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    Default Gallbladder Removal - Help!! scared of putting on weight.

    I have been advised I have to get my gallbladder removed after having numerous attacks. To be honest I am so scared - not of the operation but the thought they are removing an organ that does something, hence my biggest concern:

    Did you put on weight after getting it removed?? I don't want to put on weight for no reason I have enough trouble losing it.

    Please share your experience with me.

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    I did... but not initially. I also put on weight BEFORE my gallbladder op though... I'm just someone who gets fat easily and likes junk food. I don't think my gallbladder being removed had anything to do with weight gain, and I don't see why it would. All your gallbladder does is help aid in the digestion of fat... so removing it just means it's not as easily digested, and often, if you eat fatty foods after your gallbladder is removed, you'll find that you need to visit the toilet... as it goes straight through you.

    Gallbladder attacks hurt like hell and ignored can lead to really bad problems with your liver and pancreas. It would make sense to deal with your gallstones for your health.

    ETA - the gallbladder isn't a major organ, so it's not like having a kidney removed, or a lung removed... it's kind of like removing an optional extra in your car. It might sometimes make the car-ride a bit easier, but if it starts messing around with the way the car works, then yeah... you get rid of it.
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    Default Gallbladder Removal - Help!! scared of putting on weight.

    Hey I had mine removed after losing 12kgs, was told it was a contributing factor! So much for living a healthier lifestyle! After I got it out I was able to continue losing weight and didn't put any on. Anything is better than the pain of an attack-OMG!! I'm 37 weeks pregnant ftm, so haven't experienced labour yet but gallbladder attacks were 10/10 on the pain scale for me!!!(hoping labour isn't as bad but I guess that might be a little unrealistic!!!!!)

    Good luck

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    Default Gallbladder Removal - Help!! scared of putting on weight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shell Somer View Post
    Hey I had mine removed after losing 12kgs, was told it was a contributing factor! So much for living a healthier lifestyle! After I got it out I was able to continue losing weight and didn't put any on. Anything is better than the pain of an attack-OMG!! I'm 37 weeks pregnant ftm, so haven't experienced labour yet but gallbladder attacks were 10/10 on the pain scale for me!!!(hoping labour isn't as bad but I guess that might be a little unrealistic!!!!!)

    Good luck
    I had 3 attacks when I was pregnant and yes it's a pain you will never forget!!

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    Default Gallbladder Removal - Help!! scared of putting on weight.

    I met someone today and they said 95% of people they knew put on weight arrrrrrrgh and also one developed Colon cancer.

    Why me to have gallstones I am over the mixed emotions. I know it's for my health but I have very low self esteem and that's one thing I am scared of is putting in weight for no reason when I need to loose it.

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    got mine removed 1.5 years ago. no problems. no weight gain as a result.

    If anything I lost heaps of weight before the op as I coudn't eat ANY fat or it would set off an attack. Living on celery sticks for 4 weeks because I was too scared to eat anything else did wonders for losing weight.

    I didn't seem to cope with the surgery well. even though it's keyhold the post surgery pain medication didn't work and I remember yelling at them... "this is worse than child birth... give me something that works"

    I had a few concerns before the op but weight gain wasn't one. I was more worried about getting the runs if I ate fat as you can become very sensitive to fat afterwards. Seriously coudn't be happier I had the surgery. 10+ years of pain and problems gone overnight!

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    Large amounts of weight loss seems to be linked to needing a removal... so unless people are losing lots, getting their gallbladders out and then regaining it all, I don't think that weight gain likely.

    One reason people might be gaining afterwards is because they're the types to gain anyway. Obesity is often an increased risk factor for gallstones... so an obese person doesn't usually get that way by living a healthy lifestyle. The gallbladder removal might not be the reason they gain... it just happens on the way to gaining even more... because they were going to gain it anyway... kwim?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mumsrulz View Post
    I met someone today and they said 95% of people they knew put on weight arrrrrrrgh and also one developed Colon cancer.

    Why me to have gallstones I am over the mixed emotions. I know it's for my health but I have very low self esteem and that's one thing I am scared of is putting in weight for no reason when I need to loose it.
    Somebody saying that 95% of people they know put on weight after having gall bladder removal is not scientific. And even if you do gain 1kg afterwards how do you know it's related to your surgery and does 1kg really matter? Just cause some people might gain surgery after an operation, doesn't mean you will. You might lose weight or you might keep the same weight. I doubt your gallbladder surgery is going to have much to do with your weight.

    The reality is that if you have a gallstone that gets stuck it can make you VERY sick and in fact you can die from it. I had a gall stone that got stuck and I was in terrible pain for days and vague and drowsy and all sorts of other things. It was over a weekend and I didn't realise until Saturday night that it wasn't normal. I'd already been to the hospital once & sent home with the wrong diagnosis, so I just waited til Monday morning to see my GP. Thankfully the stone passed overnight on Sunday night. The surgeon was very worried though and took my gallbladder out ASAP (10 days after the stone passed), but going into surgery I had a fever caused by my gallbladder, so I'm so glad it's gone.

    The best thing was that I'd been waking up with back pain for 6+ months every morning. My GP had no idea what was causing it. Turns out I had chronic irritation of my gallbladder (the surgeon found it all scarred up inside which he didn't expect as I'd only had one bad attack and none at all previously that I was aware of) and that was causing the pain. I was completely pain free for the next 8 months (I had chronic 'mechanical' back pain and that came back eventually, but less than previously too!).

    Surgery is scary I understand, but it is a short term risk to leave your gall bladder in. It is a ticking time bomb. Get it out then you don't need to worry about it causing havoc!

    Addit: I didn't gain weight after the surgery. I did take 2 weeks off work and struggled for another week or two when I went back to work (my job was full time on my feet), but I think that was cause I was sick for 2 weeks, then had surgery, so I was really returning to work after a 'prolonged illness'. Once I recovered from the surgery I felt great. Best I'd felt in ages. All that was 10 years ago, so it's all a distant memory
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    Default Gallbladder Removal - Help!! scared of putting on weight.

    I got my gallbladder removed about 8months ago, I haven't put on weight just maintain...although now without the gall bladder if I have to much fatty food I need to run to the toilet!!!

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    I had mine out and put on weight but that is because I eat the wrong things love my junk food chocolate lollies ice cream ect.


 

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