Weight gain after gallbladder surgery

posted 5 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Hi! I had my gallbladder removed 5 years ago. At the time of my surgery, I was a size 12-14. A year after that, I decided to get my eating in check, and lost a lot of weight. I’ve been maintaining at a size 6-8 for 4 years now, and this is all after having my gallbladder removed. So from personal experience, it is possible to lose weight after gallbladder surgery!

What have you been doing to try and lose weight? Has something changed after the surgery to make you gain weight? Not that I have any sort of medical training, but it could be coincidental that the weight gain coincided with your surgery, perhaps it is a thyroid issue or something completely different. Have you talked to your doctor about any of this?

Edited to fix typo

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

txprincess11 :  I’m sorry your having troubles. I would call the doctor just in case and rule anything out. In what time period did the weight gain occur? I am a similar size to you now and I’ve also been battling the same 30 pounds for years now. But no gallbladder. 

For me, I have to cut my carbs down and increase protein. I have to limit sugar because it’s a trigger food for me too keep eating. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Sorry I hit enter before finishing. I have to avoid sugar and certain foods like chips. I’m not doing that now as I’m having issues right now with food. I hope your feel better soon! 

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

txprincess11 :  I was like you, lost 30 lbs then started having issues. Ended up having to have my gallbladder out then immediately gained the weight back. It sucked. I had to totally change my diet. I was still having digestive issues (still do), so I went exteme. I went Raw. Like more extreme than Vegan.

Eating Raw totally revamped my digestive track and it was the only thing that made me feel normal again. I still had some chicken and eggs, but other than that I stuck to it it for 8-10 months post surgery. Now I eat NSNG (No Sugar No Grain). If I eat too many grains I end up with a lot of digestive issues. You can PM me if you want more detail. Not sure everyone wants to read about it! Lol. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

My mom had that problem and started taking pineapple enzymes and probiotics – she feels much better now. Several of her friends have had the same problem after having their gallbladders out, and she always buys them the pineapple enzymes which they say really helps. 

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

txprincess11 :  Fat metabolism can be affected after surgery

First of all, even though the liver continues to make bile, the gallbladder concentrates it, making it more effective and it also controls the rate at which it is released, giving larger amounts when needed. Without a gallbladder, that is no longer happening. So for many people, their fat metabolism is not nearly as effecient as it should be. (It could be better than it was, depending on the reasons for removal.) Truthfully, people with any gallbladder disease may have trouble with weight gain due to faulty fat digestion.
However, other factors are likely involved simultaneously. Just take a look at the underlying causes of gallbladder disease. Many of these, in and of themselves, also cause weight gain. Low thyroid, insulin resistance, heartburn and indigestion, acid reflux. Until they are addressed, you may find maintaining a normal weight more and more difficult as time goes on.

One British study looking at the after-effects of gallbladder surgery found that 87% of men and 68% of women experienced weight gain after cholecystectomy and urged physicians to caution patients about this ‘side-effect.<sup>4  </sup>

http://mirandajorgenson.com/2014/07/is-your-gallbladder-or-lack-of-stopping-your-weight-loss/

Post # 9
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Busy bee

txprincess11 :  I did gain some weight after having my gall bladder removed but it is also for me much harder to lose any weight I gain.  I have found digestive enzymes and probiotics help a bit but I also went on metformin recently and that has probably been more effective than the other things.

I have to really watch my carbs unlike before I had my gallbladder removed.  I use My Fitness Pal to track my macros and that also keeps me on track.

It sucks.  It’s not something my doctor told me about before surgery.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 1992

txprincess11 :  Not fun! Sorry you are experiencing post-surgery weight gain. This can be a really upsetting experience, especially when you feel like you’re trying to make healthy choices, etc. I coach a medically based program that is helpful for people who are really struggling trying to lose weight on their own. Feel free to connect via PM if you’d like to discuss your situation. I’m happy to be of help.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Sounds like other posters have more insight into this situation than myself – sounds like you have soe dietary changes you might make or probiotics/enzymes that could be helpful, and that weight gain after gallbladder surgery might be more common that I thought! I’d still see a doctor in case there is something else going on that might be helped with some medical intervention. Good luck! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

txprincess11 :  Also, you should know that everyone who has had their gallbladder out is different. Some people have a lot of issues with food. Others don’t. But I would definately consult with a nutritionist before a doctor. I feel like nutritionists listen better. Doctors have a one size fits all mentality.

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