If you’re going to be getting gallbladder surgery soon, there are some things you’re going to want to know. First, gallbladder surgery is a very safe procedure with very low risks of complications. Second, people do perfectly fine without their gallbladder and have a good prognosis after surgery. Third, people who have gotten their gallbladder removed will need to change the way they eat in order to avoid illness.
So what should you do with your diet after gallbladder removal? Let’s find out.
If you haven’t already, check out our article on avoiding discomfort after gallbladder removal for tips on keeping pain to a minimum after surgery.
The main function of the gallbladder is to store and release bile, which is made by your liver to aid in the digestion of fatty foods. Removing your gallbladder does not change the fact that your liver is still producing bile. However, it’s now flowing right into the small intestine, which will change the way your body is able to tolerate certain foods.
This diet is a little different for everybody, but in general, your medical team will start you off on a liquid diet for a few days while you recover. You’ll only be consuming broth, gelatin-based foods, and clear liquids.
Slowly, you will be advised to add solid foods back into your diet as you’re able to tolerate them better. However, there are some foods that you will want to continue to avoid after surgery, and you will want to keep them to a minimum after you’ve fully recovered.
Because gallbladder removal surgery changes the way your body digests fats, you will want to avoid eating high-fat foods after your surgery. Some foods you will want to avoid for at least 2 weeks after surgery are:
● Any foods that are fried in oil. This includes french fries, fried chicken, potato chips, and anything deep-fried.
● Dairy products that are high in fat. Avoid cheese, ice cream, heavy cream, sour cream, and whole milk products, and don’t eat foods containing large amounts of butter. Also avoid foods containing these things, such as pizza and cheeseburgers.
● Fatty meats, like bacon, processed cold cuts, sausage, and ground beef below 90%
● Sauces, soups, and gravies made with cream or animal fat
You can reintroduce fatty foods to your diet upon your doctor’s permission, however it’s highly advised that you fully transition to a low-fat diet rich in whole foods.