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Gallbladder removal and nutritionist recommendation

Just wandered with the wealth of experience on this forum if anyone can give a reference for a good nutritionist. I am having my gallbladder removed and would like to make sure my post op diet is as good and as suitable as possible.

I live on the meilen side of the lake so a nutritionist that side or in Zurich would be wonderful thanks
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Re: Gallbladder removal and nutritionist recommendation

I had my gall bladder removed as part of another surgery back in 2010, I didn't need to do a special diet, but I was taking omeprazol for a while to help my body get used to not having a gall bladder, you then have to wean yourself off that, otherwise I have had no real problems and my diet has not changed.
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Re: Gallbladder removal and nutritionist recommendation

Thanks for your positive reply and I'm glad to hear your own surgery went well. I read allot of negative outcomes following gallbladder surgery so have been managing my own expectations on having to change my diet etc.

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Re: Gallbladder removal and nutritionist recommendation

A quick word of warning, it took about 5 months for me to wean myself off The omeprazole, and you may find yourself bringing up lots of saliva, it just takes time for the body to learn how to regulate itself after losing the gall bladder. I found that eating little and often seemed to be the best plan.

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Re: Gallbladder removal and nutritionist recommendation

I had my gallbladder removed about two years ago - and was never put on anything special after. The omeprazole sounds familiar though, I do think that's something my mother takes (and has taken for a long time) as she had serious issues with acid reflux (Barrat's Esophagus) and then had her gallbladder removed. One of the things I've been reading is that some folks do suffer serious problems with heartburn after, but for me it's not been a huge problem, I just keep some regular OTC antacids on hand just in case.

Then again, I used to cook for my mother, and had gotten quite used to very lean cooking, my gallbladder issues showed up after I arrived here, and I was able to manage them for a while with diet alone (no fat, or as little as possible, this means no cream, skim milk, NO fast food such as McD's, using olive oil instead of ghee when making curries, etc, etc). So, if you think you'll need help, either with figuring out what to skip or as reinforcements against resistance from others who may be eating with you (if you're not the cook and cook has to change cooking style, or if whomever you're cooking for doesn't want to change what THEY eat), you may want a dietitian / nutritionist to help you sort that out, otherwise, it's not necessarily a big deal.

(One of my sisters cooks for our mother now, my mother has a pretty long list of things that can happen if you don't eat right, so nailing the diet is pretty important - but not necessarily tricky enough to need a specialist)
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Re: Gallbladder removal and nutritionist recommendation

Thanks Peg_A for your informative reply. I eat pretty lean foods at the moment because otherwise I get problems. The last time I had a fast food burger my appendix burst, I know it's not related but it put me off fast food for life. Emergency ops at 3 in the morning are no fun!

I think I will just reintroduce foods slowly and see what works.

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Re: Gallbladder removal and nutritionist recommendation

Hi, I had my gallbladder remover over 10 years ago and did not need to take any special medications, however I did notice that I would become uncomfortable after eating certain things or if I ate too much. So I eat small quantities often rather than big meals and this seems to work for me and I always carry indigestion tablets with me just in case!

Good luck with the surgery and with your recovery.
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