Gangrene is not a contagious disease. It is a condition in which living tissue (e.g., skin, muscle, or bone) begins to decay and die because blood flow (and oxygen) to an area is blocked or because harmful bacteria invade the body's tissues after entering through a wound or sore.
How does gangrene progress?
Early stages of wet gangrene may include signs of infection, aching pain with swelling, a reddish skin color or blanched appearance if the area is raised above level of the heart, coolness on the skin surface, ulceration, and a crackly sensation when the skin is pressed due to gas in the tissue.
Cholecystitis (ko-luh-sis-TIE-tis) is inflammation of the gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, beneath your liver. If left untreated, cholecystitis can lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening complications, such as a gallbladder rupture.
- Eggs (Research showed that eggs caused symptoms in up to 95% of patients. Try substituting flax seed gel in recipes that require eggs for the "glue".
- Fowl (turkey, chicken)
- Dairy (milk, cheese, cream, butter)
- Gluten (wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, etc.)
- Beans and legumes.
- Oranges, grapefruit.
All of the following are healthy foods for your gallbladder, as well as the rest of your body:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Whole grains (whole-wheat bread, brown rice, oats, bran cereal)
- Lean meat, poultry, and fish.
- Low-fat dairy products.
Coffee consumption and gallstones. There is some evidence that coffee triggers the contraction of the gallbladder. It appears likely that caffeine is largely responsible for the effect of coffee, since consumption of decaffeinated coffee is not linked to a reduced risk of developing gallbladder disease in all studies.
A diet good for your heart is good for your gallbladder, too. Any diet that would qualify as "heart-healthy" is "gallbladder-healthy," too. That means a diet with some healthy monounsaturated fats, such as those in nuts, avocados, seeds, olives, peanut butter, and the oils from these products.
High-fat foods include:
- Fried foods, like french fries and potato chips.
- High-fat meats, such as bacon, bologna, sausage, ground beef, and ribs.
- High-fat dairy products, such as butter, cheese, ice cream, cream, whole milk, and sour cream.
- Foods made with lard or butter.
- Creamy soups or sauces.
- Meat gravies.
Here is a rundown on the good and the bad when it comes to diet, exercise, and gallstones: Fat. Monounsaturated fats, found in olive oil and canola oil, and omega-3 fatty acids, found in avocados, canola, flaxseed, and fish oil, may lower the risk of developing gallstones.
If you've got gallstones and are awaiting surgery: Eating particular foods will not make gallstones disappear but can certainly lessen your pain whilst you are waiting for your operation. Avoid concentrated fats like oil, butter, margarine, fat on meat or avocado, but you don't have to eat completely fat-free.
With blockage to the flow of bile, the bile accumulates in the gallbladder, causing an increase in pressure that can sometimes lead to rupture. Symptoms of a gallbladder attack include pain in the upper right side or middle of the abdomen. A complication of gallstones is inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis).
Dietary changes to help with symptoms of gallstones
- Plenty of fruit and vegetables.
- Plenty of starchy carbohydrates.
- Some milk and dairy products (2-3 portions per day).
- Some meat, fish, eggs and alternatives such as beans and pulses.
- Limited amounts of foods high in fats and sugars.
Symptoms of gallbladder problems include:
- Pain in the mid- or upper-right section of the abdomen: Most of the time, gallbladder pain comes and goes.
- Nausea or vomiting: Any gallbladder problem may cause nausea or vomiting.
- Fever or shaking chill: This signals an infection in the body.
Most people who have keyhole surgery are able to leave hospital on the same day as the operation. It will usually take around two weeks to return to your normal activities. After open surgery, you'll usually have to stay in hospital for three to five days and your recovery time will be longer.
While it is not the norm to experience digestive problems after gallbladder surgery, they can include:
- Difficulty digesting fatty foods.
- Temporary diarrhea.
- Chronic diarrhea.
- Temporary constipation.
- Retained stone in a bile duct.
- Intestinal injury.
After having your gallbladder removed, it's quite possible that you'll experience some weight loss. This may be cause of: Eliminating fatty foods: After surgery, you may have some trouble digesting fatty foods until your body adjusts. Experiencing diarrhea: One potential side effect of gallbladder surgery is diarrhea.