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My Post-Gallbladder Surgery Diet

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Drink plenty of fruit juice, but avoid pulp, when recovering from a gallbladder operation.

Drink plenty of fruit juice, but avoid pulp, when recovering from a gallbladder operation.

Eating Right After Gallbladder Surgery

Wondering about your diet after gallbladder surgery? I was, too! Many doctors will tell you that you can return to a normal diet after a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery). But for many people, that is simply not the case. So, what can you eat? Are there any foods you should avoid? Keep reading to find out!

I had my gallbladder removed using a procedure called laparoscopic cholecystectomy in October 2010. The fact that it was a laparoscopic surgery meant that the healing process after surgery was faster and easier. However, my doctor told me it was still important to make sure that I ate the right foods after surgery to aid in healing and avoid digestive issues.

A few days after my surgery I started to feel hungry again—and then I started to really wonder what exactly the right foods were. So, I've done a lot of research on the topic and decided to share it here so that others can hopefully benefit from my experience. If you will be having surgery, or know someone who is having this procedure, I hope you find this information useful.

24 Hours After Surgery

For the first 2-3 days after surgery, you probably won't be very hungry. Anesthesia can cause nausea and it is generally recommended that you stay on a clear liquid diet for 24 hours after surgery. After that the anesthesia has cleared out of your system completely.

Note: A clear liquid diet means that you can pretty much eat anything you can see through.

Also, remember that although the outside of your body does not look very traumatized (if you had a laparoscopic surgery) you did just go through a trauma. Your organs are adjusting to the effects of the gas that was used during surgery as well as the fact that an organ was removed.

Clear Liquid Diet

  • Water
  • Broth
  • Jell-O
  • Fruit juice, without pulp (apple, grape, or cranberry are best)
  • Clear soda (avoid caffeine)
  • Tea
  • Popsicles (without bits of fruit)
Grilled chicken, but not fried, is safe to eat during the first two to three weeks after surgery.

Grilled chicken, but not fried, is safe to eat during the first two to three weeks after surgery.

For Two Weeks Post-Surgery

After 24 hours, you can start eating more solid food. Remember to take it slow. Instead of eating three big meals, spread it out to 5 or 6 very small meals over the course of the day. I know from personal experience that I felt full even after eating only a little bit! Listen to your body and if you start feeling full, stop eating!

You can of course continue to eat items from the clear liquid diet. Your nausea may return even a few days after surgery. Sometimes a little broth or tea will help you feel better when you're feeling nauseous.

It would be impossible to list everything that may be tolerated since everyone is different. I have listed some suggestions based on what worked for me and for people I know.

  • Soup (Avoid creamy soups. Chicken noodle or similar soups are good.)
  • Mashed potatoes (Mix with broth instead of butter.)
  • Fruits (Moderate amounts.)
  • Bananas (Avoid if you're having problems with constipation.)
  • Toast (Use minimal amounts of butter or none at all.)
  • Rice (Avoid if you are having problems with constipation.)
  • Applesauce (Avoid if you are having problems with constipation.)
  • Oatmeal
  • Chicken (Not fried.)
  • Crackers

Avoid These Foods

  • Generally, you should avoid any foods that gave you pain before surgery.
  • It will take a while for your body to learn how to digest fats, so you should stick to a low-fat diet for at least a few weeks after surgery. Reintroduce them very slowly.
  • Dairy products and too much fiber can also cause problems.
  • The BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) should be avoided if you are having problems with constipation. However, if you are having diarrhea you may want to eat more of these foods.
  • Fried food
  • Dairy products (especially cheese)
  • Peanut butter
  • Red meat
  • Greasy foods
  • Raw vegetables
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol (especially if you're on prescription pain pills)

Bile Salts

Bile Salts can help aid in the digestion of fats. They seem to work particularly well for people who have had their gallbladders removed and can not tolerate fatty meals. If you are continue to experience digestion issues and bloating months after your gallbladder removal, you might want to consider adding bile salt supplements to your diet.

