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Is it normal to still have fatty stools after a gallbladder removal? i am having stools that appear like i am not digesting fat. i s that normal 3 years after i have had my gallbladder removed?

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Dr. Joseph Jeu
Family Medicine 44 years experience
It : It is not uncommon to have problems with your bowels following gallbladder removal. Common symptoms include heartburn, bloating, belching, passing lots of gas, and diarrhea. This is particularly pronounced after eating a fatty meal. It occurs because there is no more reservoir available (gallbladder) to store your bile. Bile helps you digest fat, and is normally relased when you have a fatty meal. If these symptoms are bothersome to you, you should consider a high fiber, low fat diet as much as possible. Discuss these symptoms with your physicians. Sometimes enzymes and resins may be helpful to control your symptoms. I hope this info helps.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
Can be: Depends on the amount of fat you are consuming all at once. Limit the fat and if no better see a GI specialist.

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