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Old 06-13-2014, 07:48 AM   #1
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Anyone not have their Gallbladder?

I am scheduled to have my Gallbladder out in July. I have very painful flareups from stones often. I am a little concerned. I have read you have problems digesting fats without your Gallbladder. I would really like to hear what life is like without you Gallbladder? How is your digestion? Do you have side effects? Do you wish you wouldn't have had the surgery? Thank you!
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:53 AM   #2
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Hi. I had mine removed over a decade ago. I am so grateful that it was removed because I was having terrible pain and it was dangerous. I eat super high fat (VLCHF) most of the time without any issues.

Post surgery you may want to lower your fat intake just a bit at first. Some people experience phantom attacks post surgery even though they do not have a gallbladder. But I think it's pretty rare. And just see how your body adjusts and up the fats over a few weeks back to pre-surgery levels.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:05 AM   #3
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I've heard that it's helpful to go easy on the fat at first, then gradually increase your intake.
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I had mine out about 6 years ago. Glad I did it! I'm good most of the time but sometimes the fat goes right through me. Good thing about that for me---NO constipation problems!
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:12 AM   #5
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I lost mine in an old fashioned "cut you wide open" emergency surgery over 20 years ago. Stones had gotten lodged in my bile duct and my liver had shut down.

I was given no dietary restrictions and the first meal I had when I got home from 10 days in the hospital was a big ole polish sausage with sauerkraut and spicy mustard.

I've never had any problems eating fat.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:13 AM   #6
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After a very successful year on atkins, I did have my gallbladder out. Maybe the diet contributed to it, but I have never had an issue afterwards.

I would never know I had it out. All is well! And I eat lots of meat and fats. Had mine out about 10 yrs ago.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:24 AM   #7
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Thank you all so much! I was worried about having the surgery and had an awful attack last night. The sucker is coming out!!
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:17 AM   #8
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I had mine out about 15 years ago and had no trouble at all. I started LC about 6 months after the surgery.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:37 AM   #9
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I had mine removed a few years ago. I haven't had any problems at all. I couldn't even smell fried food without it setting off an attack. No regrets at all.
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:06 AM   #10
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Had mine out in 2011. The surgery was practically painless and I could go back to normal eating without any issues. Now the gallbladder attack that caused me to have it removed was extremely painful. Best of luck and hope your surgery goes as well as mine did.
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:21 AM   #11
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Had mine out about 15 years ago. It was the best thing I could have done. No more pain lasting for hours at a time. I've never had to watch my fat. Your liver does fine on it's own with creating bile to break down the fat. It just isn't stored in the gall bladder anymore. I'd do it asap if I were you. If your body makes stones, you really can't prevent it with diet or cleanses (I tried). You don't want to risk having one getting stuck in the main bile duct. Then you're looking at major surgery and complications with your liver and pancreatitis
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:22 AM   #12
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I forgot to mention between the time of my gallbladder attack and my surgery I had to eat very, very low fat to keep from having another attack. I was jaundice from the attack and had the surgery within two weeks. I would not advise staying LC while waiting for your surgery.
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:32 PM   #13
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Thank you all again. I will watch the fats before my surgery as well. It is July 21st.
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:09 PM   #14
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I had mine out in 1982 only to find out after that it was an unnecessary surgery. The attacks I was having were really an allergy to avocado because they still happen when I eat an avocado but not when I was eating a pound of bacon or using butter with no problems. I had some sort of crystals but the analysis of the gall bladder showed it was healthy. I was pissed. I was left with a huge scar. My how times have changed.

I do know that my vegan food plan have cleared up my digestive problems tremendously. But I still don't touch avocados. Twice throwing up like it was food poisoning 20 years apart is enough for me.
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My gallbladder was removed in 2007. I haven't had a problem with heartburn since. My only post-op instructions food-wise were to slowly re-introduce fatty foods, but, it was no big deal. You'll be glad when it's gone!!
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Gallbladder removed?

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I am scheduled to have my Gallbladder out in July. I have very painful flareups from stones often. I am a little concerned. I have read you have problems digesting fats without your Gallbladder. I would really like to hear what life is like without you Gallbladder? How is your digestion? Do you have side effects? Do you wish you wouldn't have had the surgery? Thank you!

I had mine removed years ago. The only side effect I can say I have is running to the bathroom after eating high fat meals. Just keep close to the rest room

Best of luck
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