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Old 03-02-2011, 10:50 AM   #1
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Success with No Gallbladder and Lowcarbing with Atkins?

I'm really scared that I'll be gaining more weight after gallbladder surgery, as I've been reading anecdotal stories of weight gain with no reason but gallbladder removal. I just started Atkins when they diagnosed gallbladder problems in me. I will be having surgery in the next two weeks.

For those of you who've been successful with low carbing it with no gallbladder, do you take digestive enzymes and biles salts to help with food intake and weight loss?
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:55 AM   #2
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Personally, I have had no trouble since my gallbladder was removed last May. I have had trouble staying on plan, but when I AM on plan, I lose.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:31 AM   #3
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I'm another one who has gall bladder removed.

The side effect I've always noticed ever since then is that too much fat makes me feel nauseated and like I might even throw up. It makes my throat constrict, etc.

So, it is sometimes harder for me to eat at quite such a high fat percentage when it is looked at in the fat/protein/carb ratio. But because I then need to eat at a little bit lower fat percentage, there is calorie room for a bit more of the carbs that I so dearly love. I have no problems digesting any veggies, fruits, or dairy milk products or grains. Just not too much fat.

I've found a way of eating that keeps me full, was very easy to maintain on, and is now also easy to lose a bit more weight on. And most importantly, it works so well with how I need and want to eat.

It might be very different for you. But if you need to have your gall bladder removed, don't worry about how you'll eat afterward. Most of us do very well, thank you.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:32 AM   #4
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I've had no issue with LC and having no gallbladder. I never think about it and take no special pills/enzymes/etc. I had the surgery years ago. GL!
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:18 PM   #5
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I've had my gallbladder out for 2 years now and haven't had any problems with LCing. I find I am able to eat more now than before without digestive problems actually. Good luck!
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:00 PM   #6
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Me too - no gall bladder for 15 years!
And losing weight on LoCarb like a Champ!
No supplements or any thing quirky at all!
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:17 PM   #7
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:32 PM   #8
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I have no gallbladder, but it was removed years ago (almost 20) so I think my body has had time to adjust to not having it.

I eat fairly high fat percentages (usually over 60) and have no problem.

But it's not the sort of thing I'd experiment with right after surgery when your body is adjusting.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:40 PM   #9
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No problems here. Had gb removed 3 years ago. It did take several weeks to adjust, but, I can actually eat things now (like bacon and hwc) that used to give me the worst heartburn/stomach upset. I do not take any supplements.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:16 PM   #10
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:43 PM   #11
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Mine has been out since 1996. Never had a problem with heartburn or digestion EXCEPT when NOT eating LC. Which was most of the time until November of 2010.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:06 PM   #12
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my gallbladder came out in 1993. I've never thought about it since. I've lost 120 lb on Atkins in the last year plus. I wouldn't fret about it if I were you.
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:57 AM   #13
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I'm having mine out next week and haven't heard that about gaining weight after surgery. In fact, my surgeon stated most people lose 5 -10 lbs after the surgery.

Kaiser told me not to take any vitamins this week which I thought was very very weird - were you told not to take any vitamins or supplements?

Here's to us both having very successful surgeries!
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:54 PM   #14
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Don't remember being told that. Maybe because it can cause problems with thinning blood and bleeding (K, etc. )? Don't remember losing weight after either Hope all goes well.
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:45 PM   #15
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I had my gallbladder removed 15 years ago. Low carb has actually improved the digestive issues I used to have due to its removal. I used to have horrible IBS like symptoms starting after I had it removed. I always thought it was the fat (they tell you to avoid high-fat foods post-removal), eating Atkins made me realize it was the combination of fat AND carbs together that made me ill, and it didn't take very much fat splashed in there to make me sick.

Now I can eat very high fat foods with absolutely NO digestion/IBS issues, including straight coconut oil.
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:57 PM   #16
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I've had no issue with LC and having no gallbladder. I never think about it and take no special pills/enzymes/etc. I had the surgery years ago. GL!
Me, too.
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:01 PM   #17
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I think I win the prize! I had mine out in 1979, and have had no problems with dieting--except staying with it back in the day!

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Old 04-05-2011, 08:36 PM   #18
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Thanks all for experience on no gallbladder

Thanks all. I'm one week post-surgery and started LC again today. My belly is swollen, esp in areas the camera and CO2 tube went in, but I think its still healing.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:24 PM   #19
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As someone who has taken out a number of gallbladders, and has seen even more patients pre and post surgery.... You should be able to eat whatever you want after surgery. Low carb should be just fine.

The only reason anyone would gain weight after surgery.......
before surgery high fat foods, too much food, and sometimes any food at all will tend to provoke gallbladder pain. So people (either on purpose or subconsciously) will tend to avoid eating too much or eating higher fat or may even avoid eating at times. After surgery, they tend feel better and once the soreness and sense of "fatigue" from surgery wears off, they can start eating whatever, whenever! So they may gain weight for that reason. Otherwise, there is no reason that weight gain should result from the gallbladder being removed.

The gallbladder is just a little storage bag for the digestive juices (bile) that the liver produces. After surgery the liver rapidly learns to accomodate holding on to the extra bile until you eat. No function is lost.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:20 AM   #20
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I had my gallbladder removed in 2000 - I have no problems with low carb.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:59 AM   #21
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Oh, thank you for all this information. My DH's aunt just had her gb out last week and I was just imagining all the things she would not be able to eat. I thought having her gb out would cause all sorts of issues. Glad to know she can eat "normal" for her. Thanks to Strawberry for that very informative post!!! She lost a lot of weight because she was in infinite pain for a week before finally having the pain checked out. She could not eat anything without losing it, so she went without food for a week. Then she ended up in the hospital--again a week with no foods until her surgery. So after 2 weeks of not having anything substantial we are ready for her to gain back a few pounds.
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:15 PM   #22
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Since I had my son 6 months ago I have had a bum gall bladder (that happens to be bothering me right now.) Ever since I switched to LC I've been having more problems. I'm sure it's because I've been eating a lot more fat than I'm used to. Seems so funny to say I'm eating more fat and losing weight... Most days I'm fine, but some days like today my gall bladder makes me pay for it.
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:05 PM   #23
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I had my gaul bladder taken out over 15 years ago and no problem low-carbing I am down 140pds.
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:31 PM   #24
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I had been told that I was going to have to have my gall bladder out years ago - and was given a list of "approved" foods. It was all low fat items - like I had been eating for 10 years and gaining every year! I had been researching low carb plans at that point since my endo had suggested it when she diagnosed me with PCOS. I figured I'd already been eating the low fat stuff, and my gall bladder was causing me problems anyway. So I went ahead and started on Atkins. I didn't have any worse symptoms while doing low carb opposed to low fat. Had the gall bladder out about 6 weeks later, and haven't had any issues. BTW- I lost 110 pounds that year.
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:38 AM   #25
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I had mine out in 1994 and I don't think it's ever been an issue with low carbing. And I tell people I am on The Saturated Fat Diet... LOL
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:51 AM   #26
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I had mine out in 1985 when I was 22 years old, about 9 months after I had my first child. I gained my weight, afterwards, over the years.

In 2007 at 44 I got serious about weight loss. I have lost 90 pounds and kept it off. I don't go out of my way to eat high fat but I don't avoid it either.

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Old 04-08-2011, 09:42 AM   #27
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I had my gall bladder removed about 6 years ago. At first I could not eat anything fatty without having to run immediately to the bathroom. Eventually, it settled down. I started Low Carb 2/28/11 and I have had zero issues.
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