Diet after gallbladder surgeryby Surgeon Rengan General Surgeon
“The gallbladder is an important organ in the digestive system. It collects and stores bile, then releases the bile into the small intestine when food enters the small intestine from the stomach. Here, it assists in digestion by helping break down fat. However, when inflamed or infected, it causes tremendous pain and there might be no choice but to remove it by surgery. Nevertheless, the human body can quite easily survive without a gallbladder.”
Now, you must be wondering what sort of effects removing the gallbladder is going to have on your diet and your body. This article seeks to explain the changes that happen after the gallbladder removal surgery and what you can do to facilitate it, especially with regard to diet. After your surgery, you can also be sure that Dr. Rengan, the senior laparoscopic surgeon will explain everything in detail to you.
You must have been advised by your doctors to be on a strict diet before undergoing surgery. Thankfully, such strict guidance isn’t required long-term after surgery. However, there are some things to keep in mind before carrying on as before.
First, the biggest change you need to make is a pretty logical choice: Cut down fat. The gallbladder is important in breaking down fat, and without it, it’s going to be hard for your body to digest it. High-fat diets won’t be as torturous as when you had an inflamed gallbladder but you will experience indigestion, bloating and diarrhea on account of the inability of the body to deal with it. Some examples of high-fat foods include:
-whole-milk dairy/dairy products,
-processed foods (like cakes, white bread, sugary cereals, etc)
Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to cut down all fat or live on a zero-fat diet. Like every part of the food pyramid, fat does have certain benefits for the body. A low-fat diet has multiple benefits not just for people without gallbladders but also for those with healthy intact gallbladders. Some examples of low-fat foods are:
-Fruits and vegetables
-Lean meats (poultry, white fish, shellfish)
-Low-fat dairy products/Skimmed milk
-Wholewheat cereals (including rice, chapattis, and whole-wheat bread)
Apart from these changes, some all-round healthy changes can be made to your diet as well. These help not just in easy digestion but also to improve the overall health of your body. They include:
-Drinking plenty of water (at least 2L a day)
-Cutting down sugary foods and drinks
-Avoiding/cutting down caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee, or cola. Remember even excessive healthy drinks like green tea have significant amounts of caffeine. -Cutting down/abstaining from alcohol
-Decreasing excess salt intake
As advised before surgery, it is best to continue eating small meals multiple times a day rather than just eating 3 heavy meals a day.
Remember, your gallbladder has been removed so there’s no need to fear pain like before. A diet only seeks to improve your general health. However, this does not mean that you should be excessive with diet in either extreme. Seek to have a healthy diet and your physical and mental health will improve by leaps and bounds. At every point, Dr. Rengan, who has performed thousands of Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, will guide you after surgery.
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