7 Ways To Get Rid Of Bloating After Gallbladder Surgery

Apr 15, 2024

Dealing with uncomfortable bloating after gallbladder surgery? It is a common side effect as a result of your digestive system adjusting to life without it. But that does not mean you have to live like this forever. In this blog, we have detailed 7 ways to get rid of bloating after gallbladder surgery.

What To Expect After Gallbladder Surgery

After gallbladder surgery, your body starts making adjustments to the new normal, which takes a bit of time. Some of the changes that you should expect post-surgery include:

  1. Surgical Gas and Inflammation: During laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, carbon dioxide gas inflates the abdomen for a better view and space to work. Some of this gas remains trapped post-surgery, leading to bloating and discomfort. Additionally, the surgical process causes inflammation and swelling.
  2. Digestive Changes: Your gallbladder is there for a reason. It has a crucial role in storing and releasing bile, which aids fat digestion. After gallbladder removal, the liver continuously releases bile, which can lead to changes in how fats are processed.
  3. Organ Shift and Scar Tissue: The removal of the gallbladder can cause neighboring organs to shift slightly in order to fill the space left by the gallbladder. This repositioning can alter the normal anatomy of the digestive system.

7 Ways To Get Rid Of Bloating After Gallbladder Surgery

Here are a few practices that can be of help for you:

  1. Follow a Bland, Easily Digestible Diet
    You must give your stomach some downtime to heal and adjust to the new norm. A bland, easy to digest diet is recommended for the first few days after surgery. Your meals should consist of low-fat, low-fiber foods because they are gentle on the stomach. Some options include clear liquids, meat broths, cooked cereals, canned fruits, and lean meats.
  2. Eat Smaller Meals More Frequently
    Eating smaller portions frequently can help reduce bloating and discomfort after gallbladder surgery. Therefore, instead of 2-3 large meals, try eating 5 to 6 smaller ones throughout the day to stop overload.
  3. Avoid High-Fat and Spicy Foods
    High-fat and spicy foods are quite challenging for your stomach to digest and can cause bloating and discomfort post-surgery.
  4. Adequate Hydration
    Staying hydrated is essential for all bodily functions and can reduce bloating after gallbladder surgery. Drinking plenty of liquids such as water, herbal tea, and other clear drinks can flush out toxins and minimize bloating. It is recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, but this may vary depending on your individual needs and medical condition.
  5. Limit Caffeine and Sodas
    Caffeine and sodas are a no-go after the surgery, and their limitation or complete avoidance for the first few weeks is necessary. They contain gasses that can get trapped and add to the discomfort.
  6. Avoid High-Fiber Foods
    High-fiber foods are extremely challenging to digest. Opt for options that are low in fiber and easy to digest. As your digestive system adjusts post-treatment, you can gradually reintroduce high-fiber foods into your diet.
  7. Seek Medical Help if Symptoms Persist
    If you can identify symptoms of gallbladder disease like abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or fever, seek medical help and prevent further complications.

Closing Note

All in all, bloating after gallbladder surgery is a common concern and you can get rid of it by adjusting your diet. If you want to learn more about services we offer, get in touch with experts at Nova Bariatrics by dialing (469) 639-0953 Irving, TX 75063, or (682) 284-1786 Arlington, TX 76015.

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and General Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.

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