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Low Fat Diet Gallbladder

Written By: admin - Feb• 10•12

Our gall bladder holds and then lets off bile into your gastrointestinal tract. Difficulties related to gallbladder generally bring about needs to change an individual's diet regime. Gall stones and / or cholecystis generally demand low fat diet plan. With surgical removal of your gallbladder, you can normally get back to the common diet plan, due to the fact a liver is able to retain as well as expel bile with no gallbladder. High risk elements when it comes to gallbladder trouble happen to be females who may have lately given birth, fatness, diabetic issues, dramatical weight-loss plus utilization of high-fat food items for a lengthy time frame.

The particular main ability associated with gallbladder will be to hold plus emit bile produced in your liver. This will be vital when it comes to food digestion plus absorption of fats along with fat -- disolveable supplements. Dietary fat is normally absorbed if combined with bile within the digestive system. With no the presence of bile, fat out of food items can not become ingested, so for that reason a diet regime need to be transformed in order to remove fat. In the event the gall bladder is taken out, the liver could even now produce and also store bile.

Generally known as cholelithiasis, gall stones are actually minor compounds which occasionally get bigger inside the gallbladder. Although a number of gallstones bring about simply no discomfort and therefore pass throughout the body, others may well shift straight into bile tubes and therefore cause problems, discomfort as well as pains. Health treatment solution typically entails surgical treatment or removing of gall stones. Although there is no diet program which will protect against creation of gall stones, healthy eating routine decreases stimulation of gall bladder that will excrete bile, which often will help cut down pain brought about by gall stones.

Limiting fatty food products may help to reduce serious pain within the gall bladder. In an intense situation, the affected person really should prevent fat till the ailment is fixed surgically. Along with the presence of a long-term gallbladder condition, fats needs to be limited to 30 or forty five gr every day. Higher fat dairy foods so that you can stay away from can include, whole dairy, greasy cheeses along with cream cheeses. Unhealthy bread are typically cookies, sweet rolls, crisps and so on. You need to limit eggs to two to three each week, pick out low fat meat products also avoid creamy soups. Bad fats to limit include cooking oil, mayonnaise, sausage, nut products and also olives.

Frequently Asked Questions

    why a low fat diet after a gallbladder is removed/how can i live without a gallbladder?

    • ANSWER:
      I've been living like that for months now. I decided to keep my gallbladder after my attacks and trip to the hospital. The purpose for your gallbladder is to excrete a chemical to break down fat that's in your diet. When it excretes the liquid, sometimes a gallstone gets stuck in the duct leading to your stomach, causing extreme pain. If you have a low fat diet, there won't be as much fat in your stomach to digest, and your gallbladder won't have to work so hard.

      If you decide to have your g.b. taken out, you still need to eat a low fat diet because your g.b. won't be there to break down the fats.

      Good luck.

    Should people follow a low fat diet after having their gallbladder removed?
    I had gallstones and they removed my gallbladder. The surgeon said I should follow a low-fat diet. My primary doctor said a low-fat diet is irrelevant.
    Who should I believe?

    PS, i realize a low fat diet is a good idea in general, but i want to know how much I can bend the rules.

    Thanks robin. I have been eating lots of junk food since my doctor said it was ok and I have not had any side effects. But I am starting to re-focus on my health. Just confused why 2 doctors would give different advice.

    • ANSWER:
      Following a low fat diet after gall bladder surgery is a really good idea. You no longer have a way to store bile which is necessary to digest fats. If you eat fatty foods you can have really bad gas, bloating and all kinds of uncomfortable symptoms, but nothing health threatening., which is probably why your primary Dr. said it was OK not to be on a low fat diet. As for bending the rules, start slow with adding fatty foods to your diet. If you have a bad reaction, don't eat that any more. I had my gall bladder removed 2 months ago and I'm sticking with the low fat diet pretty much, but I have had a couple of fatty snacks in very small doses and have been fine. Just don't overdo it.

    Can you have a gallbladder attack if you have gallstones but eat low fat diet?

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      hell yeh you can and it hurts.. go to your doctor. i had my gallbladder removed 5 yrs ago and still have pain at times

    After having my gallbladder removed about a week ago, I would like advice on a low fat diet?
    After the operation I was violently sick, and I was vomiting vile brown liquid, which was the contents of my stomach. I asked to see a nutritionist as I could not hold any food down, but my request was refused. As I retain anesthetic, I was sick for the next 48 hours, and had to be given saline drips intravenously to combat dehydration. I was also given anti-sickness injection and morphine. I still feel nausea now and I am hoping to get advice on a low fat diet, as I feel this would help me and my partner who has a heart condition. I still feel very weak, and I seem to fall asleep when I least expect it. Hope to hear from you soon and I would be very grateful for any advice.
    Alexandra Robertson

    • ANSWER:
      I would think that you falling alseep all the time has something to do with you not getting the proper nutrition. Can you take some sort of multi-vitamin during this time? If you are still feeling nauseated, start with dry toast. See how you keep that down. Go from there. Stay away from fatty, greasy, or fried foods. Is this what you are looking for? You seem to know that you need to stick to a low fat diet. Soup, toast, chicken breast & rice, salads with fat free dressing..........

    Need a low fat diet - how does this look?
    Breakfast - Mango slices, yoghurt

    Lunch - low fat soup or salad with chicken or fish

    Tea - Fish or chicken with salad or veggies, jacket potato

    Any tips for how I can improve this, make it more varied and for snacks etc...

    Looking to loose a bit of weight and to stop gallbladder pain with a low fat diet.


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    Gallbladder and low fat?
    I'm about to get my gallbladder and have to stick to a low fat diet until then (to prevent any attacks). How many grams in a meal is considered "low fat"?

