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Dumping Syndrome After Gallbladder Removal
Son had gallbladder removed 7 yrs ago. Still always dumping syndrome after meals. Questran (cholestyramine) doesn't help. Is this common for gb removal? Any advice?
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
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Trial and error: After gallbladder removal, the bile from the liver constantly drains into the intestine (rather than being stored in the gallbladder between meals and squirted into the intestine after meals). Bile can be irritating and about 25% of patients may experience gastric irritation or diarrhea. This is called post-cholecystectomy syndrome. Avoid acid food and fatty food. Minimize alcohol and tobacco. ...Read more
No special diet after gallbladder surgery some people will experience loose bowel after a rich or fatty meal
digestive system are not the same in all of us some tolerate food the others do not nothing to do with the surgery
listen to your body what it is trying to tell you
some food we like might not like us back. ...Read more
A couple of weeks: Assuming you had an uneventful laparoscopic cholecystectomy, have resumed a normal diet, have no GI symptoms like anorexia or nausea, have no history of gastritis or liver disease, and are not taking any other new medications including narcotics, consult your surgeon during the post-op check, about a small amount of wine. If you tolerate this, like all good things, moderate the amount you drink. ...Read more
How long ago: Was your surgery? Was it laparoscopic? You can expect to have incisional pain while healing up from surgery. When this is over, you should feel better. Some patients get colicky pain for a few weeks until your system gets accustomed to absence of storage organ. Ask your surgeon what to expect at what point in time after surgery. Persistent pain, fever, vomiting, or jaundice are danger signs. ...Read more
Rarely: Following gallbladder surgery, a small percent of people will come back with a recurrent "gallbladder-like" attack. This is usually due to a small stone that was hiding within the bile duct before surgery and can pass spontaneously or require non-surgical endoscopic removal. Even less frequently, people can develop new stones in their bile duct years after surgery, likewise treated as above. ...Read more
Not unheard of: It's not usual, but not unheard of, to have some persistent bloating. It is NOT due to a lack of bile, or persistent CO2 in the abdomen. Just maintain a good healthy diet, no restrictions, stay hydrated, and maintain normal activity. Perhaps add some yogurt to your diet. If it continues, I suggest you discuss with your surgeon, but it should resolve. Good luck. ...Read more
See your doctor: Many of the symptoms of gallbladder disease and reflux are similar, but the two diseases are really unrelated. The surgery didn't cause your reflux, it was already there in addition. With the gallbladder out now you just notice it more. If over the counter mess don't work, you may need prescription medication. A GI evaluation also in order as long term reflux can cause esophageal problems. ...Read more
See your doctor: I do not know how long ago your surgery was. Early after gallbladder surgery there may be an adjustment period of abdominal gas or pressure feeling which resolves in a few weeks. Later, if heartburn is still an issue, then see your doctor for antacid medication, and may need a gastroenterology evaluation for other conditions such as hiatal hernia. ...Read more
Depends: Some incisional pain may be normal at 3 weeks, but for the most part, it should be improving. Severe pain could indicate a problem. Your surgeon should be notified if you are still in a lot of pain at the 3 week mark. Some simple tests can be done to make sure the pain doesn't represent a problem that needs more attention. ...Read more
Something else: It's likely something else... Recommend checking with your internist and getting a referral to a GI specialist.... Could be a inflammatory disorder... ...Read more
2 weeks after gallbladder removal still have pain under right ribs and in my back on the right side.?
Is it possible to have adhesion develop 1 week after gallbladder removal. If so what is the next approach?
Just diagnosed with hernia 2 inch above bellybutton after gallbladder removal 3 month ago. Do I avoid any particular exercises while waiting for op?
Hmmmm: Avoid any exercise that tense up abd muscle such as abdominal crunch, sit up or prolong straining. ...Read more
Yes: Gallstones can form after the removal of the gallbladder. It is not very common, but may occur. See your doctor if you think this has happened or are having symptoms. It could be something else (like an ulcer) that may be causing your symptoms. ...Read more
There is a long list of a potential complication from gallbladder surgery
do you mean what would you expect your body will do or complication that could happen during surgery and you might be feeling it now
after surgery patient will feel tired, drained, fatigue
some might not tolerate specific food
some will have diarrhea some will have constipation
some will have more pain than others
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A condition that occurs occurs when food, especially sugar, moves too fast from the stomach to the duodenum—the first part of the small intestine—in the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This condition is also called rapid gastric emptying (early dumping syndrome) and it occurs 10 to 30 ...Read more
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