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What Causes Weight Loss after Gallbladder Surgery?

Increased intake of fluids after gallbladder surgery may cause weight loss.
Weight loss after gallbladder surgery may be the result of being forced on a healthier diet.
Digestive issues after gallbladder surgery may lead to weight loss.
A healthy gallbladder and one with gallstones.
Doctors may recommend patients stick to a certain eating plan to avoid dangerous weight loss.
Adjusting to life without a gallbladder can sometimes cause massive weight loss.
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Some patients may experience mild to moderate weight loss after gallbladder surgery, and there are several potential causes for this phenomenon. The gallbladder normally stores a digestive substance known as bile. Without the gallbladder, problems with the digestive process may arise, resulting in weight loss. Weight loss may also result from the nausea or diarrhea that often occurs following the procedure, especially when greasy or fatty foods are consumed. Any questions or concerns about the aftermath of gallbladder surgery on an individual basis should be discussed with a medical professional.

Diarrhea is a commonly reported problem after the gallbladder has been removed, especially after eating greasy or fatty foods. This condition can lead to dehydration, prompting a medical professional to recommend an increase in fluid intake. A dramatic increase in the amount of fluids consumed can prevent the patient from feeling hungry, leading to weight loss. If the diarrhea is severe or if painful intestinal cramps develop, a healthcare provider should be consulted for further medical evaluation.

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Weight loss after gallbladder surgery may occur due to the low-fat diet recommended by many surgeons following the procedure. As the body is less capable of digesting fats without a fully functioning gallbladder, some people may be concerned about adding any fat to the diet. It is important to remember that the human body obtains energy by consuming a healthy amount of fats. For this reason, it is important for the patient to strike a healthy balance when creating an eating plan following gallbladder removal. A doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian can help devise a healthy meal plan in order to avoid too much weight loss due to dietary changes.

Post-cholecystectomy syndrome may sometimes be responsible for weight loss after gallbladder surgery, although medical experts do not completely understand the reason some people develop symptoms while others do not. Weight loss may occur in these situations due to the extreme fatigue, pain, and digestive disturbances that make up the symptoms of this condition. Managing these symptoms may take a bit of trial and error in order to prevent massive weight loss. Patients often have negative reactions when eating certain foods, even when greasy and fatty foods are avoided. These foods may vary from person to person, and mild to moderate dietary changes can often lessen uncomfortable symptoms enough to prevent the loss of an unhealthy amount of weight.

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anon970537
Post 12

I had my surgery 17 days ago. I weighed in at 228 pounds a month ago, and am now at 212 pounds, with no reason behind it. I'm not complaining though. I just hope it continues and my lack of pain stays!

anon965074
Post 11

I had surgery in early April 2014. I have lost 20 pounds without wanting to. I have up to five diarrhea episodes each day. I am sometimes hungrier than other times. I am still slightly overweight but I worry in the long term this is going to be a problem. Levsin really helps but I still have diarrhea despite taking it every day.

anon949893
Post 10

I just had my surgery seven days ago. I have officially lost seven pounds so far. I attribute it to the amount of water I'm consuming post surgery because I'm still eating crap.

I am promising myself to eat better starting on Friday. Today is Wednesday. I did really well and got some cool pics of my insides because I had a large cyst on my ovaries which has resolved already. I'm so happy about that! I would love to have a dramatic weight loss, as I'm at 243 today after my seven-pound weight loss.

anon929878
Post 9

I want to speak for two people on this matter. My mother had her gallbladder taken out and she gained weight. She told me that she has no problem with what she is able to eat. Makes me wonder if she is doesn't care about her weight gain. I, on the other hand, weighed about 176 before the surgery, and now five months after the surgery, my pure weight (with my birthday suit on) I weigh 162. I think I am losing too much. I do watch what I eat because of the feeling I get after eating "take out, processed red meats and dairy. I found that a turkey sandwich on wheat bread fills me up.

