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Like many others have said, go light on high-fat foods for a while afterwards while his body adjusts. That includes healthy fats (things cooked in olive oil, or vinegar and oil dressings).

Also like others...I woke from my surgery feeling leaps and bounds better, but mine was emergency surgery and I'd been in excruciating pain for days earlier (and off and on for over a year before that).

Once my body adjusted, I can eat so much more now than I could before. I used to have heartburn at least a few times a week, if not daily. Now...I might get heartburn 2 or 3 times total in a year, and never anything that I need to take something to manage.

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Hello, I had emergency Gall Bladder surgery 2 weeks ago and have had immediate diarrhea after every meal since then. It even hits me first thing in the morning before I've had breakfast if I just drink some water. The pain was pretty intense when waking from the surgery because they had to repair an Umbilical hernia in 2012 and the hernia was trying to poke back out (see my Spark Page, please). I want to get healthy and strong while healing and am tired of all the surgeries I've had over the past 3 years. The Gall Bladder was in very bad shape and had sent me to the ER with chest pains.

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Pain certainly CAN be a problem after surgery--I've been in pain for two years since I had my gallbladder out, though I barely experienced any pain beforehand. The first 6 months afterwards were especially difficult, though in my case it was probably compounded by the fact that I had another abdominal surgery less than a year earlier. They had to break some ribs and goodness knows what else to get my gallbladder out, plus I likely have adhesions from multiple surgeries.

In spite of a gallbladder completely FULL of little green stones, I barely had more than a twinge until the day before emergency surgery.

Just take things slowly afterwards and don't overeat. I thought for a while that shrimp might be a problem for me, but I am fine with them now. My diet was never very high in fat to begin with though--I never eat junk/fast food, and fried foods are something I have maybe once or twice a year at most.

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My father had his gallbladder removed, and I remember he had troubles with oily/fatty/greasy foods afterwards. From comments here from others who have had the surgery, that seems to be a common thread.

IMO, the best option would be to contact the healthcare team. You say he is scheduled for a consultation before the surgery; GO WITH HIM!!! It will reassure them to know your guy will have the active assistance of someone planning for proper meals. Ask them what to start replenishing your pantry and refrigerator with. Find out what cooking methods to use/avoid. They will be your best resource for the right dietary plan to help him through the initial phases, and how his lifestyle afterwards might change. Hopefully, that will be for the better! Who knows, it might be an improvement for your own meal planning, too.

I will offer a thought: I have GI issues, and I take both probiotics and digestive enzymes. These seem to be helping me manage my own troubles. I think that might be another thing to run by the doctor... although, I strongly suspect that they'll have him on some sort of medication or supplement to accomplish the same goals, at least at first. The thing you *don't* want to do is to pick any of these things up without consulting the team. Many seemingly innocuous (or even healthful) supplements interact or are simply ineffective, and the last thing he needs is to have some alternate substance influencing his recovery. I think they're worth a try - so long as your healthcare team thinks so, too!

Good luck to both of you.

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Its been 8 years since I had my gallbladder out and I still can't eat leafy greens or fresh broccoli - basically anything with high fiber, without severe gas pain and intestinal distress. Does it every get better? Does someone know something I can do to change this? It is really hard to diet without eating veggies!

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Great topic! I had my gallbladder removed May 22, 2013. I stuck with the suggested diet for post surgery. It was suggested that I do a low fat diet for 2 months until my body gets use to not having a gall bladder. I eat 5-6 small meals a day. I have not felt any pain. But I am still working through constipation or the occasional gas pain.

Anything health related varies from person to person. We are all unique individuals. What works for one person may not work for the next. For me this surgery was a life style change. I don't want to go back to the way I was eating. It wasn't the healthiest diet. If you stick with what the doctor recommends life after removal should return back to normal. Other health issues you may have may play apart in how well your recovery goes. So again, it just depends on the person.

I do not regret having my gallbladder removed. Even with small issues, I feel better than I have felt in months and I have been getting more sleep than I have in months.



