After Gallbladder Removal



It is quite common for some people to feel discomfort and even some pain for 2-3 months after gallbladder removal. In most cases, that will resolve over time.

However, a few people still experience attacks that feel just like the old gallbladder attacks. If that is the case, you need to treat this just like a gallbladder attack and start with the diet and the products in The 30 Day Gallbladder Solution.

How could anyone have gallbladder attacks with no gallbladder? Well, technically, they can't. But if you had gallstones, the attacks were brought on by gallstones blocking the neck or a bile duct. Stones do sometimes still form in the bile ducts or the liver and the pain is just the same and the cause is still bile being blocked by a stone. It's just not in the gallbladder, its neck or the cystic duct which have all been removed. Rather it is in a bile duct. This is now called a bile duct stone versus a gallstone. The technical term is choledocolithiasis.

These can be removed by ERCP or Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram. Often you will be prescribed some form of bile salts to help to prevent new formation of stones. This is one of the reasons we recommend either Bile Salts or Herbal Digestive Bitters to keep the bile from stagnating and forming stones.

If you had your gallbladder removed due to a low-functioning gallbladder without stones, you are not likely to experience any severe pain like you did before. However, other gallbladder symptoms may be present. The symptoms that arise are often due to an insufficiency of bile or less concentrated bile, or to too much bile dumping all at once.

Symptoms After Gallbladder Removal

  • attacks
  • mild pain
  • gas and bloating, distension
  • burping, belching
  • feeling of fullness
  • heartburn
  • acid and bile reflux
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • dumping syndrome
  • weight gain

For any discomfort following gallbladder removal we have The After Gallbladder Removal Kit which addresses most of the above symptoms with the exception of attacks, dumping syndrome and weight gain.

The tricky part of dealing with pain in the gallbladder area is trying to determine if something that happened due to surgery is causing a problem. For example, an area that has been cut can take time to heal and can be tender. Also, scar tissue often forms and that can be felt as well.
Castor Oil Packs over the site of the surgery, i.e. the gallbladder area, may help as they are known to reduce inflammation.

COFFEE ENEMAS are helpful in flushing the bile ducts from the liver down to the small intestine. These can be done even years after removal but don't do them too soon after surgery. Wait at least 2 or 3 weeks. Hopefully, if there are any small stones or sludge in the ducts, the coffee enemas will flush them out. I recommend doing one a day for 21 days. It can make the biggest difference, like kick-starting the biliary system. Note: coffee enemas are not about moving the bowel but about stimulating bile.

DIET after gallbladder removal is just as important now as when you had a gallbladder. It is especially important for the first 3-6 months following removal. Your ability to digest fats has been impaired; it still needs some support.

Some people choose gallbladder removal because they don't want to change their diets. It works that way for many. However, I hear from the ones that end up having discomfort, if not pain, after removal. So be on the safe side and work with the gallbladder diet by eating moderate fats of the right kind, avoiding common allergens such as gluten and dairy, red meats, eggs etc. until you are sure that your bile system is working well and you are not reacting to any of these things. In other words, ease these foods back in, if you plan on returning to them, very slowly, one at a time and watch for your body's reaction to them.

SUPPLEMENTS are helpful. The After Gallbladder Removal Kit has been designed with you in mind. It supports digestion including extra help for fats. If you are still having attacks or actual pain, you need the 30 Day Gallbladder Solution.

For most people, they will always need to be taking Bile Salts or Herbal Digestive Bitters to support the flow of bile. And Choline is also helpful for the break down of fats.


Read about the less-known
causes of gallbladder disease and make note of what you think has been or is contributing to yours. This is important to the success of resolving your issues. For example, if low thyroid contributed to your gallbladder disease and it is still going untreated, gallbladder or no gallbladder, your digestion is going to suffer.

If your discomfort persists after implementing the suggestions above, know that we are available for


Gallbladder attacks are more common than you may think. Gallstones affect more than 25 million Americans (our total population being 310 million in early 2011). One million new cases of gallstones are diagnosed annually, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.

500,000-700,000 gallbladder removals take place every year in the USA alone, and since the diet of the general American population is not improving, those numbers are rising.

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food allergies can
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