    • ANSWER:
      ya, low fat means nothing. U need to avoid all fat u can. avoid bread full of fat, choose meat with less fat, no pork, no lamb. no duck. Nothing fried. Chicken without skin, milk & cheese without fat.
      with this your diet would be low in fat. of course your diet still has fat but less. that's all, no need to calculate grams of fat
      Take care
      May all be good in your surgery

    weight loss plateau on low fat diet?
    Last month I had pancreatitis and my gallbladder removed. I've followed a low fat, alcohol and caffine free diet and have been losing weight steadily. However, my weight loss has stalled possibly because I can't eat more than 15 grams of fat a day without pain, gas, nausea and diarrhea. Any suggestions on how to jump start my weight loss again?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no solution except to control your diet by controlling the foods you eat.
      you need to have a regular exercie regime
      And a diet that is writen by experts that is easy to follow as it is in point form.
      For a diet to work there has to be plenty of vareity in the meals or you will quickly lose interest.

      Crash diets are never successful because they are hard to maintain.
      They also slow the bodys metabolism rate as the body will lock into survival mode.
      When I started on my weightloss regime I had to realise that I had put on weight because of a lifetime of bad eating choices.

      Serious weight loss can only be achieved by giving your body the right types of calories at the correct times each day,

      Low Fat Foods DON'T WORK.

      You cannot lose weight using Low Fat Diets. Low fat foods have been popular for more than 15 years, but yet our society is getting more overweight as each year passes. This fact alone should tell you that eating a purely low fat menu is not the answer to losing weight.

      Low Calorie Diets DON'T WORK.

      You won't lose weight using a Low Calorie Dieting Plan either. In fact, eating low calories is the worst thing that you can do to your body, since that will only slow down your body's fat burning engine and ruin all chances of losing weight (low calorie diets may allow a few pounds of weight loss for the first few days, but then after that all weight loss comes to a halt --- known as a dieting plateau). You can never get slim by starving yourself.

      Low Carb Plans DON'T WORK.

      You'll probably find it extremely difficult to get slim using a Low Carb Dieting Plan. Low carb diets have recently become popular over the last couple years, but the problem with low carb menus is that they are too strict and TOO HARD TO FOLLOW for average people. Low carb menus tend to rob your body of too much energy (carbohydrates) and make it nearly impossible to remain on the program for very long. This is why so many dieters find it difficult to follow a strict low carbohydrate menu.
      If you're looking to get skinny then we have created an Online Diet Generator which can allow you to lose weight fast, and more importantly our diet generator is easy to use (and it calculates all of your meals for you, so that you don't have to do any work yourself).

    gallbladder, fat in gallbladder, 3-5 times the size?
    just asking a question for a friend, she has a gallbladder problem and the dr said to stop eating, the dr said in the test the gallbladder is 3-5 times its size and theres nothing the dr can do about it, can a gallbladder not be drained?, she also afraid of a havign a bag strapped to her if she gets it removed? can they remove it safely,,,, if she starts eating a low low fat diet will the gallbladder shrink, whats some good tips on controling this problem, the dr said theres nothing she can do for her pain either, she said the pain is like some thing itching inside,,,

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    what does a low fat diet include.?
    well my dad had his gallbladder removed yesterday and his surgeon put him on a low fat diet.
    im trying to figure out what he is able to eat. and wat he cannot eat.

    thank you
    and hopefully u answer.
    i googled it and it didnt help much

    • ANSWER:
      I had mine out a few months ago. I ate a lot of "fat free" things like cereal with fat free milk, jello, pretzels, applesauce, salads with fat free dressing and grilled chicken...etc. I stongly suggest staying away from all things spicy and fast food hamburgers. I know this from personal experience. I pretty much felt like I was dying after I ate those things. Stick with bland things for the first few weeks. Soon he will be back to normal and eating the things he likes.

    Low fat diet? Need professional opinion?
    Right, my girlfriend has had gallstones and has been on a low fat diet for a few months, she recently removed her gallbladder, and she is telling me if she continues this low fat diet (about 15g a day) she says she will become infertile and very ill? Now I am relatively certain this is not true, please medical professionals, back me up?
    This diet she was on, calories / carbs / sugars / salts all normal daily amounts! Just 15 grams of fat instead of 70

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    How do I eat low fat and still eat appetizing foods?
    Next week I am scheduled to have my gallbladder and appendex taking out because of severe complications I am currently having. The doctor has already placed me on a low fat diet (25-35 grams of fat per day), and I am COMPLETELY not used to this way of life. I'm all about meat... potatoes... butter... and lots of grease. I enjoy lots of spice, as well. I already know with my gallbladder out I will need to be close to a bathroom after a more-than-bland meal.

    But my question is... where can I find tasty recipies that will satisfy my fatty cravings yet ultimately be low-fat? How do I turn my already-perfect recipies to be easier on the fat? Generally---how should I go about decreasing my daily fat intake?

    • ANSWER:
      here's some resources for you. each one has TONS of recipes. it's not that hard. you just eat food with a lot of flavor, and use a lot of natural flavor enhancers like herbs and spices. good luck!

      Low Fat Recipes

      About: Low Fat Cooking

      Low fat Lifestyle:

      FAT FREE: The Low Fat Vegetarian Recipe Archive:

      Better Recipes Low-Fat Recipes:

    I need to start a high fiber and high protein, low fat diet, suggestions?
    Hi I recently had my gallbladder removed and was told by my doc that I needed to look into starting a high fiber, high protien and low fat diet to maintain optimal gastro health. I currently eat nothing but junk so I really need some pointers here. Does anyone know of any good websites where I can find food menus? Also I have four small children and would like to get them in the habit of eating healthy also so they are not in my shoes in 20 years. Thanks for the help.

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      USDA Nutrition:

    Diet for gallbladder problems?
    I wound up in the ER a little more than two months ago for severe upper abdominal pain. A CT revealed gallstones.

    After following up with my doctor, he recommended going on a low fat diet and gave me a list of do's and don't's. I have no problem following his recommendations, but the problem is, I am thin and following the dietary recommendations have lead to a weight loss of almost 8 lbs since starting it. At my appointment yesterday, he told me that I could not lose any more weight. Easier said than done.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for a diet that will incorporate high caloric intake without causing my gallbladder to flare up? I already thought of a dietary supplement such as Ensure, but that has a very high fat content.

    Thanks in advance.
    Thanks for your answer. I would like to avoid surgery if at all possible. We have lousy health insurance and I don't want to wind up thousands of dollars in debt to the hospital. I know if this cannot be managed by dietary changes, surgery is inevitable, but if I could figure out a way to at least maintain my current weight or gain weight while eating a low-fat diet, I'd rather do that.

