Recovery from gallbladder surgery is easy when compared to what a patient experiences during a gallbladder attack. Most patients are excited for the surgery and relieved the pain has ended. To heal properly and comfortably, patients will need to maintain a proper diet following surgery. The diet after surgery is comparable to the one a patient follows when trying to avoid gallbladder attacks; low fat and high fiber.
Diet for After Gallbladder Surgery
After gallbladder surgery, many patients experience diarrhea. When the gallbladder is removed from the digestive system, bile becomes less concentrated and has a laxative effect on the body. Your body will soon adjust, but in the meantime, it’s important to follow a proper diet. The diet, which can help lessen the symptoms and improve your body’s healing rate, includes the following points:
- Avoid fat. Don’t eat fried foods or food high in fat for at least a week after surgery. This includes gravies, butter, and ice cream.
- Increase fiber. Don’t go overboard on fiber but add it to your diet. This can be as simple as having oatmeal with non-fat milk for breakfast. Be cautious, as too much fiber can cause stomach issues.
- Smaller meals. Eat small, frequent meals for better digestion. Limiting food to small portions will make the small bile production better suited for digestion.
- Avoid caffeine. You should also avoid caffeine until the diarrhea clears up. This includes coffee and tea. Once your digestion has returned to normal, you can slowly reintroduce it back into your diet.
What Should I Eat After Gallbladder Surgery?
Keep your meals small, healthy, and non-spicy. Below are a few sample menus for use after surgery. It may be best to prepare meals ahead of your surgery, so they are available when you come home.
- Oatmeal, with non-fat milk and fruit
- Toast with peanut butter or sunflower butter
- Scrambled eggs with whole grain toast
- Whole grain bread sandwich, with turkey, lettuce, and tomato
- Vegetable soup with soda crackers
- Whole grain bread sandwich with tuna
- Roasted turkey breast, steamed white or brown rice, cooked carrots
- Grilled fish, baked potato, side salad
- Whole grain pasta with marinara or meat sauce
Recovery from Gallbladder Surgery
You will begin to feel better a few days post-op, but the limited diet will need to continue for a few weeks to stabilize your digestive system. As your body begins to normalize, slowly reintroduce foods in limited amounts. Wait to see how new foods affect your body before consuming too much.
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