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Dealing with symptoms after Gallbladder surgery

Digestive Health | Last Active: Apr 27 6:42am | Replies (266)

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Hello @roisemaire and welcome to Mayo Connect. We are pleased you have joined our online support group!

You mention problems after gallbladder surgery 4 weeks ago. As you know, everyone's recovery from surgery is different. You do not mention your age, nor the type of surgery you had (open or laparoscopy). These are important factors. As we age, recovery is a bit slower than that of a younger person. Here is some general information about gallbladder removal from Mayo Clinic's website, https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cholecystectomy/home/ovc-20229995

My first thought would be whether you have contacted your doctor's office (either by phone or through My Chart) to let them know of your symptoms? If not, I would certainly do that.

Perhaps some other Members will post about their experiences after gallbladder removal as well.

Will you keep in touch with us and let us know how you are doing?


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Thanku so much for your reply. Yes it was keyhole or laporoscopy. I’m almost 60 yrs old. I can only eat very small meals and often. This seems to keep pain away. Was t sure if it is normal to have nausea and discomfort at this stage.


Thanks for your reply. If the smaller, frequent meals are helping you to feel better that is probably a good indication of what you need to do for now. According to the Mayo website, if there is also diarrhea then you should avoid fatty foods, caffeine, etc. however, you have not mentioned that symptom.

Do you have a follow up appointment with the surgeon soon? If not, you should probably call the office and make sure that you are on the right track for now.

Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing, we look forward to hearing from you.


Thank you Teresa. I have an appointment with surgeon tomorrow and hope fully get some answers. This nausea and pain is very depressing and causing me a lot of distress as I cannot carry on my normal activities at work etc

@roisemaire I understand, trying to work and carry on as usual is not easy when you don't feel well.


Hi I am two weeks post surgery and experiencing exactly what you said. I have a lot of horrible nausea. I’m very tired and depressed. Did yours resolve?

Sorry didn't mean to reply to this thread. Just joined, so trying to figure it out

@thull, Welcome to Connect, It is pretty easy to navigate on Connect, once you get started. Here is a link to How to Get Started on Connect -

have your surgeon prescribe zofran for the nausea. It had helped me after fundoplication as well as after gallbladder removal in 2017.....kozlo52

Hello l had my gallbladder removed several years ago but have suffered with bowel problems since and can't eat veggies as they cause diarrhea and my blood work showed fatty liver I always have heartburn too, any advice please 🥺