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Old 11-14-2007, 12:34 PM   #1
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Diet After Gall Bladder Surgery?

We just found out that a good friend of ours is having unexpected gall bladder surgery today. She lives alone so I'd like to make a few meals for her so she has less to worry about when she gets home and can just focus on feeling better (she just had knee replacement surgery 2 months ago!).

Does anyone know if diet is restricted after this surgery? Any ideas on a couple meals I could prepare that would keep/freeze well and be easy for her to reheat?

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Old 11-14-2007, 12:47 PM   #2
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No restrictions! Funny you should mention this PA, I'm going for the exact surgery early next month.

You need to be careful BEFORE the surgery so that you don't eat something to trigger a response. However, afterward, my surgeon tells me it is business as usual.

Your friend may not have much of an appetite right away, and one of the unfortunate side effects of any surgery is constipation. So, perhaps you might avoid too much cheese etc? Stick with some light things at first. Fruit salad, chef's salad? Soup would likely be very welcome and easy to heat up too.
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:11 PM   #3
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I've been there. Had surgery several years ago. The first couple of days will be light stuff. Avoid heavy dairy and difficult to digest stuff. Simple carbs and proteins. I'd avoid too much fruit since gas pains can be as bad as incision! Chicken noodle soup was one of the best things I ate the first 2-3 days after. Stay away from spicy things as well for a while. After about a week, she should be able to eat anything but she'll need to be careful. Many people after surgery will have a dumping syndrome. Eat a meal then to the bathroom within 30 mins and it better be open! This lasts for several months until the body adjusts to not having the gall bladder anymore.
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:13 PM   #4
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PA, do you know if she is having laparoscopic surgery or the big incision?
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:24 PM   #5
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My wife ate everything after surgery. Of course it might be nice to take it easy for first couple of days after. I always tell people chicken soup. It is good for all problems, Jewish penecilin as they call it. Works every time.
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:27 PM   #6
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My DH had gall bladder surgery a few months ago and he wasn't too keen on eating anything with much substance for a week or so. I would recommend chicken soup like everyone else and some jello.
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:06 PM   #7
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We just found out that a good friend of ours is having unexpected gall bladder surgery today. She lives alone so I'd like to make a few meals for her so she has less to worry about when she gets home and can just focus on feeling better (she just had knee replacement surgery 2 months ago!).

Does anyone know if diet is restricted after this surgery? Any ideas on a couple meals I could prepare that would keep/freeze well and be easy for her to reheat?
Soups sound like a great idea. One thing to keep in mind is that bile from the gallbladder is needed to break down fats, so for a time, low-fat foods should be emphasized. The body will adjust, but fat should be minimized for a while.

More info: Diet after gall bladder removal
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Thanks, everyone! Alix, I'm not sure which kind she's having. She just left a message on our machine this morning from the hospital so I don't have much info. Apparently she drove herself in (!) last night. I've told her once she's home she must ask us for help!
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:57 PM   #9
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I don't know anything about gall bladder surgery but I do know when I had surgery my throat was very raw after. Easy to swallow foods I think would be good.
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:12 AM   #10
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GotGarlic is spot on. My mum had hers removed in the 70's and to this day, too much fat in her diet gives her indegestion. Likewise, too heavy a meal. Think too much fruit has always upset her!

Just keep it light and aim for what's known as a "white diet" - white pasta, white bread. It is more suited to intestinal complaints such as diverticulitis but as it is easily digestible food, works well post-surgery. The less traumatic the surgery, the wider the diet choices.
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