Liquid Diet After Gallbladder Surgery Review
It is wise for most people to adjust their diet after gallbladder surgery. The gallbladder stores bile which is released into the small intestine during digestion. Sometimes stones form in the bile. These stones can be made of cholesterol or bile. If the stones accumulate in the gallbladder then gallbladder surgery and often gallstone removal is required. If a gallstone moves to the pancreas via the common bile duct, the result is inflammation of that organ and is known as gallstone pancreatitis. Since cholesterol is implicated in the formation of gallstones, a diet after gallbladder surgery would logically be low in cholesterol. Cholesterol is found in animal products. Plants contain no cholesterol. A gallbladder diet and a pancreatitis diet plan are actually quite similar. A diet after gallbladder surgery should include plenty of fruits and vegetables-at least 5 servings a day. The fiber keeps digestion moving, helps eliminate toxins and lowers bad cholesterol. Healthy fats, those that are liquid at room temperature, are also helpful. A healthy diet after gallbladder surgery includes avoiding alcohol and fatty meals.
Most gallbladder surgeries are done as laparoscopies. Three small incisions are made in the abdomen. A tiny video camera guides the surgeon. The gallbladder is removed through one of the small incisions. Most people go home the next day. About 5 percent of those needing gallbladder surgeries will require open surgery which involves making a 5 to 7 inch incision in the abdomen. In both laparoscopic and open surgery, the patient is sedated and feels no pain. Recovery from open surgery takes a little longer. Immediately after the surgery, the patient is given nourishment intravenously. After that the patient is given a liquid diet and then, if there are no problems, moves on to solid food. There are a lot of people who have gallstones but do not experience any symptoms. They are said to have silent stones. No treatment is needed for stones that do not interfere with the function of the liver, pancreas, or gallbladder.