Diet After Gallbladder Removal

... what is safe to eat, what you should avoid,
and some "secret" herbal remedies

You can follow a healthy diet after gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) like any other person.

Also there are herbal remedies that can stimulate bile secretion in the liver.

The gallbladder (cholecyst) is a temporary reservoir of bile located on the underside of the liver. It plays an important role in digestion, but your liver can produce enough bile as needed in the process of digestion.

When my father had to undergo surgery for gallbladder removal because of gallstones, the doctor gave him a list with foods safe to eat and foods to avoid.

I figured he had to follow this very restrictive diet with no exceptions for the rest of his life. Instead, the physician recommended my father to strictly follow the diet for the first 1 to 3 months, and more lightly between 6 and 12 months. Then he could eat what his body would allow him.

After only a couple of weeks eating only the foods that were on the "safe" list, he became anxious to return to his previous, more tasty diet. He ordered my mom sausages saying that his neighbour was eating anything he desired (including pork meat), only a year after his gallbladder removal surgery, and he wasn't having any pain.

Of course, we had other neighbours (I didn't know so many of them had surgery) that kept a strict diet because they suffered from pain after gallbladder removal surgery.

In my father's case, the post-operative period turned to be quite difficult. He sweated a lot and he had lot of pain and many sleepless nights. He became anxious, and his worries and fears eventually lead anxiety panic attacks.

Safe diet after gallbladder removal

As I said above, you can follow a normal, healthy diet after surgery. You should be careful tough, not to eat in excess. Some foods help the digestive process, like these ones:

  • Vegetables such as beetroot, cucumber and green beans.
  • Avocados, fruit rich in "good fats".
  • Onion and garlic, which help eliminate toxins from the liver.
  • Lemons, lemon juice - drink lemon juice in the morning with lukewarm water to eliminate toxins from the liver.
  • Fruits such as apples, pears and grapes.
  • Fish rich in Omega 3 fatty acids (eg mackerel).

You should avoid the following foods in gallbladder removal diet:

  • Fatty or spicy soups
  • Smoked foods
  • Eggplant salad
  • Beans, cabbage, pickles
  • Mayonnaise
  • Alcoholic or carbonated beverages
  • Chocolate, cocoa;
  • Roasted stew
  • Meatballs, sausages
  • Fried foods (eggs, meat, onions, potatoes)
  • Spices
  • Sour cream, butter, high fat milk, fat cheese
  • Fats of all kinds (pork, duck, goose, sheep);
  • Cake with cream or eggs.

In order to stimulate bile secretion by the liver, you can use the same herbal remedies as for biliary dyskinesia: Artichokes, Dandelion or Chicory.

Artichokes (Cynara scolymus) causes bile secretion and has a strong digestive action, facilitating food assimilation. It is also an excellent diuretic and depurative.

The active principles of Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) doubles the amount of bile secreted in just half an hour.

You can eat Chicory (it was called a friend of the liver by Galen) as a salad made from young leaves.

The right diet after gallbladder removal isn't the same for everyone. The lists above represent a guideline and you should try for yourself and decide what foods are best for you.


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