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What is safe to eat after gallbladder surgery?

I underwent gallbladder surgery recently. What is safe to eat after such a surgery?

4 Answers

I usually recommend a soft, low fat diet for a few days post cholecystectomy, and progress to regular diet as tolerated.
Hello and Happy New Year! The standard advice is to maintain a low-fat diet. This is good advice from general health and cardiovascular points of view.
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As soon as you’re ambulating, without any post operative complications. Your surgeon should advise you.
About 1 in 3 patients will get diarrhea after having the gallbladder removed. This happens most frequently with fatty, greasy, or oily foods. I have also occasionally heard patients state that dairy will cause problems as well.

I typically do not give any strict dietary precautions to my patients. If you eat a food and immediately feel bloated, nauseous, or have diarrhea, I would avoid that food for a week or two before trying to re-introduce it into your diet.

Studies say that the symptoms (post-gallbladder removal diarrhea) resolve in up to 99% of people within 3 months. I have found it rare that I have to recommend permanent dietary changes or prescribe medications.