Individuals who have recently undergone gallbladder surgery may have trouble digesting solid food right away, and liquids, broths and gelatin may be easier to digest, according to Everyday Health. Solid foods can be reintroduced as the patient feels better and with the guidance of a doctor.
Many gallbladder patients report having problems digesting fatty foods initially following surgery, Everyday Health states. Individuals should avoid foods such as pizza, cream-based soups and sauces, gravies, poultry skin, and foods made with butter or lard. Other foods that may cause problems with digestion include full-fat dairy products such as milk, cheese, ice cream and sour cream and high-fat meat such as sausage, ribs, ground beef and bologna. Patients should avoid palm and coconut oils, chocolate, and fried foods such as french fries and potato chips.
Most people return to a normal eating plan within a month after surgery, but many foods can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, gas and bloating until the body adjusts to the absence of digestive support from the gallbladder, notes Everyday Health. The gallbladder is responsible for secreting bile produced by the liver. Once the gallbladder is surgically removed, bile leaks slowly from the liver down to the small intestine. Foods that are high in fiber and known for producing gas can cause added discomfort. These include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, legumes and seeds. Spicy foods may also cause gastrointestinal issues following surgery.