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Three Weeks and Beyond

  • You should be able to begin re-introducing your old favorite foods 3 or 4 weeks after surgery. Remember to take it slow and listen to your body. It could take months to completely adjust to the removal of your gallbladder.
  • If your diet was poor before surgery, don't return to the same diet after you have healed from surgery. For the health of your liver, keep fat intake to a minimal level. As with any healthy diet, you want to keep your meals well balanced with fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, and dairy.
  • Be careful not to eat too much in one sitting. Your body will most likely digest food more slowly and eating too much will cause indigestion. Add new food back into your diet slowly and listen to your body. If something makes you sick return to more bland foods for awhile and try again in a week or so.

For the rest of your life, your liver will be compensating for the loss of your gallbladder. It's important to eat foods that help support the liver. It's also important to eat for the health of your intestinal tract which will help you avoid indigestion. The following food will help support your liver and intestines and should be fairly easy for your body to handle.

  • High fiber foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains)
  • Non-fat yogurt
  • Flax seed or hemp seed oil (contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and can be taken in supplement form)
  • Protein (Fish and chicken are best. Avoid beef and pork.)
  • Cottage cheese
Cottage cheese is a great food for your long-term diet post gallbladder surgery.

Cottage cheese is a great food for your long-term diet post gallbladder surgery.

What Does a Gallbladder Do?

I assume if you're preparing to have your gallbladder out, then you know what it does. Here is a brief description just in case!

The gallbladder is located in your upper right abdomen, sort of behind your liver. It stores the bile that the liver creates. Bile is important for digestion. After you eat your gallbladder releases bile to help break down the food.

Sometimes gallbladders get "sick" and stop working correctly. You may develop cholecystitis, which is a swelling of the gallbladder. Cholecystitis can be caused by gallstones but also by infection. If cholecystitis and gallstones go untreated they can cause the gallbladder to burst, which is a very serious emergency.

The gallbladder is an important organ. No, it's not necessary in order to live, but it does make life easier (unless it goes bad!). After gallbladder removal, the liver has to work harder to help digest foods and filter waste. The liver can no longer rely on the gallbladder to store the bile it produces, which means the bile is continuously dripping out of the liver into your stomach.

When you eat a meal that is high in fat, the liver must work extra hard to try to provide enough bile to help you digest it. For these reasons, it's very important to watch what you eat. Your body will eventually adjust, and you will most likely be able to start eating food that you enjoy again, but this can take months or even years.

"The Gall Bladder Survival Guide"

Written by a man who has survived a sick gallbladder, had it removed and suffered through many post-surgery side effects, this book is a must-have for anyone who has undergone gallbladder removal surgery!

I am 4 years out from my surgery and don't really miss my gallbladder anymore. But I have had a lot of symptoms of malabsorbtion lately, and I was surprised to learn that not having a gallbladder can mean that your body does not absorb nutrients like it should. This book was incredibly helpful to me in figuring out how to eat right for my gallbladder-less body.

Final Thoughts

Have you had your gallbladder removed? Did you find these tips helpful? What foods worked or didn't work for you after surgery?

I want to thank all of the wonderful people who have commented here and shared their stories and advice! It means so much to me. I'm glad this is a place where people can feel comfortable talking about uncomfortable things. I want you to know I read every comment (even though I can't always respond). Also, when you comment here, you are helping the next person who reads this page. Thank you!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Gallbladder Diet Feedback

Carmen on July 09, 2020:

Thank you for this very simple (which I am sure it was not simple to write and a lot of research was made..) informative article/guide. I just had my gallbladder removed two weeks ago. I had a lot of pain about a month before my surgery, but honestly I think I had the issue a little longer, just never felt the pain as acute as I did in April. I was overweight before December and have lost many pounds in just a few months. The doctor's (at the hospital and my second doctor) think my issue was 1- women have this issue more than men and 2-the rapid lost of weight. The quarantine that has affected all of us started in mid March and the gym that I used to go to close it's doors down due to the pandemic. My daily exercise was basically cut down to working out at home, but honestly I couldn't seem to get motivated to do it a lone. Any who, I stopped working out daily and that's when I started noticing the pain. My first really bad episode was mid April. I had this horrible pain in the middle of the night that couldn't let me sleep. From there on, the pain seem to surprise me in the middle of the night at random. I had talked to my doctor, whom I have no faith in, as he suggested I had acid reflex and prescribed me some stuff that didn't work. I knew he was mistaken as the symptoms I had explained to him where completely different and my pain was on my right side by my liver, my back hurt, breathing was hard and I had chills, a low fever and was in severe pain. By mid May the pain was so bad, my husband took me to the emergency room. They did a urine and stool test, an ultrasound and that's when I was told I had developed an infection in my liver, pancreas and gallbladder. I was sent home with a prescription to take care of the pain and the infections. I went ahead and switched doctors and sure enough, (I didn't say anything about being in the hospital or being diagnosed) I explained to the new doctor my symptoms and she right away told me it was most likely my gallbladder. I knew right then that she was the right doctor. I ended up telling her about my hospital visit because she wanted me to get an ultrasound right away and another urine and stool test. They used that info and made my appointment for the laparoscopic cholecystectomy. I had my surgery and first day after my surgery, I felt lightheaded, a bit nauseous, and tired. I had water and chicken noodle soup (just the liquid no veggies or chicken). Following day I was a bit hungry (had some more liquid with a couple of veggies), still felt the same symptoms as the day before plus my right side was hurting. It was difficult to breath, and sitting was uncomfortable as well as laying down. Walking around the house was helpful. I didn't have any problems going to the restroom (I took the stool softer pills they gave me post surgery). I also tool Miralax for extra support and that perhaps helped me. I also took some store brand (CVS) menthol gas relieve pills as I felt bloated and my right side still hurt after two days. By the fourth day I had stopped the stool softeners as I seem to have no problem in going to the restroom. The breathing became easier by the 5th day or so, as well as the bloating felt less intrusive and I was not in much pain. I only took the pain pills the first night after my surgery and the following day. I have a high tolerance for pain so I decided to just deal with it instead of putting more unnatural things in my body. The first night and for about 9 days I slept in my couch (which is comfortable). Laying down was so painful, so I would sleep in an elevated position (pillows behind me to support my back and head and so that I wouldn't roll on my sides). I noticed I was really cold and both my hands and feet were ice cold, so I used a electric blanket to keep me warm, this felt soothing as well as it made it easy for me to sleep. I have been sore and tired during the day since my surgery, but I don't nap. I have kids (9 and 11) and my husband has to work, so napping is not something that can be accomplished as of now (lol). On my 10th day I was finally able to sleep on my bed. Still used a couple of pillows to help elevate me a bit so I am not completely laying down. Getting up and standing out of bed are still weird. I feel gravity takes over while asleep and then again when I get up. It takes me about 20 minutes to settle the weird feeling. My mother has been a great help in my recovery. She has been coming over almost daily. She has helped me with cooking, and just keeping the kids busy, plus it's great company for me as with this pandemic is hard to have people over or being out and about... I don't get too hungry, probably because I am not as active as I used to be prior to surgery. We've been making vegetable soups, and some fish (tilapia, salmon and cod on the second week). I've had some chicken on my second week, but seemed to be a bit heavy, so I just stick with the veggie soups and fish (my guess is I am eating about 2-3 oz.) for now. I have an apple and an orange (sometimes 2). I drink about 24-36 oz of water and apple juice per day combined as it seems to fill me up and sometimes it feels uncomfortable. I started adding apple cider vinegar to an 8 oz. cup of apple juice on my 10th day (in the morning before any meals). This seems to help my with the digestion. Jello is another treat I started having this second week. It is light and filing, but it definitely doesn't replace a meal. I rather have the meal, or a fruit than have jello, although I've had a sweet craving here and there so that is a good way to tackle that without having to eat something else. I walk inside my house. I go up and down the stairs many times during the day. I feel very uncomfortable using any kind of bra as it pushes and rubs against my top incision (which is about 2.5 inches), so walking outside without a bra is uncomfortable for me (i'm sure no one is paying no attention to me, but just the fact that I know is enough to not make me go outside). I hope my posting helps someone. Good luck to anyone who is getting this kind of surgery and good luck to those who are navigating through it!