    Orange juice is a killer for me, too. :(

    • ANSWER:
      When I had my gallbladder problem I ate low fat, boiled potatoes, boiled chicken, I still ate fried ground beef, but rinsed it in a colander before putting it in whatever I was making, it is very hard, even orange juice made me have an attack, it was nice, I lost weight, but you have none to lose. Are they planning to remove it soon?

    Any ideas where I can find a low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium website ?
    I don't have a gallbladder, and my dr recently said I have high cholesterol. I have Menieres Disease and have to eat a low sodium diet. I cant seem to find a site that has a low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium diet or eating tips. I am also trying to go vegetarian!

    • ANSWER:
      Also is good. It's all vegetarian and vegan recipes.

    Diet after having gallbladder removed?
    I have a non functioning gallbladder and I am awaiting removal.Obviously I know I will need to watch what I eat and limit my fat intake but will I be able to splurge every once in awhile? I'm so worried I'll never get to eat pizza or a cheeseburger again! I've been on a low fat bland diet for two months now and it's driving me crazy...

    • ANSWER:
      Fat intake without a gall bladder will usually result in loose bowel motions.

    Can my Father drink Coffee after gallbladder removal surgery?
    My Father just had his gallbladder removed and is now on a low fat diet.

    He has always been a heavy coffee drinker. I'm wondering if he can continue to drink coffee and other caffeine since his gall bladder is now removed. Are they any side effects other than normal now?

    • ANSWER:
      I just had mine removed about a month ago now. I am a diet coke fanatic and I was terrified I would not be able to have diet coke again. I started drinking it the day after my surgery and without problems.

      Everyone is different and some foods/drinks affect people differently, but I guess you will only know if you try. The worse that could happen is diarrhea and if his coffee is as important to him as my diet coke is to me, its worth a shot.

      If his stomach does get upset, tell him to hold off for about a month then try again. They put so many meds in you during the operation, who knows if its his body or the meds reacting.

      Good luck!

    if im over 35 weeks pregnant and i have another gallbladder attack will they take out the gallbladder and baby?
    I have gallstones and have been having very painful attacks since 13 weeks pregnant. Ive been hospitalized overnight twice in the past month with this. They told me the baby is too big to remove the gallbladder yet, and the baby is too small to deliver. If i have another attack do you think they will just take out the baby and gallbladder? I really cant stand having these attacks anymore and the low fat diet dosent seem to be working.

    • ANSWER:
      your close to full term so maby. you might have to wait till you are 36 weeks

    Some High fiber, low fat items to buy at the store?
    I'm on a high fiber, low fat diet (plus protein) per my doctors orders due to a gallbladder situation. I have tons of vegetables, but I want to know what else to buy that I can make into meals and snacks. I'm a college student, and for better eating choices I eliminated my meal plan this semester and moved in to an apartment with a kitchen so I can eat better since my options were processed garbage in the cafeteria. So, things I look for should be easy, low maintenance items. I would appreciate some idea's. Please and thank you. Also, this is paired with exercise, I walk around campus about 3 miles a day and a gym workout 4-5 times a week. Suggestions? I'm not much of a meat eater. Only chicken and turkey, sometimes fish.

    • ANSWER:
      Try Oatmeal and Ground Flax Seed. If you can't find it in stores, try it on Amazon.com

      It doesn't have the BEST taste, but 2 tablespoons have 4g of fiber (1 1/2 cups of oatmeal), 2.4 grams of omega 3 (more than the supplements and about 1 pound of fish), and the equivalent of lignans and antioxidants of 30 cups of broccoli.

      You might want to try fiber supplements as well. These contain 5 grams of fiber. Not to mention great tasting.

      Read up on the 17 day diet. It works wonders.

      You ought to do this:

      -When you wake up, pour lemon juice into 8 ounces of warm water to jump start your metabolism.
      -Drink a cup of green tea with each meal, no sugar
      -Eat 5 small to medium meals
      -Eat all high calorie things before noon - 2 PM because that is when your metabolism is at its fastest

      What you should get plenty of:

      -Fruit, but not after 2 PM, because then it can be stored as fat since they are high in calories
      -Water (at least 64 ounces a day)
      -Good oils (olive oil, Omega 3, flax seed oil)
      -Fresh produce
      -Probiotic foods (yogurt)

      Here are a few samples:
      Day 1:
      Breakfast: 2 scrambled egg whites, 1/2 grapefruit or other fresh fruit, 1 cup green tea,
      Lunch: Green salad with 1 tablespoon of good fat and 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 cup green tea
      Dinner: Plenty of grilled chicken, lots of vegetables, steamed or raw, 1 cup green tea
      Snacks: 6 ounces of sugar free plain yogurt with sugar free jam

      Day 2:
      Breakfast: 6 ounces plain low fat yogurt mixed with 1 cup berries or fruit (you may use a small packet of artificial sweetener), 1 cup green tea
      Lunch: Large salad with lots of greens and vegetables, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers, 1 tablespoon of olive oil/ flaxseed oil, 1 cup green tea
      Dinner: Plenty of grilled or baked salmon with lots of vegetables, 1 cup of green tea
      Snacks: 6 oz. sugar free fruit flavored yogurt/ plain yogurt with 1 packet of artificial sweetener

      Day 3:
      Breakfast: hardboiled eggs/ poached eggs 1/2 grapefruit or other fruit, 1 cup green tea
      Lunch: 1 large bowl of chicken vegetable soup, 1 cup green tea
      Dinner: Plenty of roasted turkey, tenderloin, steamed carrots and steamed asparagus, 1 cup green tea
      Snacks: Low sugar smoothie

      Day 4:
      Breakfast: Low sugar Smoothie, 1 cup green tea
      Lunch: Marinated vegetable salad, 6 oz. plain low fat yogurt with fruit 1 cup green tea
      Dinner: Eggplant parmesan/ Lean protein with vegetables, 1 cup green tea
      Snacks: Fruit

      Day 5: Breakfast: 2 scrambled egg whites, 1/2 grapefruit or other fruit, 1 cup green tea
      Lunch: Salad of baby spinach leaves, grape tomatoes, low fat feta/ blue cheese with 1 tbsp. of healthy fats and 2 tbsp. vinegar, 1 cup green tea
      Dinner: Ground turkey patties, with side salad, 1 tbsp. healthy fat and 2 tbsp. vinegar, i cup green tea
      Snack: 1 cup fresh berries, 6 oz. plain yogurt with 1 packet artificial sweetener or sugar free jam

      So basically most of the meals follow this simple routine:

      Breakfast: proteins, fruit and green tea
      Lunch: Salads, vegetables and green tea
      Dinner: Lean protein, vegetables and green tea
      Snack: fruit, yogurt

      But also, be sure to indulge one day a week. That way you'll keep your metabolism guessing and thus, leading to a faster metabolism. Exercise for about 30 minutes a day. But 20 minutes will do fine, too. I think running is your best option. When you run, you burn lots of calories. You may also want to consider jump roping. It is also a high calorie burner.

