Re: which gallbladder surgery to choose? (post surgeru recovery update)
As many folks are reading this board while waiting for the surgery, I will give an update on my recovery status. Hopefully it will help and bring some encouragement to those folks.
I had my surgery on Nov 20. Now it is more than 3 weeks. Overall the recovery is much quicker than I anticipated. I only took pain med for 1 day after surgery. I put myself into low fat diet since then. During follow up after a week, the surgeon told me I'm completely normal. He even does not think I need to eat low fat. (But I will keep it for at least 5-6 weeks.)
I tries out lean meat, fish, shrimp and low fat milk on 4th day after surgery. My body is OK with them. I even tried nuts, which also turns out to be OK. I indeed had minor diarrhea in 2-3 occasions after having a little more cooking oils in the food. But overall it is under control and getting better every day. I even had a little sausage yesterday and it went OK.
From my experience, I would say i) low fat, but not necessarily no-fat ii) eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables to have enough fiber, especially if you are slowly adding meat or milk back to your diet. iii) most importantly, do not always think you have lost an organ. That will not help but to make you more stressful. Of course every one is different. But all in all, the body really has an amazing capability to adjust after your gallbladder is removed. I am happy that I made the decision to remove that "hidden bomb".