Wendy Whiteman on September 16, 2019:

I was thrilled to find this website as I have had gallbladder out & surgeon said eat what u want whats your problem so I did & 4 weeks later ow sore tummy & bloating, indigestion so back onto low fat foods for a while & give my tummy a rest fir a bit

Lori on September 04, 2019:

Thank you for the time you took to put this article together. I am 8 days post-op from gallbladder removal. First week of meals was mostly clear liquid/soft food diet. I figured I knew how to do that not to have an attack. Then came Day 7 and I was craving a grilled chicken, non cheese salad and it was good! I’m a little nervous waiting to see what effects this has on my digestive system. But so far, so good. I have been walking everyday since surgery to help move the gas, ie bloating around and out. I have heeded my doctors recommendation to rest, which is hard for me as I am constantly on the go. Today I’m going to return to a light restorative yoga practice, which should also calm the mind. Meditation helps the mind too. I was feeling anxious after surgery and this practice helps me work through this. I’m grateful not to be running to the bathroom for explosive diarrhea episodes! So far, so good! Again, thank you for writing this article. It helps to know you are not alone or crazy!

Deah on July 11, 2019:

I had my gallbladder removed today. The middle of my back is the only pain I’m having at this time. Weird!? Just taking it easy. Few crackers and beef broth today. Sipping on water too. I’m hoping I won’t have any horror stories in the future.

Lea on February 26, 2019:

Had mine out a week ago. Had no idea I'd be feeling so tired and sore after!

Thanks for posting this info, very useful; my docs never did give me a diet, all I can say is I'm trying to eat simple; limit fats; drink more water. Painkillers didn't work for me either.

holly on January 14, 2019:

It's been about a month since gallbladder is out and still eating soups, crackers, ginger ale, egg whites, microwaved baked potato-make sure it's soft, applesauce, noodles. toast. There are days that I feel fine and then there are days I feel horrible. I talked to a few people and it will take at least 6 months to get back to eating "normal". Don't eat large meals.

holly on December 26, 2018:

I had my gallbladder removed about 2 1/2 weeks ago. Took a week off from work but wish I had taken a few more days. I've been eating boxed mashed potatoes, toast, ginger ale, crackers. The dr. told me to go back to regular diet a little more then a week after surgery. Nope, didn't do it. Been doing ok mostly, except Christmas came and yeah I had a few small pieces of ham, pumpkin pie, sweet po

tato. Not feeling too good today. I'm sticking with my bland diet for a while longer. May try chicken soon. I've heard it takes weeks until completely healed. Any positive stories out there? Not that I want a big ol' burger but a turkey sub would be nice.

Linda Stewart on December 14, 2018:

I had my gallbladder taken out 10/26/18, I have had a very hard time, after the surgery I got 2 bad infections , Colitis and C-diff, I have been in the hospital 3times since, the only thing I can eat is Broth, Jello, Gatorade, popsicles, I have the runs and throwing up all the time, , now they found a styst. On my Pancreas, I’m in pain all the time, any suggestions

Healthy Senior on October 29, 2018:

I had my gallbladder removed 20 years ago. Didn't really have any issues except for feeling really bloated if I ate too much fat, i.e cheese.

Recently, I noticed feeling bloated more often and not just after endulging in too much dairy. The past few years during annual checkups my doctors advised me I have a slightly fatty liver and high cholesterol. I do not take medicine and refused to take any for my high cholesterol. I did research and found it not worth the probable side effects. My doctor advised me to do more exercise (I am a yogi and practice everyday). So I recently started some higher cardio workouts as well. I also started researching about what causes high cholesterol and fatty liver.

Thanks to the internet, research is a lot easier today. So what did I discover? Wait for it.....not having a gallbladder causes high cholesterol and a fatty liver. I wish it didn't take me 20 years to figure this out, but better late than never.

So after a lot of research I have just started drinking more water (all during the day), drinking one cup of dandelion tea a day, and adding sugar free Kefir to my diet. Just started this a few days ago and I seem to have less bloating.

I will update you on my progress.

Angela on October 18, 2018:

I am 3 days post lap chole. I really have found it hard to find information on what to eat (now that I am hungry as h***). I have found info on the gallbladder diet but that is not what I am looking for. I needed info on how to eat after and timelines when I can eat real food again. This was a good informative article. Thank you

Kathy C. on October 12, 2018:

Thank you. I had my gallbladder removed 4 months ago and still going through the trials and tribulations with what i can and cannot tolerate foodwise. Honestly, your article explained more than I learned from my doctor and medical staff. I am starting some of my old habits again. I will keep your article in mind and start eating differently. Thank you!