      To get the full menu's and insight buy the 17 day diet book. It's only about on Amazon. It provides you with 4 cycles. 17 menus per cycle. Each cycle provides you with another stage to either lose, regulate, develop good habits and maintain your ideal weight. It also comes with recipes and extra fat burning tips.

      Hope this helped!

      Also, drink a glass of water before eating a meal. It will help you be fuller and not eat so much.
      Eat slowly because it takes a while for your stomach to send a message to your brain telling you you're full

    maggii 2 minute noodles 97% fat free?
    I'm on a very strict low/no fat diet for gallbladder. I have a packet of maggii 97% fat free noodles here I'm DYING to eat (love noodles) but according to the packet they're 97% fat free when cooked then served as a soup by combining them with about 300ml boiling water....

    So my question is, can I leave the water out and still have them low fat? I don't like noodles in water or broth. If I have to I'll do it, but hoping it's not necessary

    thanks in advance! x]
    thanks mellvin.... great help you are.... I wasn't referring to calories just fat content. (I'm Australian - we're fluent in sarcasm)

    • ANSWER:
      G'day............ 97% fat free is the noodles, water has no fat. so if you drain the water it does not change the fact the your doodles have vvvv

      Total fat is 12.5gms
      Carbs are 46.4gms.

      All it means is..............................your will have to get up at 4.30am tomorrow and help me feed all the horses to work all that crap off.

      The fat is high BUT the carbs are a NO NO.

      5.30pm at the uni gym...............BE THERE

    Who has had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy/gallbladder removal?
    I had my gallbladder removed 2 weeks ago because of a low ejection fraction. I kind of wish I didn't do it. Is things going to get better? Every single time I eat fruits or vegetables, straight to the bathroom. I have high cholesterol and I am supposed to be on a low fat diet also, but if I can't eat fruits or vegetables how is that going to happen. I have lost 8 pounds since the surgery. Is there anything out there to make the diarrhea stop. I had the surgery to stop the diarrhea, but I don't think it is going away anytime soon.

    • ANSWER:
      i think that must be a common side affect. i had it will get better after awhile. i stayed on bland foods for 2wks. when i first came home.jello,sugarfree puddings.popsickles are good to. go on reg food slowly.good luck.

    Why am i still getting sharp pains after 11weeks after my gallbladder removal operation? ?
    11 weeks ago i had my gallbladder removed as it was full of gallstones, i was on a low fat diet for 6weeks and was feeling good up until a week ago i started getting sharp stabbing pains when i eat. Not just fatty things but even things that i was eating on the low fat diet are giving me the pains. I thought i should be getting better. Not worse.

    • ANSWER:
      You still may have gallstones in the bile ducts or are producing liver stones which is basically the same composition gallstones except now its obstructing bile ducts or liver ducts. Consider taking something to dissolve the gallstones or liver stones before trying to flush them out of your system. Look into something called the Pulverexx Protocol. Many people in swear to this for dissolving stones.

      Take care.

    Should I get my gallbladder removed?
    I have gallstones and my doctor recommended I get my gallbladder removed because I am on birth control and the gallstones might act up again, even with a low-fat diet. I have been reading online about personal stories of people having severe problems after the surgery including nausea and diarrhea after eating even years after the surgery. Any advice from personal experiences with this surgery will be helpful. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      gallstones are going to act up regardless. Some people will tell you to avoid fats, but there are other foods that cause the gallbladder to contract and release bile which then causes pain.

      The stones can also get stuck in the bile ducts and cause severe pain and even pancreatitis (where the digestive enzymes back up into your pancreas which then digests itself, causing the pancreas to inflame and causes even worse pain - which can then lead to diabetes, etc)

      I had my gallbladder out in 2001 - have had no problems since.

    What foods should I avoid after having my gallbladder removed?
    I just got out of surgery yesterday and the paperwork says I should be on a low fat diet for 6 weeks. What are some foods that I can and can't have. This was my first surgery and the doctors said I was perfectly healthy and they were surprised that this happened.

    • ANSWER:
      I had mine out Tue. I have been eating bland,low fat or not fat for the past few days until today i had a small piece of grilled chicken breast no skin,lightly seasoned potatoes and carrots. Some ppl come out eating the same things they did the day before surgery with no problems and some like myself are a little more careful.
      I am following my Dr's orders to stay away from certain foods for a little bit like red meats, red sauces,high sugar and high fat foods like your hamburgers,fries ect but every doctors orders are different some don't give any restrictions at all.

      I am going to slowly introduce foods to see what kind of reaction i get to each. However its your body and your going to be the one to be the judge of what you think you can handle or what you can't. You are the one who will have to deal with the out come. I am playing it smart and eating healthier then i did before after all my trigger foods were high in fat causing the pain to begin with.
      I have not gotten all of my apatite back just yet and only problem i have so far is i seem to get pretty gassy after eating (gas x works lol) and i had a tiny piece of cake for my sons b day today and the sugar seemed to have give me a upset stomach. Good Luck on your recovery.

