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Re: looking for Gastroenterologist / IBS / FODMAP doctor recommendations in Zurich ar

Dr Jean Pierre Gutzwiller in Thalwil:

Easy to talk to, very patient-focused.

However, the practice only takes patients by referral, you cannot get an appointment on your own. So your GP would need to be willing to make the arrangements. The practice is very busy, if this is more or less a routine consultation expect a wait for an appointment. If it's urgent make sure your GP stresses that in making the referral.

If you are interested in the FODMAP diet, can your GP set you up with a nutritionist? This is generally recommended because FODMAP eliminates a lot of foods that are part of a healthy diet, you do want to make sure you are getting the balanced nutrition you need.

Helpful books by Dr Sue Shepherd who develped the FODMAP diet:

That said... IME there seems to an unfortunate tendency among a lot of doctors here to dismiss gastro issues without proper investigation, and then no follow through to help manage your condition. Surprisingly my worst experience was at Unispital Zürich. As you likely know, IBS is an elimination diagnosis; anyone who suggest it as a first step should be questioned.

My 'IBS' turned out to be something more sinister, far too much time was wasted getting a proper diagnosis. (I have in generally been underwhelmed by diagnostic abilities here, but that's just my personal experience based on the small handful of doctors I have seen.) I finally got to the bottom of my problems when I saw someone back home - but on return to Switzerland with a proper diagnosis in hand the follow through treatment was quite good.

Don't be afraid to be persistent. My experience taught me that you have to question and even push harder here than you might be used to at home, you have to be your own advocate. You know your own health best; if you are not getting better, push for further investigation.

Wishing you all the best.
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