01/12/2010 - Questions and Answers

What food should be included in a diet after gall bladder removal?

By: June Chen, MD

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After gallbladder removal, it is important to pay close attention to what you are eating and drinking to avoid complications and side effects such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea. Make sure to drink enough liquid, eat fruits and vegetables, and consume smaller more frequent meals. Avoid alcohol and avoid high-fat foods because they require more bile to digest.

 

Liquids

Ensuring adequate liquid intake is important after gallbladder removal because it can help to prevent constipation, a common side effect of abdominal surgery. Try to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of liquid a day -- water is preferable, but you can also drink low-fat milk or natural fruit juice. Avoid drinks containing caffeine because they can actually cause you to lose fluid.

 

Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains

These foods also help to prevent constipation, but they are also important for maintaining overall good health.

 

Fatty Foods

After gallbladder surgery, you may have difficulty digesting fatty foods so it is best to limit dietary fats, especially saturated fats, and slowly reintroduce them to your diet as you figure out how your body responds. Some people may experience gas and bloating following meals for several months after the gall bladder has been removed, so be patient. But, if the problem persists, talk to your doctor about possible treatment options.

 

Fiber

People recovering from gallbladder surgery should eat low-fat, high fiber foods.

 

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Created on: 01/12/2010
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