Did you know that gallbladder surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the world, and that Drs. Lee and Clark regularly perform these procedures?
Many gallbladder complications are caused by diet, but there are other risk factors as well. Those at highest risk for gallbladder issues or gallstones are women over the age of 40; those who consume a high-fat, high-cholesterol and low-fiber diet; people who are overweight; people who lose weight very quickly; and people who have diabetes. Eating a healthy diet may help prevent gallbladder complications.
The gallbladder is an organ positioned under the liver. “It stores bile, a combination of fluids, fat, and cholesterol. Bile helps break down fat from food in your intestine. The gallbladder delivers bile into the small intestine. This allows fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients to be more easily absorbed into the bloodstream.” (www.healthline.com)
Presence of gallstones, blockage of bile duct or gallbladder inflammation are the common reasons why one would need gallbladder surgery. The most common symptom is abdominal pain that lasts for more than 5 hours. Other symptoms include jaundice, pale stools, sweating, low-grade fever and chills.
Dr. Clark and Dr. Lee use a minimally invasive, laparoscopic technique for gallbladder removal. They use special scopes to locate, isolate, and remove the gallbladder and patients are typically released to go home the same day.
If you ever feel symptoms of gallbladder complications, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our expert surgeons are board certified in minimally invasive abdominal surgery and have performed countless gallbladder surgeries (also known as cholecystectomy). As always, our goal throughout the entire process is to keep you safe, well informed, and comfortable.
Gallstones can lead to pain in the upper right abdomen. You may start to have gallbladder pain from time to time when you eat foods that are high in fat, such as fried foods. The pain doesn’t usually last more than a few hours.
You may also experience:
- dark urine
- clay-colored stools
- stomach pain
These symptoms are also known as biliary colic.
Tips for gallbladder health
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Avoid rapid weight loss.
- Eat an anti-inflammatory diet.
- Get regular exercise.
- Take supplements as approved by your doctor. (Some nutritional supplements you can take include vitamin C, iron, and lecithin.)
For a healthy gallbladder, incorporate the following foods into your diet:
- bell peppers
- citrus fruits
- dark, leafy greens
- fish and shellfish
- low-fat dairy
Foods that aggravate your gallbladder
Avoid the following foods for a healthy gallbladder diet:
- vegetable oil
- peanut oil
- refined white foods (breads, pastas, etc.)
- foods high in fat
- processed foods