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What foods can bother you after gallbladder surgery?

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Foods that are spicy or high in fats may cause digestive issues following gallbladder surgery, advises Everyday Health. High-fiber and gas-producing foods may be problematic too. Patients must reintroduce these foods back into their diets gradually.

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High-fat foods include fried foods, fatty meats, dairy products, pizza, palm and coconut oils, chocolate, and creamy soups or gravies, says Everyday Health. High-fiber foods, such as cereals, nuts and whole-grain breads, along with gas-producing foods, such as broccoli, legumes, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, can cause discomfort during digestion. Once the gallbladder is removed, bile leaks slowly from the liver into the intestines instead of being stored in the gallbladder, and it can take some time for the body to become accustomed to this. Doctors suggest eating clear liquids, such as broth and gelatin, at first and gradually adding solid foods back into the diet.

To help the body readjust, Mayo Clinic advises eating small meals that include small amounts of protein, vegetables, fruits and whole grains, striving to limit fat to less than 3 grams per serving. Gradually adding fiber over the course of several weeks helps minimize diarrhea and constipation, while also minimizing the risk of cramps and gas. It can take some time before people who have undergone gallbladder surgery can tolerate dairy foods and beverages that contain caffeine.

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