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Thank you for taking the time to communicate with me on this. I am still very sick and in constant, radiating pain. I was in Urgent Care last night and they are saying I am not eliminating enough-a common thing with abdominal surgery.
As I understand it, the intestines stop or really slow down the movements of food through the system, so I am distended and exhausted.
I am not sleeping and not interested in life, or eating, or my friends, nothing.
I requested a week off from school and if I have to move around at all it is incredibly painful. I have a load of laxatives and a diuretic added to the pain relievers (now I am taking the Vicodin regularly, unlike the earlier post).
I came here to see what advice others may have.
I am going to lie down again.



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MIAKIND1 - you JUST had abdominal surgery. Pain is not a lasting symptom of having had gallbladder removed, it's a temporary symptom of having an organ removed. Give yourself a break!! After my gallbladder was removed, I was in (gradually reduced) pain for two weeks. But once it healed, that was the end of it (pain-wise -- I still can't eat fried food!). Take it easy!! This is NOT the time to be pushing your body. Rest, sleep, try to walk a little bit every day (this helps with recovery).



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I had my gb removed Saturday morning and was home Sunday afternoon. I wasn't prepared to have so much pain at night when I want to sleep. It seems the shift of my weight from standing or sitting to then lying down is tremendous. I haven't suffered much all day and only took Tylenol to relieve the mild to moderate discomfort, so this sudden and intense radiating pain is almost intolerable. I know my weight is a big part of the problem, which is why I am here. Walking and lifting are very restricted for another 4 weeks.

I haven't eaten much in the way of solid food yet, though the dr said it would be okay, I just have no desire to eat at all and I am using the powdered meal replacement foods just because I know I have to have something,
Any ideas about dealing with the pain and/or loss of appetite are welcome.



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The biggest thing to pay attention to is the amount of fat he is eating after the surgery. I had mine removed 7 years ago. I don't remember experiencing any nausea afterwards but until his body gets used to the gallbladder being out, unfortunately everything he eats will go straight through him so I highly recommend being near a toilet after meal times. That was my experience at least. As time goes on he'll discover more and more what is comfortable to eat and what is not. Lettuce is a big one for many people and I am one of them. I love salads but they can mess me up. Just have him listen to his body to figure out what feels okay.



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I just had my gallbladder out for a week. I have to say that I feel great! I don't have any issues. I stayed on a BRAT diet for a couple days and then moved to regular low fat diet. Love it! No issues!

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I recommend you a website: gall-stones.net where you can find instructions for gallbladder diet, liver and gallbladder flush and non-operative methods for treating gallstones. Despite the role that the gallbladder plays in bile collecting and thickening, patients can still live a normal life after its resection, with or without any ailments. Does this mean that we do not need this little organ, which quite often reminds us about its existence? Maybe it would be worth considering non-operative methods related with treating Gallstones before making the decision to undergo surgical intervention, since results of the latter cannot be reversed?



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GB is a very common sickness for quick weight loss



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i suffered through an attack of cholecystitis that landed me in the hospital for 10 days stoned out of my mind on painkillers.

i was told i was "chock-a-block" packed with gallstones (that's the word the dr used) and my GB needed to come out asap or i would continue to have attacks and hospitalization episodes and i could die.

so i went to the appt after i got out of the hospital and there were 14 women in the waiting room - i counted. *every single one of them* was there to have their GB removed. that gave me concern.

i was booked for surgery three months down the road (hello? what happened to "asap"?) because the doctor was on vacation. then doctors went on strike here in canada so my surgery was postponed.

figured it couldn't be THAT big a deal and never went in for it.

that was ten years ago. as long as i don't eat too much fatty foods (ie, no 2lb steaks or grilled cheese sandwiches from the tuck shop), i'm fine.



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@SAAEDAH12

I was specifically told by my regular and gastro doctor to avoid peppermint for acid reflux. (There are some sites that also give a similar message.)

