The gallbladder is a small sac located in the right upper abdomen. Its job is to store bile to aid in digestion. Gallstones are hardened bile inside of your gallbladder. These painful stones can block the duct that delivers bile into your stomach and cause severe pain. When this happens, your doctor may suggest that you have your gallbladder surgically removed, a procedure called a cholecystectomy. After the surgery, you will be required to follow a diet while you recover and in order to compensate for not having a gallbladder.
Immediately after your gallbladder removal, you will most likely experience nausea and vomiting. Your doctor will put you on a liquid diet while you are in the hospital until these symptoms subside. Once are able to tolerate solid foods, you will be released from the hospital and given a new diet.
Once you are feeling better from the surgery, you may be tempted to go out and eat all of the fatty foods that would have triggered a gallbladder attack. This will likely cause you to have intestinal cramping and diarrhea. You no longer have a gallbladder shooting bile at the excess fat you ingest. Therefore, you have to control the amount of fat you eat to avoid any unpleasant effects.
Avoid foods with a high saturated fat content or are otherwise hard to digest. These foods include hamburgers and fried foods. Foods associated with flatulence should also be avoided, such as beans, broccoli and cabbage. Do not over indulge in caffeine, carbonated drinks, chocolate or alcohol to avoid an upset stomach.
Lack of fat in your post-gallbladder diet can cause constipation. It is important to eat healthy fats that are easy to digest. Salad dressed with olive oil, grilled fish and nuts are extremely healthy. Soup is also well tolerated after gallbladder removal. Drinking a full glass of water with every meal also aids in digestion without upsetting the bowels. Be sure to include extra fiber in your diet by eating a serving of easily digested brown rice or oatmeal.