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Do I Have to Change the Way I Eat After Gallbladder Surgery?

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Most people who have their gallbladders removed do not have to alter their diet at all. Perhaps this is not always a good thing however?

As we have discussed in other articles on this site, most Americans eat a diet containing more fat than generally recommended. If patients do find that they need to alter their diet after gallbladder surgery, it is almost always learning to eat a lower fat diet. Most of the time, symptoms of bloating, gas pain, and loose stool subside with a little bit of time after surgery for the body to get used to digestion without a gallbladder. If a patient tries to avoid the foods which they find are causing the symptoms after gallbladder surgery and they still have issues that persist after a month, then I consider a trial of a drug such as cholestyramine.

Cholestyramine can bind to bile acids within the intestine and usually helps to resolve the symptoms of bile acid diarrhea. This drug also lowers cholesterol since the body has to use new cholesterol to replace the bile which was bound by the cholestyramine.

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