...and I don't miss it one bit.
I've been reading over the threads, and was surprised to see so many people having issues post gallbladder surgery.
I had my surgery on July 5th. It was more painful than I was prepared for, because I'd heard about people mowing their lawn or building a new deck for their house on the 3rd day post op
and expected to be mountain climbing at one week post op. Not to be. I was, however, walking ...alot of walking. Got winded very easily and felt short of breath, which scared the daylights out of me, but fear of blood clots scared me more...so I kept walking.
I am happy to report, almost a year post op, I am doing great. Life is SO much better without that blasted thing waking me up at 4 am so I could writhe in agony for hours. Is life perfect, digestive wise? No, I still have minor issues that probably werent related to the GB issue anyhow... I still get heartburn sometimes. Not alot, once in a while....like every two or three weeks I'll need a rolaids. I get loose bowels once in a while also...but so do my family members who DO have gallbladders. No outright diarrhea, though.
So....after reading all the GB removal horror stories, I'm happy to report that there are a few happy customers out there.
BTW, I do not, nor have I ever eaten low fat after my surgery. My surgeon advised against a low fat diet, saying that the fat gives the bile something to do, so to speak....and now that the bile won't have anywhere to be stored, you don't want bile constantly dripping into the lower digestive tract. he said it would cause irritation of the intestines and colon and cause spasm/cramps and diarrhea. I tried it....went for a week on a low/no fat diet and had terrible cramps and diarrhea....when I went back to eating normal foods, the bowels became normal. Been eating that way ever since, except for when i had the flu and didn't eat anything for three days....
I know alot of docs tell people whove had their GBs removed to eat low fat, but our doctor advises against that....Luckily, his advice worked for me. My BMs are consistent and normal.