      Some of the things i have been eating not really filling but smaller portions through out the day seem to be keep me satisfied for now..haha
      Apple sauce
      Pudding (sugar free)
      Cream of wheat
      Jello (sugar free)
      soup (low fat)
      1/2 sub from subways 6grams of fat or less menu
      Italian ice (sugar free)
      Saltine crackers
      Fresh fruit

    Does anyone know about using lithotripsy (sound waves) for gallstones instead of surgery (cholecystectomy)?
    About a year ago, I had a gallstone attack for the first time. I am in my 30's. I went to the ER; ultrasound found a single gallstone. I think the report said it was 5mm. They recommended a low fat diet & gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy).

    That was a year ago. Since then my weight decreased from 190 to under 160 due to diet change & increased exercise. Since my original attack, I have had attacks about every other month (7 attacks), none as severe. My last attack was 3 months ago.

    I scheduled surgery for early next month. I'm wondering, however, if there are any scientifically demonstrated alternatives to surgery. I have done research & have read about lithotripsy & actigall:

    I live in Denver & can't find any local information. Can't find who does lithotripsy on gallbladder nearby. GI doctors I called are all booked past surgery date. Can anyone help or provide more info?

    • ANSWER:
      My fiance recently had gallstone attacks, and they were unbarable for her. We discussed all of her options with the GI specialist, and his opinion was that using soundwaves to break the gallstones(like they do often with kidneystones) was rarely effective and the gallstones would usually return.

      He recommended having the gall bladder removed, so that's what we did.

      I'm not going to lie, the process wasn't fun for her. Surgery hurts. But it was totally worth it. She no longer has gallstone attacks and she can live her life to the fullest.

    I have had my gallbladder taken out when i was 12 years old. I am 21 years old right know and i am starting to get very harrible pain again. I am already very thin and dont think i can go on a low or no fat diet. Is there somthing different i can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you recall the gallbladder pain? Does it seem similar to what you are feeling now? My dad just went through an attack of pancreatitis, have the doctor check that. The symptoms are very painful and can seem like gallbladder pain.

    low fat low fiber recipes?
    Have a bacterial ulcer and a bad gallbladder. Awaiting surgery but its taking a while. Everything hurts and the pain meds they have me on make me want to throw up. Ive heard that a low fat, low fiber diet might help. I have my doubts as I cant even eat jello, broth or applesauce right now without problems. But would love any recipe suggestions anyone has. Ive looked and looked but cant find anything online. Please Help! I just want to be able to eat sleep and take care of my 3 month old again

    • ANSWER:
      Gravol makes ginger tablets that won't make you tired and won't interfere with your other meds, to deal with that nausea.

      You could also try mint tea.

      That's a tricky question....

      Potatoes are low fat low is white rice...white bread...cucumbers, pickles, cabbage, basically anything white.

      I hope that helps.

    What can i do about gallbladder pain?
    im a "borderline diabetic" And im on just the pill for it. Im 25 weeks pregnant and They told me i need to be on a low carb/low fat diet for my diabeties and gallbladder. Anyways, my sugar was low this morning so i ate a few poptarts *very bad for me i know* but my stomach has been hurting from eating some stuff high in fat and stuff for the past few days too. Is there anything i can do to ease the pain, like eating soemthing diffrent? or taking something else

    I know ill have to wait for it to be out of my system but how do i find relief right now

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    Problems post gallbladder removal?
    I had my gallbladder removed about 6 months ago, and since then I've had problems with my bowel. One minute I'm loose, then I can be constipated for days. I know diarrhoea is a common side effect, but seem to have developed a 'lazy bowel'. My gallstones weren't the usual cholesterol ones either, but the less common deposits of bile, usually seen in someone with a no fat diet, and indicating my gallbladder hadn't been working properly for years. I'm 32, and have a BMI of 22. Anyone got any idea on whats causing this, and what I can do to change it? I have a low fat diet too, and would like to keep it that way! Thanks in advance.......

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      It sounds like you have post-cholecystectomy syndrome. This can occur in up to 5% of patients following cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) and can include one or more of the following symptoms - pain, flatulence, indigestion, nausea and diarrhoea. Some doctors think it happens because cholecystectomy alters the manner in which bile enters your digestive system. Your gall bladder is a muscular pouch which stores the bile produced in the liver. When you eat fatty food, the gall bladder squirts bile into the food to break down fats, so bile only enters your intestine when required. However, if your gallbladder is removed, bile enters your intestine constantly and this can change the way the bowel works, leading to decreased transit time (diarrhoea). Apparently it can occur within weeks to months after operation and can take a few years to settle. Nobody seems sure of the best way to treat it, some suggesting just treating the symptoms as they occur. If it is really bothersome it might be worth talking to your GP though and maybe asking for a referral back to your surgeon.

    Is this a healthy long term diet?
    I am 19 years old, 5'3 and weigh 118lbs (116 on a good day). I have a bad gallbladder and need a low fat diet to keep from going into attacks so I came up with this diet plan:
    .1 meal: Dinner (protein and grain)
    .100% fresh squeezed fruit and veggie juices when needed.
    I'm guessing the calorie intake would be over 1,000 daily but am not sure how good of a diet this is to continue long term (over 30 days). Should I add a low fat breakfast too?
    FYI: My normal calorie intake is between 1,000 and 1,300.

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely need breakfast.
      Obviously you are not producing the bile to aid the breakdown of fat.
      Does your doctor say fiber is good?
      Soluble fiber can help absorb fats to minimize absorption.
      Insoluble fiber will keep things moving through your system.
      Your caloric intake sounds low especially with your body fighting health issues.
      Are you taking a basic multivitamin for support?
      Good luck.

    what are the symptoms of a burst gallbladder?
    i have gallstones and gallbladder disease, i am getting it removed but i have weird uncomfortable and sometimes shooting pain that i have never felt before, it cant be food i am eating very low fat healthy diet, but it just feels like something more is going on than i already know.
    oh and i have gone to the doctor and they keep telling me im fine because i live in a shit town!

    my doctor never listens to me and then tells me to come back in a month!!!

    • ANSWER:
      What is cholelithiasis?

      Cholelithiasis is the formation of gallstones, which are composed of cholesterol, calcium salts, and bile pigments. When gallstones block the flow of bile, the gallbladder becomes swollen, leading to the possibility of pain, inflammation, or infection.
      What are the signs and symptoms of cholelithiasis?

