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Husband is having gallbladder removed

Hi all,

There is a good chance my husband is having his gall bladder removed. I know that there are dietary restrictions afterwards. Any suggestions for yummy ( and quick - as I have a job and two children in addition to my husband) food to make for him?

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  1. There are no dietary restrictions after cholecystectomy. Doctors and surgeons recommend acidophilous and digestive enzymes.

    You can eat whatever you want after having your gallbladder out. No need to fear the pain, nausea, etc. b/c it won't come!

    Your husband will obviously have a restricted diet the first day or two after surgery, but it is fair game after that! My first lunch at home was turkey and cheese on white bread.... no problem. Dinner was tilapia coated with mayo, basil, garlic powder, parsley, etc. My mother was shocked when she heard my first couple of meals at home and that I was fine.

    Aside from the immediate post-op, your husband will be able to eat whatever he wants.

    1. Agree with Njchicaa. I had mine out 3 years ago and my doctor told me there weren't any restrictions on my diet. I had a little bit of pain for 2 days after surgery, then I was totally fine.

      1. Right. I had mine out about 10 years ago and I asked, what shouldn't I be eating, and they said, "the same things you shouldn't have been eating before."

        The thing is, before there was an organ to get all inflamed if you habitually misbehaved, and now there isn't. Not that this is an excuse to eat poorly.

        1. Had mine out last week. No dietary restrictions. I had cranberry juice and a mini blueberry muffin as soon as the anesthesia wore off (muffin was a mistake- hurt my throat from the breathing tube).

          1. Mine's been out 8 years now. No dietary restrictions. Some people find they need to cut the amount of fat in their diet, but it really is an individual trial and error thing. I dont' think you need to worry.

            1. Wow, this is good news to me; I will have to forgo my little gallbladder in the coming year or two, according to my gastro guy. My gallstones are abundant, and I've been having some related nasty gastric distress. Then I'll modify my diet and say goodbye to food that I shouldn't have been eating in the first place (homage to acgold7's post.)

              1. I had my gallbladder out about 15 years ago. Before it was removed I had several agonizing "attacks" seemingly brought on by spicy, heavy or oniony food. things were looking bad for my eating pleasures. During the last attack I went to the emergency room and was admitted due to my gallbladder (I hadnt known)., and the gallbladder removed next day. Removal was a snap due to the current laparascopic surgical techniques, recovery quick (back at work within days). If I had not had it removed, I would have had to modify my diet etc - but with it out there were no modifications needed. So your husband is lucky.

                1. I'm relieved by the feedback here...Google was full of people with all sorts of post op problems...


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                  1. re: Ladycale

                    I went from being unable to eat so many of my favorite foods like tomato and caramelized onions, to having absolutely no restrictions to my diet after my surgery. My only suggestion is to plan some special meals highlighting foods that might have been impossible before.

                    1. re: Ladycale

                      I do still have to rush to the bathroom sometimes (1.5 years after surgery) but I haven't had any issues related to what I do or don't eat.

                    2. My mother, husband and I all had ours removed years ago. None of us were told to do anything other than eat the healthy diet we should eat with or w/o it. My husband's diet is terrible and he has had no problems. Mine is mostly pretty good: no problems for me. My mother eats too much saturated fat, but she has no digestion-related issues.