just found out I have to have my gallbladder removed need stronger advice

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Found  out three days ago that I have to have my gallbladder removed my problem is I don't know where to start with what To eat you Google it you're told a million different things and I also have a holiday of a lifetime booked  In May  and now I'm unsure whether to go or not as I don't think I will get fitted in in time and have time to recover but I'm scared if I go and have a flare up advice needed many thanks

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    Hi Tracey

    i would recommend that you eat a low fat diet. I had my gallbladder removed a year ago. I was given the all clear to fly three weeks after surgery. The down side was that I,had to inject myself before,each flight to prevent Dvt.

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    Low fat/protein/oily foods with low quantity meals. What symptoms are you having?
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    Hi there....re your holiday I would check with your insurers before just thinking you can travel and assuming you will be covered for any medical fees if there was an emergency.

    Like you, I have been told my gbladder needs to come out & the likelihood is this summer. I was supposed to go away in May but having checked with our insurers I won't be travelling!

    I don't honestly feel up to it anyway!

    Low fat, small meals ( my surgeon said eat 5 X a day - the amount you would have eaten normally but more spread out). I'm avoiding red meat as well as fats as it seems to make me worse. Grilled chicken breast & veg or a piece of grilled cod , it seems some protein im ok with. No cake, biscuits chocolate. Any made up food ( like a soup in a carton) check the fat % and make sure it's v low.

    Best of luck.

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    I, too, am scheduled to have my gall bladder out on April 11th and am concerned about what to eat to avoid a flare up. I am leaving tonight for a weeks vacation with family and I want to avoid a flare up at all costs! For me, no to low fat diet is helping. I found there are a million different opinions when you google what to eat too. Basically, everyone is different. I've been sticking to very little fat, no red meat, very little dairy. I'm eating a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables, chicken, oatmeal, pasta. I've done fine with a glass of wine once in a while. The key is to try something having a very small portion and see how you feel. Eating smaller meals, is helpful to me too. The first (and only) attack I had, was from eating crab legs with tons of butter and creamy clam chowder the night before. Bad idea! Good luck to you! 

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    I was very careful what I ate. I made sure had low fat food, tried to avoid greasy fatty food as it caused a few problems. I have found that since having had my gallbladder removed i struggle with foods like tomatoes, red meat, some dairy products. Red wine is not good for,me either. It will probably be trial and error for a while but only eat small portions. Check with your holiday insurance company about travelling after gallbladder surgery. My insurance company was fine as they covered travelling after that operation.
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    Try to eat foods with less than 7g of fat per 100g. I ate a lot of chicken and pasta, soups and toast/bagels. I was in a similar position last year except I hadn’t had the ultrasound before I went on holiday. I phoned insurers and it went down as undiagnosed stomach condition. When I called them once I’d been diagnosed (annual policy and was going to go away again), they said I wouldn’t be covered for any gallbladder related problem whilst away. Definitely wouldn’t have travelled without being able to get insured. If your insurer will cover you and you’re going somewhere with decent healthcare system then fair enough. I just know I didn’t want to risk it (just as well I didn’t as ended up with cholecystitis the day before I was thinking of booking to go away again) xx
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