What dietary and activity restrictions are required for the treatment of biliary obstruction?

Updated: Oct 16, 2019
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: Vinay Kumar Kapoor, MBBS, MS, FRCS, FAMS  more...
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Obesity, excess energy intake, and rapid weight loss can lead to stone formation, with potential biliary obstruction as a consequence. Gradual and modest weight reduction may be of value in patients who are at risk.

Patients should reduce their intake of saturated fats and increase their fiber intake. High intake of fiber has been linked to a lower risk for gallstones.

Reduction in sugar intake is recommended, because a high intake of sugar may be associated with an increased risk of gallstones.

Regular exercise may reduce the risk of gallstones and gallstone complications.


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