Announcing the opening of our Brooklyn office!
Announcing the opening of our Brooklyn office!

Tips for Avoiding Discomfort After Your Gallbladder Removal Surgery

Gallbladder removal surgery, or cholecystectomy, is a surgery that thousands of people undergo every year. It’s commonly done due to gallstones, which are hardened deposits of cholesterol or bilirubin from the bile produced by the liver. Gallstones cause bile duct obstructions which can cause serious problems if left untreated.

Patients who undergo gallbladder removal surgery have a good prognosis, and humans can generally live just fine without their gallbladder. However, it’s not an easy surgery to recover from and doing so requires some lifestyle changes.

First, let’s discuss how gallbladder removal surgery works, then talk about some tips for avoiding discomfort after surgery.  


How Gallbladder Removal Surgery Works

As stated before, gallbladder removal surgery is generally done because of a bile duct obstruction . Bile duct obstructions are most commonly due to gallstones. The gallbladder’s function is to store bile, which is a liquid primarily used to digest fats.

Removing the gallbladder is a simple procedure with few risks of complications. Before surgery, the patient is put under general anesthesia and a breathing tube is inserted in the throat.

It’s typically done laparoscopically, which means that a small video camera is inserted in a small incision while other small incisions are made in order to insert surgical tools to remove the gallbladder. This process takes 1-2 hours.

Some procedures aren’t done laparoscopically, and instead are done through a 6-inch incision in the abdomen.

After the gallbladder is removed, the incisions are sutured and you’re taken into recovery. Recovery is quick and most patients go home on the day of surgery.  


How To Avoid Discomfort After Gallbladder Removal Surgery

Add solid foods slowly. Stick to a liquid diet for at least the first few days after surgery. Don’t consume fats and focus on making sure you get enough protein.

Avoid fatty foods. Bile is used to help digest fat, and removing the gallbladder gets rid of additional bile stores. As a result, fatty foods are harder to digest. Avoiding them entirely will prevent a great deal of discomfort. Keep total fat intake low and don’t eat foods with more than 3g per fat in a single sitting.

Eat smaller meals. Smaller meals will help prevent digestive discomfort. If you’re concerned about losing weight, eat frequently (5-6 times a day) and maintain a healthy protein intake.