I had my gall bladder removed 3 years ago. It was one of the best things I ever did for myself. The pain from an attack was excruciating. I was scared about the surgery (only other time I ever went into a hospital was to have my daughter). And the pain after was uncomfortable but nothing compared to an attack. Have the gall bladder removed and then maintain a healthy lifestyle and you should be fine.
There are problems caused by gallbladder disease other than pain. You could get acute cholecystitis, gallstone pancreatitis, ascending cholangitis, or just make your eventual surgery more difficult and therefore riskier....if you need your gallbladder out do it electively instead of emergently.
Hi, Thanks for your replies - it helps to find others who have been through it already. I was eating healthy fats about 6 months ago, but they were starting to cause pain. I can tolerate fish oil capsules, but that's about it. BTW that's so funny about how I will lose the weight of my gallbladder, however much it weighs! LOL... I never thought of it that way :-P
4/30/10 3:07 P
I have had my gal bladder removed. In fact I also had my Common Bile Duct removed with a small intestine resection. I have a seven inch scar on my stomach to prove it
I gained weight because I was suddenly able to eat whatever I wanted.
I would imagine that if you continued to follow a healthy lifestyle, you wouldn't gain weight.
It sounds like having your gall bladder removed won't cause you any problems with weight loss, but even if it slowed the process down...would you really rather be in constant pain than see the weight loss slow down?
I understand your hesitation. Surgery is no fun. But if you go through with it, you can get on with your life. You can still lose weight, and you won't be suffering any more.
When I asked my doctor if having my gall bladder removed would affect my ability to lose weight, he said it would not. He said many people gain weight after the surgery, but that is only because they are no longer restricted to what they can eat.
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4/30/10 2:08 P
Hi, I had my gallbladder removed and was advised to stick to a low-fat diet for 6 weeks. I don't think having the operation will keep you from losing weight. If anything, most people that have the operation stay mindful of not overdoing it with food that has fat. Be sure to have your doctor go over the low-fat diet -some people aren't told anything by their doctors.
Are you currently eating any healthy fats like Peanut butter or nuts?
I don't know if this exactly falls under diet and nutrition, but I didn't know where else to post this question.
I lost 49 pounds so far and I'm thrilled... but the biggest reason to the weight loss was the near-elimination of fat from my diet. I was too chicken to get the gall bladder removed, so I figured I'd just stop eating fat. The doctor told me that would be okay for my health and as I lost weight, the doctor was very proud of me changing my life for the healthier.
The problem is... now I am experiencing more attacks and pain even despite the continued low-fat to fat-free eating habits. I think I might really need to get it removed soon. I have an appointment coming up, but I am wondering if this will affect my weight loss? I don't want anything to get in the way of my weight loss, and I am almost at my goal, for the first time ever! What are your experiences?
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