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Complementary Medicine

Digestive Enzymes and Bile Supplements

09/09/2008

Question:

How useful the digestive enzymes and bile salts supplements are after gall bladder surgery? Do they help in irritable bowel diarrhea after surgery? Do they need to be taken for life? Is there any role of probiotics there after gall bladder?

Answer:

How useful the digestive enzymes and bile salts supplements are after gall bladder surgery? Not needed if your liver and pancreas are healthy.

Do they help in irritable bowel diarrhea after surgery? Not really.

Do they need to be taken for life? No.

Is there any role of probiotics there after gall bladder? Not specifically, but yogurt three times a day is good for most.

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Response by:

Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP
Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University