      The signs and symptoms of cholelithiasis often do not begin until the gallstone causes blockage in the biliary system. They may include, but are not limited to, the following:
      • Abdominal pain, usually in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen
      • Jaundice
      • Fever
      Which test(s) and/or procedure(s) may be requested to determine if I have cholelithiasis?

      Tests and procedures that can detect cholelithiasis include x-rays, CT scan, ultrasound, ERCP, and a cholecystogram.
      How is this condition surgically treated?

      Cholangitis is treated by a cholecystectomy, in which the gallbladder is removed

    what did you eat the week of gallbladder removal surgery?
    i just had my gall bladder removed yesterday and i cant find anything to eat. i have eaten soup and that is it i am afraid to eat anything else i am suppose to be on a low fat diet avoid alot of fiber and no red meat this is difficult

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      just take liquid diet right now................

    Is there a non-fat peanut butter?
    I just had my gallbladder out and I'm supposed to keep a non-fat or extremely low fat diet. I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and I was just wondering if there was anyone who knows about a non-fat peanut butter... thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Nuts are mostly fat. Good fats but still fats. So, I doubt there are any no-fat peanut butters. There are reduced fat peanut butters though.

    Gallbladder removal and beer?
    I had my gallbladder removed about a week ago and am going to a party with a few friends. I have been on the low fat diet an have no issues. I am interested to know if anyone knows if beer would give me problems or not.

    • ANSWER:
      I had mine out too and can drink beer all I want without problems.. However... I would be very cautious at this point. You don't want to do anything that could inflame the liver or pancreas. So if 'party' means 1-2 beers, ok. If it means to tie one on.. I would be a little scared of that. You aren't even fully healed after one week. It takes ten days for it to be healed even when done via laparoscope. Get yourself bleeding from your liver and you will be sorry. Just take it easy, not jumping around too much and be light on the alcohol for about 3 weeks. You need that much time minimum to get things set.

    What's considered "lowfat" for a diet?
    So I'm scheduled to have my gallbladder removed next month due to the fact that it's "borderline functioning" as my doctor described. He told me until then, to avoid further gallbladder attacks, keep to a low fat diet.

    Now I know that "low fat diet" means no McDonald's (farewell yummy french fries and chicken selects) and only skim milk. Low fat yogurt is already one of my favorite foods, and I know that anything that says "low fat" probably is. But what kind of stuff would be considered not low fat? Chocolate? Eggs? Obviously anything deep fried or greasy, but what kind of foods should I specifically be avoiding?
    I'm not even 17 yet, I'm still healthy. It's not like I'm some 40 year old who has never taken care of themselves. I eat healthy and I'm in good shape, I just want to know what specifically I should be avoiding. Like I didn't know before my nurse told me that 2% milk would send me into a gallbladder attack until I had one at school the other morning. It's just that I'm not sure if there are specific things that will 100% make me hurt. All I'm asking is for advice, no need to get critical of me. It's only for a month and a half, I don't need a nutritionist.

    • ANSWER:
      You should avoid anything deep fried, chocolate, cakes, cream etc.

      If you are reading the nutrition panels on your food, as a general rule of thumb, foods that have less that 10% fat per 100g serving are considered to be low in fat. That said you still need to be careful about portion sizes as a huge amount of low fat food still adds up to a lot of fat grams.

      If 2% milk is giving you attacks, you'd probably be best to avoid dairy until your surgery.

    I have been diagnosed with GERD and am taking medication for it. I have noticed a big improvement.?
    However, I still suffer daily from diarrhea (6-10 times most days), painful gas and bloating, feeling extremely full even when I haven't eaten and fatigue. I recently went on a low carb diet, cutting carbs completely for a day after starting this I felt better. I didn't give it much thought until I ate some snack mix this afternoon and all of those symptoms came back within a few hours. My mother was diagnosed with ulceritive colitis years ago and my brother is currently seeing a doctor for the same syptoms that I have (both of us have had this issue for over 2 years). We've tried the low fat diet for gallbladder, no dairy for lactose intolerance... no change. Could it be that we are suffering from celiac disease?

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    nurses/med proffessionals-gallbladder question,please read?
    im having some trouble with my gallbladder.if i stay on a low fat diet and am very careful about what i eat,is it possible it will get better without surgery?is there another way to treat this without removing the gallbladder entirely,like when lithotripsy is used to break up stones in the bladder?ok i will admit it-im scared to have surgery! i will do it if i have to,but if there is an alternative i can try first,i will do it! thanx in advance every1! ps-dont know how i got this,ive always been careful,rarely eat meat and do my best to excercise and stay fit.maybe age?im 50.

    • ANSWER:
      Low fat diet makes it worse not better.
      Because the liqueur will stay in the bladder and this leads to a over-saturated gall liqueur and so to a higher rate of crystallization.

      If you don´t have any trouble with your stones, you do not "have to" remove the gall bladder. But If you overdo it with very fat meals and the stone sticks in the gall passage, you will have some very painful hours to go through. Within hours a emergency operation could become necessary

      I have a health assurance, I don´t mind. I just stopped eating to much junk food in a row.

    Gallbladder question?
    I have gallstones and I'm having my gallbladder out on 4 July but was just wondering, I know you're suppossed to stick to a low fat diet but if you WERE to eat something with more fat in than your body could tolerate, how long after eating does the attack happen? I'm constantly worried that what I eat just MIGHT trigger it off, even if it's a wholemeal bun with boiled chicken and salad. ANY other information you know or ANY tips you can offer will be greatly apprectiated. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I had to have my gallbladder removed about two and a half years ago. At first I went to A&E as I didn't know what was causing the pain and jaundice and it took the doctors twelve days to find out! When I was discharged I wasn't told about the low fat, low cholesterol diet! Subsequently I was admitted back to hospital with a severe infection just two weeks later. After that they told me to keep off the fat and cholesterol, which I did religiously loosing two and a half stones in weight! I had the op a month later, but had to have the open surgery because I had so many adhesions...they found two teeny tiny gallstones!
      After the first stay in hospital I cut out absolutely all fats, meat, dairy, sauces etc because I was afraid of starting up the infection again. During that time nothing I ate started up the pain - which was lucky.
      Before I found out I'd say that the pain would start up within an hour of eating, but I would get it in my lower left back (instead of the most common upper right chest and shoulder)- which was throwing the doctors off! I was taking omeprazole which probably helped.
      Good luck with your surgery!!

    gallbladder ultrasound?
    i have to go in for a gallbladder ultrasound and i have to go on a low fat diet the day before what are some good things to eat

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    How to gain muscle mass and tone past 40?
    Ive been on a low GI, very low fat diet now for a couple of months and noticing that Im losing muscle mass and tone. Am I simply not getting enough protien in my diet or is it my age? Or could it be that I simply need to do more weight bearing excercise? Or all three??? Ive had to cut out read meat and legumes because of a gallbladder problem.

