticed a lot of people were suffering from extreme nausea. I'm wondering if it's from the pain meds. I asked for Tylenol with codeine because I my body doesn't tolerate hydrocodone (in most pain meds). Sorry for the novel!

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    62. I am on week three of my gallbladder removal. Unfortunately, I developed Pancreatitis 2 days after surgery which has now caused massive issues with diet. I am unable to process ANY proteins, fats, gluten, and most vegetables cause immense pain. Yogurt, clear plain soups with limited flavour, oats and some low acidic fruits. I am extremely tired all the time. Any ideas?

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    63. Maybe try some B vitamins. They are good for energy. Ox bile with every meal will help to process the foods as well. Give it a few weeks more time.

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    64. Hello! I am scheduled for Robotic Laproscopic on Friday to remove "gertrude" the name I have given to my gallbladder. It took the doctors 3 years of my dealing with my pancreas (pebbles) flaring up before a diagnosis last month. Surprised to discover it was actually the the older bratty sister Gertrude who was suffering with spastic adhd and was caught through hidden camera surveillance (hidascan).

      Thank you for this info it is helpful as I plan for surgery and recovery. Where can you buy oxbile - it sounds like a wonder drug.


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    65. Ask your pharmacist, but I find they don't usually carry it. You can purchase online or at your local health foods store.

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    66. Thanks for the information - I appreciate all of the advice. Had my gallbladder out a week ago - dealing with the same issues. Small meals are key.

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    67. This blog is great. I am 2 1/2 weeks post surgery. I'm having a hard time with nauseous, cramping and horrible gas with just about everything I eat. I'm very careful with my fat intake. Mostly baked skinless chicken-no butter or oil on it. I'm pretty much living of popcorn. I don't know what to do. I haven't heard of ox bile. I will look for that. Anyone additional suggestions?

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    68. Yes, trade out oil and butter for unsweetened applesauce or fat free chobani yogurt in your baking. Use cooking spray instead of oil to "fry" things. Read the fat content of everything you purchase, I try to stick with under 2.5 per serving. Eat a lot of small meals, instead of 3 regular size meals. Give it about 4 more weeks, and you'll be feeling better. Remember Fat Free everything! You'll get used to it, and you'll be healthier. Hang it there friend!

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    69. Yes, trade out oil and butter for unsweetened applesauce or fat free chobani yogurt in your baking. Use cooking spray instead of oil to "fry" things. Read the fat content of everything you purchase, I try to stick with under 2.5 per serving. Eat a lot of small meals, instead of 3 regular size meals. Give it about 4 more weeks, and you'll be feeling better. Remember Fat Free everything! You'll get used to it, and you'll be healthier. Hang it there friend!

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    70. I am 5 weeks post surgery. I have sane symptoms but I have too much bile, I did well on a bile suquestriant (cholestyramine), but had an allergic reaction on day 3. I personally would talk to your doc before adding additional bike to your system. Corn in general is one of the most irritating foods to your system, I wouldn't eat popped corn. I still cannot do broiled chicken without Nausea. I can eat white fish cooked in broth, potatoes (sweet and white), rice, oatmeal, and fruits and vegetables aside from anything acidic (unfortunately that includes anything with tomato) -because of the excess bile acids. I can't eat say fats, even good days like avocado. I would also stay away from processed foods like deli Meats, turkey bacon, hot dogs, etc. The list in this article is great. Not everyone has problems like this. All my friends ate whatever they wanted within a week. But unfortunately some of us do :(.

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    71. I had mine out on Monday, November 16. Still in pain but I also had scar tissue removed from hernia surgery 2 years ago and gastric sleeve 7 years ago. Also had the huge mesh removed from hernia and replaced with a much better one. First follow up In two days. Hope to find out just how poorly the hernia had been repaired. This food list is extremely helpful as well as reading the posts. Chicken doesn't bother me at all as well as cheese and yogurt. Quest protein bars do not seem to bother me. They have 9 grs. fat. Before I knew I needed surgery, I bought a large package of kosher hot dogs and two other Dairy, high fat foods from Costco. Going to my sister. I made a poor choice couple days ago and suffered severe acid reflux. No more. Day by day.

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    72. Day 5 Post Op gall bladder gone-huge stones.ERCP following day. I am a 60yo female. I had no idea I was this sick until I had an attack I thought I was surely dying, actually wanted to , but looking back it all makes sense. I had been having digestive issues for over a year. I too have done much research. These blogs are great. Not as much pain today, the gas has been worked out by walking, though it was painful. Two weeks prior to this unexpected surgery I had elective THD procedure. I'm just glad they didn't happen closer together. Foods are rye toast, mixed fruit, skinless chicken breast, tried. Quinoa cereal this am. Apple juice tastes so good. Hoping it doesn't cause issues. Dhiarhea started today. Don't know it it's the food I've eaten, the anesthesia and meds I had been on or if...Bought oatmeal haven't tried it yet. Best to you all in your healing journey and Thanks to all of you for taking the time to post!

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    73. Thanks, very informative ur article. Ones again thanks alot.

