I don't understand why I'm losing weight.
July 23, 2008 4:02 AM Subscribe
Why have I lost weight following gallbladder removal?
posted by altolinguistic to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I recently (7 weeks ago) had my gallbladder removed, which involved an open operation rather than the planned laparoscopic procedure (long story). This wasn't very nice but I have recovered just fine, now feel mostly great, and am now starting to get back to work.
I am puzzled, though, as to why I have lost about 5kg since the surgery. I have sat on the sofa for weeks, eating whatever I felt like (normal to large quantities of food, after the first few days) and doing no exercise because I was unable to do so. I would have expected weight gain to be the outcome of this, but apparently not.
I have been very tired indeed, and this makes me speculate that perhaps my body is using so much energy repairing the 15cm incision that it needs all the food energy I can give it and is also using some of my stored energy (I am overweight and weighed about 92kg before the operation). This would mean that once the incision is fully healed, normal service will resume. Alternatively, it could be that I now process food differently, in such a way that I am not absorbing food as efficiently as I used to.
This isn't an urgent issue as I feel fine and my surgeon tells me all is well and 'you can start weightlifting if you like', and I welcome the weight loss. But I am curious. Any ideas/evidence (most of the stuff I've found online relates to weight *gain* following this surgery)/similar experiences?