KN on October 02, 2018:

Your article was really helpful. Thank you! I am 3 1/2 weeks post-op. I had been struggling with nausea and dry heaves for several years, especially on vacations when I was not eating as healthy. I finally had an ultrasound which showed no stones but a hida scan showed my gallbladder wasn't working well. First few days post-op were fine, as I was on zofran but then I realized I couldn't eat normally. I had to start off with liquids. So far I can tolerate lean chicken, white fish, rice, oatmeal, almonds, fruits and vegetables. I have kept a food diary and introduced one new food a day. I'm feeling better.

ME on September 24, 2018:

I had gallbladder removed 6 days ago. Clear liquids of chicken broth and plain saltine crackers for first 24 hours. Made my non dairy shake of kale, blueberry, and non dairy almond cashew milk with two scoops of organic non whey protein powder- blended and sipped slowly. This for first 3-4 days. First real food. Grilled chicken and small salad. I have only had chicken, vegetables and non dairy products. I am off all pain meds. Thank you for this useful directive.

Kamille wilkinson on September 16, 2018:

Thank you, this is the most informative article I have found and I have read many! I am truly grateful!

Lydia Sugarman on September 05, 2018:

You’re providing a real service. Most medical sites and medical professionals provide very limited information.

Ken on August 25, 2018:

Had mine removed 4 days ago. Resumed regular diet as pre-op but gradually after 48 hours. Doing just as fine. Bowel activity present but yet to move my bowel which I know will happen soon because of the increasing bowel activity; sounds, flatulence.

Strongly believe one can experience a normal life without gall bladder but with reasonable diet and lifestyle modifications.

Kevin on July 24, 2018:

Had mine removed 5 days ago' yesterday so bad stomach pain 'ended up in ER, Bad pain they could find nothing. So was what I ate hamburger noodles and spaghetti sauce' don't eat anything like that. Today I still hurt bad but getting better and reading everything I can to eat right.

Greekpatient on June 11, 2018:

I m 4 days post-op.i had an open surgery and i feel almost minimum pain.i can sleep on my side already.today i had my fist fat free yogurt and everything is just fine.my doctor told me i can start with pasta potatoes carrots rice and zucchini.after he first week i can add chicken without the skin or turckey.after two to three weeks you can have lean pork or beef 1,5% fat milk yogurt and cheese.egg is a no no here in greece for the first three months also bean broccoli raw greens lentils fatty fish and cooked meals with sauce.also no butter.3-4 tsp olive oil to begin and no more than 2tbsp after hat.my mother and both aunts have had surgery and after the first year they could have anything even ice cream and lamb and all the fatty foods with out a problem.

Marianita Quilaqu on May 15, 2018:

I had my galbladder removed 9;days ago, so after carrying the pain before surgery,now I feel relief but have a little sensation from where my cuts still in pain..but like before my surgery the pain now is tolerable.so I am now in the process of healing.so now I realize that eating unhealthy foods are not good for our body.i am in state of depression since I have a heart problem which is risky, but thanks I'm fine now and just still taking my take home medication.

Jane Maxwell on May 03, 2018:

I had my gallbladder out two years ago. If the Doctors told you what could happen after gallbladder surgery many people wouldn’t do it. They don’t want to lose that $$$. You can eat regular food without pain again after the surgery... that is true. But there are side effects. If I eat any high fat food it is immediately a run for the bathroom and occasionally I haven’t made it. Horrible gas and bloating... at times I look 10 months pregnant. If I stay on a very low fat diet, baked fish, chicken, vegetables, fruit, nuts. I am fine. If I take a trip I cannot not go near any fatty food or I’m in trouble. You have to change your lifestyle and eating habits after gallbladder removal or you could be miserable. It is healthier for you anyway.

Eewh123@aol.com on April 16, 2018:

Thank you for posting this ever most helpful article.

Barb on March 27, 2018:

I am 25 years post op gallbladder surgery. My doc said I could eat anything. Well, that was true if I wanted to be sick for days afterward.

I experienced elevated liver enzymes for years. I have adopted a plant based diet with occasional omega 3 rich fish, grilled or baked, NO FRIED anything. I have eliminated dairy, red meat, fried food, and anything with lips or eyelashes. I am able to consume tree nuts daily and only miss avacados which send me to the hospital if consumed. I find my weight stays within 2 to 3 pounds of my high school 120 lb.weight. Combined with daily exercise, my lipid panel is amazing! No issues with elevated liver enzymes any more and no issues with blood sugar or hypertension.

