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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

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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?

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?

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

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What is the definition or description of: hiatal hernia surgery?

What is the definition or description of: hiatal hernia surgery?

Diaphragm repair: Hiatal hernia is a stretched out opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes. Since the chest acts like a vacuum (how we breathe), the larger hole allows the stomach, and sometimes other organs to be "sucked" up into the chest. Surgery to repair this is usually done laparoscopically, and involves closing the hole to the right size with sutures. Mesh use is controversial. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the hiatal hernia surgery like from someone who has experienced it?

Please help! What is the hiatal hernia surgery like from someone who has experienced it?

Is the surgery open?: I f the surgery open it is painful the first 3-4 days, with laparoscpic repain in experienced surgeon, it should be much easier. ...Read more

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Is hiatal hernia surgery done as an out-patient surgery?

Sometimes: It depends on the extent of your surgery. Many of my patients who had simple small hiatal hernias repaired with concurrent antireflux procedure do go home the same day. ...Read more

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What are possible hiatal hernia surgery complications one could get?

What are possible hiatal hernia surgery complications one could get?

Multiple: Esophageal (swallowing pipe), stomach injury. Nerve injury leading to swallowing difficulty, spleen injury, liver injury, pneumothorax. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are possible hiatal hernia surgery complications?

Depends.: Open or closed have different complications. Usually infection, bleeding, recurrence of the hernia, need to convert to an open procedure, failure and more. Best to talk to the surgeon doing the case. ...Read more

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Hiatal hernia surgery. Is it a out-patient surgery? Is it laparoscopic?

See below: Yes, hiatal hernia surgery is commonly performed laparoscopic. It is generally a few nights stay in the hospital after surgery, depending on your medical conditions and your surgeon's recommendation. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is distended abdomen a side effect of hiatal hernia surgery?

Hoping you can tell me, is distended abdomen a side effect of hiatal hernia surgery?

Maybe: A distended abdomen is common during the early recovery period after hiatal hernia repair. Long term, it should not be a problem, but if it is, see your surgeon. You could try some simethicone which is in over the counter anti-gas formulas. ...Read more

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I had hiatal hernia surgery in May and am still experiencing Lt shoulder pain like I had when the surgery was done. It is a dull, throbbing pain, but?

Shoulder pain hernia: I had hiatal hernia surgery in May and am still experiencing Lt shoulder pain like I had when the surgery was done. It is a dull, throbbing pain, but? ANS: best person to answer this is your Dr. And surgeon. No likely related to surgery. Consider gall bladder. ...Read more

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I havehad a nissen and hiatal hernia surgery then an abdominal wall reconstruction with surgical mesh then an abdominal wall reconstruction with pig?

I havehad a nissen and hiatal hernia surgery then an abdominal wall reconstruction with surgical mesh then an abdominal wall reconstruction with pig?

Pig - yes: I can't tell from your description the exact mesh or where it was placed. But generally speaking, there are biologic mesh products, some of which are derived from pigs (porcine mesh). Porcine mesh products are processed such that all the cells are washed away, and only the underlying matrix remains. Thus, the risk of adverse reactions from the mesh are very low and the products are very safe. ...Read more

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Having surgery in 2 days, 5"9 205 pounds. Am I at risk for clots? Hiatal hernia surgery with linx device. How common are blood clots during surgery?

Having surgery in 2 days, 5"9 205 pounds. Am I at risk for clots? Hiatal hernia surgery with linx device. How common are blood clots during surgery?

Potential clots: In view of your weight and size, you are at risk for blood clots. However, measures are generally done to try and decrease the chances for clots to happen during your operation.

Remember, after your operation, don't stay in bed a lot. Get up, walk, and use the sequential compression devices on your legs. By doing this, you can improve your chances of not developing clots. ...Read more

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I just had hiatal hernia surgery 4 days and my penis and testicles are swollen and purplish is this normal after surgery?

I just had hiatal hernia surgery 4 days and my penis and testicles are swollen and purplish is this normal after surgery?

Not likely: Just to clarify, did you have a hiatal hernia or inguinal hernia repair. Inguinal hernias are in the groin and their repair laparoscopically can definitely result in bruising and swelling of the penis and scrotum. During hiatal hernia repair, no good reason for your symptoms. If you had a catheter in your bladder during surgery then this could possibly cause the swelling and bruising. ...Read more

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Help with SIBO. Constipation, HORRIBLE BREATH...!!! And reflux (has improved since hiatal hernia surgery). My breath is so foul no one can talk to me.

Help with SIBO. Constipation, HORRIBLE BREATH...!!! And reflux (has improved since hiatal hernia surgery). My breath is so foul no one can talk to me.

Here are some. ..: In addition to focusing on the care for SIBO, don't forget working on oral hygiene with regular visit to dentist to mak sure of no tooth-related disorders, daily toothbrush, flossing all the spaces among teeth, and rinsing the month with oral antiseptic solution especially after sweet consumption. These are primary and essential for breath improvement besides systemic care for possible SIBO. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have daily diarrhea after hiatal hernia surgery and on a pureed diet?

Not normal.: C.difficile enterocolitis is a possibility. Often peri-operative antibiotics adversely affect the bacterial content of the colon resulting in an overgrowth of a bug called clostridium difficile. This causes inflammationc of the colon lining with resultant severe diarrhea. Stool culture is needed to make confirm the diagnosis. But if diagnostic tests are positive, vancomycin and/or Flagyl is used. ...Read more

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Had hiatal hernia surgery. Can't pass gas or go to bathroom. I have so much bloating, pain, nausea and pressure. How can I relieve it?

Had hiatal hernia surgery. Can't pass gas or go to bathroom. I have so much bloating, pain, nausea and pressure. How can I relieve it?

After surgery...: If the surgery was just recent and you cannot pass gas at all and in pain you need to go to the emergency room right now. This could be something very dangerous and without directly giving you an exam I cannot make a guess. Don't wait please, go right away. ...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


Dr. Michael Sawyer
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Hiatal Hernia Surgery (Definition)

Hiatal hernia is a stretched out opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes. Since the chest acts like a vacuum (how we breathe), the larger hole allows the stomach, and sometimes other organs to be "sucked" up into the chest. Surgery to repair this is usually done laparoscopically, and involves closing the hole to the right size with sutures. ...Read more