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Help, please! Diet after cholecystectomy?

Saturday, August 02, 2014

I am scheduled (in 4 days) for a laparoscopic cholecystectomy & am wondering if I need to adjust my diet afterwards. I plan to ask my doctor about this before surgery, but would like tips from any SP who have had this done. Any other problems after the gallbladder is removed?

Thank you so much.


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1CRAZYDOG 8/2/2014 11:51AM

    From the Mayo Clinic (and experience) -- hope this helps:

. . . there isn't a set diet people should follow after gallbladder removal because the guidelines depend on the individual.

It's helpful to know a little background: The gallbladder collects bile, a fluid that is produced by the liver, and releases it when you eat to aid the breakdown and absorption of fat. Between meals, bile collects in the gallbladder and is concentrated. When the gallbladder is removed, bile is less concentrated and it drains continuously into the intestine. This affects digestion of fat and fat-soluble vitamins. How much of a problem it is varies from person to person. With time, the body often adjusts and becomes better at digesting fatty foods.

The amount of fat eaten at one time also factors into the equation. Smaller amounts of fat are easier to digest. On the other hand, large amounts can remain undigested and cause gas, bloating and diarrhea.

Although I don't have a specific gallbladder removal diet to recommend, general advice for avoiding problems after you've had your gallbladder removed:

•Eat smaller, more frequent meals. This may ensure a better mix with available bile. Include small amounts of lean protein, such as poultry, fish and nonfat dairy, at every meal, along with vegetables, fruit and whole grains.

•Go easy on fat. Avoid high-fat foods, fried and greasy foods, and fatty sauces and gravies. Instead, choose nonfat or low-fat foods. Read labels and look for foods with 3 grams of fat or less a serving.

•Gradually increase the fiber in your diet. This can help normalize bowel movements by reducing incidents of diarrhea or constipation. However, it can also make gas and cramping worse. The best approach is to slowly increase the amount of fiber in your diet over a period of weeks.

•Be aware that after gallbladder surgery some people find that the following are difficult to digest: caffeinated beverages and dairy products.

Talk with your doctor if your symptoms are severe, don't diminish, continue over time or if you lose weight and become weak.

Good luck!

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WDIPIM 8/2/2014 8:44AM

  sorry to hear about your upcoming surgery. I don't have answers but want you to know I'm praying for you and God Bless.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

> A woman goes to the Doctor, worried about her husband's temper.
> The Doctor asks: "What's the problem?
> The woman says: "Doctor, I don't know what to do. Every day my husband seems
> to lose his temper for no reason. It scares me."
> The Doctor says: "I have a cure for that. When it seems that your husband is getting angry, just take a glass of water and start swishing it in your mouth. Just swish and swish but don't swallow it until he either leaves the room or calms down."
> Two weeks later the woman comes back to the doctor looking fresh and reborn.
> The woman says: "Doctor that was a brilliant idea! Every time my husband started losing it, I swished with water. I swished and swished, and he calmed right down! How does a glass of water do that?"
> The Doctor says: "The water itself does nothing. It's keeping your mouth shut that does the trick..."

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DEB62BIE62 4/29/2014 12:50PM

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IDLETYME 4/29/2014 11:07AM

    That is fantastic! I sent it to three friends! (I'll bet the gentleman friend likes it the best!!!) Have a happy Tuesday! emoticon

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Please help!! Need to delete from nutrition page.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

I entered the wrong amount on one of my lunch items. I don't know how to take it off. I could do it on the "old" nutrition page, but am stumped on this new page.

Thanks in advance.


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ELIZACG9 3/9/2014 2:28PM

    I had this question too... emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 3/2/2014 9:27PM

    he is right and you can do it both ways but the easiest is to just hit the little red x in the circle to get rid of it. But if you want to change the amount then click on the item and it will come up and you can change the amount of it there.

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STEVEN_D 3/2/2014 3:25PM

    Go to track foods, lunch, find the item you want to remove and click the red circle with the X just behing the entry.

Or you could click on the item, select 0 for amount. This won't remove the item, but will remove calories from total.

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OMG, my new scale sent me into shock!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I have been using an old "dial" scale ever since I started on SP. It never records right....you can get on & it would give one reading, & after getting off & on again it would register another reading. I bought a new digital scale a couple of days ago. The new scale says I weigh 8.4 lbs. more than the old one!! It seems to be closer to the doctor's scale so is probably right, but it sure did hurt to change my weight on my SP weight page.
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CHRIMSONFYRE 2/27/2014 9:50PM

    From now on you will have a more accurate reading and can smile when you see that number dropping!

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IDLETYME 2/27/2014 8:56PM

    From now on your scale will be right and I'll bet it just keeps going down!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/27/2014 8:28PM

    Uh oh! Don't give up. Each day is an opportunity to tweak our plan and you can do it!


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EVIE4NOW 2/27/2014 7:51PM

  Same thing happened to me and it does register exactly the same as the dr's office. Something you have to accept and live with.

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MARAGRAM 2/27/2014 7:18PM

    Did you try moving the scale to a different place? My scale needed to be in the same place every time for it to be consistent.

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NGJLS5 2/27/2014 6:48PM

  i'm sorry you had to change your weight but look on the bright side- it could have been another month down the road. better to do it now. i know you will be more determined to get back down to the number you had to change. also, thank you for being honest. i am often tempted to cheat with my weight accountablity. i have committed to be honest this time around.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Do a Grouch a Favor Day is celebrated on February 16th of each year. A grouch is a person who is habitually grumpy or ill-tempered. The idea is to look bast the grumpiness and do them a favor anyway, even if that favor is only a smile.

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GRAMMYEAC 2/16/2014 5:12PM

    Should be easy to accomplish this one today!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/16/2014 11:55AM

    Hmm. . . won't have to go far to accomplish that one today! LOLOL

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