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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146368021X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463680213
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Kerry on September 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
In "The Gall Bladder Survival Guide," Mr. Bernal has provided the general public with an easy to understand guide to surviving life after cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal). His book serves to educate people not only about the role of the gallbladder in digestion, but also gives an in depth review of all intestinal organs, hormones and laboratory screenings. This book is set apart from other books on gall bladder disease and removal because Mr. Bernal's story does to stop with the removal of the gall bladder, it instead goes on to explore common post operative complications. Some of the most frequent complaints that people have after their cholecystectomy are frequent flatulence, loose stools and large amounts of diarrhea. Without necessary dietary changes after surgery, a person's life can become quiet unpleasant. Mr. Bernal recommends simple dietary changes after surgery. Recommendations he makes are easy to follow; such as eating less/ or no gluten, eliminating soy and increasing vegetables in your diet These are suggestions that should be made by the surgeons performing cholecystectomys, but they are often left out of patient teaching. As a Nurse Practitioner, I am now recommending this guide to my patients. Gall bladder removal is often not discussed in public or on the internet. When it is, the information that is provided is often outdated, inaccurate or not based upon major research studies. "The Gall Bladder Survival Guide," provides great, research based evidence on life after gall bladder removal in a light and funny manner that makes you want to learn more about the human body. Mr. Bernal writes not only as an expert on gall bladder disease, but also as a sufferer of post operative complications. His personal narrative is especially endearing, with personal touches such as dedicating his book to his mother, a Registered Nurse. Additionally he gives a humorous voice to those who have suffered complications as a result of losing their gall bladder.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2012
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I did a lot of searching on-line when I found out I had to have my gallbladder removed. There is a lot of conflicting, confusing information. A lot of it is really aimed at getting you to buy their cure-all.

This book is written by a fellow gallbladder removal victim. He does a very good job of explaining how the digestive system works and the effects of not having a gallbladder in plain English. He explains what is "good" and "bad" to eat and - most importantly - WHY! Understanding why had helped me reason out in general what I should be eating as a result - because no food list can cover everything.

He also does a very good job of listing a lot of the normal post-surgery symptoms - and the normal "cures" for them. The best part - he's not selling you any of the cures - just the book.

A must read - I have recommended it to several relatives who have also had gallbladder removal surgery.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Honestly Critical on July 16, 2012
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This is a great and informative book that covers the suffering some of us post-gallbladder patients go through. I could identify with about 85% of the book and I really appreciated the helpful information. The humor (might be slightly offensive to some - but it's the truth!) helped as I felt like I was reading my auto-biography. Thanks to the author for sharing. My recommendation to anyone is DO ANYTHING YOU CAN TO SAVE YOUR GALLBLADDER - you just don't realize ahead of time how miserable life can be without it (much worse than pre-surgery), and now I'm stuck for the long haul!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Love the Birds on June 15, 2012
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I purchased this for my Kindle when I received a diagnosis of gallbladder disease. I had gallstones, but also inflammation, and this book gave me information to have a more informed discussion with my surgeon. It has been a bit over a week since I had the surgery, and I still refer to this guide as my body goes through the changes to readjust to life without the gallbladder. The one thing I can say the author does well is remind you to get tested for things...if you have pain or bowel issues or whatever...talk to your doctor about the tests he lists and get them done! It can be easy for the doctor to say "it is just part of healing" and maybe it is, but this book gives you great suggestions of tests so that you can be sure your body is doing well. Good book, well worth the price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan H on April 2, 2013
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I just had my gallbladder removed before Easter. I have never experienced such pain before it was taken out. The doctors and nurses say when you leave the hospital to resume a normal diet. A normal diet is what got me in the predicament I was in! I realize now that having read Mr. Bernal's book I can resume a better diet and come out ahead. I can feel better, and loose some weight too. There are some things I know I will never truly enjoy again, but I probably don't need them anyway. Glad I read this book. Hospitals should give this book to every gallbladder surgery patient.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By one silver hand on January 22, 2015
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This is very helpful! The illustration on the cover is a bit quirky, but so is the writing style of the author. But... I like his sense of humor. On a practical side... he talked like a friend who had some good advice to share. Finding ANY information on what to do post gall bladder surgery is tough. This is a good one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judith on May 23, 2014
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This book was definitely helpful, but not every person's body is the same. You can follow the guidelines, but in the end, you have to figure out what does and doesn't work for you and your digestive system.
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