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I am day 5 post op and I still haven’t been able to tolerate anything chicken based. Has this happened to anyone else? I have tried chicken broth, Bone Broth, cream of chicken and cannot tolerate it. I have adjusted to veggie and beef with no problem. I have heard our taste buds change, but this is an aversion, it makes me nauseated and makes me cramp. The nurses stopped it at the hospital too so that I could be discharged.

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Yes your taste buds, & for some their sense of smell, can go a bit haywire after surgery & be very sensitive to certain tastes &/or smells. You may discover there will be other foods you always liked that suddenly taste disgusting, have no flavour at all or turn your tummy. It does pass. When my sensitivity for chilli & curry worsened to a full intolerance years ago the smell used to make me feel ill. Curry was the worst (& they had curry cook offs at work once a month & the smell would permeate the whole office through the air conditioning. Ugh!!!). It was like the smell was a warning not to eat it because it would make me sick. My chilli & curry intolerance is forever but as I said your current aversion to certain foods will pass. Treat the aversion as a warning that maybe your tummy isn’t ready for it yet.

Congrats on your surgery.

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If you have a food sensitivity that went unnoticed before, it may be made worse with bariatric surgery.

As other posters stated, it’s normal to have pretty major taste and smell changes post op that can take months or more to go away.

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