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    74. I had my gallbladder out 6 months ago, I didn't really have any issues post op, but 6 months down the track an I have put on 20kg's and I have pain and I have pretty constant direeha since the operation, I am a vegetarian, so bile salts are out of the question, I eat very little dairy, and very little fat, but after reading this article, I think I may have spotted my issue, I eat peanut butter, and a I'll admit a fair bit, as it's got protein in it, I only have nutelex on my toast, and I make my own bread, in fact I make a lot of my own foods, but I don't eat peanut butter everyday, and yet I have cramps and have to rush to the bathroom everyday?
      This to me does not seem normal, I am in the process of seeking further help, there are of course people that have there gallbladders removed, and have this for the rest of there lives, maybe I am one of the few that will have to put up with this? I have beetroot supplements, I take turmeric tablets, have apple cider vinegar before every meal, and I eat at least five pickled things every day, as the information that I gathered shows that you needs to have a healthy gut, and take care of you liver. Fermented food does that. I have tired everything at this stage, perhaps all my efforts are in vain?

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    75. Is fresh mozzarella ok to eat ?

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    76. Hi guys I am due to remove my gallbladder month end after suffering ten years with gallstones and also terrible acid reflux and GERD. I was hoping to go back rating all the junk I used to eat before (my Doctor told me I would be able to..huge lie)in the past month I had to cut out everything from diet because of the GERD but after reading this post I feel alot better and my hope has been renewed,I guess I hAbe to live for my liver now and make sure the rest of my organs are well taken cared of. It's going to be very hard to stop eating the foods I love but I don't have a choice, it's also nice to know I'm not alone in this and I can talk to you guys and get advice. Will update you about the post-op it's supposed to be Laparoscopic so until then take care of yourselves and eat right....love from the Caribbean

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    77. I have just been told i have to have my gallbladder removed. This blog has given me so much information on what helps and what to avoid. Looking forward to reading more posts.

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    78. Thank you everyone. I just had my gallbladder removed 5 days ago and it is not fun. Nobody from the hospital gave me any ideas on what I can eat and the surgeon said I didn't need to watch what I eat. Not true. I am absolutely miserable. I was very constipated for 4 days and made the mistake of taking dulcolax. Almost 24 hours later and I still have diarrhea. Please keep posting what works for you because I can't figure it out. Thanks

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    79. Hi y'all!
      Thanks for the info in the blog. Very helpful.

      I was just wondering if there are lactose, fructose intolerant people with diabetes and had a gastric sleeve here following the same foods mentioned in the blog from Rumsey and how it did or did not benefit them.
      All helpful feedback is welcome ��

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    80. had gallbladder out 3 years ago, stomach hurts constantly, never have a good day without stomach pain, wish I had never taken it out, but was bad. Eating wrong foods according to this post, never was told by doctor to eat different

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    81. Hi
      I had my gallbladder removed 4 weeks ago. I was told to go back to a normal healthy diet and I could eat fats. A couple of hours after surgery I had to eat and have no nausea to be allowed home same day. Tuna sandwiches were given to me along with water and peppermint tea. On returning home my appetite had improved and I now eat porridge with blueberries and a little honey for breakfast. Lunch is a salad, including avocado, with prawns or lean ham. Snack of a crumpet with marmite with a cup of tea in the afternoon and an early evening meal like fish and veg or spaghetti bolognaise and frui or yoghurt. Can in fact eat most things but I'm still avoiding obvious fat is cheese. Lean meat, no butter. Can take some olive oil, have even had very lean sausages made by local butcher.
      I suffered from constipation to begin with but have really upped my water intake and have a couple of dried figs or equivalent each day. Have become rather fond of baked sweet potatoes. I now drink decaf coffee (discovered I have hypothyroidism through blood tests in gall bladder diagnosis procedures) as can't have caffeine for 4 hrs after my meds. But do have tea later in the day. Only have skimmed milk now ( never thought I would get used to it but gallbladder pain makes you change your diet drastically doesn't it!
      Any differences to my digestive system? Well I do have a very whiring tum but I am gradually getting that under control. It is a process of trial and error as most of you will find out.
      Recovery? Walking definitely helps. Do not be couch potatoes. I have felt a lot of internal itching and pulling around my wound sites (4 from laproscopic procedure) but this is much improved now the scabs have gone.
      I have even managed to eat out ( family celebration) at a tapas restaurant, although I was fairly picky about what I ate. There is life after cholocystectomy. To those about to go through it, be positive about your outcome, rest when you feel you need to, your body will tell you. Remember that anaesthetic takes time to get out of your body and all the gas they pump into you. Do let others do the hoovering, ironing etc while you need to avoid stretching and lifting any weight. I'm still not lifting heavy shopping, i don't want a hernia and really my body needs to heal itself.
      X fingers I am not going to be one who gets the dreadful d.... Months later but that can be dealt with by Drs if I am unlucky. I'm just so glad not to be racked with pain.
      Good luck to all and I hope that when I eventually get brave enough to have a nice piece of Camembert my body enjoys it too.
      Ps. I have read that we need to introduce our bodies to cholesterol allow our livers to produce bile which subsequently deal with the fat in food. We should be introducing fat slowly to encourage our bodies to deal with a normal diet and lifestyle.

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    82. I have a quick question. its suggested that we eat under 3 grams of fat... is that per day or per meal??

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    83. per serving. I prefer under 2.5 per serving. I guess it really depends on what you can handle.

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