Four days ago I had my gall bladder removed. I have been losing pretty regularly and was down 33 pounds. But since my surgery, I've gained seven pounds! It doesn't make any sense. The day after my surgery, I was seven pounds heavier than when I went in. Since the surgery, I have been chipping away at it with a very low-fat diet. But I'm just curious about what could have caused it. In case you're wondering, I am not holding any water, at least not that I can tell. My doctor doesn't seem to be too concerned about it. I was just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience or any suggestions. Thanks!
I think it's most likely inflammation (swelling) due to the healing process. Technically, that is water gain, though not the same kind as all our little hormonal fluctuations or what you get when you eat something salty. It'll settle down as you heal from the surgery and your body doesn't need all that inflammation any more.
I had a hysterectomy 3+ years ago. My weight was coming off at about 1-1/2 lbs prior. Expected to lose at least a couple of lbs, after all, they removed parts, right? Nope. It was another 3 or 4 weeks before I lost anything. I even ate as best I could while I was in the hospital.
Don't freak out. If you are eating well, it will come off, just not when you think it should.
I had surgery last summer and after losing weight for about 7 months before, it stopped/slowed/gained for at least 2 weeks.
One thing to consider is all the IV fluids they pump in you. Adds considerable weight even if you do not notice any swelling, it is in there!
I stopped trying so hard to lose weight for about 3 weeks afterwards. Your body needs time and calories to help repair itself. Don't stress too much about it. Feed yourself healthily and give your body a good recovery.
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