Why do you gain weight after gallbladder removal?

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More often than not patients of gallbladder removal surgery notice weight loss after the surgery. But some patients are surprised to see they're actually gaining weight. Several triggers can cause this and it's important to identify the cause of your weight gain in case there are health problems.

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A change in diet can cause weight gain. If you could not eat certain foods, or much at all, before the surgery you may find your appetite has increased. Since gallbladder surgery can upset the stomach, it's best to stick to six small meals a day and to avoid foods high in fat.


After gallbladder surgery a number of patients experience abdominal symptoms such as cramping or diarrhoea. Different medications are prescribed based on the symptoms, and a side effect of these medications can include weight gain.


Stress or lack of sleep can cause weight gain. Not only are you less energetic, but you may eat when you're stressed instead of only when you're hungry.


After surgery it may take you a while to get back into your normal exercise routine. A change in routine, especially for those who exercise frequently, may lead to weight gain.

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If none of the above factors are causing your weight gain, consult with your doctor. He will want to check your thyroid and may suggest other tests to make sure an underlying health problem isn't causing the extra weight gain.

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