Medical Questions > Bile taste after Gallbladder surgery

I had gallbladder surgery two days ago and I still get a bile taste in my mouth. Is this okay? How long will it last?
October 18, 2006 | Unregistered
Hello, Knowarms:
Perhaps by now things will have settled and you are not experiencing the taste of bile any longer. However, if this bile taste is still present, you need to discuss your symptom with your treating surgeon, who performed the surgery and can explain clearly to you, what the possibilities may be.
It can be scary to experience symptoms after thinking the surgery performed will be an end to these. What we can do is help you glean some understanding of the gall bladder and its function, and what sometimes may be experienced after cholecystectomy (surgery to remove the gall bladder). The job of the gall bladder is to store and concentrate bile. However, the body can function adequately without it if certain dietary precautions are observed. Temporary digestive difficulties after gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) are not uncommon and the reason for these problems is usually a difficulty in the digestive system handling fats in the diet. Fat and certain fat-soluble vitamins require bile in order to be absorbed. When the gallbladder is present, it stores bile that the liver makes. During a meal, the gallbladder contracts, releasing a pool of bile into the intestine that is used for fat absorption. After cholecystectomy, bile is still produced by the liver, but is released in a continuous, slow trickle into the intestine. Thus, when eating a meal that is high in fat content, there may not be an adequate amount of bile in the intestine to properly handle the normal absorption process. Diet wise, you will now be past the stage of clear liquids, once passing gas progress to full liquids (milk based, soups, pudding, etc.). You may then advance slowly to a regular diet as tolerated. Loose stools initially are not uncommon. No long-term dietary restrictions or changes will be required (most people do better without their gallbladder). The most impotent thing is to learn yourself what foods you cannot tolerate and omit them from your diet, which preferably should be a low fat diet. But reintroduce foods slowly and a little at a time. Remember, the key is to eat what you can tolerate and each person is different, so what others may tolerate you perhaps may not.

PCS is an abbreviation for post-cholecystectomy syndrome. The term post- cholecystectomy syndrome (PCS) describes the presence of symptoms after cholecystectomy. These symptoms can represent either the continuation of symptoms thought to be caused by the gallbladder or the development of new symptoms normally attributed to the gallbladder. PCS also includes the development of symptoms caused by removal of the gallbladder. Two types of problems may arise. The first problem is continuously increased bile flow into the upper GI tract, which may contribute to esophagitis and gastritis. The second consequence is related to the lower GI tract, where diarrhea and colicky lower abdominal pain may result. Should you experience any untoward symptoms, you would need to discuss your particular symptoms with your own treating doctor so you can be investigated, diagnosed and then suitably treated. The links below may be of interest to you.
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