Did you know that your diet changes after Gallbladder surgery? This is often temporary, but some people experience diet changes long term.
Before we get into what foods you should avoid, let’s discuss what the Gallbladder actually is and what it does.
The gallbladder is a small pouch that sits just under the liver. The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver. After meals, the gallbladder is empty and flat, like a deflated balloon. Before a meal, the gallbladder may be full of bile and about the size of a small pear.
In response to signals, the gallbladder squeezes stored bile into the small intestine through a series of tubes called ducts. Bile helps digest fats, but the gallbladder itself is not essential.
I had my gallbladder removed over a year ago. I still have problems when I eat foods on the following list. It’s hard to give up my favorites all together, so I try to limit how much of them I have and how often.
5 different ways your diet changes after Gallbladder surgery
1. Fried, Greasy, and Junk Foods
Who doesn’t love a big fat greasy cheeseburger and french fries? I think this girl does! If you can, limit how often you eat them, and the portion size.
2. Whole-Milk and High-Fat Dairy Products
I have tried numerous times to drink 2% milk, or skim milk. I’ve even tried the soy milk my niece and nephew drink due to their lactose intolerance. I just can’t break up with my whole milk. I do notice cramping and gas when I drink a lot of dairy products. My husband and I joke that in our house cheese is its own food group.
3. High-Fiber Foods
Did you know cereal is a high fiber food? I’m a kid at heart and I love my cereal still. I also love pasta. I experience cramping when I eat too much.
I drink way too much caffeine. The only time I notice a problem now is when I drink my beloved Starbucks. When I was first recovering though, yes caffeine was an issue. Thankfully a year post-op, I only have an issue when I drink my Starbucks.
5. Exotic, Spicy Foods
Spicy food can irritate your stomach. Also, avoid heavy soups, sauces, and gravies. They typically contain a lot of butter and fat and can be hard to digest. I’ve never been an Exotic, Spicy food eater. I do like Italian dishes so that means a lot of sauce. I do have problems with that from time to time that results in gas and cramping.
This list is not to scare you. Like I said most people can go back to their regular diet after they finish healing from surgery. There is a small portion of people that have long term problems, I just happen to be one of them.