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What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

Diet changes: Hiatal hernia surgery usually includes a stomach wrap (fundoplication). After surgery i keep my patients on puréed foods to allow the stomach to heal. After two weeks transition to a normal balanced diet. Chew well! i start removing antacids around this time. With the wrap it is a trade off of too tight vs too loose. There is 5-10% chance of needing a second procedure to loosen or tighten it. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Hernia Surgery (Definition)

There are a variety or several types of hernias, and many are repaired differently. A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall (such as inguinal, umbilical, incisional) or diaphragm (hiatal hernia). Surgery to repair the hernia can involve use of sutures, and possible use of mesh. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be a means to repair hernias, with laparoscopic ...Read more


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What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

Eat slow: You can expect improvement of your reflux symptoms. You may have some swallowing issues for the first 1-2 weeks so chew food carefully. Some patients stick to a soft diet during the immediate post operative period. ...Read more

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Will I still have to take omeprozole daily after hiatal hernia surgery ?

Will I still have to take omeprozole daily after hiatal hernia surgery ?

Maybe: IF you're having it fixed to control reflux symptoms, you will likely be able to take medication as needed. There are some patients however that still need daily meds, but the meds control symptoms far better after surgery. This doesn't mean anything is wrong. The goal is to control reflux symptoms, and give you a more normal lifestyle. Only you will judge your results however. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is hiatal hernia surgery very safe?

Is hiatal hernia surgery very safe?

Yes: Just make sure you pick an experienced surgeon and do not skip the routine preop evaluations. When the right surgery is done for the right indication, good to excellent outcome is expected for this routine procedure. ...Read more

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Is hiatal hernia surgery pretty safe?

Is hiatal hernia surgery pretty safe?

Yes: This surgery has been done for a long time and it is safe and effective. Make sure it is done by a surgeon that frequently does this. ...Read more

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Is hiatal hernia surgery very painful?

Is hiatal hernia surgery very painful?

Not so much: Now a days this can be done with minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopy and the davinci robot. Still some pain, b it not umbearable. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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What is involved in hiatal hernia surgery?

2 main parts: Though individual variations occur, the usual objectives include appropriate reapproximation of the diaphragm defect and some form of gastropexy - usually complete fundoplasty or partial. If the defect is large or recurrent in nature, a mesh may be needed for repair. ...Read more

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What is the recovery like for hiatal hernia surgery?

What is the recovery like for hiatal hernia surgery?

Week: If done laparoscopically or robotic as i do, you should be back to work in about a week. About 2-3 weeks to feel you can eat all foods. As i tell my patients, most maor surgery like this will put a toll in your lifestyle for about 4 weeks. ...Read more

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How do you know if your hiatal hernia surgery has come undone?

Symptoms and tests : Most people will have recurrence of their symptoms. This is followed by UGI ( barium swallow x-ray) and or egd. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
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Hernia Repair (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes, creating a sac. Hernias are common in the groin, belly button, upper-midline, or associated w/scars. The exact method of repair varies w/the type & size of the hernia as well as patient-factors, however, the basic principle is the same: close the hole, often ...Read more