Ask PoopReport: My Dad's Gallbladder


"Lily" has written in for help for her father:

My father has colon cancer. When he went into surgery, the foolish doctors removed his gallbladder because it looked "distressed." Now he spends most of his time in the bathroom.

He has found a guy on the internet who had the same problem, and according to him, it may take one to two years to get back to his regular digestion ways. Unfortunately, my father is going on a hunt soon with his friend and will most probaly be in the bushes the entire trip.

Currently he takes cholestryramine to help with solidification of his stools, but it only seems to help a little; he has done endless hours of pooping and now has to work from home. I have now started to do some research of my own, searching for foods that might help, when I stumbled across your website. He is not eating sugar or caffeine, and fiber only makes it worse. I want my mother to stop getting upset every time he has to go to the restroom. My father's butt now hurts from the porcelain seat and he has thought about a pillow cushion to go on it.

Please help to make my family functional again by helping to stop the going.

For anyone with gallbadder issues, here are two forums that can offer some support:
ehealth gallbladder disease forum
Health Boards Gallbladder Message Board

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2 Comments on "Ask PoopReport: My Dad's Gallbladder"

runninggrrl2's picture
Comment Quality Moderatork 500+ points

Your best bet is anything that's very low in fat and low in fiber. White rice, things with pectin like apples and pears and bananas, and lean meats or fish would probably be okay for him to eat to minimize the effects of not having a gallbladder.

An apple a day keeps the ExLax away!

Deja Poo's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorj 1000+ points

And so what does his Gastro-Interologist have to say about this?

I don't know the answer, but your father and your family has my sympathies.

Yo quiero Taco Bell.

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