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Can you recommend a diet after gallbladder removal (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy)?

Find AnswersCategory: General Laparoscopy SurgeryCan you recommend a diet after gallbladder removal (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy)?
Suhas asked 1 year ago

Can you recommend a diet after gallbladder removal (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy)?

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Laparoscopy Surgeon Staff answered 1 year ago

There’s no particular diet for removing gallbladder that you should follow if you have this issue, but there are a few items that you may suggest. A few people experience regular loose, watery stools after laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery. In most cases the diarrhea does not last longer than a few weeks to a few months.
Firstly, it makes you understand why you have diarrhea. Diarrhea following removal of gallbladder tends to be linked to bile release directly into the intestines. The gallbladder usually absorbs and concentrates bile, releasing it as you feed, to help digest food. Once the gallbladder is removed, bile is less concentrated and drains into the intestines more constantly, where it can.
 
At one point, the amount of fat you consume also plays a role. Smaller quantities of fat are easier to digest, whereas larger quantities can remain undigested, causing nausea, bloating and diarrhea.

While there is no set diet for the removal of gallbladder, the following tips can help to reduce diarrhea problems after you have your gallbladder removed:
Increase your dietary fibre. This can allow the bowel movements to normalize. Add soluble fibre to your diet, such as oats and barley. But be sure to slowly increase the amount of fibre, such as over many weeks, because at first too much fiber will make gas and cramping worse.
Enjoy smaller meals, which are more regular. This can provide for a better mix with bile available. A balanced meal will include small amounts of lean protein, including meat, fish, or fat-free dairy, along with vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
You should also seek to restrict foods that appear to aggravate diarrhea including:

Caffeine
Dairy products
Very sweet foods
Talk with your doctor if the diarrhea doesn’t slowly go away or get worse, or if you lose weight and become frail. Your doctor may prescribe medicines such as loperamide (Imodium A-D), which slows down bowel movements, or medicines which decrease bile laxative effects, such as cholestyramine (Prevalite). Your doctor may also recommend you take multivitamin to make up for this

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