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Are bloating, gas, and diarrhea common after gallbladder removal?

Elizabeth Casparro, MPH,RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

Yes! The gall bladder stores and releases bile, which allows us to digest fats. When you have it removed, your liver takes over both the production and storage of the bile. However, this transition can take a while and if you continue to eat a lot of fat (the amount depends on the person), it can cause bloating, gas and diarrhea because the bacteria in your large intestine are trying to digest it instead of you.

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