If you’re scheduled for gallbladder removal surgery, you may be worried about the post-surgical discomfort. But general and bariatric surgeon Aliu O. Sanni, MD, FACS, and our team at Eastside Bariatric & General Surgery have some tips to help you prepare so you can minimize the pain and discomfort.
Here are five ways to ease the discomfort and speed the recovery process after your gallbladder removal.
Follow a low-fat diet
One of the most important things you can do after gallbladder removal is to pay attention to what you eat.
Your gallbladder is responsible for producing bile, which helps your body digest fats. Without a gallbladder, your body may have trouble digesting high-fat foods, which can lead to discomfort, bloating, and diarrhea.
To avoid these symptoms, limit your intake of high-fat foods, such as fried foods, cheese, butter, and fatty meats. Instead, focus on eating lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
After your gallbladder removal surgery, stay hydrated to help flush out any toxins and speed the healing process. We recommend that you drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol because they can dehydrate your body.
If you're having trouble drinking plain water, try adding some lemon or lime for flavor.
Although it may be tempting to stay in bed and rest after surgery, you need to move around to prevent blood clots and speed up the recovery process.
Start with short walks around the house and gradually increase the distance and duration as you feel more comfortable. Avoid strenuous activities, such as lifting heavy objects or exercising, until we give you the green light.
Take pain medication as prescribed
After surgery, you may experience some pain and discomfort. We can prescribe pain medication to help manage your symptoms. But you must take the medication as prescribed to avoid any complications and to manage the pain effectively.
If you experience any side effects from the medication, such as dizziness or nausea, let us know. We can adjust your dosage or switch you to a different medication.
Listen to your body
Once your gallbladder is removed, it's imperative that you don’t push yourself too hard. If you feel tired or in pain, take a break and rest. Don't try to do too much too soon, as this can slow down your recovery process. Instead, focus on getting plenty of rest and following our aftercare instructions for a smooth recovery.
Gallbladder removal doesn't have to be uncomfortable. By following these tips, you can minimize discomfort and speed up your recovery process. With time, patience, and proper care, you'll be back to your normal routine in no time.
To learn more about what to expect after gallbladder removal surgery and how to prepare, call or book online today for an appointment at our Snellville, Georgia, office.