I didn't ask about taking it in the tablet form, but I have been avoiding it.

www.livestrong.com/article/488319-peppermi
nt-for-acid-reflux/


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Thanks for all this info. My hubby had his gb removed. A week ago. Love the idea of sharing this info with him

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Those herbs sound like something i was taking for IBS called digest eeze or something like that. It really helped. I had my GB out a long time ago. It's the only organ removal i really miss. For stomach pain i will eat Indian food. Sounds crazy but the spices like turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and calms down spasms. I used to eat Indian food once a month for PMS symptoms and it was amazing how it took away the pain immediately. Its just trial and error. Its almost a blessing we get such violent reactions to greasy bad food, imagine if you didn't what other problems you would be facing. Artichoke is an excellent thing to eat for your liver. Heres to curing our problems naturally if and when we can.

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Hi all,

I'm here just to share with you about what has helped me cope with the pain and acid reflux caused by gallstones. I have some gallstones and the doctor asked me to remove my gallbladder. I just wouldn't agree especially after reading about the numerous side effects posted by so many people here on this website. I really couldn't take the pain and was seriously considering surgery. I kept on popping gastric tablets which gave me temporary relief.

Anyway, I seemed to have found a better cure. I did some research online and found out that dandelion is an excellent herb for the gallbladder. Hence I went out and bought dandelion complex by vitahealth. It has helped me so much. I am no longer in pain. I don't suffer with any kind of acidity and best of all, I can now enjoy my meals. The pain went away completely in just 2 days after taking dandelion and I am still continuing to take it. Have been taking it for a month now. N I don't even think about the pain anymore. I just want this message to reach anyone out there who's looking for a pain relief for gallstone problems because I know your doctors won't give you any.

I'm also taking milk thistle, but this doesn't help with the pain but it's good for the liver. Other ingredients in the tablet are burdock, ginger, antichoke, peppermint and capsicum. Some of these are anti inflamatories. And others help the liver in other numerous ways. You may want to do a search on the internet to find out what these herbs are before going out to buy them.

I'm not sure if the herbal tablets will help those without a gallbladder. But I'm sure it's worth trying.

Wish you luck.






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i just had my gallbladder out last month. before i had my surgery my body wouldn't tolerate any fat at all. after surgery i could eat whatever i wanted. except processed foods and fried foods. i get really bad heartburn and acid indigestion if i eat them. but i guess its kinda a good thing since i shouldn't be eating those things anyway. but the pain wasn't nearly as bad as a gallbladder attack. i'm so glad i got that thing out. i don't miss it one bit.

just keep in mind that everyones body is different. your boyfriend might be able to eat anything and be fine. he'll figure it out when his gallbladder is out.



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My husband had his gallbladder out in August. He is the fourth out of five males in his immediate family to have it removed - genetics are wonderful. They all also have very high amounts of abdominal fat - another genetic wonderment.

Things we have noticed since the gallbladder was removed:
- He could eat normal foods within a few days of surgery.
- To my dismay, he also continues to eat a fairly high fat diet, but is getting better about it. When he does that, his heartburn is greater and his urge to go comes without warning. We have to pull into the nearest location for him to use the bathroom
- He gets hunger pains similar to gallbladder attacks when he is hungry
- He believes his inability to lose weight is from his gallbladder removal. I need to do more research on that one, as I would think the opposite. But if he isn't correcting his diet, of course his weight loss is hindered.

Bottom Line: You should prepare low-fat, low-sodium meals for him for awhile until he can do some testing and see how he feels when he eats 'normal' foods. From this forum, each person seems to have different reactions.

MRSSAY - Thanks for your comments. I will have to do some research on that website. My husband is a big beer drinker and I want to see how much it will affect his liver if it is working that much harder. Curious to see if I should recommend Milk Thistle to him.



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I had my GB removed 4 years ago and haven't had any dietary issues at all. The only thing that set my daily routine back was that I wasn't allowed to lift over 10 pounds for 6 weeks. My son was 1 at the time so I had to have people come stay with us during the days.

