Proper Diet After Gallbladder Removal
If you’ve had your gallbladder removed, you’ve likely been advised to change your diet.
To do so, it’s helpful to know what the gallbladder does and the role it plays in digestion.
This article will help you better understand the gallbladder and the best diet to follow after its removal.
What Does The Gallbladder Do?
The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that lives next to the liver.
Its job is to store and concentrate bile, a liquid produced by the liver.
Bile assists with the breakdown of food products, particularly fats. When fat is eaten, the gallbladder contracts to release bile into the small intestine to aid digestion.
The presence of gallstones (cholelithiasis) is one of the most common reasons a person has their gallbladder removed.
More often than not, gallstones don’t cause any problems. In fact, some people may be completely unaware they are even there.
Sometimes, however, a stone can block the passage of bile out of the gallbladder. This is called cholecystitis and leads to pain (usually in the upper right part of the abdomen), inflammation and sometimes an infection.