Info on diet after op

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Hello everyone, I have been on before discussing my husbands gallbladder. Now it's finally happening, he's got an op date of 26th Mayeek. I would like if possible some of your ideas for what to give him diet wise when he comes out of hospital as I don't want to give him something that will upset him and him be in pain again. Should I still go down the dairy free route?confused

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    Try oat milk instead, works for me, the oatley grey packs taste best, stay off soya. Oat cereal, white in coated fish, rice, full grain bread (some people go gluten free). Stay off fatty meats, I can manage lean ham and beef steak. Some say chicken but no good for me.
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    Hi I am no expert but very well read and self taught in natural healing and foods. I am lpanning of having bone broth soups initially and then going onto chicken and rice, I will be avoiding all dairy and gluten for very long term now and it has helped the most pre surgery too. 

    I am also planning on keeping up with my digestive enzymes, adding in psyllium husk and keep taking my oxbile when I have any foods containg fat. I am going to add fats in slowly as fats are essential for our health, fat digestable vitamins and our hormones. Coconut oil doesnt go through the same digfestive process so safe and will also be adding a small amount of healthy nuts and hemp seeds/oil  and my probitoics and liver support meds if tolerable. Good luck with the surgery.

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    Hi, Belinda,

    Glad your hubby has his date!  You could try the FODMAP diet, it's avaliable on line.  There is also a gallstone diet on this site, too.  Many people just resume a normal diet gradually, but others need to change the way they eat.  Each individual is different.  For instance, I can use grass fed butter, coconut oil, lactose free milk and ice cream.  I don't need to be grain free, either.  But others can't tolerate those foods.  I also can't eat acidic foods, so no more Italian for me.  

    No matter what he can eat, best I think to have 4-5 small meals a day rather than 3.  

    I hope his surgery goes well, and he can recover fully!  Let me know how you both get on! xx

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    Everyone is different. A nurse told me about her friend who was discharged following laparoscopic cholecystectomy and ordered a huge curry for supper!! Definitely not recommended. You may find his appetite is poor following the general anaesthetic anyway. Toast, fat free yogurt, bananas, rice (I liked small pots of low fat ambrosia) and rice cakes are all good. Look up BRATS diet online. Soup is easily digested. I enjoyed low fat custard too and plain jacket potatoes. Avoid high fat foods such as cheese to begin with and after a couple of weeks gradually start to introduce them. Personally I cannot eat pineapple now without feeling ill (tried fresh, canned and dried to no avail) but as I said everyone is different. Consensus seems to be too much fat too soon is bad. Hope all goes well with the surgery.
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    Hi Belinda, its good that your husband hasn't got long to wait now until his op. I would follow the same diet as he's following now. Everyone has their own stories but I stuck to low fat and really plain food such as jacket potato, fish, chicken, turkey, rice, pasta and eggs. Scrambled eggs went down really well on toast after surgery. My husband basically cooked what I fancied which for me is generally boiled eggs and toast. 

    As he gets stronger during his recovery he'll be able to try other food but keep it small amounts to see how his body copes with it. Don't forget that it takes alot longer to heal on the inside than the outside and his body will have to learn to cope without a gallbladder.

    I hope he does really well. The nurses at my hospital were fantastic so much so that I wrote a review on the hospital website which I don't normally do. They won't let him leave hospital until they feel that he is well enough. I was quite sick afterwards and my blood pressure went really low so I didn't end up leaving until much later. I did get up the following day and walked around the house and then just rested on the settee.

    Keep me updated with how he's getting on. x

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