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Olive oil has proven positive effects, eat freely. Only low quality meat, MSG foods and fried anything triggers my attacks.



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I had my gallbladder removed with no dietary changes needed at all.

I did have years of chronic diarrhea that did not respond to eating low fat as was suggested to me by my Dr. We then found that I'm gluten intolerant and when I removed grain from my diet it cleared up completely.

I eat lower carb and higher fat than average and have not had any negative effects from eating fat. No changes in appetite post-surgery except for the fact that eating no longer caused pain.

I think that alone (no pain after eating) was the best part. Hope he has a smooth procedure and a speedy recovery!

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Just by all the different answers you got, I'm sure you'll see how it's very much individual how things turn out. My experience since 2006 or so has been as follows:

- Very greasy food may still bring the attacks, or rather an attack. It's usually just one and pretty easy to guess what caused it. Same applies if I try low-carb with meats and dairy as main foods. Worst foods for me are chow mein and pepperoni pizza.
- Red peppers are said to be tough to digest afterwards, but I haven't had any such problems. The only way to know is to try all that stuff and see what happens.
- Empty stomach or fasting can become painful because of the constant drip. This might force someone that eats 2-3 meals a day to move into 5-6 smaller meals a day.
- After the surgery, attacks will become more rare. This is good, but the downside is that you might not remember what it felt like and rush to a doctor without knowing what's happening.
- I had before and after the surgery Metamizole-based pills, which are really effective. The attack stops in less than five minutes. Unfortunately it's banned in the US. There might be something similar available via prescription, but I wouldn't know what that might be.




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I'm dealing with the same issues. I had my gallbladder removed in 2009 and I've regretted it ever since. I STILL have symptoms unless I follow the same diet I did before surgery to prevent them. No dairy, animal fat, mayo, fried foods, etc. I've also gained over 50 lbs in a year. If I had it to do all over again, I'd try alternatives instead of surgery...but of course, my Dr. didn't offer any.

I take a Bile supplement with EVERY meal, Probiotics to aid with digestion, and Milk Thistle to keep my liver healthy (it works double time after a gallbladder is removed- another thing the Dr's don't tell you). It also helps to drink warm water with FRESH lemon juice 1st thing in the morning.

I'm 90% sure I'll be changing to organic/vegan lifestyle pretty soon...everything else is just too hard to digest.

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My mom had hers out this past fall. We hounded the doctor about diet and what changes to expect. He said she could eat whatever she wanted. Each person's body would be different and need to see how things affected but that doctor was very adamant that no changes needed to be made. We were shocked by that. Online we had seen it state low fat diets but he was very clear she could eat whatever she wanted.

I did find my female doctor had his out this year as well. He did agree that it just depended on the person. A friend had hers out and had no affect to her diet.

My mom still has to go to the restroom at restaurants after most meals but not as much (less quickly and "gusto) as she once did.



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I had my gallbladder removed this past January. I ate very low fat, lean protein and lots of veggies and fruits to keep my attacks down to a minimum. Once I had the surgery after I was only allowed to eat soups and liquids. Just recently I have found that I still get gallbladder pains. Come to find out now, my new doc says I should still watch my fat intake up to 6 months since having surgery.



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My husband had his removed a few years ago and the doctor told him to eat low-fat for a while, then gradually add some fat back into his diet. He has tummy troubles every once in a while, like having to go multiple times during the day and he tells me it's pretty unpleasant and painful sometimes (we share everything, lol) but his experience could also be very unique. Also, he may want to avoid alcohol or drink it very, very sparingly.



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I've had a similar (gross) experience unfortunately. I had mine out almost two years ago now. I had real problems with diarrhea... And having to go IMMEDIATELY!! This was especially true of high fat foods of course... But for me happened shortly after every meal... No matter what it was.

After about six months it evened out a little and was more linked to higher fat foods.... But always happened with the first meal of the day.... Again, no matter what it was. I started a pill a few months agothat causes constipation and ironically this has helped me... I think I would still be experiencing the sudden diarrhea if it didn't.

