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Diet For People Without A Gallbladder
Low fat: If you're having gallbladder symptoms, you can reduce them by avoiding fatty foods. Try sherbet and pretzels for snacks, avoid avocados, nuts, peanut butter. Use low fat dairy, low fat salad dressings. Nothing fried. Now, if you have surgery to remove the gallbladder, all those restrictions go away. Good luck. ...Read more
Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
Removal: Sludge in the gallbladder occurs when there is an alteration in liver metabolism, and one of three main components of bile crystallize, and sit in the gallbladder. This sludge will eventually coalesce in to stones. There is no cure for the inderlying cause. Surgical removal of the gallbladder does solve the problem. If there are no symptoms, its ok to watch it. ...Read more
Depends: Immediately after surgery I find patients who eat greasy or fatty food have a lot of abdominal pain and cramping with diarrhea and urgent trips to the bathroom. It takes a while for the body to get used to not having a large input of bile with each meal to help digest the fat. While almost everyone goes back to eating a normal diet. I recommend my patients avoid high fat foods for the first 4 wk. ...Read more
Yes: I agree with dr. Rosen. Gallbladder disease is often multi-factoral. There are clear relationships between diet and gallbladder disease. In addition to poor dietary choices, things including yo-yo dieting with significant weight swings is associated with increased stone formation. Certain illnesses are also associated with development of gallstones. ...Read more
Cholesterol: We are not 100 percent certain on how this happens, but some gallstones are made of cholesterol. The assumption is that high cholesterol levels can induce the formation of gallstones, but this is not always the case. There re many factors associated with the formation of gallstones and sometimes dieting alternated with periods of food binges can be as bad and a promotor of gallstones. ...Read more
About 30-40: It is recommended that our fat intake be 20-35% of our daily calorie intake--that translates into 45-75 grams of fat daily, depending on your total csalorie intake. So to follow a low fat diet you may consider about 30-40 grams of fat daily. To avoid gallbladder flare-ups I recommend avoiding cholesterol and fried foods ...Read more
As above: It is best to ask her physician about it. ...Read more
Is it possible to have abnormal hida scan, but watch diet and live a normal healthy life without having gallbladder removed?
Yes: A radionuclide scan (hida, pipida) is a study of the function and emptying of the gallbladder. We typically think of abnormal results as less than 35 or 40%; however, I have seen many patients with bilary pain with "normal" results as well as patients with abnormal results but essentially no symptoms. The best place for hida is in concert with other tests (blood, u/s, physical exam. ...Read more
I discovered I have calculus gallbladder & going to have an operation in 3 months. I wanted to know if there is a certain diet that I need to follow?
I still have my gallbladder and until I see my surgeon he told me to go on a bland diet. Any suggestions?
I'm a otherwise health 22 y-old with gallbladder sludge that is inflamed, severe pain after fatty meals. Is diet the best way to treat it?
Had troubles with gallbladder since 13, when flushing the bile feel better temporarily, will the removal surgery help? Or that means diet for life?
Does a low functioning gallbladder get better with diet? Hida scan showed only 17% functioning what's the chances of rupturing or gettinh gangreen?
unlikely: The good thing with seeing the gallbladder (you can't calculate an ejection fraction unless the gallbladder filled first) is that it is very good with predicting that there is not acute cholecystitis...So gangrene and rupture very unlikely at that time. However an ejection fraction of 17%, is low. This is most commonly related to a chronic disease, and indicates poor function. ...Read more
What can be done to prolong gallbladder surgery? Like any sort of diet or something like antacids?
No: Low fat diet can sometimes prevent the onset of symptoms of gallbladder disease, however once you've had symptoms you are very likely to have future attacks. Those future attacks could occur at anytime after any meal and at a more inconvinent time of your life. Surgery also prevents infection and pancreatitis. ...Read more
Is there a need to follow a strict diet plan after the removal of gallbladder. I.E. Eating low cholesterol diets, no meat..
No: Ignore whoever told you this unless it's your surgeon or an evidence-based clinician. Life's difficult enough without limiting yourself based on stuff you read on the internet. Best wishes. ...Read more
I had gallbladder surgery 4 days ago. Doing very well. Tired of bland diet, what can I eat? I'm afraid to eat anything not bland!
No restrictions: After the gallbladder is removed there is no need to avoid fatty foods. Prior to surgery, a patient with gallbladder problems should avoid fatty foods to avoid symptoms. A small percentage of patients will get post op urgency, which is an urgent need to have a bm about 30-45 minutes after meals. This will be self limited, or easily quelled with Imodium (loperamide) ad. Good luck. ...Read more
I had my gallbladder removed 2 days ago. Is some nausea after a bland diet normal at this point? Otherwise, no complications at all.
Yes, you will be OK: It is only just 2 days post op, you will e back to normal in few days, don't over eat and go back to your surgeon for post operative follow up. ...Read more
I have gained weight and can't lose any of it since having my gallbladder removed despite a healthy diet and exercise. Any suggestions?
What does the term "hot" gallbladder mean? Hubby was diagnosis with it, drs. @ 1st sugg surgery but then prescription change his diet and exercise?
Does 19 mm stone in gallbladder be a cause of frequently gastritis pain in spite of proper workout and conscious diet almost. Very less fried food.?
Hello. I ve been diagnosed with gallbladder sludge. Iam on a diet and I also want to start taking garcinia cambodia to shed some weight off. Is it safe?
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having sludge in your gall bladder is a meaningless term. I suppose they could be really tiny stones. But at that size they should pass easily if they were microscopic stones. On MRI we can often see fluid levels in the gall bladder - it is normal. ...Read more
My father 60 y.o has gallstone avg. Size 0.47 and he is diabetic. With good diet, what are the considerations to let gallbladder not removed.
Symptoms: If the stone is causing symptoms, in general we remove the gallbladder w/ the stones laparoscopically (small incisions, use of a camera). Typical symptoms are intermittent crampy pain in the right/mid upper abdomen, sometimes radiating to the back. Classically occurs 30-60 min. After eating, and exacerbated by fatty foods. In the US, without symptoms, we usually don't take it out. Hope this helps! ...Read more
The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more