Life Without a Gallbladder
The problems of gallbladder are extremely common. In United States each year approx 750,000 people have their gallbladders removed. In most cases, the pain of a malfunctioning gallbladder becomes so bad, that surgery is the only feasible option. Most people are under the wrong impression that once their gallbladder is removed, the pain and discomfort they have previously suffered will disappear immediately. Unfortunately it is not the case. It is common having just as much discomfort after gallbladder removal.
People without a gallbladder are apt to digestive problems and liver problems as well. They can even face the problem of stones forming within the ducts of the liver. The risk of developing a fatty liver is also greater in people without a gallbladder. Some herbs and nutritional supplements are extremely beneficial if you don’t have a gallbladder. Seeking doctor’s advice is a MUST before taking herbs and/or supplements.
The gallbladder doesn’t produce anything necessary for digestion. The function of gallbladder is SOLELY for storage of bile which is a liquid for digesting foods. The gallbladder releases it into small intestine when you eat foods. At night when you are sleeping the gallbladder stores the bile.
However, after the gallbladder removed there is no tank for storing the bile. Therefore, even though your body produces the same amount of bile you will not have as much bile in your intestine after the gallbladder gone.
After Gallbladder Removal – How to Managing Digestive Problems
The gallbladder removal-related digestive symptoms usually disappear over time, but some people need taking medications or making changes in lifestyle to help managing their symptoms.
Some of the lifestyle changes to ease digestive symptoms when without a gallbladder are:
- Eat small, frequent meals
- Eat low-fat foods
- Avoid eating fried foods
- Avoid eating a very large dinner after fasting all day
Dietary factors haven’t been proven to worsen cholecystectomy-related diarrhea (沒有證據顯示 “飲食因素” 會加重 “膽囊切除後, 所引起的相關腹瀉瀉”), but if you discover following foods intensifying your symptoms, such as milk or other dairy products, spicy foods, high-fat foods, caffeine or alcohol, you may need to avoid them. Otherwise, you can live in a normal life after having the gallbladder removed. Exercise is safe and encouraged once after recovery from the operation.
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