I also get really nauseous if I let my stomach get to empty.... Especially during movement: like a car or plane ride.

As others stated this doesn't happen to everyone.... My mom had hers out and never noticed any change. Probably good to be ready just in case. Trust me... You don't want to be out in public or stuck in a car the first few times you try eating!!!! Good luck to him!!

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Thank you SO much everyone! I'm pretty nervous for him so it is nice to kind of know what to expect. He has small gallstones right now and gets bad side pains ALL of the time. I have already started to make a new (and healthier) grocery list.

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My roommate had her gallbladder taken out last summer, and there was no diet change for her. Like another person said, she could eat MORE things because they no longer bothered her. As soon as she was able to eat solid foods after the surgery, she could eat whatever she wanted.



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Greasy fatty stuff might cause him problems-but some people aren't bothered by it



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I don't have a gall bladder anymore, some people say it's ok... for me it sucks, for my sisters it sucks, for my mother it sucks. But our doctors have all agreed that it is probably a genetic thing since almost every woman in my family has had their gall bladder removed or had problems with gallstones.

I get sick if I eat out, because most restaurants have high fat content foods. Well at least fast food restaurants, pizza places, and Chinese which are all the places my boyfriend loves to go to. My stomach growls and hurts after about half an hour after I eat and stays that way for about an hour or so. *gross info: you get diarrhea really easily from high fat foods because your body can't process fat like it used to. It has to do with the fact that your gall bladder removes water from bile to make it more concentrated, when it's not stored in your gallbladder bile isn't as strong.* *Another piece of gross info, I get sick if my stomach has nothing in it to digest because of the bile always flowing into it, also makes life hell when I get like actual vomiting sick.* But like I said, the doctors think there is something genetically wrong with my family that makes us part of the few people who get these symptoms. It's supposed to be rare that this stuff happens to you, but believe me if I would have known what I was getting into before I got my gall bladder removed, I would have thought twice before agreeing to have my gall bladder removed. True, I had a gallstone stuck and my gallbladder got infected and started to attach itself to other organs it shouldn't have... BUT I miss having the little brat there to take care of things for me. Also I got some pretty decent scars from it, one 1 1/2" line across the top of my stomach, two 1/2" dots on the side of my stomach, and one 1 1/2 line in my belly button. On a cool note... my gall bladder got sent to Madison for being a "rare case" so they could try to learn from it.



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I had my gallbladder removed a few years ago. They said to be moderate with the fat for a few weeks after the surgery (or I might get nauseated/vomit) but that I'd be able to eat normally after my body had a chance to get used to not having a gallbladder. I've not had any problems eating anything I want since I had it removed (but I was careful with the fat for a few weeks because I had no desire to vomit--I'd done more than enough vomiting in the few days prior to my emergency gallbladder surgery to risk doing more). Now, I can eat a wider variety of foods than I could before I had my gallbladder removed. For years before I even suspected that I had gallstones, I used to get heartburn whenever I wasn't careful about what foods I ate and there were more and more foods that caused the problem every year. But, the heartburn stopped when I had my gallbladder removed--this was an unexpected surprise.

It was such a relief to have my gallbladder out (I had it out on an emergency basis and I was pretty painful/sick before the surgery). I actually woke up from the surgery feeling a lot better than I had before they started. I've also just felt generally better without it. I think that it was causing me subtle problems (like the heartburn) for years and I just didn't realize what was going on--I thought that not being able to eat certain foods was just what started to happen to people when they got to a certain age (like your 30s). But, it was my gallbladder, not my age. I don't miss my gallbladder at all.

Just my individual experience. Others may differ.

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My boyfriend unfortunately has to have his gallbladder removed in a few weeks and I am curious about what to expect food-wise! I have been doing research on my own (and I'm sure that he will learn more at his consultation), but I am wondering what his diet is going to be like. What foods should he avoid or get a lot of? Will his appetite change? I do most of the cooking and food shopping so it would be great to start planning early.

Any advice/personal experience would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!



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