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A 61-year-old female asked:

My gall bladder surgery was two weeks ago. i have days of regular bowel movements and days of urgent diarrhea 1 hour after meal. how long will it last?

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Dr. Ann Agnew
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Avoid fat: Many people have diarrhea after gallbladder surgery. bile is added to the intestinal contents after a meal when the gallbladder ontracts,. The bile helps break down (emulsify) fat in order for it to be absorbed. Now that you don't have a gallbladder fats are harder to absorb. i would avoid high fat foods and increase your fiber intake. this should help
Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Diarrhea: This is very common after gallbladder surgery and is usually self limiting and usually disappears in 5 to 6 weeks
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
And be careful with what you eat,, avoiding fried fatty greasy foods. Drink more water
Jul 30, 2014
Dr. Michael Michaels
Urology 53 years experience
Not sure: I am not sure if the urgent diarrhea is related to the gall bladder surgery 2 weeks.ago.It is possible that you may have IBS(irritable bowel syndrome)which is helped by high fiber diet &/or OTC medicine like metamucil.Check with your family doctor who mad recommend a GI specialist if high fiber diet does not help. I hope this has helped.Wish you the best.
Dr. Tadge Kanjo
Dr. Tadge Kanjo commented
General Surgery 23 years experience
This is most commonly caused by high fat content in your diet. It is best to limit dietary fat intake following gallbladder surgery for a few weeks slowly increasing the amount consumed at any given meal. For most patients this only lasts up to 4 weeks but many will develop urgency and loose stool after meals high in fat content. Increasing fiber intake can help but must be done GRADUALLY.
Jul 30, 2014
Dr. David Kashmer
Trauma Surgery 20 years experience
It turns out...: Your diarrhea may be related to your cholecystectomy. (We see it fairly commonly.) Typically this resolves within 2-4 weeks, and we hypothesize that it's due to the fact you don't have bile reserved to process fat (gallbladder stores and concentrates bile)--although no one is sure if that's exactly the reason. This resolves with time, and to help we usually recommend avoiding fatty, spicy foods.

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