    • ANSWER:
      I've read several studies that have shown whey protein supplements helps older people maintain/build muscles, where normal food-based protein doesn't to anywhere near the same degree. That's when used with a good resistance exercise plan though, which is key also. the study even included people in their 70's.

      I'm 45 years old and exercise each muscle group twice per week, & supplement with quality all-natural ingredient whey protein (in addition to a very healthy 2500-3000 calorie daily diet), and I haven't had any issues keeping lean muscle mass toned and cut (though I haven't tried to bulk up any). I'm 6ft1in, 180 pounds, with only 12% body fat. I do low/moderate resistance exercises for each muscle group with moderate rep quantity. Seems to all work well for me, as people always think I'm about 15 years younger than I really am.

    Replacement for Mayonnaise in egg salad?
    I had my gallbladder removed in February and I'm on a rather strict very low fat diet (eating fat is like taking a laxative). I was wondering if anyone knew a replacement for mayonnaise in egg salad that still tasted good. I'm not looking for a low fat mayonnaise answer. I'm looking for a recipe without mayonnaise AT ALL. Thanks in advance.
    I didn't say I could not have vinegar or lemon but I am looking for something to make the egg salad creamy without mayonnaise at all, like the yogurt idea.

    • ANSWER:
      You can substitute sour cream or plain/Greek yogurt for mayonnaise. I do that in most recipes, because I like the flavor better. They come in low/non fat too

    what my diet should be after gallbladder removal?
    everyone says low fat but don't go crazy . . .what does that mean? what do I need to eat.?

    • ANSWER:
      Fried foods are pretty much out. Anything really oily should be avoided. You can eat what you want, however there are painful consequences if you are not careful.

    Gallbladder removal/problems?
    I found out I had 35 stones and my surgeon removed my gallbladder 3 weeks ago, but I am still having severe attacks, even worse than before. My symptoms are severe pain under the breast bone, severe abdominal pains, severe pain on my left side of my back and ribs, cold sweats, vomiting and diarrehea (literally at the same time), can't breathe (I have asthma, so that doesn't help) and the pain lasts up to 2-3 hours. Does anyone else have this problem? I am on a low fat diet, but it still doesn't help. Usually after an attack, then I feel like I bruised my ribs on the left side and that lasts for a couple of days.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several possible answers, but the most important thing to do is to discuss this with your surgeon.

      With multiple small stones, you could easily have a retained common bile duct stone. There are a variety of tests that can be done to detect this.

      Another relatively common problem is a bile leak. This is also a more common post-operative problem and can be detected with some simple test.

      Bile duct injury could be a source of you pain too. If the above testing is inconclusive then this is something to consider.

      About 5% of people who have the gall bladder out for stones will have continuing symptoms. That is because you actually had another problem causing your pain, rather than the gall stones. Things that can cause similar symptoms include ulcers, gastritis, pancreatitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), musculoskeletal pain, cardiac pain, non-cardiac chest pain, among others.

      Good luck, hope you feel better.

    After gallbladder surgery...?
    After gallbladder surgery...?
    Do you still have to stick to the same diet restrictions after the galbladder is removed? (low-fat diet, etc...)

    • ANSWER:
      NO! I had mine removed after some very painful attacks after eating high fat meals. Now I eat whatever I want with no problems.

    Should I get my Gallbladder out ?
    I have been told that I have a 1.4 cm gallstone that is distending my gallbladder.. my doc says I have two choices carry on trying to eat a low fat diet and control the pain and attacks like that or have surgery and have the gallbladder removed. If I do this there is a risk that I will have the runs for ever ... I also have IBS so worry that this could be made worse. But the low fat diet although helping me loose weight is driving me mad and I miss cheese and Chocolate.. If I eat this kind of thing then I get very bad pain( Painkillers do not touch it ) hot sweats and vomiting that lasts up to 7 hours. If there are any people out there who have medical training or have been through a similar thing can you let me know your thoughts. thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, have the surgery. You will not have the runs forever. There is medication for that. My daughter suffered from the runs for years. She still has her gallbladder, but her liver produces too much bile. The Dr put her on this medication, and she has not had diarrhea once since she started taking it.

    My stomach feels tight? Gallbladder?
    I've been having gallbladder attacks for about a month now. I was on an antibiotic that causes gallbladder problems and I ended up with major attacks. For the whole day i've been having a tight feeling in my stomach and I think its my gallbladder. (only because its in the same place as where I have attacks) Its not an attack, its just a tight feeling. I'm also having major nausea that's lasted the whole day. I've been on a low fat diet, but have been told to eat a small amount of fat at each meal. Well today I did not eat much fat at all. I don't know what to do. I can't decide if I should eat something low-fat or if I need something high-fat. I'm just worried something high in fat would cause an attack since i'm already having problems. Its late and I can't call my doctor, and its not bad enough to go the ER.

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    Recurrent vomiting, gallbladder or something else?

    I am at the end of my rope.

    I was sick at the end of November for several weeks - starting with vomiting, high fever (103), chills, shaking, sweats, and tenderness over the gallbladder area when the doc touched it. I was given antibiotics.

    No gallstones on the scan. Doc thought I may have passed it.

    Then I was sick again on new years eve, having eating rubbish all day and no proper meals. Same again - vomiting, diarreah, same fever etc More pain this time. But not crippling.

    More antibiotics, I was better in a week.

