Can I Eat Sushi 2 Weeks After Gallbladder Removal?


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Eager To Eat Sushi After Gallbladder Surgery?

Sushi is a favorite food of many; and going without your regular maki roll and nigiri fix can be a painful withdrawl for some. However, if you have ever suffered from gallbladder problems, you will probably know that it can be one of the most excruciating experiences you'll ever endure. Sometimes doctors will recommend surgical removal of the gallbladder, as it is an organ the human body can actually function without. It's role releasing bile to breakdown fatty foods that you consume can actually be performed by the liver itself. However, like with any surgery, your body will take time to recuperate and return to it's normal functions. Until then, you'll need to adopt a special diet that will aid your body in it's recovery and this may mean cutting back on the sushi for a while: But when exactly is it safe to return to your favorite Japanese treat?


The process of recovering from any surgery can be tiresome and frustrating, and as the gallbladder plays a primary role in the digestion of food, learning to live without it will mean some dietary adjustments.

Initially you'll probably be enjoying meals that compromise clear fluids, broth and gelatin: Not much fun! So you will be understandably eager to get back to you favorite foods, however following surgery 50% of people experience difficulty processing certain types of food and can experience bloating, diarrhea, and gas, so patience and research is key!

What should I avoid?

The main thing your body is going to struggle dealing with initially is foods that are high in fat, as these would normally be broken down by the gallbladder. What you will also need to keep an eye out for is: Fried foods, high-dairy foods, high-fat meat, high-fiber food, spicy food and gas producing foods. 

considering there's a wide variety of sushi that are often low in fat, sushi can be enjoyed problem free.

It is still worth bearing in mind though, that particular ingredients used in sushi might be fried or perhaps spicy, and may cause some discomfort; these are items you'll not want to order in the early stages of your recovery.

Finally, its important to bear in mind that everyone recovers from gallbladder surgery at different rates. A month is usually the time-scale aimed at for returning to a regular diet, so at two weeks into your recovery it may be early for you to be so adventurous, it would be best to take it slowly, see how your body reacts, and don't overindulge so that your body can work at it's optimum pace. The best course of action is often to work with your doctor (or a dietitian) so you can come up with a tasty diet plan that you'll be able to enjoy problem free!

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Unfortunately many people are shuttled out the door without their doctor or nurse giving them any sort of dietary restrictions or recommendations. I know that with mine, they didn't tell me anything except for "don't eat spicy foods". Depends on what type you get. Ideally you should be avoiding any & all fatty food types as well as dairy. This throws stuff like raw fish & anything that includes cream cheese out the window. You should also avoid anything spicy, which will eliminate even more of the sushi types out there. I personally recommend getting a plain California roll. No sauce, no condiments. Eat it plain & most importantly, EAT IT SLOWLY. If you feel like it isn't going down well, stop eating. If you aren't able to eat a whole lot at one meal, only eat until you are full. The CR is the best way to go because for the most part everything in it is stuff that is recommended for gallbladder attacks & such. (Cucumber, avocado, non-fatty fish, vinegar) The only dodgy thing is the seaweed since that's technically not on any do or don't list out there. This isn't going to be the same for everyone, so if your body isn't processing things too well then you should hold off on the sushi for another week or two.
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I'm in the same boat as you I just got it removed two weeks ago and I have been craving sushi. My doctor had told me there is no restrictions, but I did hear from someone an outrageous thing like never in your life will you be able to have raw meat again. But I suggest if the doctor told you to stay away you should, if they didn't specify that you SHOULD NOT have it say it, it must be ok.

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