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Life After Gallbladder Removal: What to Expect and How to Adapt

The liver produces bile, which is stored and expelled via the gallbladder, a little pear-shaped organ. A person may occasionally feel extreme pain and discomfort as a result of gallbladder issues like gallstones or infections, in which case a surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder may be advised like the gallbladder removal surgery in Dubai. To learn more about the short- and long-term consequences of gallbladder removal, continue reading.

About the Gallbladder Removal

The majority of gallbladder disorders, including bile duct stones and gallstones, are brought on by an excess of bilirubin (a pigment produced by the liver) or cholesterol in the bile. Unless they obstruct a bile duct, these disorders don’t create any symptoms and don’t need to be treated. Large stones that cause inflammation or occlusion of the bile duct require surgical removal of the gallbladder; little stones disappear on their own.

A laparoscope, a thin, flexible tube with a light and video camera at the end, can be used to perform gallbladder removal operations. Alternatively, a major incision known as an open cholecystectomy can be made on the abdomen.

What symptoms may occur during the recovery process?

Recovering from gallbladder surgery takes anywhere from a couple of weeks to 4-6 weeks, depending on factors such as the type of surgery (laparoscopic or open surgery), your overall wellness, and other issues.

You may experience:

  • Temporary Pain

It is common to experience pain in the region where surgery is performed, which in the case of gallbladder removal means the incision site and the surrounding abdomen. You may also experience back pain and even pain in your shoulder area, which results from the air pumped into your abdomen during the gallbladder removal surgery in Dubai.

This pain should fade over the course of a few days after your surgery. And it is usually treatable with over-the-counter products such as Acetaminophen and ibuprofen, as well as ice packs.

  • Bloating

Because gallbladder removal surgery involves pumping air into your abdomen as part of the procedure, you will experience temporary bloating or swelling that will decrease within a few days of the surgery. It may be uncomfortable, but it should improve quickly as the air has a chance to dissipate.

  • Fever

Due to the stress of surgery, you may experience a slight fever (under 101 degrees) that goes away within a few days. If you have a low-grade fever, you may use over-the-counter medication to address it, as well as drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of rest. 

If you have a fever over 101 degrees or have other symptoms in addition to the fever—such as nausea, pus draining from the incision site, or swelling and redness around the incision site—contact our best colorectal surgeon in Dubai because these may be symptoms of post-surgical infection.

Basic Dietary Changes

Making a few basic dietary changes will help your body adjust to changes in the way bile is released.

Limit your fat intake

Aim to stay away from meals that have more than three grams of fat per serving. Pay close attention to the labels on dairy goods, sauces, toppings, and processed meats because occasionally they have higher fat contents than you might imagine.

Other foods to approach with moderation include:

  • sausage
  • beef
  • fried foods
  • chips
  • chocolate
  • full-fat milk, yogurt, or cheese
  • cream
  • skin-on poultry
  • foods that contain a lot of vegetables, peanut, canola, or olive oil

If you already eat a lot of these foods, start out by trying to find low- or non-fat versions of these foods. As a rule of thumb, fat should only make up about 30 percent of your diet. If you consume roughly 2,000 calories per day, aim for under about 60–65 grams of fat.

Eat regular, small portions throughout the day

Try not to eat most your food over the course of three large meals. This can overwhelm your digestive tract because your liver doesn’t produce enough bile to effectively digest large amounts of food.

Instead, aim for about six meals containing 300–400 calories at a time. Try to include lean meats, such as fish or skinless chicken, or other non-processed protein sources. You can also load up on fruits and vegetables.

Limit your fiber intake

Eating high-fiber foods right after having your gallbladder removed can make any bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea you’re experiencing worse.

Following the procedure, try to limit your intake of the following high-fiber foods:

  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • cabbage
  • beans
  • nuts, such as peanuts and almonds
  • high-fiber breads, such as whole-grain or whole-wheat
  • high-fiber cereals, such as bran

You don’t need to completely cut these foods out of your diet. Just start with smaller amounts, and gradually increase your portions as you figure out what your body can handle.

Limit your caffeine

Caffeine from things like tea, coffee, or soft drinks can also increase gas, abdominal pain, and bloating after having your gallbladder removed. This is because caffeine increases stomach acid production, which can make your stomach empty out faster than usual. Without enough concentrated bile to help break down stomach contents headed into the intestine, the typical symptoms of gallbladder removal can be aggravated.

As with your fiber intake, you just need to limit your caffeine consumption while you recover from the procedure. You can gradually start adding more to your diet as your body adjusts.

Gallbladder removal is a routine type of surgery that can alleviate pain and problems from gallstones and a number of other conditions. By following a few simple tips, though, you can avoid digestive discomfort after your gallbladder removal surgery in Dubai. Contact us right away to discuss further.

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