    Yesterday I was not careful about what I ate - I have been on a low fat diet and yesterday I ate cake and homemade pizza (very little cheese)
    I felt really sick last night and vomited this morning, and had sweats and a low grade fever. I still feel really sick now. The pain in my gallbladder area is like first time - minimal unless touched.

    I am not planning on going to the doc this time - it is not as bad as last time and I can't cope with horrible antibiotics again.
    But I really want the nausea to go away!

    My question is this - does this sound like recurrent gallbladder infection? Or something else? Anyone had any experience of something like this?


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    Severe gallbladder pain, normal ultrasound?
    Hi, I've been getting severe gallbladder pain for about a month and a half now. I am in agony when I eat anything fatty, and in constant pain. The pain is just below my right rib, radiating around the side and back. I also have a lot of pain and muscle tightness in my right shoulder.
    The doctors at the hospital have spent a long time diagnosing me, refusing to admit that it could be gallbladder because of my age (I'm 23). When I did get a diagnosis I was told that my gallbladder was inflamed and stuck to my liver making it too risky to operate to remove the gallbladder straight away. I've had to wait a few weeks to confirm this with ultrasound (they forgot to schedule me). I had my ultrasound today but it was normal, no inflammation and no gallstones. I have also been having loose stools, pale stools, darker urine, increase in going to the toilet, and itching all over my body. I've also lost a lot of weight in the last few weeks (though this could be because I'm now on a very low fat diet) and had gastroenteritis earlier on this year.
    I'm in agony, at my wits end and have no idea what to do next. I've been tying to contact my GP but can't get an appointment for days.
    Does anybody have any ideas what I can do next? Does anyone have any ideas what this could be? I'm in a lot of pain, been admitted to the hospital repeated times, and haven't been able to work because the pain is so intense.
    Sorry if this doesn't make any sense!

    • ANSWER:
      A Nuclear medicine study would probably be the next step. It tests the function of your GB rather than just looking at it's appearance like Ultrasound does. You can have a totally normal ultrasound scan, but have decreased to no function, which would cause the symptoms you're having.

    Gallbladder removed questions about pain?
    I had my gallbladder removed yesterday & my pain medicine isn't really working that well & i cant sleep at all because whatever position i sleep in it hurts. I'm not hungry at all, I just had toast but i just dont want to eat. How long will this continue? Will I have to eat a low fat diet or not, my doctor said I could eat normally but everyone ive talked to said they had to switch to a low fat diet. I dont mind the diet but im just wondering about the pain. its not that bad & im walking around (i have no choice i have a 14 month old) & the pain is getting more manageable. thank you!
    thanks! i did have the "key hole" surgery so i have like 4 holes in my stomach not cute but its not as bad as having the other type of gallbladder removal so im lucky...i'll see about getting my doctor though because this pain is really hard to deal with especially with my little girl running around all over me!

    • ANSWER:
      I think it depends on whether or not you had keyhole surgery. Mine was done that way, and the pain was quite tolerable. I took two paracetamol, twice, after the surgery and that was it. I was uncomfortable for a few days and walked a bit bent over, but I was well and truly over it within two weeks.
      I've heard that if you have open abdominal surgery to remove the gallbladder the pain is worse and recovery is longer.
      Basically, you've had surgery, it's gonna hurt for a few days. Unless something goes wrong, which isn't likely, you'll be fine soon enough :)

    Gallbladder removal and diabetes?
    I had my gallbladder removed in 1987. About 5 years later I began developing fatty spots around my eyes. I have discovered the spots are because my liver is not processing fat and the fat is depositing on my eyes. Now all of a sudden my blood sugar levels are high. I follow a low fat diet and exercise 3-4 times a week. Could this all be connected? Could the result of having my gall bladder removed have these side effects and what should I do. I am not keen on shots or pills. Thanks
    My first gallbladder attack was during my first pregnancy. I am 10 pounds overweight. I was hoping 10 pounds would not make too much of a difference.

    • ANSWER:
      That was something I was wondering too. I also had my gallbladder remove a few years ago. And now I have been diagnosed with diabetes. My mother just recently was also diagnosed with diabetes and had to have her gallbladder removed, she wasn't showing any symptoms of the gallbladder though. I have seen a small pattern in my family about this. many of them have both gallbladder removal and diagnosis of diabetes.
      as for the shots and pills, if you have real good control of diabetes you can avoid them for a good while, but eventually it could catch up to you. don't worry about the shots, the needles that are used are really thin and small. you shouldn't feel much. i take oral meds and that doesn't bother me much.

    Gallbladder Disease...and only 17?
    Hey everyone. so about two weeks ago, i got told that i had a disease in my gallbladder and it wasnt working properly. We dont know why i got it, proally poor diet, but im not over wieght or anything. I dont have Gall stones tho. I have to get it taken out. I have an app. in two days to prep. me for the surgery and tell me everything i need to know about it. I know you can get that laser surgery, but i have also read that if your gallbladders dialated you have to get old fashion cut open surgery. And they said that mine was Dialated. But i was just wonder about how long after surgery can i get off my low fat diet? and Do you think ill spend the night in the hosipital when i get my surgery? and about how long does it take to heal from the surgery and be able to do maybe go to a water park? I just want to know what im going to be going thru. all the help is appreciated!!! Thanks in Advance!

    • ANSWER:
      When I had mine out I had 4 small cuts made, 3 under my right breast and one in my navel. I got to the hospital at 7:00 a.m., went into surgery about 10:00 a.m. and went home about 2:00 p.m. after a delicious lunch of liquids (broth, Popsicles, jello, juice). I had about one stitch in each cut (one might have had 2) and had to shower till those came out about a week later. I got pain pills, but didn't need them. I think for a couple of days I was not to lift more than 10 lbs. I pretty much eat what I want, but if I eat something too greasy, I run to the bathroom soon after. It is really simple and you should (except for the water park) be able to go back to doing every thing the next day or the day after.

      In answer to the below poster, unless there is other problems related to the surgery (like for some reason when they get started and they have to open her up, then she will be in the hospital for a few days) or she is still groggy from being put under, you can get back to activities with some limitations the next day. A lot of people have the surgery one day and are back to work the next. The incisions are no bigger than an inch. I had a c-section in 2002 and compared to that, the gallbladder recovery was a breeze.

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