It's easy to stay healthy when you know what your food triggers are and what you can and cannot eat. The standard American Diet is full of unhealthy fats. Having no gallbladder is not only easy to live without but I find becomes a way of life in making healthy food choices.

Hilary Kyte on February 27, 2018:

This was the most useful article I have read. This is the only one that has actually given a diet. Thanks

Dj on February 24, 2018:

Had mine out Aug 1st and was miserable for months and missing lots of work. Bad stomach pains were similar to pains before but not as severe to need pain meds and ice packs! Everything I ate was just going through me. My doctor prescribed Prevalite Powder (orange flavor)

2-3 times a day and diarrhea stopped immediately! That medicine helps with cholesterol as well so I didn't have to continue statin script. I do have to be careful of fat although it's very hard. Avoid fat and sugar together as well if you also have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Avoid fatty meat.. Rinse as much fat off meat if you decide to eat it anyway. Ice-cream is a killer on me but if I've had an ice-cream cone maybe 3 times and it only bothered me the next morning. I also know ones that said they never had any problems with diet! For me? It was a long enduring experience for a couple months before I was FINALLY hospitalized for a week undergoing about 5 tests/procedures for them to figure out what was wrong. I had to insist it had to be my gallbladder so hospitalist would finally run a test. They turned me down 2 other times in the ER. Evidently, my liver enzymes were up more since the last ER visit. I'm just thankful it's behind me and I didn't have pancreatic cancer as they had thought during Hospitalization.

I had gallbladder surgery 10 months ago. I am nicely recovered . It is still wise toeat s on February 15, 2018:

It is still wise to eat several small meals per day. If you feel full, stop eating! I have reintroduced foods that gave me problems before surgery.most give me no trouble; some I find I must eliminate forever . Nuts and popcorn mostly.

Rebecca on February 03, 2018:

Just had my gallbladder removed 3 days ago. I've been fighting attacks for about 4 years, until in the last 1 and a half my attacks got more recent, longer, and barely manageable. I was throwing up with about every one. I did my own gallbladder cleanses, and that seemed to help me for a couple months. My last attack which happened on Jan 4, 2018 was 15hrs long. After that one, I decided it was time to see what was up. Had an ultrasound done, and it showed gallstones. From that day on I was put on a vegetable and fruit diet. It was really hard but well worth it to keep my attacks under control, and on the plus side i lost about 40lbs. So I didn't allow any fat or dairy in my diet for a whole month. I had surgery on the 31st of Jan 2018. Now I'm trying to recover. Staying on my fruits and vegetables diet for about 2 weeks, so that I can give my body time to heal. Hoping someday I can get back to eating normal again.

Sharon on January 25, 2018:

I am having surgery in 3 days to remove my galbladder. Have had stones for over 10 years. Honestly, no real problem with the galbladder until past couple months and then, it is only a weak pain on my right side just below waist. Weird. Of course some vomiting after spicy foods, gravies, high fat foods. This article is a God send! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I was about in tears not knowing what to eat. Have not found a whole lot of help until I came across this article. I'm so grateful! Good luck everyone and Good health!

Connie on January 17, 2018:

Had my gallbladder removed 12/22/17 started having excruciating pain the Sunday b4 went to er and they couldn't find anything so went home still in pain with pain meds a nausea meds for almost 3 days I ate nothing and didn't get out of my recliner except to use the bathroom. So went back to the er on Wed and then he said my white blood count was at 21000 so did another CT scan and said my gallbladder was swollen so tranferred me to another hospital waiting for Mri to c if any stones found 5 so had to have endoscopy first to remove the stones then a couple hrs later did the cholecystectomy they couldn't do a laparoscopy so got the big cut Dr told my daughter it was about to burst when he went in. Eating is a challenge can only eat a little but just a few hrs and I'm hungry again and about 530 in the morning I'm straving but I wait. The pain is minimal at this point almost 4 wks later when I walk feels like my belly was so heavy (weird) I guess it still feels numb is your. Bending is a challenge too but I thank God he brought me through it all! I never want to feel pain like that again it was horrible! Oh been experiencing abdominal cramps every so many days and that's not fun. Lol . May God be with all going through this! Sorry so long

Jeanette on January 11, 2018:

Hand surgery 6 days ago. Struggled immediately after with nausea. Took zofran and kept to clear liquids mostly. Now on to rice and toasts and sticking with clear liquids mostly. I feel very full immediately after eating almost like my stomach shrunk. Going to start some enzymes this weekend to see if that helps. Perhaps it is just bloating. Definitely not eating as much as I used to. Have had gas here and there but my Bowel movements are normal. So that is good news. Overall feel weak and lethargic.

