Gallbladder removal is a common surgical practice everywhere in the world. Although it is relatively routine surgery practiced under general anesthesia, extracting an organ from the abdominal cavity leaves you – the patient – with a deficiency in normal digestive process in your body.
Gallbladders are essential to help digest fats by producing bile acids, thus when and if it is removed you would need to make certain dietary adjustments not just on your food itinerary but also on your activities list on a regular basis. Remember the function of gallbladder is to process body fats in a proper order thus if your gallbladder is removed for unavoidable reasons then you must make sure that you maintain your health by making minor changes.
Things like eating evenly spaced out smaller meals, slowly increasing your fibre intake, taking daily probiotic supplements, intake of low fat foods and the likes are healthy after the surgery as they help in efficient digestion. Here are some of the ways you can make sure that you remain healthy as well as fit after your gallbladder removal.
Remember your gall bladder is an organ that secrets bile. This liquid helps you digest fat foods and maintain your fat level in your body. After its removal, although your liver makes enough bile for digesting food, certain foods are difficult to digest. Thus eat low fat foods with lean proteins such as lean meat, skinless white meat poultry, beans and legumes and at all cost avoid cooking meat with oil.
Be very careful and follow your doctor’s instructions to the T. If you are still in the hospital then your medical team will help you through your transition from liquid diet to solid, however, if you are recovering at home you must make sure that you introduce solid diet to your system very slowly so much so that it will not shock your system.
At the initial stage you need to consume a lot of clear liquids like broth and gelatin and only if you are ready you can try introducing solid food in small portion. Make sure that you do not feel nauseated. Remember that you are at the risk of putting on a lot of unnecessary fat to your body if you are not careful. It may take few weeks for your body to understand and accept the transition.
Based on your gender, age, height, and current level of physical activities your calories should be counted and the transition should proceed. Also make sure you increase your fibre intake gradually. You should not eat less than 30g of fiber every day. Fiber helps your body to restore your digestive process to its normal level. It also helps to lower your cholesterol level.
Be absolutely keen on engaging yourself to at least 30 minutes of light physical activity, such as swimming, cycling, brisk walking etc. for at five day a week regularly. This helps you to regulate your dietary process further. However, check with your doctor before resuming to physical activity and also ask for his recommendations.
Make surethat you drink gallons of water and other liquid. 64 oz. of daily intake of water must be maintained. This will not just keep you hydrated but also support your metabolism process including your digestion. Remember that even slight dehydration might make you sluggish, uncomfortable and queasy. Also water helps you fill your stomach thus curbing you hunger and balancing your solid food intake.
Do not forget to check with you doctor before making any significant dietary changes or physical activities. Also remember to avoid high fat foods and spicy and oily gastronomic experiences at all cot post-surgery. Although immediately after the surgery your body may find it difficult to adjust to the transition and you may experience some abnormality to your digestive symptoms, it all turns out just fine after a few days.