What your doctor won’t tell you after gallbladder surgery

Jun 25, 2019 | 8 comments

Gallbladder removal surgery is way more common than you would think

And many of my clients have had their gallbladders removed. Think about that. Most people come to me with gut issues. Many of those people don’t have a gallbladder anymore. Coincidence? Or cause and effect?

In my humble opinion, it’s cause and effect.

What does the gallbladder do?

The gallbladder stores bile that has been made in the liver. When we eat foods containing fat, the gallbladder squirts out just enough bile into the stomach to help start to break down the fat and make sure it’s digested properly and later absorbed.

How does this process change when we don’t have a gallbladder?

Well, without a gallbladder, the bile produced in the liver continuously drips into the gut. It never comes out in just the right amount to digest fat after we eat it.

This causes a few problems.

The most important problem here is that fat isn’t getting digested. So, when we eat fat, it flows right out the other end and makes our poop float.

Yes, usually, when you see floating poo, it’s because it’s full of undigested fat, and fat floats.

Either that or having too much undigested fat in your stool can cause a slip and slide sort of action in your bowels (diarrhea). THAT’S uncomfortable, huh?

Why do we want to digest fat? Doesn’t eating fat make us fat?

NO!!! Eating and digesting fat gives us the building blocks for our hormones (all hormones, not just sex hormones – including insulin, serotonin, melatonin, dopamine, thyroid, cortisol, etc.), helps us to stay hydrated, keeps our hair and skin soft and our nails strong, and nourishes our gut lining.

We need fat to thrive!

It is essential!

Eating sugar makes us fat!

And raises levels of cholesterol!


Ok. I’ll stop shouting now.

So, for those of us without a gallbladder, cuz now we’re scared, what can we do about it?

You can’t get your gallbladder back. That’s for sure. But you can find a way to digest fat again. It’s really not difficult.

The best way to deal with this is NOT to avoid eating fat. Like I said before, we NEED fat in our diets for some very important functions in our bodies.

The best way to deal with it is to simply take some digestive enzymes that include ox bile with your meals. This timely ingestion of bile should do the trick, and you’ll see your poop stop floating in about 3 days. (That’s how long it can take for food you’ve already eaten to make it all the way through to your back door)

My favorite enzyme with ox bile for quality and price is Now Foods Super Enzymes.

I’m very curious, just an experiment, who of you have had your gallbladder removed?

Did your doctor inform you about the dangers of living without a gallbladder, or did they just tell you not to eat fat?

I’m so curious.

Please, have courage and leave a comment below. I want to hear about your personal experience with this.

See ya next week!



  1. Yvette Smith

    I do not have a gallbladder. I would be very interested to take these enzymes and see how things change for me. My gallbladder was removed because I had 3 out of 3 reasons to get it removed. Those reasons are: I had gallstones, my gallbladder was very inflamed and most importantly my gallbladder was completely non functioning.

    • Laurie Seely

      That’s very interesting, Yvette! I’m so glad you read this post! Personal question (do I ask any other kind?)… when you eat fat, does your poop float?

  2. Vicki

    I’m 38 & my gb was removed about 7yrs ago. Dr didn’t tell me about dangers or to stop eating fat. It was functioning less than 2% & I couldn’t keep anything down for approximately 2months before they diagnosed me.
    And yes I experience both your poop examples. Lol

    • Laurie Seely

      Hi Vicki! Thanks for your comment! I’m so sorry you are experiencing these difficulties. It’s a huge bummer that most doctors go straight for the surgery and don’t bother to figure out if some simple lifestyle changes could help. I know of many people who’ve had “gallbladder disease” who changed a few things in their diet and reduced stress and resolved it like that. But for those of us who’ve had the surgery because we simply trusted our doctors and did what they said at the time, it’s important to know the function of the gallbladder and how to achieve those things (fat digestion) without a gallbladder. So glad you dropped in! And good luck! Keep me posted if you wish!

  3. Kelley

    This post totally caught my attention. Two months after the birth of my son I was in the operating room having my gallbladder removed. I didn’t ask questions. I was just relieved to be free of the pain. But since then…I’ve wondered…and had some trouble digesting fats What awesome insight and recommendations! Thank you. This is an answer to an unanswered question!!

    • Laurie Seely

      You’re very welcome, Kelley! I’m happy to be of service! xoxox

  4. Gabrielle Barrett

    I have had recent gallbladder issues and was promptly informed that it would have to go, but this seems a travesty to me! I enjoy my body whole and I am confident of it’s functioning. I have experimented taking bile salts since the incident several months ago and have not had many flare ups. (There are quite a few small stones in there) Doctors told me to watch my fatty and fried food intake, but I have not cut down on healthy fats.

    • Laurie Seely

      Ooooohh!! Gabrielle, I applaud your thinking here! Good for you! You might benefit from a general cleanse, like the Master Cleanse. Or maybe something easier to do like using a medical food for a few months. Something Metagenics UltraClear Renew? This can really help you clear out your detox organs, thinning bile and allowing it to work as it’s meant to. If I were you, I’d do the Master Cleanse (it’s way cheaper, and you don’t have to cook!), but it’s gotten a bad rap lately. It really does help though. I do it a few times a year. Lemme know if you’d like help with this or if you have questions.


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