Eillenram23 on January 01, 2018:

Thanks for this article in which I have learned a lot.. I have just undergo an open gallbladder removal sugery a few days ago.. actually until now I am still at the Hospital for recovery..

Marlene Hibbets on December 27, 2017:

Just had my gallbladder surgery on December 13th. Still struggling through the pain and uncertainty of what I can eat. This helped alot as I find was eating some foods that were not helpful to me. I have lost about 10 pounds and only eat small amount of food. You are right your stomach will let you know when to stop. Thank you for your insight on this subject. It was very helpful.

mrsfarmer on December 01, 2017:

I had my surgery 10 days ago. Doing great. Only uncomfortable wearing jeans and working at a desk. I haven't had a problem eating regular foods, just not so much of it. So any newbies, not everyone has a bad time after surgery. 2 of my co-workers also never had any problems.

Ellie on November 30, 2017:

Does anybody has a problem with soy milk? I always drink regular whole organic milk but for nearly two moths I drink soy milk after I stared having pain do to my gallbladder but now 4 days after the surgery I am afraid to drink it since some people have mention that you are not supposed to eat soy after having your gallbladder removed. Thanks!

Ellie on November 30, 2017:

I had mine remove 4 days ago, and I am feeling okay, been eating jello, chicken broth, crackers and some fruit, I am a big foodie and love to cook and this is all new and scary for me but I guess is not that bad since I am not in pain like I was before having it removed. I am really looking forward to feel normal which i don’t know if that would be posible, still trying to figure out what to eat and not to eat. I am sorry for everyone of you that have had it not so easy I really hope everyone of you get to feel better, find a job and get to play with you little ones. Thanks for this blog it’s a blessing.

Lj on October 20, 2017:

I had my gallbladder removed in december last year 10 months ago to the day. I am only just starting to feel well again. I was couch bound for 5 months as I could not sit only lay. Drs put it down to nerve damage but i really dont think they knew what was happening. Maybe in afew months ill be able to get a job again and get on with my life. Its been horrific! Wish i found this book 10 months ago!

Miss Mullins on September 27, 2017:

I had surgery on 9/20/17 still on a lot of pain, can't really sleep on my side without a pillow tucked underneath my stomach . I can barely walk and due to go back to work next week . The most painful part is around my navel area when I try to sit or get up from sitting .I have a follow up apt with my sergeant on 9/28/ . I eat about 1-2 a day small portions but just from reading I'm not sure what or what not to eat . I am so afraid of getting sick so I just want eat anything . I only eat chicken and fish baked or boiled now of course but I am not a big vegetable eater . I try to google the things I would like to eat before eating but that gives me mixed information. Please continue on posting the things you guys are able to eat daily..........Hopefully my pain will end soon , I have a 6 yr old who loves playing with mommy....

Alice m on September 24, 2017:

Got my gal bladder removed a year ago, still having trouble with digestion, seems like everything I eat is a no go. Diarrhea every day after meals. Trying to be better with my diet, 3 grams of fat or less per serving is what my nutritionist said, so, here starts my new life of low fat or non fat meals. Goodbye pizza, donuts, bacon, cake, ice cream, bagels, chocolate. I will miss you. As for Tara, don't stress about work. You'll get back to work when you're ready, I was up and moving about a week after, but no heavy lifting, your body just experienced trauma and should be treated as such. Good luck with your surgery. You'll be fine. Just take the time to rest and get better. I didn't have a job at the time so I didn't have to worry about getting back, but like I said, I was up and about a week after surgery.

Tara on September 24, 2017:

This info is amazing Thank you

Will be having my gallbladder removed the end of this coming Friday 29th. Im really nerves. I've been told I can return to work in two weeks after having the surgery. My job is high pace. Im a little nerves about that. How long before any of you could return to work full duty. Im ok with changing my diet. I started two weeks ago after being in the ER AND talking to the surgeon. Thanks again for this info.