I'm going to the doctor to have tests run to make sure there is not something else causing this weight loss. I hope everyone who has these problems of weight loss and weight gain can find some piece of mind. I look at it like, "if I didn't take my gallbladder out, I would not be here to see my daughter grow".

anon354157
Post 8

I was 318 pounds at the time of my gallbladder removal. Two months later, I weigh 267, I think because I haven't had any heavy fried/fatty foods or any soda -- oh and no cake.

anon343332
Post 7

I have stones in my gall bladder. I am at a normal weight. I heard if you have the operation, there will be the weight gaining problems which I don't want. What are the facts? If I have the surgery, will I start gaining weight?

SarahSon
Post 6

@bagley79 -- The biggest difference I have seen since I had my gallbladder removed is I have more problems digesting food. I had abdominal pains before my gallbladder was removed, but I still get twinges of discomfort in this area. Now I know it is caused by my system trying to digest the food I have eaten, instead of my gallbladder being bad.

I didn't experience any weight loss after my gallbladder removal. I have always maintained a normal weight, so I am glad my weight has stayed pretty much the same since then.

bagley79
Post 5

I have often wondered what some of the complications are of having your gallbladder removed. I know many people have had this done and seem to live a perfectly normal life, but I kept thinking there has to be some kind of effects from this.

I have had bouts of abdominal pain and testing done for gallbladder stones. My tests have always been negative and the pain goes away, so I still have my gallbladder. I try to avoid fried and greasy foods because these are the types of food that seem to bother me.

I certainly wouldn't want to have my gallbladder removed to lose some weight, but I could stand to lose a few pounds. I also wish they could figure out what is causing me to have all this pain. I know I would be really frustrated if I end up having my gallbladder taken out and then gained more weight.

John57
Post 4

@burcinc -- I haven't gained quite as much weight as you have after your gallbladder surgery, but I have gained some. I lost a few pounds right after the surgery, but once I started feeling better, I started gaining weight.

In my case I think it was because I felt so much better and felt like eating again. I put off having my gallbladder removed for longer than I should and was pretty miserable. Once I got my appetite back, I started to overeat, which leads to extra pounds.

discographer
Post 3

@burcinc-- Some people gain weight after gall bladder surgery and some people lose weight. While weight loss appears to be resulting from higher sensitivities to food, some people gain weight because of the poorer digestion of fats after surgery.

It goes both ways. Less fat digestion can prevent fat storage, but it can also prevent fat burning. Especially if you're not able to digest the good fats in needed amounts.

From my experience, supplementing the diet with Omega 3, fiber, probiotics and enzymes help a lot. Not just for weight gain, but for weight loss too. Of course, eating healthier small meals and regular exercise needs to continue.

burcinc
Post 2

I have not lost weight after surgery, on the contrary, I have been dealing with weight gain after my gallbladder removal. I've been gaining about 3 pounds every month since the operation and can't seem to fight it no matter how little I eat or how much I exercise.

I think gallbladder surgery really impacts our digestion in a bad way (the post-cholecystectomy syndrome) but it didn't have a weight loss affect on me at all.

What can I do to balance my weight and stop gaining weight? Has anyone else been gaining weight after surgery?

ddljohn
Post 1

I've lost about 20 pounds post my gallbladder surgery which was one and a half year ago. This has been fine for me because I was overweight then and I'm at a normal weight now.

Not being able to eat fat or oily and processed foods is the major reason why I started losing weight after the surgery. Anything with a lot of fat or oil just upsets my stomach and has me rushing to the bathroom every 10 minutes. I've learned that without the gallbladder, consuming a lot of fat causes bile to be sent to the stomach which upsets the stomach and digestion.

I guess as a side effect of eating healthier, I also feel much fuller after meals and don't feel the need to eat as often. I'm sure that not everyone who has had the surgery feels this way, but the surgery has actually helped me become a much healthier person.

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