What diet should I follow after I have my gallbladder removed?

Chad Kramer
Chad Kramer on behalf of dotFIT
Fitness Specialist

After gallbladder surgery, many foods that were commonly eaten before the surgery now cause pain and discomfort. This is due to the body no longer being able to process certain foods well, at first, which can lead to a number of digestive issues while the body is trying to adapt. Avoid foods that are high in fat and acid content. Until the body has had the time it needs to heal and adjust to functioning without a gallbladder, refrain from eating red meat, pork, fried or greasy foods, spicy foods, butter, eggs and dairy products.

Limit (or totally eliminate) fruit juices (grape and apple are fine) and all caffeinated (even coffee and tea), carbonated or alcoholic beverages. Increase foods that help the biliary and digestive system such as lettuce, grains, fruits and vegetables (such as beets, tomatoes, avocadoes, grapes and carrots).

Slowly increase your intake of fiber. Small amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids such as flax seed oil and salmon have been shown to be beneficial. If a supplemental Omega-3 is needed, here is one that we recommend: During the first 2 to 4 weeks after surgery, slowly reintroduce these foods into the diet and eat smaller amounts of food at even intervals to help regulate bile production.

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