First and foremost, no diet will specifically address all issues you may face after gallbladder removal. For example, some patients experience loose stools that last weeks or months. However, some foods and drinks can help combat this aftereffect of surgery.
Patients may pass softer stools or have diarrhea after gallbladder removal due to increased bile in the intestines. This is directly linked to the surgery, as bile is usually concentrated in the gallbladder. When you eat, the bile enters the intestines and contributes to the digestion of fats.
The result of more bile in the intestine is likened to the use of laxatives. However, unlike using medication to soften stools, gallbladder removal patients do not have control over the process. Fortunately, you can take steps to reduce the impact of increased bile.
Cut out Fatty Foods
If you consume large amounts of food at once, any fats are difficult to digest. This results in symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, and gas. The obvious answer is to cut down on fatty foods so your digestive system can do its job effectively.
Reducing consumption of fatty foods is especially important in the weeks after a gallbladder removal surgery. Fried foods, sauces and gravies that contain fat should be avoided during this period. In addition, any food that contains more than 3 grams of fat may cause problems.
When you eat more fiber, it will balance out bowel movements. Oats and barley are ideal candidates but do not overdo it right away. Instead, it is better to gradually introduce more fiber to your diet to allow your digestive system to adjust.
If you eat too much fiber, symptoms such as gas and discomfort will continue or worsen. In general, you should eat smaller meals. To ensure you get the right nutrients, eat more frequently each day. A diet consisting of lean protein sources coupled with vegetables, fruits and whole grains is recommended.
Potential Problems Foods
Certain foods are more likely to cause problems after gallbladder surgery. Avoid caffeine, dairy products, and overly sugary foods. However, if other foods or drinks result in the development of painful or uncomfortable symptoms, add them to the avoid list.
If you are experiencing medical issues that you feel may relate to your gallbladder, reach out to Dr. Danny Shouhed. He can recommend and deliver treatment options at his state-of-the-art offices, including gallbladder removal. All patients also receive excellence in aftercare from our team in Los Angeles.
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